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Secret Recipe Club: Stromboli

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by Amber on October 10, 2011

I’m finding it a little hard to believe we’ve already come around to another Secret Recipe Club posting, because that’s supposed to mean that another month has gone by. Surely that’s not the case, right?

Secret Recipe Club

When it came time to choose my recipe from Everyday Mom, I took my time, looking through lots of old posts – even from last year.

I like that Kim involves her kids in the kitchen, and isn’t afraid to throw out the crazy last minute ideas she sometimes has for dinner. Stuff to keep her family well fed and happy, even in crunch time. Like this Stromboli.

As Kim says, “I am a fan of anything that hides some of its ingredients and allows the use of those random bits of food that you have leftover at the end of the week. This week we had some marinara sauce, one uncooked chicken breast, a head of broccoli and some mozzarella”.

That is exactly how I approached the stromboli I made for The Brit and me. We had some mushrooms in the fridge on their last legs, and what I knew would be a few extra sausages from our favorite grilled sausage and maple polenta meal that I already had in the weekly dinner plan. Add in some marinara and mozzarella, and as far as I’m concerned, you’ve got a party.

I’d also been meaning to try this Olive Oil Dough of Jamie’s for ages now. Though, a word to the wise, guys: When you’re getting a headcold, and find it hard to focus entirely on something? It might be a good idea to have a partner-in-crime double check your ingredients. Jamie’s recipe called for 1/4 cup of olive oil. I misread and added 3/4 cup! I saved the dough, but it took an additional three cups of flour!

A lot of people don’t know that my very first job at the age of 15 was in a little family owned pizza place. Making the dough and then the stromboli brought back so many memories for me of that first job. The smells, the feel of the dough in my hands, and in the end, the gloriously delicious smells coming out of my oven!

Kim, thank you so much for the dinner inspiration. I hadn’t made stromboli in years, and we’re definitely going to be making it a lot more often around here. Both of us truly enjoyed this old favorite, and The Brit is excited for his lunch leftovers for a change!



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