Closer . . . pizza hut crust.

Our dog is weird.  We buy him stuffed animals at garage sales.  We try to buy toys that have squeaks in them or make a noise.  He loves his new toys and carries it around where ever he goes.  Until they stop making a noise, and then he rips the shit out of them – eye balls and all!  They don’t last very long.

However, this one has lasted for weeks!

Tony and I went to a different restaurant for breakfast yesterday.  Our go to is Mama Rini’s in Crystal Lake.  That bar is set very high.  We went here:

I got turkey sausage, eggs and hashbrowns.

The hash browns were greasy to me, and I felt like shit for a couple hours after I ate this – and I probably only ate half.  I think if I eat shit . . . I, um. . .have a colon cleanse shortly after!

We returned some shoes that didn’t fit for Tony at DSW, which just happened to be next to one of my favorite grocery stores – Fresh Market 😀  I bought two new cheeses:

OMG, I love both!  Although I cut a piece of the raw milk cheese for Tony and he literally almost puked immediately.  I think it is sour like goat cheese, which I love!  And the spicy cheese is amazing.

I had some broccoli I needed to use so I decided to make broccoli mac n cheese with the raw milk cheddar.

Biz’s Buttermilk Ranch Brocccoli Mac N Cheese

Makes 6 servings (361 calories, 14.4 fat, 40.9 carbs, 1.5 fiber and 16.5 protein)


8 ounces whole wheat elbow macaroni
6 ounces cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1/8 cup flour
16 ounces skim milk
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
1 packet buttermilk ranch dressing
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of pepper
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs


  1. Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions.
  2. Cook broccoli in microwave. Once cool, cut into bite size pieces.
  3. Melt butter – add flour and cook for 1 minute. Add milk slowly to make a white sauce. Remove from heat, add cheese and stir until melted.
  4. Mix ranch dressing package with sour cream. Add to cheese sauce. Add macaroni and broccoli and mix well.
  5. Pour into casserole dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
I can’t tell you how long I’ve had this packet in my cupboard – the recipe that I originally went off of  (on the bag of the macaroni) and the only seasoning was salt and pepper.  It was so bland, so I decided to add the ranch dressing – it turned out amazing!

I found the whole wheat elbow macaroni at Whole Foods 😀

the perfect bite 😀

I also decided to make Artisan Bread in 5 minutes – although for one dough, I decided to make a loaf of olive bread – Tony loves it!

I actually mix the dough with my hands - one time I didn't mix it all the way and after it was in the fridge for a few days, the last loaf was all unmixed flour. Just spray your hands with Pam and mix.

I used really good black olives - pits removed 😀

I took a grapefruit size ball of dough, then added the chopped olives, rosemary and then sea salt on the top.


Holy cow, was this delicious!  I was nervous about the salt level because of the olives, but it was perfect 😀  And Tony loved it!

I hadn’t gone grocery shopping and I asked Tony what he felt like for dinner.  He printed out a recipe for Pizza Hut Pizza!

Copy Cat Pizza Hut Pan Pizza Dough

  • 1 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup dry milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 package of yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 9 ounces of oil (3 oz. of oil per pan)(yes, you read that right!)

Put the yeast, sugar, salt and dry milk in a large bowl.  Add water and mix well.  Let it sit for a couple minutes.  Add oil and mix.  Add flour and stir until dough forms and flour is absorbed.  Pour on your counter and knead for 10 minutes.  I actually love to knead bread!  This is enough dough for 3, 10″ pizzas.  Each dough ball came in at 9 ounces.

Pour 3 ounces of oil into a cake pan.  Roll out dough and put in oiled pan.  Let rise for an hour and a half.  Add toppings and bake for 20 minutes at 450.

it didn't rise as much as I though - look at all that oil!

