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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Focaccia Bread

This cheesy, crusty focaccia bread is so simple and so delicious!  It can be on your table with almost no effort thanks to the help of frozen Rhodes dough.  Besides planning ahead enough time to thaw the dough, this recipe is quick, tasty and the perfect side to a hearty pasta dish or a simple soup.  
Start by thawing 2 loaves of Rhodes White Bread.  You can do this overnight (8-12 hours in the fridge) or 5-7 hours at room temperature.  You can also follow the directions on the bag for the speed thaw method (2-4 hours) with the help of the oven.  

Once your loaves are thawed, line a baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper.  Press the 2 loaves of bread together and press the dough to a thickness of about 1/2 inch.

While pressing the dough out, use your fingers to create "dimples" in the bread.  This will give the focaccia it's signature look and allow it to hold on to a little bit more olive oil as it rises and bakes make the crust extra crispy and delicious.  

Once your bread is pressed, top it generously with olive oil, herbs (dried or fresh), parmesan or asiago cheese, and garlic salt.  Let rest for 10 minutes before baking.  

Bake in a 425 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.  

Remove from oven and allow to cool before slicing into sticks, wedges, or tearing off a piece for serving.  Enjoy!
Focaccia Bread

2 loaves Rhodes White Bread, thawed according to directions on bag
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil (or use 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning)
½ -1 cup grated parmesan or asiago cheese (don’t skimp here!)
½ - 1 teaspoon garlic salt


Preheat oven to 425.  When Rhodes loaves are thawed but still cold, press the 2 loaves together and set on a parchment lined baking sheet or pizza pan.  Using your hands, press it out into a thickness of about ½ inch.  

Use your fingers to make indentations in the bread as you press it out to help hold onto some of the olive oil and give the characteristic craggy look of focaccia bread.  Drizzle the bread with olive oil and use your hands or a pastry brush to spread it around and make sure the bread is all coated (use more olive oil if necessary).  Sprinkle with herbs (fresh or dried), cheese, and garlic salt.  Let rest for 10 minutes.

Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Slice into sticks or wedges or tear off pieces for serving.  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Loaded Breakfast Skillet

This breakfast skillet has become a fast favorite for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at our houses.  We love it's versatility and the fact that it comes together so quickly! It's hearty, healthy, and delicious!

The recipe is live at OSSS today. 

A few other breakfast favorites:

Monday, January 22, 2018

Shortcut Cheesesteak Subs

If you've been around here very long, it's no secret that we love Rhodes Artisan French Rolls.  They just step-up our dinner game that much.  Last week, we took our favorite cheese-steak filling and served it on these rolls instead of the standard hoagies we usually use.  They were SO good.  

We started by letting the rolls thaw (either at room temperature if you plan ahead, or by following the microwave directions on the bag).  Then we split them open and toasted them under the broiler.  Take them out, add the meat mixture and cheese and return to the broiler until the cheese has reached melty perfection.  Divine! And on the table in under 20 minutes--we call that a dinner win!

We like to serve these with a salad, fruits and veggies, or some roasted potatoes for a fast and filling dinner!

Shortcut Cheesesteak Subs

2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, halved and sliced into thin half moons
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
½-¾  teaspoon dried oregano
3-4 tablespoons A-1 steak sauce
1.5 pounds deli roast beef, cut into 2-inch strips
Salt and pepper
1 bag Rhodes Artisan French Rolls (12 count)
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 slices provolone, swiss, or havarti cheese


Preheat the broiler to low.  Allow rolls to sit at room temperature to defrost while you prepare the filling.  In a 12-inch skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and add sliced onion.  Saute, stirring occasionally until onions begin to caramelize.  Add garlic and oregano and continue to cook for 1 minute.  Add in sliced roast beef strips, A-1 sauce, and salt and pepper.  Use tongs to stir together until mixture is heated through and well combined.  Remove from heat.  

Prepare the rolls for toasting by splitting them open.  (If they are still too frozen, follow the microwave directions on the bag to defrost them).  Lay the split rolls cut side up on a baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil.  Place under broiler for 3-5 minutes or until they are as toasty as you like.  Remove pan from oven.  Place ½ slice of cheese on top of each roll half.  And spread the meat mixture evenly among the 12 sandwiches.  Return to broiler and broil for 2-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Serve Immediately.  


Any leftover sandwiches can be wrapped in foil and reheated in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Recipe Source:

Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Instant Pot Creamy Butternut & Tomato Bisque

Like many people, we are loving our Instant Pots.  This recipe is an example of one that the cook time is cut WAY down by using a pressure cooker.  Our kids eat this "tomato soup" and have no idea they are eating some nutrient-packed butternut squash.  It's a favorite of ours for a quick dinner on a cold day!

Head to OSSS for the full recipe and printable!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Pork & Sweet Potato Meal Prep Bowls

Looking for something fresh, filling, and good-for-you?  These pork and sweet potato meal prep bowls are it!  They are super versatile so you can make any swaps you want.  I made several of them for the fridge and changed up the sauces each day for lunch last week so I didn't get tired of them.  They were so good and way better than finishing my kids' grilled cheese sandwiches or quesadillas.  

Head to OSSS to get the recipe!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Instant Pot General Tsao's Chicken

Have you jumped on the instant pot bandwagon yet?  We aren't usually ones to want every little kitchen appliance.....but the instant pot we LOVE. We were both gifted instant pot's in the last year - and we love the fact that we can cook quicker - and get tender fall apart meat almost effortlessly!  

This General Tso’s Chicken has become a fast new favorite.  And you can probably throw it together in an Instant Pot faster than you can pick up take-out.  It’s tender, moist, flavorful, and has just a handful of ingredients–most of which are pantry staples.  You can use thawed or frozen chicken thighs here and serve it over rice or in lettuce.  Our kids loved it, too! Give it a try and let us know what you think!

We're sharing the RECIPE HERE

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Garlic & Herb Bubble Bread

One of our favorite things about Winter is eating soup!  It's so warm and cozy and full of goodness.  When eating soup at our houses, bread isn't really optional and this Garlic and Herb bubble bread is the perfect companion to a bowl of soup.  

It's a cinch to throw together and our families loved it!  Start by thawing about 20 Rhodes rolls. 

Mix some minced garlic and Italian seasoning into melted butter.
Cut each Rhodes roll in half and dip into the butter mixture.  Place in baking dish.  Cover and let rise.  

Bake until puffy and golden brown.  

Pull apart and dig in!  If you're looking for something extra special, you could stuff each half of roll with a small cube of mozzarella cheese and have a delicious cheesy bread! Enjoy!

Rhodes Garlic & Herb Bubble Bread

20 Rhodes dinner rolls
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
⅓ cup butter, melted
¾ teaspoon italian seasoning
½ cup parmesan cheese, optional


Let rolls thaw according to directions on package.  Lightly grease a 9x9 pan.  Combine butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning in a small bowl.  

Cut each roll in half, dip into the butter mixture, and drop into greased pan.  Repeat with all halves.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top, if desired.  

Let rise until doubled (45 minutes to 1 hour).  Bake in a preheated oven at 375 for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on top and internal temperature is 200.