Monthly Archives: February 2011

Pizza & Football

Though I may not be a Green Bay or Steelers fan, per se, I am a football fan. My daddy raised me right. Every year I think back to Superbowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys vs Pittsburgh Steelers. We were moving across town that day and it was cold and snowy. Both my brothers in their football attire: Ryan for the Cowboys, Robby the 49ers. Me? The Vikings. By the time we got everything in the house nobody wanted to unpack. We just wanted to watch the game. So the pizza was ordered as we popped our soda can tops, and everyone claimed a box. Cozied in around the tv, we cheered for Troy Aikman, Emmit Smith, and Prime Time Sanders.. the heroes of my childhood. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the girlie stuff too. Once I wrote Whitney Houston fan mail. I was 11, and she never wrote back. When I was 20 I wrote Daunte Culpepper fan mail. He didn’t write back either. And, yes, I still get teased.

I love the Vikings. Kind of a big deal.

I recently had a dream that I ran onto the football field and clobbered Randy Moss. I got him to pose for a photo with me, and then I did the girl thing where I’d look at the picture and have them take another, and another, and another.. I woke up and checked my camera. Dang it. Just a dream.

In honor of family tradition I made Superbowl pizza.. not the deep dish, meat-lovers kind I grew up with, but a smoky-sweet variety topped with roasted veggies and goat cheese. The homemade marinara with balsamic and red wine reduction was sweet enough to knock your socks off. Simply delish.

Veggie Roasted Pizza
Topping:
1 cup wild mushrooms
1 cup eggplant
1 cup red bell pepper
1/2 red onion
3 T goat cheese
1/4 cup parsley
2 T olive oil

Sauce:
2 T olive oil
1/2 red onion
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 14-oz can stewed tomatoes
1 T balsamic
1/4 cup red wine
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
salt and pepper

Crust:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water
1 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt

Start with the crust so you  can keep working while the dough rises. In warm water dissolve yeast and sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes. Then add remaining ingredients. Knead dough on floured surface for 10 minutes to activate the gluten. Then cover and let rest in warm place for 45 minutes.

Begin the sauce with olive oil and onions in a skillet. Cook for 5 minutes and then add garlic. Cook for 2 minutes and add remaining ingredients. Let simmer uncovered for 1 hour.

Chop veggies and toss with olive oil. Spread evenly on baking sheet and bake at 425F degrees for about 15 minutes. Remove and let rest. Next, roll out your dough. I like mine thin so it made about a 16″ pizza. Brush pizza with oil and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cover with marinara sauce, top with veggies. Cook for another 10-15 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with goat cheese and parsley. Slice, serve, and enjoy.. with wine!

Dinner may have been served on a white paper towel, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a red wine occasion.. it just called for the casual, stemless glasses–cause I’m classy like that). I hope your Superbowl Sunday was spectacular.

Congratulations to Green Bay and all you Packers fans!!!

Questions:
What’s your fondest superbowl memory?
What was the best thing you ate yesterday?

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Market Day in Ballard


January at the farmer’s market brings lots of root vegetables. Still, never a dull basket. As mom and I shopped for soup ingredients I couldn’t resist taking a few photos. What a food nerd I am. 🙂 Quick, no one’s looking, take a picture! But I can’t help that the purple carrots and golden beets are my kind of beautiful.

And a little beet advice– if you’re adding fresh beets to a broth-based soup, expect everything to turn purple/red. I should have known better. My poor chicken and white beans were camouflaged as beef and pinto beans. Not so pretty. But my it was delicious. Still a rookie at using beets. How do you like yours? Beets are such a rich source of folate, magnesium, potassium, antioxidants and phytochemicals, I’m determined to fit them into my diet somehow.




Don’t all those fresh winter veggies make you want to cook up a pot of comfort food? I’ve got stew on the brain. Also really excited to share that I finally got set up with Full Circle for a biweekly delivery of local organic produce. I’ve been meaning to look into it, so when Groupon offered a good deal I took it. Do you shop at your farmer’s market? Or get CSA produce deliveries? I think its a great way to get exposed to fruits and vegetables I wouldn’t normally buy. If its in the fridge, I’ll find a way to use it.


My tulips are having a wild hair day. Gotta love their playfulness.

Well, off to start my Wednesday..

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