Chicago-Style Pizza #SundaySupper

Today Sunday Supper is honouring the Fathers in our lives with a fantastic menu of men approved dishes. I am lucky in that my husband is more adventurous with food then I am but when I heard this was the theme I thought this would be a perfect time to share my attempt of Chicago-style pizza.

Chris is such an amazing dad who blows me away every day with his love and patience for his daughter. We just recently found out that our new bundle of joy coming is a girl which only out numbers Chris even more. Chris’ excitement when the sonographer said we are expecting another girl brought such joy to my heart. He is a daddy who loves his girls and they love him. I hope he feels honoured and appreciated every day but especially on this day. Love you honey.

Now I have only visited Chicago a few times so I can’t consider myself an expert but both hubby and I agreed this was the best Chicago pizza we have had in a while. I can’t wait until we have an excuse to make it again.

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Chicago Pizza

460g (3 1/4 c.) plain flour
80g (1/2 c.) yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp table salt
2 tsp sugar
2 1/4 tsp instant or rapid-rise yeast
295mL (1 1/4 c.) water, room temperature
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus 4 tablespoons, softened
1 tsp plus 4 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 tsp dried oregano
Table salt
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press
400g (28-oz) tin crushed tomatoes
1/4 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Ground black pepper
500g (1 lb) whole-milk or part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 4 cups)
14g (1/2 oz) grated Parmesan cheese (about ΒΌ cup)
Hot or mild Italian sausage, casings removed
Other toppings of choice
Recipe from Carnal Dish

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Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

Sometimes Waitrose, the grocery store I shop at, has great offers on their vegetables that are close to their sell by date. I always head to the section of the store to browse and see what catches my eye. Last week I was excited to see a packet of shitake mushrooms, normally 1.50 reduced to .60! I knew these needed to be the feature in my next crock pot creation. So I decided to throw together a beef and mushroom stew. Now really any mushrooms will do for this recipe. But we are big fans of the delicate taste of oyster mushrooms. Oh who am I kidding we love all mushrooms, but it was a real treat as I often stick to chestnut mushrooms which are cheaper.

What is your favourite way to serve mushrooms?

Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

500g (1 lb) beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
(1 1/2 c.) beef broth
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 tsp paprika
150g (5oz) oyster mushrooms, sliced (any mushrooms will do)
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium potatoes, diced
1 small white onion, chopped

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

I have to confess that appetizers and starters often get forgotten in my kitchen. So much time and effort goes in to my main courses and side dishes that I very rarely take the time to make a starter. But I was inspired listening to a friend’s typical holiday party menu that always includes a starter that I decided to start making more of an effort. And after the fabulous inspiration from my fellow Sunday Supper bloggers this past Sunday I have a whole list of appetizers I want to try.

Today I wanted to share with you a wonderful starter soup that is creamy and full of flavour and thankfully doesn’t take too much effort. So you can wow your guests without having to labour long over it. If all you have ever had is tinned mushroom soup then you are missing out because this incredible. Hubby has made me promise that this won’t be a one time soup.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

2 Tbsp olive oil
340g (12oz) mushrooms, your choice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 tsp thyme
240mL (1 c.) vegetable broth
60mL (1/4 c.) white wine
4 Tbsp cornstarch
240mL (1 c.) cream

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All Day Stew

Well this past weekend my husband and I have been trying to finalize the changes that are going to be happening with the blog. There is a huge redesign that will be happening and I am so excited about it, I will hopefully be releasing it later this week. Aligning with my vision of helping people keep their budget down with homecooked meals I am going to be talking a lot more about baby-led weaning and will be featuring more toddler/baby meals that are also tasty for the whole family. So exciting!

Until then I wanted to share with you a childhood favourite dish that everyone in my family loves. It is perfect for my daughter because the beef is so tender she can easily eat it. I love easy meals to throw in the crockpot, it makes evenings so much simpler. And these days with Morgan walking and getting into even more mischief it is needed more then ever. Sadly the crockpot died a tragic death so I had to adapt this recipe last minute. If you want an even simpler meal just throw all the ingredients into a crockpot and cook on low all day.

All Day Stew

1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
200g (7 oz) green beans
500g (17 oz) new potato
500g (1 lb) beef, stew meat
400g tin of cream of mushroom soup

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