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Homemade Pizza – Garlic Lovers’ Extravaganza

Garlic Lovers' Extravaganza Pizza

Now, this crust takes 24 hours to make, so you can’t just start on it a few hours before dinner, but it does make for a very easy crust recipe. It’s just about as easy as those pizza crust mixes in boxes at the store — but it tastes a hell of a lot better. We’re both really happy with how this crust came out – nicely fluffy without being too thick (similar to a hand-tossed crust at one of the major pizza joints), with good texture and excellent flavor, thanks to the long, slow rise.Garlic Lovers' Extravaganza Pizza

Now, this crust takes 24 hours to make, so you can’t just start on it a few hours before dinner, but it does make for a very easy crust recipe. It’s just about as easy as those pizza crust mixes in boxes at the store — but it tastes a hell of a lot better. We’re both really happy with how this crust came out – nicely fluffy without being too thick (similar to a hand-tossed crust at one of the major pizza joints), with good texture and excellent flavor, thanks to the long, slow rise.

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Penne with Sausage, Eggplant and Feta

Penne with Sausage, Eggplant and Feta

Ever have one of those days where you just couldn’t wake up?

Yeah, that was my day today.

I even napped in my desk chair for a bit this afternoon with Mickey, my 18 lb kitty, purring happily away on my chest, head snuggled into my cheek.

Which is why this post is woefully late… and consists of the most excellent meal we made for ourselves just a few minutes ago. Penne with Sausage, Eggplant and Feta

Ever have one of those days where you just couldn’t wake up?

Yeah, that was my day today.

I even napped in my desk chair for a bit this afternoon with Mickey, my 18 lb kitty, purring happily away on my chest, head snuggled into my cheek.

Which is why this post is woefully late… and consists of the most excellent meal we made for ourselves just a few minutes ago.

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Farinata (Ligurian Chickpea Flatbread)

Farinata

I don’t remember now where I came across making a thin batter out of chickpea (garbanzo beans) flour and water then cooking it in an oiled skillet. It was definitely good, however, I thought I’d make it again this week as a substitute for buns for polish dogs.

It didn’t really wrap as well as I imagined but the flavors of the rosemary-infused flatbread meshed well with the caramelized onions, horseradish and mustard topped meat. All’s well that ends well (in a full tummy).Farinata

I don’t remember now where I came across making a thin batter out of chickpea (garbanzo beans) flour and water then cooking it in an oiled skillet. It was definitely good, however, I thought I’d make it again this week as a substitute for buns for polish dogs.

It didn’t really wrap as well as I imagined but the flavors of the rosemary-infused flatbread meshed well with the caramelized onions, horseradish and mustard topped meat. All’s well that ends well (in a full tummy).

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Panzanella (Tuscan Bread Salad)

Panzanella

Occasionally, I’ll buy a baguette at the store to have with a meal. Sometimes it’s a whim, sometimes I forgot to take a ball of dough out to make my own, sometimes I just don’t feel like baking it myself. The only problem is, there’s always some left over, even after snacks and lunch the next day. It doesn’t take very long for a baguette to go stale unfortunately.

There are a lot of things you can do with stale bread, making bread crumbs is the first that springs to mind for me. But the tastiest I’ve found is panzanella, a Tuscan bread salad.Panzanella

Occasionally, I’ll buy a baguette at the store to have with a meal. Sometimes it’s a whim, sometimes I forgot to take a ball of dough out to make my own, sometimes I just don’t feel like baking it myself. The only problem is, there’s always some left over, even after snacks and lunch the next day. It doesn’t take very long for a baguette to go stale unfortunately.

There are a lot of things you can do with stale bread, making bread crumbs is the first that springs to mind for me. But the tastiest I’ve found is panzanella, a Tuscan bread salad.

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

My mom brought over a bunch of tomatoes and jalapenos from a coworker of hers the other day. She gave us some Jetstars, Big-Beefstar and Better Boys to try, all of them perfectly ripe and beautiful.

Now, I’ll be honest: I’m not a fan of raw tomatoes. I love salsa and tomato sauces, I think tomatoes are great for lots of things, but eating a slice all by itself? Yecch. These, however, changed my mind. Caprese Salad

My mom brought over a bunch of tomatoes and jalapenos from a coworker of hers the other day. She gave us some Jetstars, Big-Beefstar and Better Boys to try, all of them perfectly ripe and beautiful.

Now, I’ll be honest: I’m not a fan of raw tomatoes. I love salsa and tomato sauces, I think tomatoes are great for lots of things, but eating a slice all by itself? Yecch. These, however, changed my mind.

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Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

This is my favorite way to eat eggplant. I haven’t been feeling well lately, so having this was a comfort, even though it didn’t come out as well as it has in the past (sadly shown by the photo). Every time I make this I always forget that I’d really like to peel the eggplant first because the skin can be tough and bitter (not to mention that neither flour nor egg nor bread crumbs tend to stick to it well). Eggplant Parmesan

This is my favorite way to eat eggplant. I haven’t been feeling well lately, so having this was a comfort, even though it didn’t come out as well as it has in the past (sadly shown by the photo). Every time I make this I always forget that I’d really like to peel the eggplant first because the skin can be tough and bitter (not to mention that neither flour nor egg nor bread crumbs tend to stick to it well).

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Chicken with Pesto Zucchini and Noodles

Last Saturday, we went to the farmer’s market and several of the vendors had started to bring in varieties of summer squash. One, in particular, had an interesting zucchini variety I hadn’t tried: 8-ball Zucchini. They’re cute, shaped like their namesake, and for the first fresh zucchini of the season, looked quite delicious.

For a fast, easy and just about foolproof way to make a great sidedish out of zucchini, pouring some boiling water over thin strips of zucchini for a minute, draining it and then tossing it with butter, cheese and pepper is hard to beat. The zucchini comes out beautifully green, perfectly al dente, and supremely tasty. This is definitely one method that’s going in my standard rotation.

Last Saturday, we went to the farmer’s market and several of the vendors had started to bring in varieties of summer squash. One, in particular, had an interesting zucchini variety I hadn’t tried: 8-ball Zucchini. They’re cute, shaped like their namesake, and for the first fresh zucchini of the season, looked quite delicious.

For a fast, easy and just about foolproof way to make a great sidedish out of zucchini, pouring some boiling water over thin strips of zucchini for a minute, draining it and then tossing it with butter, cheese and pepper is hard to beat. The zucchini comes out beautifully green, perfectly al dente, and supremely tasty. This is definitely one method that’s going in my standard rotation.

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