Thursday, April 10, 2014
Continuing with the pizza dough kick. Same dough recipe from All Recipes (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quick-and-easy-pizza-crust/) but this time I added some Italian seasoning and garlic powder to the dough. Instead of tomato sauce, I mixed some minced garlic with some leftover pesto sauce and slathered that over the dough. Added fresh thyme, mushrooms, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese. Delicious!

Continuing with the pizza dough kick. Same dough recipe from All Recipes (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quick-and-easy-pizza-crust/) but this time I added some Italian seasoning and garlic powder to the dough. Instead of tomato sauce, I mixed some minced garlic with some leftover pesto sauce and slathered that over the dough. Added fresh thyme, mushrooms, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese. Delicious!

Made my first artichoke today! Did not realize the leaf tips had thorns and definitely got a few stuck in my fingers when I was picking out the artichoke at the store…lesson learned.
Simply Recipes has a great “how-to” guide on how to prepare, cook and eat artichokes, complete with pictures (http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_cook_and_eat_an_artichoke/) Since I don’t have have a steamer basket big enough to fit the artichoke, I looked around online and decided to boil the artichoke instead: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-greene/artichokes-bake-boil-steam_b_3158427.html
I placed the artichoke in a pot and filled it with water until the artichoke was about 2/3 submerged. Add a bay leaf, lemon juice, ~2 tsp of salt into the water, ~1 tsp chicken bouillon, and ~1 tsp minced garlic (didn’t have whole garlic cloves, only the minced kind out of a jar) Boiled/simmered for about 20 minutes, then prepared a dipping sauce of melted butter + lemon juice + garlic.
Overall, the artichoke was pretty tasty, but I felt like it was more work than it was worth…not sure if I’ll make it again. While artichokes are supposed to be pretty healthy, pretty sure the melted butter sauce negated any health benefits =P

Made my first artichoke today! Did not realize the leaf tips had thorns and definitely got a few stuck in my fingers when I was picking out the artichoke at the store…lesson learned.

Simply Recipes has a great “how-to” guide on how to prepare, cook and eat artichokes, complete with pictures (http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_cook_and_eat_an_artichoke/) Since I don’t have have a steamer basket big enough to fit the artichoke, I looked around online and decided to boil the artichoke instead: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-greene/artichokes-bake-boil-steam_b_3158427.html

I placed the artichoke in a pot and filled it with water until the artichoke was about 2/3 submerged. Add a bay leaf, lemon juice, ~2 tsp of salt into the water, ~1 tsp chicken bouillon, and ~1 tsp minced garlic (didn’t have whole garlic cloves, only the minced kind out of a jar) Boiled/simmered for about 20 minutes, then prepared a dipping sauce of melted butter + lemon juice + garlic.

Overall, the artichoke was pretty tasty, but I felt like it was more work than it was worth…not sure if I’ll make it again. While artichokes are supposed to be pretty healthy, pretty sure the melted butter sauce negated any health benefits =P

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Deep dish" homemade pizza.

Recipe for the pizza dough was doing on All Recipes: http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/20171/quick-and-easy-pizza-crust

I followed the recipe exactly, although times were estimated (did other chores during the “rest” periods) I greased a casserole pan, not realizing how much dough there was, so wound up with semi-deep dish pizza as I flattened/stretched the dough into the pan. Sprinkled some Italian seasoning onto the flattened dough, added tomato sauce, mushrooms, fresh thyme, pepperoni and mozzarella. Baked at 450F for 15 min. Crust came out crisp on the outside and so fluffy on the inside. Definitely a keeper!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Crispy baked Parmesan green bean fries.
First time trying this, and I’m sold! They weren’t quite as crispy as I had hoped, so I might try increasing the baking time next time. Super easy to make though
See recipe here: http://dashingdish.com/recipe/crispy-baked-parmesan-green-bean-fries/

Crispy baked Parmesan green bean fries.

First time trying this, and I’m sold! They weren’t quite as crispy as I had hoped, so I might try increasing the baking time next time. Super easy to make though

See recipe here: http://dashingdish.com/recipe/crispy-baked-parmesan-green-bean-fries/