Allo! Happy weekend!
**Thanks for your sweet comments on my last post. You all know how to get a girl excited about wedding details New news: we have scheduled an engagement shoot for mid-February! It came with our photography package and I’m really excited to meet with the photographer and get Bobby to let loose for some fun photos. Anyone have some tips on how to get a guy to relax in front of the camera? ;)**
I missed you this week! However, there was a “good” reason for my absence. We are currently in the midst of a huge client launch at work! If you’re interested in checking out what I’ve been up to all week, visit the Good Mood Mission. It’s a campaign with a “good” message that partners with Feeding America. We’re asking people to answer the question, “it doesn’t get better than ________.”
My answer? It doesn’t get better than a homemade meal enjoyed with friends and family!
What’s your “it doesn’t get better than” moment?
Speaking of homemade meals, last weekend Bobby and I brought back a summer 2008 tradition. At the time, we were still in college, spending our first summer in Chicago as interns. Homemade pizza was the perfect thing to come home to after our hour long commute to and from the city.
All I have to say is that IT’S ABOUT TIME we brought it back!!
The homemade pizza is super easy and therefore perfect for The Lazy Chef.
Here’s how we did it.
Ingredients (makes 4 servings — or in our case, 2 large ones!):
- 1 whole wheat pizza crust
- 1 can tomato paste or pizza sauce
- 3 vine ripe tomatoes
- 1 Brat Hans roasted red pepper and garlic chicken sausage
- 3 cups spinach
- 2 cups chopped mushrooms
- Topping: part-skim mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 400* and start by putting the whole wheat crust on a pan to avoid ingredients oozing all over your oven while it’s cooking Then top the crust with the can of tomato paste or pizza sauce, leaving enough room for the beloved crust.
Shall we compare this to a blank canvas waiting to be painted? Too nerdy? Forget I said anything 😉
Next up, the toppings! First, add three chopped vine ripe tomatoes for an extra boost of red.
Then came the chicken sausage. I found these Brat Hans — another foodie who liked them is in that link! — at Whole Foods last week and got them on sale as part of the store’s coupon newsletter.
These sausages come fully cooked, so we added them to the pizza without heating them up. The oven did all the work for us and they were an awesome addition for some protein.
Up next: VEGGIES! We sprinkled a small layer of mozzarella cheese on to hold all the ingredients together, then topped the pizza with three cups — more or less — of spinach.
The nice thing about spinach is that it wilts down in the oven to create a flatter pizza. We also added two cups — again, estimating there — of chopped mushrooms to hold the spinach down.
How mouthwatering! Once we were done with the toppings, we added a final layer of mozzarella cheese for the final topping. Can you tell which side was Bobby’s and which side was mine? I’ll give you a hint: he’s the cheese fiend.
And…we’re off! Cook the pizza at 400* for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted and the crust starts to brown. You can be the judge of the crispiness factor!
While you’re waiting, pour yourself a glass of wine. This is Flora Springs cabernet sauvignon.
Bookshelf, Sharpie pen and laundry rack not included Just in case you’re wondering.
This was an excellent glass of wine. I highly recommend! Look at that purple at the bottom of the glass — I just realized it looks exactly like my wedding color Oy, can you tell what’s on my mind?
Once the pizza is ready, pull it out of the oven and let cool for 2-5 minutes. This allows the ingredients to chill out for a bit so that everything melds together and holds still when you’re cutting!
Then it’s time to eat! Bobby and I like to cut the pizza up into quarter pieces. We each take one and then decide whether we’re hungry enough for the other half. Most of the time, we eat it But I will say that if you don’t think you can finish half the pie — although I encourage you to try because it’s a solid ingredient list — this pizza makes great leftovers the next day!
I consider myself pretty picky when it comes to pizza. Spending 5 years in Chicago will do that to you. I love deep dish from Lou Malnati’s or Gino’s. But there’s something about making it yourself that just tastes so much better. It’s nowhere near the taste of restaurant pizza but that’s a good thing. You don’t get pools of grease on top of the pizza and I was content to eat half of it. Try doing that with Chicago deep dish pizza and I would have a massive stomachache. Actually, definitely do not try that
There is SO much going on in the blogosphere right now! I’m still catching up over the weekend so apologies if I’ve missed something, but some of the highlights:
- Amazing ladies such as Val and Katie are doing their part to help people in Haiti. I am sure there are many more of you so PLEASE leave links to your posts in the comment section.
- Miss Janetha is offering up My Secret Bloggie Valentine. Sign up if you’re interested in spreading some love this February 14.
- Fitness challenges GALORE! Check out Angela’s, Gina’s, Caitlin’s, and Tina’s winter shape up plans for some inspiration (Gina’s plan starts this Monday so you know you won’t want to miss it!). Thanks also to Brittany for the link love inspiration
I’ve got plans to meet up with one of my lovely co-workers today for some girl time. It should be a lot of fun but I’ve got to clean my messy apartment first! What are you up to this weekend?
I’ll be checking in with you more often, promise! Week long hiatuses are no fun. Has anyone ever done a study on the addiction of blogging? If not, they should. I was in serious withdrawal 😉