A Weekend in Food

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This weekend has been one of some pretty amazing food, and I have myself to thank for part of it!

On Friday the creatures and I had the house to ourselves while the hubs worked a long shift. I took that opportunity to claim the kitchen for the evening!

I started the night with a quick stop at Trader Joe's to pick up supplies.

My first creation of the evening was a delicious Pesto Chicken Pizza. The inspiration for this came from a recipe that I found on Pinterest. I, however, used a pre-made whole wheat crust.

*Disclaimer: Please excuse the partially eaten photo of this pizza. I was starving when I finished cooking it, and had forgotten to take a photo.

I would highly recommend not only this recipe, but making your own pizza using a pre-made crust. It was a quick meal, and you can really get creative with the type of pizza you want to chow!

Next up was a Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie recipe that I also found on Pinterest. This one I followed almost 100%, with a simple substitution of a pre-made pie crust.

*Another disclaimer: I didn't really let my pre-made crust thaw all of the way prior to putting it in the pie dish. Thus the jagged and misshapen edge. Thankfully, this does not effect flavor!

I (and the day after, Dave) really enjoyed this dessert. I think it would be great, too, with a generous scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream ~ yum!

My final creation of the weekend came on Saturday morning! After the dust had settled from Friday night, I was ready to head back into the kitchen. This was probably my personal favorite of the weekend. Another great Pinterest find, Cinnamon and Sugar Biscuits!

These biscuits are amazing! I didn't make them in a bunt pan as the recipe shows, but in a square glass baking dish. Since there are only two of us, I chose to make a smaller portion. However, for larger get-togethers I would certainly do the bunt pan style - it certainly presents better than mine.

Unfortunately, I did not bring a camera to our neighbors house last night. The hosts made a delicious spread of Nepalese cuisine. So many things that I had never tasted before, and all were delicious. A night "in" with good food, drink, and the most important part, great friends was the perfect evening! Hopefully this little gang of six will continue our dinner parties, and maybe next time will be our turn to host.

*Final disclaimer: we are not nearly as ethnically interesting as our pioneer hosts, but will do our best to provide you with a well balanced yummy meal!

Today is sure to be a great cap for our weekend. Relaxing at home, some Bears (vs. Lions) football, and babysitting our favorite three year old Sophia. Can't wait!

Start the Day with a Laugh

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It's always good to start your day on a positive note, I think.

For our next book club meeting we are reading Bossypants by Tina Fey. I read it on my Nook during my commute to and from work each day. I have been enjoying the book in it's entirety (with a thumbs up to many chapters, one of which being Don Fey), but today I found it particularly funny.

The current section I'm reading talks about the creation and process of casting 30 Rock. I have never actually watched the show, but am pretty sure I will add it to my DVR when I get home. Tina discusses how they came about writing the show, and the various comedians that have contributed. She gave several people 'MVP' jokes and quoted them throughout the chapter. Seriously, hysterical. The Loyola basketball player sitting next to me who was studying for some business class on his laptop surely thought I was a crazy person, and possibly somewhat distracting as he kept discretely (not so much) staring at me.

Picture it. Headphones in ears. Nook in hands. Laughing so hard I'm crying. Not even kidding.

If you're ready for a new read and are looking for something lighthearted, I highly recommend Bossypants by Tina Fey.

Happy reading!