Sunday, November 22, 2009

Aimee's Cream Cheese Calzones

Makes 4 calzones. You can personalize this recipe and do 4 different fillings for different taste buds!

Whole wheat pizza dough (Breadmaker recipe):
1 cup warm water
1 TB sugar
2 TB oil
1 tsp salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups bread flour
1 tsp active dry yeast

15 oz. ricotta
8 oz. whipped cream cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp oregano
1 TB parsley
2 TB olive oil
1 tsp basil
1 TB parmesan
1/2 cup veggie filling for each calzone, optional (broccoli, green peppers, jalapenos, etc)
marinara sauce for dipping

1. Add ingredients to bread maker pan in the order above; select course 12 (50 minutes). Divide dough into 4 balls & roll out into circles.
2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 4oo. In large bowl, mix together ricotta, cream cheese, mozzarella, egg, oregano, parsley, & optional veggies. If making different calzones, divide filling into bowls and stir in veggies.
3. Place 1/4 filling on half of one of the dough circles; repeat with the other circles. Fold dough over on each circle and seal in the filling by pressing the dough together. Cut slits on the top of each calzone & transfer to oiled baking sheet. Brush tops with oil & sprinkle with basil & parmesan.
2. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool 5 minutes & serve with marinara sauce.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dinner Club: 11/21/09

Current invitees for this date include the class managers and instructors from my Jazzercise business. We will update this post with the menu, and later with comments from those who attended!

And… the cuisine winner is Asian (again)! Our guests currently include 7 adults and 3 kids. Here is the menu for dinner this Saturday: Cream Cheese Wontons, Pad Thai with Tofu, and Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake for dessert. I couldn't help making the same appetizer & main dish I did last time... some of my favorites! This time I'll make a sweet & sour sauce instead of a peanut sauce to go with the wontons. We will also have a kid-friendly option. You can find these recipes under the category to the right labled “Asian." Stay tuned for details of how the dinner went!

It was so great to see my colleagues outside of Jazzercise. Below are direct links to the recipes I made from my blog: