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Pecan and Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

Pecan and Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

    Mama G’s Pecan and Poppy Seed Chicken Salad Culinary evidence from cookbook sources confirms cooked meat and mayonnaise type salads were popular in America from colonial times to present. European settlers brought these traditions to our shores. Chicken salad – refers to any […]

Kids Lunch Hacks

Kids Lunch Hacks

  Children’s Lunch Hacks. We all know too well the Monday morning rush as we scoot little ones off to school. Why not add a little fun to the morning with make-ahead lunches. To prepare sandwiches ahead take bread and place butter on both pieces […]

Cake Hacks You Love

Cake Hacks You Love


Cake Hacks You Need.


Next time you slice cake, try slicing it from the center so that you can move the pieces together keeping the edges moist.

Poached eggs are easy to make

Poached eggs are easy to make

    1. Use fresh eggs 2. Add a few drop of vinegar to a pan of simmering water. 3. Crack eggs into a cup. 4. Make a gentle whirlpool in the simmering water. This helps the egg wrap around the yolk when you place it in […]

The Science Of Eggs

The Science Of Eggs

  Eggs… fried, scrambled, as well as omelettes, should never be cooked in salted butter as this will cause them to stick to the pan.   Mama G’s, Jolly Good Tips. Toodle…Oo

Margherita Pizza Pie

Margherita Pizza Pie


Not just pizza… It’s a Pizza Pie!

Mama G’s Fork & Knife, Pizza Pie. This dough is something special. It is simple and has no yeast. The crust is dense and flaky with added flavor and crunch. Enjoy this pizza pie with your favorite toppings or bake up the dough and serve dripping in butter. This is not your ordinary pizza. Grab your fork & Knife. “It’s The Goodness”

Ingredients For Dough:
1. Large 15 ” or larger cast-iron pan
2. Corn meal as needed for dusting pan
3. Olive oil as needed
4. 2 1/4 cups bleached Gold Medal flour. More for dusting. No substitutions
5. 1 Tablespoon baking powder
6. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
7. 1 cup whole milk
8. 7 Tablespoons room temperature butter

Ingredients For Toppings:
1. Olive oil as needed to sprinkle pizza dough
2. 8 Oz fresh Mozzarella, sliced
3. 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan
4. 15 Oz can of pizza sauce of choice
5. 7 fresh basil leaves, crushed
6. 6 Oz Pepperoni or as desired

Pizza Dough Method:
1. Preheat oven to 525 degrees
2. Turn cast-iron pan upside down and sprinkle corn meal on the bottom of the pan
3. In a large bowl, fold in all the ingredients by hand. Continue to fold until one ball of dough forms. No kneading, no over mixing.
4. Remove dough from bowl onto a flour dusted surface. Dough will be sticky. Pat hands with Gold Medal flour.
5. Roll dough out with a flour dusted rolling pin to fit the size of the cast-iron pan. Dough will roll with ease if mixed right.
6. Place dough on top of the cornmeal dusted pan.
7. Roll the excess dough around edges of pizza to form a crust.

To Assemble Pizza In Order:
1. Again, make sure you place dough on top of the upside down cast-iron pan.
2. Sprinkle top of dough with olive oil
3. Add Mozzarella
4. Add sauce of choice. Just enough to cover
5. Add Basil
6. Add Pepperoni
7. Bake for 10-12 , minutes, more if needed, and remove from oven. All ovens vary
8. Cool for 5 minutes and serve immediately

Mama G’s Jolly Good Tips:
1. Place cheese on pizza before the sauce. This will keep the crust from becoming soggy
2. If you are not making the sauce from scratch, Contadina is great pizza sauce.
3. Brush pizza dough with a thin layer of olive oil before adding toppings. This will keep the crust from getting soggy
4. Crush basil before placing it on pizza to release flavor.
5. If you add vegetables to the pizza, first place them in a separate cast iron pan and char them for 2 to 3 minutes. This will keep the juices from spilling on pizza. This heightens flavor.
6. Using a 20″ cast-iron works great for this recipe.
7. Sprinkle sea salt as desired over the sauce before baking.
8. Add extra crushed garlic to desired taste.
9. Directions if adding tomatoes. Slice tomatoes and place them in a salad spinner to remove seeds and moisture.
10. Important to use only bleached Gold Medal flour for this recipe.

