Monthly Archives: June 2013

Everything but the kitchen sink, last minute pizza

I had the BEST of intentions for dinner today. I’ve really been trying to eat more vegetables on a daily basis because well, people keep telling me that they’re good for me. But more important at this moment is that I’m not just eating for me and baby needs me to be healthier!!! Something I shouldn’t admit as a 26 year old is that in general, I really hate vegetables. I like them IN stuff, soups, salads that someone else makes, but in general….no. They need to be hidden in cheese. Or ranch.

I was going to make the Real Simple Asparagus pizzas. Get home from work, make the dough, relax a little bit, etc…like I said, best of intentions. Let’s fast forward to what actually happened, shall we?

On the bus on the way home, stuck in unbelievable traffic, I googled “quick pizza dough”, decided that asparagus sounded disgusting, and wondered how I could incorporate nutella into dinner…. And let me share with you what I learned: there is a reason pizza dough is not “quick”, you can choke down roasted asparagus if you try hard enough (hey, it’s better than letting it ruin your pizza), and nutella is a delicious dessert. Despite a floury tasting, thin, anti-crust I had enough items in the fridge to make a pretty interesting semi-white pizza. I might even recommend this combination of ingredients to you all, just, make a better crust.

First I sliced some garlic and laid it on the crust, followed by some slices of small tomatoes that I grabbed on a whim at Whole Foods (they were in this really cute little box!), spoonfuls of ricotta, a sprinkling of mozzarella, some sliced red onion, and grated Parmesan cheese. 10 minutes on a 500 degree pizza stone, some basil from the delightful plant thriving on our patio (thanks Kathleen) and a big handful of arugula dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper from the original dinner recipe and voila! I shall call it, no produce left behind-pizza!

For anyone who’s counting, that was at LEAST 2 servings of vegetables in one meal.

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Responsibility

I feel that blogging about what I’m cooking makes me more conscious of what I’m eating. Sort of a “don’t admit to the people who are actually reading this that you made Kraft macaroni and cheese for dinner”. So on that note, after a very long walk around our hilly neighborhood for exercise, I made my mom’s oven fried chicken for dinner last night. That is one of those dishes that makes you feel like you’re back home. But after spending an ungodly amount of money at Whole Foods on meat this weekend, I decided that it might be time for a turn back to some more vegetarian options. Because that makes sense right? So tonight, a pinterest recipe from twopeasintheirpod.com for Greek Tortellini Salad. Butttttt because I’m a child and hate olives, and also cucumbers, its more of a tomato and cheese tortellini salad with a great dressing. Either way, it’s a nice fresh, vegetable-less dinner on a cold, rainy, not-June evening. An evening made for knitting….hmmmmmmmmm

Back

It has been an extraordinarily rough 2013. A lot of loss and disappointment to start off the year but things are turning around and it’s time to get back to real life. And cooking. I have mainly been cooking existing, comforting recipes in the last 6 months but am ready to start trying new things! We have moved to an immediate Boston suburb that I’m sure you all have heard of in the news. We moved to Watertown, Mass approximately 1 month before the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent terrorist apprehension. So, welcome to the neighborhood…The gigantic upside is the full sized kitchen with its full sized appliances.

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I can cook full sized meals without cleaning up everything every 5 minutes! Outdoor space has been great for summer grilling, outdoor gatherings, and for taking the kitty outside.

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Besides food I’ve been running a bit (less so since an April 7 half), and crafting a lot. I made this granny square blanket (that because of the particularly painful task of weaving ends in is as yet incomplete),

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A couple baby bear hats for coworkers and friends upcoming babies,  and some makeup brush rolls since my wonderful mother bought a sewing machine for me!

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So, that’s a mini catch-up and now it’s time to start a recipe pile of new stuff!