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Super Pizza Subs

Posted on October 30, 2008
Filed Under Main dishes

I’m not just being gushy about the pizza subs by adding the word ‘super’ in the title… that’s actually the official name of them in the cookbook that I got the recipe out of, which is the 2001 Quick Cooking annual cookbook. They do live up to their name, though, and the ‘super’ in the title is very fitting.

Another fitting name would be Meat Lover’s Sub, what with having 4 different kinds of meat on them.

The recipe called for 6 9″ sub rolls. What I had was 7 6″ sub rolls… don’t do the Math because the inches won’t hold out. (If any perfectionists out there wonder why I had a 7-pk of rolls instead of an even #, it’s because I had stolen one out of there before to make a sandwich because I was out of bread.) I know this is one of those things that you can just throw together and don’t need a recipe for, but I wanted to follow the recipe (ingredient-wise) to see if I thought the ingredients went well together and then I’d add or delete stuff from there.

Super Pizza Subs

Printable recipe

6 submarine sandwich buns (about 9″), split
1/2 lb. bulk Italian sausage, cooked and drained
1 lb. shaved deli ham
1 can (8 oz.) pizza sauce
1 lb. sliced mozzarella cheese
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
36 mild banana pepper rings
2 pkgs. (3 1/2 oz. each) sliced pepperoni
1/4 lb. thinly sliced hard salami

I toasted the buns first because I thought a little extra crunch would be nice. On bottom half of sandwich buns, layer sausage, ham, pizza sauce, cheese, onion, banana peppers, pepperoni, and salami. Replace tops. Wrap each sandwich in heavy duty foil; place on baking sheets. Bake at 425 for 12 – 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.











They were great! Yum! Here’s what I would change though… use more pizza sauce, go easy on the onions, and sprinkle on some Italian seasoning. Or, I’d saute the onions first, then use the full amount… we’re not cracked over raw onions, even though they were baked a little. And then if I’m sauteing onions anyway, I’d throw some sliced raw mushrooms in the pan too. ???? By the way, if you notice that the one sandwich in the front on the far left didn’t get all the ingredients, it’s because that one is for my picky little eaters to split.

I served them with chips and then had fresh warm apple pie (recipe posted here) and ice cream for dessert…



12 Responses to “Super Pizza Subs”

  1. Shannon on October 30th, 2008 12:54 pm

    Awww they look good. Might have to try them tonight since I’m slap out of ideas. You helped me the other night with baked oatmeal, I just forgot to tell you. :) Now if you’d just post every day! :)

  2. Shannon on October 30th, 2008 12:56 pm

    Umm, your from OH now aren’t you? Your bio still says the land of snow. ????

  3. Michelle on October 30th, 2008 2:43 pm

    Hmm.. The subs look delicious!! I might have to try them sometime.

  4. JoAnn on October 30th, 2008 3:12 pm

    I’ll be trying these, too!

  5. Ruthie on October 30th, 2008 5:26 pm

    Yum! I will put the missing ingredients on my shopping list. =)

  6. Monica on October 30th, 2008 5:51 pm

    MMMM! They sound yummy!! I’m gonna try it sometime, but right now I have no sausage, ham, salami, or cheese!!

  7. Traci on October 30th, 2008 7:40 pm

    I think I just gained 15 pounds……

  8. lisa on October 31st, 2008 12:23 am

    it’s 12:25 a.m. in montana. can you make me one right now? i’m hungry and they look like just what i’m hungry for!

  9. Jo on October 31st, 2008 8:39 am

    Yum, those are making me hungry. It doesn’t help that I haven’t had breakfast. But those look really good!

  10. Berneice on October 31st, 2008 12:48 pm

    Pizza for supper here tonight, but if I had buns it would be pizza subs! They look scrumtious!

  11. Judi on November 11th, 2008 12:57 pm

    omg those looks delicious!! I love a sandwich that you have trouble putting your hands around. And those ingredients are exactly what I like. Next time tell your picky eaters that you’re going to send theirs to other needy families…well, maybe not needy, but more appreciative.