Where did pizza come from?
The baked flatbread most people think of as pizza originated in Naples. It was a favorite snack of occupying Spanish soldiers in the 17th century. The dough was soft baked and crispy. It was then folded and eaten by hand.

Pizza in America:
Pizza came to the United States by Italian immigrants. For years, pizza was available in cities with large Neapolitan populations. When the American soldiers returned from WWII pizza became a national phenomenon.

How much did the first pizzas cost?
The first pizza cost 5 cents. Eateries didn’t have to advertise to draw business.

New York style pizza:
Gennaro Lombardi opened up the first New York style pizzeria at 53 1/2 Spring Street in 1905.

Chicago-style pizza:
Pizza appeared in Chicago around 1912 when a man went around with a pizza filled basket on his head.

Tomato pizza pie:
19th century American cookbooks offer several recipes for tomato pie. Green or ripe tomatoes baked in a traditional pie crust.
Cheese and toppings first. Then comes the seasoned tomatoes with the individual pizza maker’s signature flair. True tomato pie has tomato in every bite, as in a regular pizza.

Mama G,





Gramma Burgers 1940’s, Highway Cafe Original Recipe Banana Bread With Mama G Inspiration.

Gramma Burgers 1940’s, Highway Cafe Original Recipe Banana Bread With Mama G Inspiration.

    INGREDIENTS: 1 stick butter room temperature (key) 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 eggs room temperature lightly beaten (key) 4 very ripe bananas 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp sea salt 1/3 c sour milk, this is done by adding […]

A Whole-Lotta Whole Grain Goodness

A Whole-Lotta Whole Grain Goodness

  A Whole-Lotta Whole Grain Goodness: Chia seeds add crunch and absorbs moisture adding a gooey texture, which I adore. It is crazy healthy so why not add that little extra bit of treasure. Darlins’, seriously watch cooking times, this crazy cookie bakes up different […]

Mama G’s World’s Best Meatloaf!

Mama G’s World’s Best Meatloaf!



Mama G’s Best Ever Meatloaf!



1 lb. 80/20 high quality hamburger.

1 white onion diced small. Make certain all cuts are equal size.

Sea salt & pepper to taste

2 teaspoons minced garlic. Fresh garlic in the jar can be found in produce section. Works fabulous too.

10 drops high quality shiracha sauce

3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 room temperature eggs

1 cup quick oats

Heinz ketchup as desired. Pretty please no substitutes


Preheat oven at 450 for at least 20 minutes

In large bowl gently break up hamburger

Gently fold in onion,

Fold in salt & pepper

Fold in garlic

Fold in shiracha

Fold in Worcestershire sauce

Fold in 2 lightly beaten eggs

Fold in quick oats

Make sure all ingredients are blended well but caution to not over-mix.

Shape and form meatloaf

Coat a baking loaf pan with cooking spray well. Place meatloaf into pan and coat top with Heinz ketchup. Place into pre-heated 450 degree oven.

Bake for 1/2 hour at 450 degree, turn down to 350 and bake another 20 minutes. Monitor because all ovens vary, this baby can burn in an instant just when you aren’t looking!

Yield: One loaf pan size. Feeds 4 to 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Ease of Preparation: Simple

Total Time: 65 minutes

Mama G Tips:

1. Super lean burger will not work well for this recipe. It compromises flavor and texture. I actually often use 73 percent. Confession – If I make this recipe just for myself I forgo a lot flavor and use 93 percent lean.

2. Mix all ingredients gently as over mixing will ensure very tough meatloaf

3. If you love sweet and savory you can sprinkle brown sugar on top of loaf and then add the ketchup.

4. My favorite side-dish for this is Chef Matt’s Leek mashed potatoes. Take a bite of meatloaf with a bite of leek mashed potatoes. Oh, yeah!





Cooking With Kids

Cooking With Kids

    Mama G’s Guide to Ensure Cooking Success in the Kitchen with Your Preschoolers Remember, the attention span of little one’s will vary, often 10 to 15 minutes. Brain development at this age is critical. Always know that this time with them in the […]