The Bored Girl's Kitchen











{April 17, 2014}   Homemade Calzones

Verdict: Om nom, nom nom nom.

Pizza is one of those dishes that my husband and I both love. It’s a favorite for him when he doesn’t feel like making a full meal because it’s quick and easy, especially when ordered. I like it for, well, most of the same reasons. We always end up compromising on what we get because I alwaya want a ‘fancier’ pizza than he does, so personal pizzas were a no brainer that I brain farted on until very recently. After talking with one of the ladies at work about how she threw together a calzone for her family in a reasonable amount of time, I decided that hey, I can do this too!

What you’ll need to make this: realistically anything that sounds good on a pizza. I went with

– Pizza dough
– Pizza sauce
– Cheese (I used mozzarella, sharp cheddar, and feta)
– Ground beef and pepperoni for my meat
– Mushrooms and garlic for my veggies

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Step 1: Brown your beef. I tossed it into a pan and let it simmer while I got to work chopping my veggies.

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Bonus shot of my pizza dough thawing on the pilot light.

Next step: cut up your veggies! This is also probably a good time to start heating your oven. I set mine to about 350°. Don’t forget to check on the meat periodically though. Here I chopped up some mushrooms and used my fancy shmancy garlic zoom (don’t judge, it was a wedding present) to get my stuff ready. I also had some extra time to chop up a few more vegetables for lunch time snacks.

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If you’re smarter than me, you’ll probably roll out your dough on a cutting board. I am not a smart man, so I greased up my cookie sheet, cut my dough ball in half, and started kneading it out with my fingers. It worked, but it could have turned out a lot better. In any case, get however many dough bits rolled out as you need and get them on your baking sheet to start filling them. When you start, you’ll want to keep in mind that you need to flip one half over so that all your ingredients are covered. I just tried to stick to filling one side of my dough. I chose to go sauce, cheese, meat, then veggies, and fold everything over. However you choose to do it is perfectly fine, just so long as you can fold over your dough and seal the edges.

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     Not pictured: well sealed edges.

Pop that bad boy into the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the crust is as toasty as you want it. Pull it out. Let it cool, and enjoy! I did thoroughly, because I never get to put that much garlic on anything and it was a nice treat for me. Not as much for my husband when I tried to kiss him later, but for me anyway, and that’s really the important part.

Hope you enjoyed my bored return to the kitchen!

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{April 5, 2012}   Boredom Soup: Take 1

Verdict: Well, my husband liked it.  I shouldn’t have added the Italian seasoning.  I don’t know why I did.  I don’t even like Italian seasoning.

So the other day I was bored and hungry, and decided to whip together a little soup dish.  Another endlessly customizable dish, there are things I would have liked to add to this one that I couldn’t, and things that I wouldn’t add if making it again. however it’s a decent basic soup type thing that can be relatively quickly enjoyed.

For my “recipe” you’ll need the following:

– small can of meat, or meat that you like and have cooked.  I used a can of chicken for this one.

– Bouillon cube of your choice, I used beef.

– Various vegetables.  I had potatoes and celery available.

– Various seasonings.  In this dish I used freeze dried onion (in lieu of real onions), garlic powder, steak seasoning, and Italian seasoning.

(Substitute one of those garlic powders for a jar of freeze dried onions, I don’t pay as close attention as I should sometimes)

Step 1: Chop up your potatoes and start them cooking.  While the potatoes are cooking, go ahead and prep any other veggies you want to put in there.  They don’t have to be chopped super fine, just small bite sized pieces will work.

Step 2:  Once the potatoes are done cooking, or if you have pre-prepared potatoes like I do above (thanks mom!), make sure there’s just enough water in there to cover the potatoes.  With that pint sized jar up there, I put the whole jar in and added another jar full of water.  Then add the bouillon cubes and the veggies.

Step 3: Once the bouillon is dissolved, go ahead and add the seasonings and stir it. After that, add the meat and 3/4 of the package of Ramen.

Step 4: After the Ramen has softened, serve! Garnish bowls with the other 1/4 package of Ramen, and enjoy!

I couldn’t even finish that bowl that you see there, but that was from the Italian seasoning.  I firmly believe that if I were to remake this without that, I’d eat the whole pot there. I’d also only use one bouillon cube instead of two because for just me it was a bit too salty.  However, my husband enjoyed the leftovers, and took them to work for lunch, so it wasn’t a total bust.

If you have any questions or comments you can either leave them below, or email me.  If you have a suggestion for a recipe or any other ideas, that email address is theboredgirlskitchen@gmail.com.

Happy cooking!



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