Free chipotle? Yes, I will sample your hippie vegetarian cuisine in exchange for a real meal at a later date. I am known for a few things (at least what people say to my face). Loving burritos, and particularly Chipotle’s offerings, is the primary thing. Having the metabolism of a humming bird is the other. […]
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If you aren’t smoking your meats this summer you’re wasting your time and taste buds. I’ve written about my love affair with turning my Weber grill into a smoking machine and have educated many friends on the setup. The flavor rewards of smoking are huge. Grilling chicken often leads to tough and dry substances, while […]
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Last summer I intended to make pizza from scratch. I’d looked up a few recipes. Watched America’s Test Kitchen. Read more recipes about grilling pizza. But I never got around to trying it out. Many know my devotion to burritos, but I also love pizza. If asked to choose between which food I could eat for the remainder of my life–until succumbing to high cholesterol and morbid obesity–I’d be torn to choose.
Pizza date night is by no means an original idea, but it still counts as an idea. If you’re looking for something fun to do with a lady friend or gentlemen suitor, I suggest a pizza party. While it won’t rival the parties of our youth that included germ-filled plastic ball pits and potentially puking before the ghost story portion of the sleepover, it will have booze. If you play your cards right you could still yammie before it’s time to turn out the lights. The only difference is your mom may not come to get you this time.
The upside to making pizza is it’s relatively easy.
The hierarchy of pizzas is (most complex to easiest):
Semi-homemade (I’m coming for you Sandra Lee)
Take and bake
I opted for semi-homemade. Trader Joe’s had everything we needed for a pizza party. They have pre-made dough, pasta/pizza sauce, cheese, organic and non-organic veggies, meats, meat substitutes. No matter what dietary restrictions your date has, you can accommodate their nom nom needs with one store visit. We went for a straightforward, traditional pizza pie. We got two crusts: whole wheat and herb. Then loaded up on veggies and arugula. Don’t forget to pick up some cheese. We bought fresh mozzarella.
You’ll have to roll out the dough, which is relatively easy. Then it’s an assembly job. Bust out that Slap Chop you bought off an infomercial and get at it. Crust/sauce/veggies/cheese. While the pizzas baked, we tossed up a salad with the extra veggies and made a balsamic salad dressing. 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. So, 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Shake it in a Tupperware then put on the salad.
Get crazy with your toppings. Whoever came up with bacon and pineapple clearly was an outside-the-pizza-box thinker.
Arugula salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette
Rollin’ out the dough
Whole wheat crust
Fresh out of the oven
Let me know your favorite pizza combinations in the comments.
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Carlos Danger/Anthony Weiner sends dick pics. Geraldo posted a topless pic. He later apologized saying, “I was drunk and lonely.” Aren’t we all Geraldo? Aren’t we all. As a slew of stories come out of public figures sending pics of themselves, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the true purpose of having a camera phone. […]
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I remember something in the Bible about making food your god. Or maybe it was to not make food your god? If it was the latter, I think God must have been rushed to crank out His “Thou Shall Not’s” and didn’t think it out fully. Because if He/She had waited the hour for smoked […]
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Festival season is upon us. That means fun party games like, “High or Just that Strange?” After a day of condo hunting, walking around the Blues Fest and Old Town Art Fair, I was fascinated by two things: Why do people bring their dogs to public events? What am I going to eat for dinner? […]
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“Do you like Mexican food Andrew?” my cousin asked me last night. After a short pause, she continued, “What am I thinking? Of course you do.” Anyone who follows me on Instagram or Facebook, or regular readers of my infrequent posts on here, knows I have a problem. Well, I have many problems. The principal […]
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