Grilled Flatbread with Figs, Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Arugula

August 22, 2011
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There is a saying, “Want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.”

We had plans for this weekend, oh yes. Big ones which involved flying to another city, a nice hotel room and dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant with friends. We’d been planning it for months. Those four days were going to be the only getaway my husband David and I would have together this summer and we were both looking forward to it.

Then fate intervened.

A few weeks ago we noticed that one of our two cats, our boy named Basil, had a problem with his left eye. Over the next few weeks, David took Basil to see three different vets for tests to only figure out what it was not (an infection, a fungus, a virus, cancer spread to other organs). There was no real diagnosis, only that he had a mass …

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Pizza with Prosciutto, Artichokes & Pesto

September 23, 2010
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Sometimes you really don’t need a recipe. Just do it.

pizza dough (fresh, use store-bought or make your own)
tomato sauce (any kind you want, I use my marinara)
fresh mozzarella, sliced
prosciutto, thinly sliced
marinated artichoke hearts

Assemble. Bake at 475 for about 15 min or until done. Eat!

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Cooking Your Own Fast Food; Pizza with Fresh Sausage, Mushrooms and Olives

April 26, 2010
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In his book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, Michael Pollan says “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.” His theory is if you have to make the french fries yourself, you are less likely to eat them as often as you would if you got them from the drive-thru window.

This rule resonates with me on many levels. People tend to say they “don’t have time to cook.” I think that may be true sometimes, but nowhere near as often as people use it as an excuse to eat poorly. With a little preparation and planning, so many healthy meals can be cooked and on the table in less than a half an hour. For example, this pizza can be made in the time it takes to have one delivered. Pizza dough can be made in advance and stored in the …

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Pizza with Squash Blossoms, Fresh Mozzarella, Pesto and Prosciutto (Pizza Dough Recipe)

May 19, 2009


When we planted the garden I was really excited at the prospect of cooking with squash blossoms, something I’ve never really done before. When were were in Rome last year, we had some fantastic zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, batter dipped and fried. I want to try to make those at some point, but for my first attempt at cooking with them, I wanted to do something easier, so I decided to put them on a pizza because I’d been meaning to make one for a while.

First though, I had to figure out how and when to pick them. A quick Google Search revealed that there are both male and female blossoms. There are more male ones which are there strictly for pollination (of course) than there are female ones. The female ones create the vegetable (of course). Thus, it makes sense to only pick the male blossoms …

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