Tuesday, October 13, 2009

At the Table Tuesday - Pizza for One

I am one of those gals that is not into the whole "pick a delivery number" pizza dinner thing. My DH could eat pizza 4 out of 7 days a week if he had to, I can do it once, maybe twice a year.

I spent most of my formidable pizza years in Central New Jersey where pizza was not just what you ate, it is what you DID on a Friday night. "Where are you going after the_______(pick an event)??? " the answer was mostly "We're doing pizza,wanna come?". So between the ages of 13 and 19 I "did" lots of pizza. Don't get me wrong you cannot beat NJ pizza hand tossed by cute Italian men!! But I got pretty tired of it and NEVER could any of the "pick a delivery number" pizza's even come close!! I am sooooo looking forward to taking my husband to one of my old pizza haunts in Jersey to taste REAL pizza...anyways...I digress...

So here is my own take on how I eat pizza now....I have gotten all gourmet and girlie for sure!!!


Quick Personal Pizza for One

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2-3 T Marinara
1-2 T Low Fat Ricotta

Mix these 2 together and spread on 1 Small precooked pizza dough - you can use Boboli, I used a whole wheat store brand thin crust

Toppings - I used the following in no special amount, just decorated the top

thinly sliced bermuda onion
roasted red peppers cut into thin strips
artichoke quarters
thin strips of prosciutto (cut with kitchen shears)
sliced plum tomato

Cheese - Once again to taste (there is probably a reason I don't write cookbooks)
Smoked Mozzarella - shredded
Bruschetta crusted goat cheese - crumbled

Bake on cookie sheet for 7-10 minutes until that nummy cheese is bubbly!! You can bake directly on the oven rack if you would like but cut the cooking time back to 5 minutes, and check it every minute or so after that so the crust doesn't burn!

Stop by and see the TaTT hostess with the Mostest Cole at All the Small Stuff for more great recipes!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fall or Spring in Austin???


We were hoping for sun today in Austin but the clouds never broke. We set off for Town Lake any way in search of dogs for Dory to play with. We found the dogs along with flowers and buzzing bugs....I think everyone is confused about what season it is in Texas!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Sunshine and Happiness!!

...is what I need on a rainy day here in Texas

09-20-09-Magic Kingdom - Long Neck-Resized
Adventureland - Magic Kingdom - Disneyworld 2009

Now this guy knows how to enjoy the sun!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009


More "Fall" Flowers from my Morning walk

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Just About Wordless Wednesday

After all the rain lately, Autumn in Austin is full of new blooms....

Edited to say: I believe this is some kind of Garden Canna, I took it on my morning walk yesterday. Any help identifying would be awesome!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tuesday at the Table

A little late in the day, but I am soooooo glad to be part of this weeks Tuesday at the Table hosted by Cole of All the Small Stuff! Go visit Cole as she is having an awesome giveaway AND is planning more for later in the month!

Today and next Tuesday I am featuring an easy dinner for one! My DH was out of pocket this past Saturday and I had fun making this Quick and Easy Caprese with Smoked Mozzarella Salad.Look for my easy Pizza for One next Tuesday!

I am a "little bit of this" and little bit of that" cook, so please adjust everything to taste! This is a twist on traditional Caprese that I put together.

Caprese Salad with Smoked Mozzarella

5 slices fresh smoked mozzarella

4 slices tomato - I am using Roma (I no longer live in NJ and get good Jersey maters)

9 fresh basil leaves

1 tablespoon cut basil (1 or 2 fresh leaves cut with kitchen shears) for garnish

Balsamic Vinagrette Salad Dressing (I use Paul Newmans Light Baslamic...you can use 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar and 1 tablesoon olive oil mixed well also)

1 Tablespoon red onion roughly chopped

Fresh Spring Greens

Place fresh greens on a chilled serving plate or shallow salad bowl

Sprinkle chopped red onion over greens

Layer tomato/basil leaf/slice cheese

Lightly sprinkle balsamic vinegar over the salad, garnish with cut basil!