Holy Moly Stromboli! (Giveaway Post)

Last week, I decided that it was a great time to start exploring all the fun gadgets and small appliances that Adam and I were lucky enough to receive for our wedding. I coined it "gadget week" and started with the mandoline, then the rice cooker, the fancy schmancy blender, the immersion blender, and tonight...the piece de recistance: The Kitchen Aid stand mixer. We registered for the standard enamel 5 qt. stand mixer with the top that lifts up to allow access to the bowl and paddle. Much to my surprise, my mom was generous enough to get us the KitchenAid Professional 5 qt. deluxe super duper mixer with the lever that raises the bowl to the paddle. Just look how pretty it is:
I never in a million years thought we'd get the smaller mixer we'd registered for, let alone this one... so mom, again, THANK YOU!
I went a little mixer-crazy yesterday and today in preparation for this post, and you'll see partially why when you get to the dessert at the bottom of this post, but trust me, you'll want to see dinner too. One of the cool things about KitchenAid mixers is their ability to make dough. Now, I'll probably still use the old school method for making challah, but the dough hook made tonight's dinner that much easier.
Stromboli are kind of like calzones, but also kind of like a thin-crust pizza rolled up into an Italian-style burrito. I made this wonderful whole wheat pizza dough from AllRecipes.com, except I did the kneading in the KitchenAid. It was so much easier!


  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
  2. Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour, and knead until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both of your fists, and gently pull the edges outward, while rotating the crust. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan. Top pizza with your favorite toppings, such as sauce, cheese, meats, or vegetables.
  5. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness) in the preheated oven, until the crust is crisp and golden at the edges, and cheese is melted on the top.
Then, after I allowed it to do all its rising, Adam and I rolled them out and put our choice of toppings inside. I chose Canadian bacon, mozzarella, red peppers, mushrooms, and spinach. Adam chose the same but left out the "fungus and peppers" as he called it. They got rolled up, sealed, and scored on the top and baked at 425* until they were done on the outside. They looked fairly boring at first (Adam's on the left, mine on the right):

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But upon slicing into them, we found some spiraled treasure:

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We topped them with some pizza sauce and dug in. They were delicious! It was like eating pizza with significantly more toppings and less cheese, and the dough was nutty and delicious!
Now, on to the dessert I made yesterday. There was something special about it... it had ingredients in it that I wouldn't have normally bought: almond flour, organic cocoa, and sunflower seed butter. Why did I have these ingredients? Well, the lovely people at iHerb.com offered me a $50 shopping spree to test out their website and sample some of their products and I happily obliged! I got an opportunity to sample some things that I haven't tried before due to cost or availability, and their website is fantastic. Some things I knew I wanted to try, so I just typed them into the search interface. Some things though, I found through a category search, or an alphabetical search. They have over 18,000 natural products, so it was a bit overwhelming! I ended up with:
  • 1 case PB&J Larabars
  • agave nectar
  • organic cocoa powder
  • Bob's Red Mill almond flour
  • Bob's Red Mill high fiber oat bran
  • SunButter
I had something in mind when I picked these items, besides the fact that I wanted to taste them. I wanted to use this (from Adam's mom):
to make some brownies! I found a recipe to adapt, and ended up with this result:
The recipe for SunButter Cocoa Brownies:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2/3 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 2 heaping Tbsp. SunButter
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Beat eggs until slightly frothy, then add oil and mix well. Add sugar and cocoa and mix well, then add flours. Once the batter has come together, add milk and SunButter and mix well. Pour into pan and bake 22-26 minutes. Enjoy!
These were great, and it was so much fun trying out new ingredients! Do you want to try new ingredients from iHerb.com? This is your chance! For the low low cost of a comment below, you can be entered to win your very own $50 shopping spree from iHerb.com! To get extra entries, you can:
  1. Post about the contest on your blog and link back to this post. (http://www.imadedinner.net/2010/01/24/holy-moly-stromboli-giveaway-post) Then, leave another comment telling me you've done so.
  2. Tweet about this contest by saying "I want to go shopping @iherb with @imadedinner! http://tinyurl.com/iherb" then leave me another comment telling me you've done so.
  3. Visit iHerb.com and tell me the ONE item you're dying to try! Then (you guessed it) leave another comment to let me know you've done so.
Only comments will be counted as entries, so if you just comment, that's one entry. You will need to comment that you've posted, tweeted, or visited as well. Good luck! Winner will be announced next Sunday, January 31! You may have noticed that it looks a little different around here... what do you think? Can you read the posts ok? Let me know if you're having trouble... Have a great Sunday night, and a pleasant Monday!
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184 Responses to Holy Moly Stromboli! (Giveaway Post)

  1. Annie says:

    Id love trying some chia seeds!