  12. bjuliette on January 9th, 2009 9:08 am

    I just tried your recipe today and wanted to say thank you, because it was really tasty! :)

Baked Oatmeal

I’ve never made baked oatmeal. I think I’ve had it before (Mom might have even made it at home), but I don’t really remember when. The only oatmeal I really liked (before this) is the stuff in packets, the maple & brown sugar flavor. I just saw this recipe while looking for something else and it kind of grabbed me, so I decided to try it. And, it was GOOD!!! It’s filling too! (with seconds, that is) ????

It’s easy and quick too… you can get out of bed, make it in your pjs, put it in the oven and by the time you’re dressed and combed and have the bowls, spoons, and milk around, it’s ready to pull out of the oven. Make it tomorrow morning!


Baked Oatmeal    … recipe taken from the Simply with Taste cookbook

Printable recipe

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups quick oats
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt

Cream sugar and butter together until light. Then add the eggs and mix well.

Add the baking powder and salt, then alternately add the oats and milk, mixing just until well blended. Pour into a greased 9×9 baking dish.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


Serve this warm with milk for a breakfast dish or with ice cream for a dessert. When I got this out of the oven, Lexi thought I had made bars! We all really liked it, even the girls had seconds, which by the way is quite something… usually at mealtime we deal with “Do I have to eat all this?” instead of “Can I have more of that stuff?”

Up next on Kitchen Scrapbook: Super Pizza Subs (from the 2001 Quick Cooking annual cookbook, if you have it and want a sneak peek)


16 Responses to “Baked Oatmeal”

  1. JoAnn on October 28th, 2008 8:35 pm

    I LOVE baked oatmeal! I always used to bake it in the oven, but was in a hurry one time and discovered it’s just as good done in the microwave for 7 minutes. My 16-year-old son was just asking for this the other night.

  2. Liz on October 28th, 2008 9:14 pm

    Funny thing, the other day I wrote down a recipe that is the same as this one, except the salt is different. I also just wrote down the halved version of it beings I doubt Kait and I will eat that much. Now I am just waiting until I decide on a morning to make it. I saw the idea somewhere else, and I see JoAnn ^^ already uses it, to do it in the microwave. I think I am going to try that method.

  3. Freida on October 28th, 2008 9:20 pm

    Oh yum! We love baked oatmeal.’Bout time to make it again.

  4. Kelly on October 29th, 2008 6:20 am

    Welcome back to the blogging world, Kay!

    I’m hoping to return this weekend — we’ll see…I’m still trying to “adjust” to the stove and oven in my new house. (As in — my first post might be more of a disaster than a treat! LOL)

  5. Traci on October 29th, 2008 7:11 am

    On this very cold morning….this looks amazing!! I will have to try it this weekend. I’m so glad you are back…..I love the tutorials!!!

  6. Jan on October 29th, 2008 8:10 am

    yum! i love baked oatmeal, it’s a comfort food. it would have been perfect this morning. i cut the sugar in half, replace it w/honey add sliced apples tossed in the brown sugar with a little cinnamon too. i guess you can add any fruit or even filling, they used to do that at a restaraunt i worked at(way back when).

  7. Monica on October 29th, 2008 10:27 am

    I just made this on Sunday morning!! I like to put a layer of frozen blueberries in the bottom of the pan and top it with the oatmeal mixture and then bake it. Then I eat it vanilla yogurt instead of milk!! It’s so good.

  8. Kay on October 29th, 2008 11:37 am

    I took my own advice and made it again this morning. :) This time i tried it in the microwave, like you suggested, JoAnn, and it turned out great! Now I want to try it sometime with fruit in it and eating it w yogurt.

    One of my favorite things about this site is getting tips and ideas from you all! ????

