Sunday, May 2, 2010

Stuffed-Crust Chicken Pizza

So I made this really yummy pizza the other day for the second time. The first round, I followed the recipe (from Taste of Home's Simple and Delicious) exactly, this last time I left out the olives, didn't stuff the crust, used only one thing of pizza dough, used regular pasta sauce, added extra chicken.....okay, I just changed it up a bit. Both ways are yummy and it's a really tasty, easy meal I thought I'd share with family and friends. I didn't take a picture as I wasn't blogging, but I'll have to add that next time I make it. :D

2 tubes (13.8 oz each) refrigerated pizza crust (or if your my mother, you will make your own)
10 pieces string cheese
1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 small onion, chopped
2 T. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c. oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
1 t. dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
3/4 c. pizza sauce
2 c. (8 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. pitted ripe olives, chopped

Unroll pizza dough and place in a greased 15-in.x10-in.x1-in. baking pan, letting dough drape 1 inch over the edges. Pinch center seam to seal. Place string cheese around edges of pan. Fold dough over cheese; pinch to seal. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes (and, if you're anything at all like me, set a timer). Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute chicken and onion in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, rosemary, salt and pepper. Spread sauce over crust. Top with chicken mixture. Spring with mozzarella and olives. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.

Voila! Dinner is served. :) This last time I made it, I kept thinking I'd like to have added spinach. I may try that next time. Let me know if you try it and like it...or don't. :D

Michaels Trip Yesterday!

Well, yesterday I finally made it to a craft store after getting back from Mammoth Lakes and bought a glue gun, along with a plethora of other things. I have two glue guns tucked away in storage in Portland, OR but little good they're doing me there! I bought a pink one 'cause it made me smile. I must say that I was more than a little disappointed with the Michaels prices here in SoCal. WAYYYY more expensive than in Texas or Oregon. :( For example, the two small to medium foam balls that I purchased were $3.99 apiece! Is that normal or is that ridiculous??That's a real question. Feedback here would be appreciated.) I'm tempted to ask my aunt to load up on a few things and bring them with her when she comes to visit me from TX!  As I mentioned before, we've dropped our little camera and my husband is traveling and has the iphone. Therefore, pictures will have to be taken tonight or in the morning when he returns. That or I'll run next door and borrow a camera from my lovely neighbor. Now that I'm back near a Home Depot, Lowes, an overpriced craft store, etc. I can get this ball rollin'-no pun intended. :D

Another exciting piece of sister-in-law is sending me a sewing machine!!!! I can't wait!!! Do I have any clue how to sew? No, I do not!! I told you these blogging women had inspired me! The other day I was going on a three mile walk with my neighbor and told her I didn't even know how to "string it" (referring to the sewing machine). She kindly informed me that the appropriate terminology would be "to thread it." LOL! :D See how little I really know. It should be a journey, Ladies. My first sewing project is already planned. I'm going to try my hand on baby leggings for my adorable little niece - but more on that later when I actually have the sewing machine.

Other little tidbits of news that have nothing to do with crafting...
   After being here for almost a year, I finally joined the public library yesterday. That certainly took me long enough! I also went to Coldstone for the first time in ages. I'm walking three miles later this afternoon as penance.

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend. Thanks for the comments of late. They make me smile. Keep 'em coming and I'll do my best to blog away on a more consistent basis! :D
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