There is a lot to writing a cookbook, more than people realize. I wish it were as easy as dumping all my recipe cards – stained and jotted on through the years – into a big machine. Wouldn’t that be nice! Instead, it takes hours and hours of data entry, editing, and testing. Then I will hand it off to my editor, and the grueling will really begin!
I’m writing my third cookbook now, Love in the Kitchen Vol. 3. It is hard work, but it is fun work, too. I enjoy the journey. Last time (Volume 2) I had a new baby. Zech (now two-years-old) spent a lot of time sharing Mommy’s lap with her laptop. Here I am now with another new baby, Elijah! Too amazing how that worked out. God is just amazing to give me another child to love and a new book to write.
Do you know what makes my cookbooks unique from any you’d typically find in the bookstore? Thumb through any of my recipes, and you’ll find hardly any exotic ingredients you need to run to the store for. They are simple and effective. Complex recipes usually require running off to the store to spend more time, energy and money than I (nor you) would like to spend. I try hard to make each recipe as frugal and simple as possible, blessing your family with great meals.
I came up with a new pizza recipe and it sure is handy. It has basic ingredients that are in most anyone’s homes. Here is the recipe, one of the 200+ recipes that will be included in Love in the Kitchen Vol. 3:
Quick and healthy seldom mix together well, but that’s what I find myself needing nearly every day. I came up with this recipe while at home with eight of my youngest children (the older ones were off at events). The key here is to make pizza with what is in the house already.
Choose any of the following for your crust:
- English muffin
Choose any of the following for your pizza sauce:
- Ranch dressing
- Tomato soup with a pinch of basil
- Tomato sauce with a pinch of ground cumin
Choose any of the following for your topping:
- Onion, chopped fine
- Sausage, browned and drained
- Hamburger, browned and drained
- Bacon, browned and drained
- Black olives, sliced
- Green olives, sliced
- Canadian bacon
- Lunch meat, cubed
- Hot-dog, sliced
- Green pepper, chopped
- Tomato, chopped
- Chicken, cooked, chopped
Choose any of the following cheeses:
- Cheese, shredded
- Cheese, sliced
- Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray and lay your bread out on the sheet. Spread sauce item thinly onto the bread, top with as many toppings as you like. Sprinkle on cheese evenly. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes checking after the first 7 minutes for desired browning.
Perhaps you do something like this already. Don’t think everyone does! I’m often surprised when I talk with moms who don’t know how to throw together a “quick pizza.” Well, they do now. Give this a try and let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear from you.