Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What's for dinner tonight - pizza

I absolutely LOVE http://thepioneerwoman.com/.  One of my favorite things about Ree, aside from her magnificent sense of humor, is the way she writes about cooking.  She's a bit fresh, but also incredibly descriptive.  Anytime I read her recipes, I notice that I'm drooling.  A lot.  Sometimes at work.  It's kinda gross.

Anyways, lately, I've been picking a recipe or two a week from her website to try out.  I even got Jon into it - he loves the pictures she includes in her blog.

So tonight, I made Ree's BBQ Chicken pizza, but, as is my nature, I made it with a few alterations. Cuz that's how I do.

Here is Ree's recipe (we're on first name basis in case you haven't noticed.  And in case you are wondering, that means I call her by her first name and she has no idea I exist):
BBQ Chicken Pizza

And here's what I made:
Why, hello gorgeous. :)

My alterations:
  • I'm a fan of red pizza, so I added some pizza sauce I bought from Stop & Shop for $2.
  • I'm also not a fan of making pizza dough since I'm almost always rushing at night to make dinner.  By the time I run, walk the dogs, feed the dogs, clean up, it's almost 8pm, and who wants to eat after 8pm on weekdays?  Anyways, I buy my pizza dough pre-made.  I like Big Y's homemade pizza dough which is almost always on sale with a silver coin from Big Y.
  • Jon and I invested in a pizza stone a couple of years ago.  It supposedly makes the pizza crust more crispy.  Honestly?  I just think it's cool.  It comes with a huge spatula to get the stone out of the oven and I feel like a real cook.  One note though, I recommend that you put lots of floor and a tin foil piece on the pizza stone if you're using one.  It makes the dough way easier to get off the rock after.  One other thing that I do is cook the dough by itself for about 2-4 minutes to get the crust just a little cripsy before loading it with all the yummy toppings.
  • And then I added cilantro and some scallions because that's what I had in the fridge.
So, here it is

It's in my oven.  My oven needs to be cleaned.  Any volunteers?

PS- I don't know if you noticed, but I recently read about the AV setting on my camera, so I am trying it out. It's working. Kinda.
Here it is on my plate. Come to mama!

And here is the ultimate test of my cooking skills.

Success!

PPS- yes, we eat on our couch, while watching TV.  We've been married for almost 3 years.  We're happily married.  But this is reality.  By the time we're ready to sit down and eat, it's 8pm and we want to relax before going to bed.  It's our time to unwind and watch some TV, blog, look at BMW's on sale.  So most of the time we eat on the couch.

If I make an intricate dinner, we eat at the dining room table.  And we always say that we'll eat in the dining room after we have kids.  As for now, we eat on the couch on our flip-ottomans that turn into personal tables while watching TV.  Judge away.

Oh, and my husband in sweat pants and sweatshirt?  Yeah.  There is no excuse.

2 comments:

  1. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! I thought we were the only ones who haven't grown up enough to use the table. My hubby and I eat infront of the TV down in the basement. The only time we'll eat upstairs (when we don't have company that is) is when we have crab legs. So figure only 3 times a year our very pretty dining room set gets used by us. Oh and it depends on the company. If it's my sister or hubby's friend we still eat downstairs. lol

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  2. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! I thought we were the only ones who haven't grown up enough to use the table. My hubby and I eat infront of the TV down in the basement. The only time we'll eat upstairs (when we don't have company that is) is when we have crab legs. So figure only 3 times a year our very pretty dining room set gets used by us. Oh and it depends on the company. If it's my sister or hubby's friend we still eat downstairs. lol

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