  2. Emily says:

    I’d LOVE to win! I like to add protein powder to a lot of my recipes, and I’d definitely love to buy some new brands!

  3. Kelsey says:

    amazing grass!

  4. Kelsey says:

    tweet! @carrothead

  5. carolinebee says:

    Mara why must you and your delicious treats live so far away from me!? 😀
    Hmmmm i am interested in chia seeds too, although the few blogs i’ve seen them on lately all say they’re kinda gross!? Haha
    .-= carolinebee´s last blog ..A (late) Happy Birthday Wish! =-.

  6. I’d love to try chia seeds, I’ve heard so much about them. But Amazing Grass is pretty high on my list, too!
    .-= Madeleine @ Notes On A Page´s last blog ..Lunch Break =-.

  7. Deanna G. says:

    I would love to win! 🙂

  8. Deanna G. says:

    One item I’m dying to try is the Garden of Life, Coconut Oil!

  9. Liz says:

    I’d love to try some new protein powders!

  10. Joanna says:

    Sounds like they have great stuff. I really want to try chia seeds!
    .-= Joanna´s last blog ..my granola =-.

  11. campinggirl says:

    I would like to try the Spirulina powder. I have heard a lot about it recently.

  12. Kimmy Jahnke says:

    What a great giveaway! I’d love to be entered!

  13. Kimmy Jahnke says:

    2. I tweeted it (@Kimmyjahnke)!

  14. Kimmy Jahnke says:

    3. I would definitely have to try some chia seeds from iHerb if I won! I have been dying to get my hands on some!

  15. Emily says:

    I would love to win! I am trying to lose about 12 ungodly pounds and want to incorporate new, healthy things into my diet!

  16. Just tweeted about the contest @hipsterveg! Would to have a shopping go at iHerb
    .-= Sarah the Hipster Veg´s last blog ..Croque Monsieur (or Madam) =-.

  17. Jessica Lee says:

    I would LOVE to try chia seeds. Everyone is making chia puddings these days and I want to get in on the action.

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  19. I’d love to try some brown rice protein. I’ve been using whey and hearing the benefits of brown rice powder and would love to buy some! And buy some coconut oil too. Way too many choices! I’m going to tweet it now 🙂
    .-= Erin @ Big Girl Eats´s last blog ..Changes, Part Deux. =-.

  20. Just tweeted! @biggirleats
    .-= Erin @ Big Girl Eats´s last blog ..Changes, Part Deux. =-.

  21. I also visited the site (with my aforementioned list of things to buy). Just in case that wasn’t clear before 🙂 I’ll stop stalking you now. Thanks Mara!
    .-= Erin @ Big Girl Eats´s last blog ..Changes, Part Deux. =-.

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  24. Emilie says:

    having become recently obsessed with healthier baking, this would be awesome!

  25. Emilie says:

    CHIA seeds! they’re pricier than most things i buy, so i haven’t tried ’em yet, but i’m dying to.

  26. Chelsea says:

    chocolate truffle brownie mix! LOVE baking and this sounds umm INCREDIBLE 🙂

  27. Jenna says:

    what a great giveaway! i would def. get chia seeds and spirula!
    .-= Jenna´s last blog ..Color me Blue and pass the wine =-.

  28. annalene says:

    Looks like a great shop with a great selection. However, I would highly advise them to give their website a makeover as it looks really spammy/fake! Love the way things are organized, but the layout is terrible (no offense).

    Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  29. annalene says:

    I want to try the KAL nutritional yeast flakes. I LOVE nutritional yeast but I always buy it from the bulk section rather than the pre-canned variety.. would love to try something new!

  30. redkathy says:

    I would try the organic rice flour.
    .-= redkathy´s last blog ..Creamy chicken, spinach stuffing, and number 100 – Woo Hoo =-.

  31. JW says:

    I want to try chia seeds and protein powder-oh and the “gums” too.

  32. JW says:

    Tweeted! (@butterjessfly)

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