Pizza

I went back to Winco (a huge grocery store here) and bought some pizza dough. I am really excited that I found pizza dough for sale around here. I have been watching this new restaurant down the street, getting ready to open. It is called The Blind Onion. It took them forever to open, but they finally did open. We went there on Friday to try out their pizza. For being a new restaurant, it looked old. They put in mismatched tables and chairs. None of the chairs matched. The floor was stained concrete, not even tiled. All the employees looked disheveled. They didn’t wear matching clothes, like a uniform or logo t-shirts. They had these giant bottles of honey on the tables. I have never thought of putting honey on my pizza. Thoughts of when I was at a restaurant and watching a little girl licking the ketchup bottle and putting it back on the table popped into my head. I did not touch the big bottle of honey because who knows how many children had licked the bottle. They had empty beer cartons on the table holding several bottles of salt and pepper. It took a long time for the pizza to be made. The place started to get really busy, so that is good for them. The pizza was not that good. They folded over the edges so it was really thick and puffy. The pizza crust was not crispy and kind of doughy, not fully cooked. I will never go back to eat there again.

Anyway, I decided to make a pizza last night. I heated the oven to 480 degrees and put in the pizza stone to pre-heat. I rolled out the pizza dough that I had bought at Winco.

I shredded up a ball of mozzarella cheese. I used the pizza sauce that I had bought at Smith’s grocery store. It is their brand, they sell the best pizza sauce. I had bought them all and their brand is the best tasting. I put the sauce on the pizza dough I rolled out. I like a lot of sauce. I put on the cheese, about 8 ounces. I cut up 4 mushrooms and cooked them in butter. I also cooked up a half of red onion. I put on a half of package of mild pepperoni all over the pizza. Put on the mushrooms, and onion. I put on some black sliced olives. I had 3 pieces of bacon, so I tore it in pieces and put on the pizza. I made it on my pizza peel paddle, first putting down some cornmeal, then the dough. I slid the pizza onto my hot pizza stone in the oven. I cooked it for 11 minutes. It was bubbling hot. I got the pizza out of the oven with the wooden peel.

The pizza was so delicious, better than the restaurant. I didn’t take a picture of it. I should have but I was too busy eating it, while it was nice and hot. My kitchen smelled just like a pizza restaurant. The secret is the pizza stone. The next time I make it I will take a picture. It was so good.

 

Weekly photo challenge: Contrast

The weekly photo challenge is Contrast.

One morning, it snowed. The road was all frozen. I like the contrast of the black road and the white snow and ice.

 

The other day I bought some fresh brussels sprouts. They were still on the stalk, so I cut them all off and put them in a strainer and washed them off. I like the contrast of the solid green with the liquid spray of the water, looking all sparkling and wet.

Eyes not shut

It is 2:52 AM, in the morning. I have laid in bed for hours…trying to go to sleep. I ate salmon patties. Something in them is keeping me wide awake. Salmon patties..you ask, what is that. You take a can of salmon and put one egg in it. Crush some crackers, I used about 6 of them. Mix it into the salmon and egg. Put some pepper in the mixture. I put a splash of milk, so it was not so dry. Make a patty and fry it up.

I put it in some canola oil. The stupid oil got hot and started popping all over the place. It popped out of the pan and hit my face. It hit me in the chin and neck. Hot oil popping out of the pan and burning your face is not fun. Hot oil spashing all over the stove and floor is a mess to clean up.

Something about that fish is not agreeing with me. It is keeping me awake. My body probably does not like the mercury that is in the fish. They say mercury is in a lot of fish.

So, I got up and turned on my computer and decided to write a post about my eyes wide open. Wishing I could go to sleep. I have to get up in 3 hours to get my son up for school. I should go back to bed and just close my eyes. Maybe I will eventually go to sleep.

I saw this cloud in the sky the other day. It was shaped very strange. The wind currents from the mountains make the clouds into flat looking clouds.

Maybe that is part of an angels wing, or at least it looks like one.

Weekly photo challenge: Indulge

The weekly photo challenge is Indulge.

This week I did indulge in some delicious cookies. We went to the Nugget buffet, located in the Nugget casino. They have the best food. All the deserts were so beautiful and tasted so good. I saw these cookies, so I put a couple of them in my purse to take home for later. I had them on my plate, but I was too full to eat them, so I saved them. They also had white chocolate dipped ones, but I ate that one. I will indulge on them tomorrow.

Chicken roll-up, stuffed with dried cherries, wrapped in proseiutto

I found a recipe for this chicken at Food Wishes. Chef John makes videos on how to prepair this dish. I love chicken with food rolled up into it, like cranberries or cherries. This is the first time I have used the dried cherries. I made my chicken like Chef John, but changed it a little.

First, take a chicken breast and slice it a little in the middle and fold it over to make it flat. Then cover it with plastic wrap and pound that chicken to flatten it all over, about 1/2″ thick.

You should also make your cherry mixture before this.

1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs

1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped (I used about 1/4 cup)

I used a couple shakes of garlic salt and some italian herbs, a couple shakes. I also took a slice of Jarlsberg cheese and shreddid it. 2 tsp olive oil. 1 egg yolk. Mix it up with a fork.

