Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I can cook....kind of

I do not like to cook. I can bake all day long, but cooking requires too much multitasking for me. I get frazzled with multiple pots and pans and having to get everything done right around the same time. Therefore, as Mike would inform you, many of our dinners are pasta, mac and cheese and anything else that can be done quickly and easily : )

However, I know that I need to get better about actually making real meals. I think sitting down for dinner as a family is very important and I want to make it a priority in our house. I need to start cooking for this to happen!

So I decided last night to turn to Pinterest to find some recipes for dinner. My first project: Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks. I found the recipe on the Full Bellies, Happy Kids blog (she got it from the Misadventures of Mrs B) and I followed the recipe exactly. They turned out pretty well although I think I over kneaded them a bit and they certainly aren't as pretty as hers. They were a little buttery for Mike's taste, so I'll use less of the butter sauce next time. They really do taste like the bread sticks at Olive Garden!

And yes, I know that this really counts more as baking than cooking, but I did make a new casserole to go with it that I'll post next week so it counts!

Jumbo bread sticks!

Olive Garden Bread Sticks 
Credit:  The Misadventures of Mrs B.

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 package active dry yeast
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt

1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes, covered. Mixture should be frothy.

2. In separate bowl, combine flour and salt.

3. Add to yeast mixture. Add melted butter. Mix with paddle attachment of stand mixer or wooden spoon until fully combined.

4. Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth. Do not overknead!

5. Grease a cookie sheet. Pull off pieces of dough and roll out into strips.

6. Cover the dough and let sit in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour.

7. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and once heated, put in the bread sticks.

8. In microwave, combine the following:

          1 stick unsalted butter (or 1/2 cup margarine)
          2 teaspoons garlic powder
          2 teaspoons salt

9. After 6 or 7 minutes, brush the bread sticks with half of the butter mixture.

10. Continue to bake for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown. Mine got a bit browner than I wanted because I had a fussy child! 

11. Immediately upon removal from the oven, brush the other half of the butter on the sticks.

12. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes and enjoy!


  1. I'm a huge fan of simple dishes and anything I can make in the slow cooker. I'm posting a really easy, delicious recipe on my blog tomorrow.

  2. Mmmm I'm going to have to make these!



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