Archive | June, 2010

mmm Pizza

20 Jun

My first high school boyfriend and I broke up because we went to different high schools and never really saw eachother.  We went on a date after we both graduated from high school, went and donated blood…romantic right? It didn’t end well, you should remember to eat etc.  In honor of that…I made some pizza for the first time.

I didn’t make my own dough but I’ve got ideas for that to come…

What you need –

Store Pizza Dough


Rolling Pin <– this was my first time using my pink rolling pin

3 Garlic Cloves chopped

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Shredded Italian Cheese Mix (I had one with Parmesan, Romano cheeses)

Mozzarella Cheese

1 Tomato


So to start I made pesto but without the nuts.  Simply food process fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, one garlic clove and salt and pepper.

Roll dough out on a floured surface. Spread basil over the surface and sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake at 425 or whatever the dough instructions say until golden and melted.

Another option, sprinkle cheese mix on dough and top with sliced tomato.


Place thinly sliced tomato on the pizza sprinkle with cheese and then top with peppers.

I didn’t have tomato sauce and didn’t feel like making it so try it out! C’est si Yum!



20 Jun

Ever had a guy you should have known better? I called him kryptonite.  Know what else I should know better about? It’s not chocolate…it’s cheese. I love cheese.  I had a bunch of cheese items in my fridge and made a dip so here it goes…hope you like it!

What you need:

1/3 cup of low fat cottage cheese

1/3 cup of cream cheese

1/3 cup of Italian cheese blend (romano, Parmesan)

2 Tablespoons of Feta or Goat Cheese

Salt and Pepper

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Teaspoons of Basil

2 Teaspoons of Oregano

1 Teaspoon of Parsley

3 Tablespoons of chopped almonds (optional)

1 Chopped Scallion

1 Garlic Clove

Food Processor

The first time I made this I had some red pepper hummus and added about 1 Tablespoon to this. It’s optional but added some nice flavor.

Combine all ingredients in food processor. Blend until smooth. Serve with chips or crackers! C’est si Yum!

Mussels for Muscle

5 Jun

One of my ex bfs was really into working out. He had a lot of nicknames but one in HS that stuck was Gucci. Since there is not a Gucci food, I picked mussels.

So easy and super inexpensive, they are usually about $1.99 a lb.

Here’s what you need –

1 lb of mussels, discard any that are open, rinse them in a collinder don’t let them sit in water though

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 cups of white wine, I like a pinot grigio, make sure you use a wine you also like to drink!

2 chopped scallions, white and green parts

2 tablespoons of butter

Extra virgin olive oil

Salt and Pepper

So simple.  In a large sauce pan, heat about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and two tablespoons of butter.  Add garlic and scallions, season with salt and pepper.  Once garlic starts to turn brown add mussels.  Toss to coat and season as needed with salt and pepper.  Deglaze with wine.  This creates a lot of delicious broth so suggested serving accoutrement is a crusty baguette. Cover the pan and let the mussels cook!  It only takes about 5 – 7 minutes.  The mussels will open and take in all that delicious flavor.

Serve hot with bread and a glass of wine and enjoy! C’est si yum!