  9. Liz on October 29th, 2008 2:09 pm

    I made it for breakfast in the microwave – turned out great. Then I took your idea for dessert at lunch by eating it with ice cream. Of course, I added chocolate chips to it. I liked that better than the breakfast version. I want to try it with fruit sometime too. Too bad I can’t say that my daughter just loved it. =(

  10. Ann on October 29th, 2008 1:07 pm

    We love it with with 1/2 – 1 TB cinnamon in the recipe. We also like to eat it with frozen blueberries. The last time I made it, I used maple flavoring (about half the amount of vanilla) since I was out of vanilla, and it turned out very tasty!!

  11. Liz on October 29th, 2008 2:09 pm

    I made it for breakfast in the microwave – turned out great. Then I took your idea for dessert at lunch by eating it with ice cream. Of course, I added chocolate chips to it. I liked that better than the breakfast version. I want to try it with fruit sometime too.
    Too bad I can’t say that my daughter just loved it. =(

  12. Joanna on October 29th, 2008 3:02 pm

    This is a fairly frequent breakfast for us, but my recipe is different, I’ll have to try this one. I sometimes add apple chunks, and I love it with dried cranberries in it (especially at this time of the year!). We eat it with syrup drizzled over the top, and milk. I love the blueberries/yogurt idea above!

  13. Ruthie on October 29th, 2008 4:24 pm

    Baked, or unbaked – oatmeal is not a favorite of ours. But, I am glad to see you’re posting again.

  14. Linda on October 29th, 2008 9:36 pm

    I had some awesome baked oatmeal at a coffee shop in Arkansas. I don’t know what all they added but there were nuts and dried cranberries in it too. I’ve started adding either chopped walnuts or sliced almonds to my oatmeal as a way of adding more protein. I should do some experimenting with the baked oatmeal. I’ve started cooking my oatmeal in apple juice for a natural healthy sweetener. I love to add cinnamon, nuts, and dried cranberries if I have those on hand. I was needing to cut calories so I did this version to cut back on the oil and sugar.

  15. sandra on October 30th, 2008 6:04 am

    This is a favorite of ours. I make it for a quick and filling lunch. Try adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter. Yum!

  16. Ruth on October 30th, 2008 11:19 pm

    I love baked oatmeal. It’s not at all like cooked oatmeal, which I also enjoy. It’s consistancy is more like a cake. I like to add cinnamon and raisins, or cranberries, and nuts of any kind. I also like to have leftovers, because you can warm it it the microwave, and its as good as freshly made.

Mom’s Potato Salad

Posted on October 20, 2008
Filed Under Salads, Side dishes

Because Mom’s is always the best, isn’t it? No matter who ‘Mom’ is.

This potato salad is not my mom’s recipe, it’s just potato salad that’s like hers… just basic potato salad, with no fears of biting into a piece of celery or a pimiento. The reason it’s not her exact recipe is because there is none. She just cooks a few potatoes, cooks a few eggs, and makes the dressing, which is a few dollops of salad dressing, a bit of milk, a squirt of mustard, a scoop of sugar, etc., then she tastes it and adds more as needed.

I think that’s what makes a truly good cook… when you don’t need recipes, yet the food turns out great. My sister Jan inherited that style of cooking, but not me. I do really admire that style of cooking and am impressed when I ask someone for a recipe and they say ‘I don’t actually have one’. But the times I’ve tried to fling it without a recipe, it’s been mostly flops, so I’ll stick to recipes.

This recipe doesn’t have progressive pictures because I wasn’t planning to post it when I made it, but then after tasting it again, I changed my mind because I just love it. But, you didn’t miss much by no progressive pictures, it’s pretty basic.


Mom’s Potato Salad

Printable recipe

6 hard boiled eggs, cut up (I put them thro’ the egg slicer one way, then the other)
5 medium potatoes, cooked, then peeled, then cooled, then shredded

1 1/2 cups salad dressing
1 1/2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1 heaping cup of sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup milk

Pour dressing over potatoes and eggs and stir slowly till evenly mixed. Refrigerate. It can be made ahead… it’s just as good or better the next day. Enjoy!