Tony wanted sausage, mushroom, green olive and marinated artichoke hearts

we are closer

It just didn’t have a crisp enough crust, so I ended up putting it back on the lowest rack of my oven for about 3 additional minutes and that helped – it could have been longer, but I didn’t want to overcook the pizza.  So next time, I think 10 minutes in the pan, and then remove the pizza and finish it off on the oven rack.

I had heated up leftover pizza from the night before, with baby spinach and Tabasco 😀

I still need to make my pumpkins scones and do my grocery shopping.  Hannah and I are going bowling this afternoon when she gets off of work – she’s been working and going to school I haven’t seen much of her lately – should be fun!

Enjoy your Sunday!

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  • CherylK
    October 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I’m getting the idea that if Tony loves it, it’s a keeper! And these all look like keepers, to me. Am going to try that bread recipe, for sure.

  • julia
    October 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    That olive rosemary bread looks so good, I never bake bread/doughs etc anymore
    but all yours look awesome.

  • Year on the Grill
    October 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Olive bread is a new find for me, just a few weeks old… Try making a savory Olive bread pudding if you have any left… really great eating.

    Kind of fun to watch the “winners” toiling away and here we sit having fun with no pressure!

    I’m still singing while I cook, you still OK?

    • biz319
      October 3, 2010 at 11:32 pm

      Yep, when I saw what lengths everyone went to, it was nice to sleep in until 10:30 today – and I am singing too! 😀

  • DD
    October 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    That olive bread looks divine…….

  • Shannon
    October 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    pumpkin scones? yum! i’m eyeing that cranberry chipotle cheddar as well, what an interesting combo!

  • 5 Star Foodie
    October 3, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I’ve had that cranberry chipotle cheese – it’s so good! The bread sounds delicious!

  • Mo'Betta
    October 4, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I love Fresh Market – I’m definitely going to look for the cranberry chipotle cheese next time I go (it’s an hour away!).

  • Kerstin
    October 4, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I saw this and was inspired to make mac&cheese with broccoli for dinner! Your version looks awesome!

  • actorsdiet
    October 4, 2010 at 5:21 am

    i’ve never had a homemade thick pizza crust – looks wonderful!

  • sophia
    October 4, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Whenever I see Mac & Cheese, I think of you. I think of you when I see hot sauce, too. But anyway. That mac and cheese? FAN-TASTIC. Genius to use the buttermilk ranch dressing!

  • Beth
    October 4, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Your olive bread looks terrific. As I read your description, I could almost taste it!

  • Dana - Food for Thought
    October 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    First of all, cranberry chipotle cheddar sounds AMAZING! I want to try that so badly!

    Secondly, your mac and cheese looks delicious! I love the addition of ranch.

  • katecooks
    October 4, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    i have a secret love for pizza hut pan pizza that stems from childhood “book it” programs. once i went on a kitchen tour, maybe with the girl scouts, and we each made our own personal pan pizza. there was literally oil everywhere! but, it does make a mean crispy, dense crust — when i have a craving for it, nothing else will satisfy!!

  • Veronica
    October 5, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Our dog loves the squeaky toys too but she likes to rip out the squeaker before it stops working–lol. We had a duck that said “happy Easter!” and she located it’s “voicebox” and tore that sucker out immediately! Toys quake in fear when she approaches–lol! I’m with Tony on the taste of goat cheese. The thought alone is enough to make me want to hurl! However, I love your use of the raw milk cheese in the mac and cheese. And I love Pizza Hut pan crust–I should try this recipe!

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
    October 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    The raspberry chipotle cheese looks wonderful!

    Eating like crap does that to me too, especially with greasy stuff.

    Pizza dough looks good, I’m going to have to try that when friends some over. We had a family of 7 come over so there were 13 of us and we made pizzas on Saturday and used your no rise dough and they were skeptical but it turned out great! Only problem was I felt like we were in the kitchen making pizzas all evening. I made 4 whole doughs but ended up splitting them so we had 6 pizzas. Next time I’ll try the different crust for a couple. Though I prefer the thinner crust.