Now put the stuffing on top of the flattened chicken.

Roll it up.

Tie it up with 4 strings and lay it into your pan to bake it.

Bake it in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or until the internal temperature is 155 degrees.

OH, the pan should be lightly oiled.

Take it out of the oven and slice it up. I made a little sauce with some chicken stock, salt, pepper and half and half cream, thickened it with corn starch and poured it over the chicken. It tasted really good.

Sunday post picture: Expression

This is a new photo post suggested by Jakesprinter called Sunday post and the picture is Expression.

The first picture is a Mime Lego my son has. I liked his expression.

The second picture: My son caught a fish, so I asked him to hold it to take a picture before he put it back into the water. He looks half happy about that.

Weekly photo challenge: Regret

The weekly photo challenge is Regret.

This is really easy for me. I grabbed my camera and took a picture of something I bought yesterday. I really regret buying it.

I saw this big yogurt at Costco yesterday. I thought it would be good with the package of blue berries I bought. I also got a big bag of granola to put on the yogurt. I went home and got a bowl, put a big scoop of yogurt into it. I put some blue berries on it and granola and even some banana. I took a bite. It was all curtled like cottege cheese and gross. It even had lots of liquid that we poured off but just made lots more. I took it back to the store and got a refund. They said it must have froze. The container said it was supposed to be smooth and creamy. It was not smooth and creamy, it was lumpy and tasted awful.

Walk

Yesterday, my son walked into the door after school, threw down his backpack and said “Goodbye, I am going for a walk.” He has started this going for a walk exercise routine. I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago to get my blood pressure checked. The doctor told me to start exercising for 30 mintues a day. I told him that I do park in the very back of parking lots and walk to the stores and I go shopping everyday and walk a lot in the stores. He said that does not count “Get out and exercise.” So yesterday I said “Wait, let me put on my shoes and I will go for a walk with you.” He said he wanted to go alone, so I said “Go ahead, I am going for a walk by myself.” Then my husband said he was going to go, so he went and put on his shoes. When I stepped outside, the sun was shining and it was warm, so I just put on a sweater. My son decided he would walk with us. He should have gone ahead because he like to run and walk. There is a walking path in this field by the apartments here. We started to walk on it. When we got to the end of the path, the sun went away, it go cloudy and cold.

My husband’s feet were hurting him, so he was walking pretty slow, at times. He does not like his shoes. I had that problem until I found the right shoes. Shoes make a big difference. I saw this tree while walking that has these big fuzzy things on them. I don’t know if they are flowers or what, but they look really neat. (see picture at the top.) The branch that holds the big red fuzzy thing is furry and when you touch it, it is very soft and fuzzy. I want on of those trees when I buy a house.

We walked for 30 minutes and went home. I was cold by the time I got home. Tonight I will wear a coat for my walk.

Weekly Photo Challenge Simple

The weekly photo challenge is Simple.

I found a really “Simple” bread to make. Boule bread.

I watched this French cooking show on Cooking channel TV and saw a very, simple bread recipe. It is called The Miracle Boule bread. I made some and decided to tell you about it. This is the easiest bread I have ever made.

You take 3 cups/375 g, of all purpose flour.

½ tsp yeast. (I increased it, the recipe called for ¼ tsp)

1¼ tsp salt.

1½ cup water. I made the water warm, not hot.

Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a bowl. Stir in 1 ½ cups (375 ml) water. What you will have is a wet, shaggy sticky dough, but not so wet as to be batter. (Mine was not real wet.) I just stirred it up until all flour was moist. Cover the bowl with a tea towel. (I put plastic cling wrap over my bowl. Let it rest in a warm place for at least 12 hours. I did it the night  evening before.

It looks like this the next day.

I also coated the bowl with cooking spray so it would not stick so much.

Flour a work surface and dump the dough out onto it. Sprinkle over a little more flour and fold it once or twice. Cover with a tea towel and let rest 15 minutes. (I bought a cotton towel in the dish towel section at Wal-Mart, smooth feeling.)

Put some flour on your hands to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers. Get the dough out of the bowl, use a spatula. Shape the dough into a ball (ball shape, it is floppy). Coat your cotton towel with flour. You need a lot because you want to be sure the dough doesn’t stick to the towel. Put the dough ball in the middle of the towel and pull the towel ends over the dough to cover. Let rise for 2 hours. When ready the dough will double in size.

Half an hour before the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F or 230 degrees C. Put into a cast iron pat or dutch oven. I used a 6.5 qt one. I bought this pot because it has a metal knob, it won’t melt in a hot oven. I have used the plastic knobs in the hot oven and they do melt. Try wrapping foil around them so they don’t melt so bad if you do have a pot like that.

When the dough is ready, remove the pot from the oven, turn the dough into it, seam side up. I just plopped it from the towel into the pot. Shake the pot to settle the bread evenly. Cover with the lid and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove the lid and bake until the loaf is nicely brown anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. Cool on a rack. It is crisp on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. It tastes good too.

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