10 Responses to “Mom’s Potato Salad”

  1. Monica on October 20th, 2008 9:10 am

    Mmmmm!! I love potato salad, especially in the summertime. But, I’ll have to say that I like the crunch of celery in mine!! :) And a teeny tiny bit of really fine onions.

  2. Barb on October 20th, 2008 9:45 am

    Kay, I am soooooo glad you’re back, and getting settled into your new home. I missed your updates and wonderful recipes.

    Potato salad has to be about one of my favorite foods. I do agree with Monica though and would put celery and onion in mine. Although yours looks really good too, just a basic one.

    I have been wanting to make potato salad anyway, so I think I will just make some today since I read your post.

  3. Michelle on October 20th, 2008 9:56 am

    I’m glad your back!!!!!! The potato salad looks delicious, except I like the crunch of celery in mine. I usually add more than the recipe says because I like it so much. Makes me kinda of hungry for some right now…

  4. Judi on October 20th, 2008 12:04 pm

    Your pictured plate looks like what my hubby is making for dinner tonight. I love having a retired hubby.

  5. Freida on October 20th, 2008 12:58 pm

    Ahh, my kind of potatoe salad- no celery OR onion. I’ll have to try this. Probably won’t be till next year sometime, since I hardly EVER make potatoe salad. :)

  6. Joanna on October 20th, 2008 3:05 pm

    I’m w/ you & Freida—definitely no celery or onion crunchies. I actually put a little bit of celery salt & onion powder in mine ’cause I like what it does for the flavor, but I hate the crunch!
    I just ate, but now I’m hungry again…. ????

  7. denise on October 20th, 2008 6:33 pm

    Here’s a little suggestion. My husband doesn’t care for pieces of celery or onion in his potato or macaroni salad, but I like the flavor and don’t want to let that taste out. So I substitute celery salt for half of the salt called for. Then I also add onion powder– a few shakes.( not sure how much cause I’m way too much of an add a little bit of this and a little bit of that type of cook). Anyway, the potato salad does look very yummy. And by the way my husband really likes potato salad made the way I make it. But everybody likes something different so it might not be to your liking. Just thought I’d drop a suggestion. Glad 2 see you are back with us and posting your wonderful recipes. Have a great day!! :-)

  8. cathy on October 21st, 2008 12:00 pm

    I also like onions and celery in mine. I have never heard of putting in milk and sugar..Wouldn’t that make it really sweet?

  9. Ruth on October 26th, 2008 3:16 pm

    Your recipe is a lot like mine except I want celery and onion in mine, and I run the potatoes and eggs through a grater. I was surprised how much sugar goes into a good salad dressing, and it doesn’t taste sweet either, just good.

    We moved in the last year, after living at one place for the 20 years of our marriage. It is quite a chore!! I’m still unpacking and trying to find places for some of my things. I like to keep my seasonings and herbs in alphabetic order on several lazy susan type thig-a-ma-jigs.

  10. Lorrie on March 29th, 2009 7:48 pm

    I have a few favorites of potato salad, but this sounds interesting. I’m going to try it and see. Thanks!

Hi from OHIO!

Posted on October 16, 2008
Filed Under Tidbits

Here I am, equipped with my feather-duster, ready to dust off this site again. Ah, how I missed it! I had a list a mile long that I had to get done before I was going to allow myself to start posting again. But, I’m pretty gracious, especially with myself (sigh!), and I let that little rule slide. Not totally slide though, I did get about 3/4 of the things done that I wanted to.

So, have any of you ever moved? Do you know how much WORK it is?! You have to still do the laundry, make meals, take care of the kids, go scrapbooking, clean the house, PLUS decorate the house, unpack boxes, and fit everything into cupboards and closets. And it doesn’t all fit quite as good as it did… you know how when you go grocery shopping and you’ve got a full cart, then you put it all on the checkout counter and when you load it back into the cart bagged up, the cart is overflowing and you’ve still got 5 more bags to put in it. So, I have quite a few things that don’t have homes yet. Like the Kleenex box. It is on top of the fridge, but how many guests will manage to spy it up there? And the spices, I need to figure out a better system for them. They have a home, but not a very organized one. …Not like I’m stuck on being organized or anything.

I think for the next while, my house will be like a Rubikscube (I have no idea how to spell that, so just sound it out and you’ll know what I mean). Once everything is in place, I’ll still be changing this and changing that till it feels right.

Anyway, I’m not posting a recipe right now, just checking in to say Hi and that you’ll be seeing more action on this site again now.

And if you ever get bored, make a duck bill with Pringles chips…


12 Responses to “Hi from OHIO!”

  1. Traci on October 16th, 2008 9:35 pm

    Welcome back, I’ve missed you!!! When you get all the decorating done, you must post pics of new house.

  2. Loretta on October 17th, 2008 3:27 am

    It has been fun to find you here, and now today when I checked you had written—-that is great. Glad you are back and will be writing. I tried calling you this week, will try again. Have a great day and God bless you.

  3. Lisa @ The Cutting Edge of Ordinary on October 17th, 2008 4:35 am

    Welcome back! We missed your cooking!

  4. Michelle on October 17th, 2008 9:11 am

    Welcome back!! I really missed the updates the last month. Please show us pictures of your house sometime.

  5. Judi on October 17th, 2008 9:53 am

    Welcome back. I missed you, kept checking in to see if you were back yet. Love the duck bill.

  6. Arla on October 17th, 2008 10:05 am

    Hi Kay,
    At last you’re back. Lexi looks like Jan on that pic. We’re looking forward to your recipes and pics coming back. I thought you ought to name your first official post, Cooking Is Back On The Burner, or something like that. Actually, Sometimes when I checked in; I thought that’s what I was seeing. Imagine my disappointment!

  7. Monica on October 17th, 2008 12:50 pm

    Welcome to Ohio!! I was wondering when you were going to post again!! Glad your getting settled in. Cute picture, we always called them “Duck Lips”!!

  8. Ali on October 17th, 2008 9:12 pm

    Glad to see you back!!

  9. Rene on October 17th, 2008 9:22 pm

    Kay — I’m so glad to see you back!! I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. I’ve been doing a lot of home cooking and have used several of your recipes. Since you’ve been gone we had a horrible thing happen in our family and my husband was diagnosed with Leukemia. He’s doing chemo now which has messed with his taste buds so I’ve been trying all kinds of new recipes trying to find things he actually likes. So far the only thing that does it for him are sweets. So….I’ve been making lots of desserts which my hips are absolutely loving but I’m not loving my hips! ????

    How was the move? Are the girls happy in their new home? My hubby is from Ohio — Akron. I love that state. It’s so pretty and green. It is much different than Wisconsin?

  10. Melissa K on October 18th, 2008 6:13 am

    Welcome back! I’ve missed reading your blog and have been checking back every few days, waiting eagerly for you to be ready to start up again!

    I’m glad you made the trip safe and sound. Good luck on settling in to the new place & finding homes for all of your stuff. Can’t wait until you’re ready to start posting recipes too!

  11. mary cluley on October 18th, 2008 6:28 am

    Hi and good morning,
    I am orginally from Columbus, Ohio. I love Ohio, but live in TX now. Anyway, I wanted to invite you to my scrapbooking website. I see you scrapbook, and we have a wonderful “project center” with lots of idea. It is
    Then, click on the project center. I hope you can garnish at least one good idea from there.
    I will check out your recipes, as I also love to cook. My children are mostly grown now so I do not cook quite as much, but do enjoy it. God bless always,
    Mary in Wichita Falls, TX

  12. Katrina on October 18th, 2008 10:14 pm

    Glad you’ll be back cookin and sharing again! Cute pic of your daughter!