Sunday, September 30, 2012

Potato and Mushroom Pizza

Yet another pizza.  I kind of love pizzas because they're so easy and versatile and its like there are endless possibilities.  And the left overs are easily transportable for work lunches and I think taste just as good cold.  This one's different though.  Delicous left over but not cold, needs to be reheated, preferably in the oven. Here you go.


2 - 7 in. pizza crusts
Olive oil cooking spray
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 clove garlic
2 small - medium gold potatoes
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. white wine
8 oz. mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. shredded red. fat mozarella
1/4 cup shredded parmesan


Preaheat oven to 425.

Spray crusts with olive oil spray and bake in oven 5-10 minutes till lightly browned, then remove from oven.

Add olive oil, onions and garlic to a skillet and cook over low heat. While they are cooking. peel and chop the potatoes.  Add to the skillet. Season generously with salat and pepper.  Cover with a lid if you have it or tin foil if not.  Let cook for about 10 min.

Meanwhile melt butter in a non-stick skillet over medium - medium low heat. Add mushrooms and thyme and cook for 6 minutes or till mushrooms are tender.  Stir in 2 tbsp. white wine and continue cooking till most of the liquid is evaporated. *

When your 10 minutes is up on the potatoes remove the lid/foil and gently stir in 1/4 cup white wine.  Turn heat up to medium low and let pototates continue to cook till tender and most of the liquid is evaparoted (5-10 minutes more).

Top each crust with 2 tsbp each of the mozarella and parmesan.  Divide potatoes and mushrooms evenly between the two.  And then top each with 1 more tbsp. mozarella.

Bake at 425 for 10 mintes and then broil for 3.

Then enjoy.

*Note - The mushroom portion of this recipe is slightly adapted from an Everyday Food recipe you can see here.

Calories per pizza: about 450

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cheeseburger Pizza - kinda

I call it "Cheesburger Pizza  - kinda" cause while I was eating it the first time I made it I kept thinking "this kinda reminds me of a cheeseburger."  Not obviously cheesburger, but kinda.  I really enjoyed it. And as with all pizza's, it's easily customizable but here's how I made it. I made two mini pizzas but just double or so the ingredients for a full sized pizza.


2 - 7 in store-bought pizza crusts
olive oil spray
1/4 lb ground round
1/2 of a decent sized yellow onion, chopped
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
Basil to taste
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 cup shredded 2% mozzarella
2 tablespoons shredded 2 % cheddar


Heat oven to 425.

Brown meat with the onions, garlic and bell pepper.  While the meat is browning, loosely puree the tomatoes in a food processor.

Wipe out any fat in the pan (there isn't much with ground round) with a paper towel and add the pureed tomatoes and sugar.  Season with basil, salt & pepper. Let cook on low heat for 10 minutes or so.

Spray both crusts with the cooking spray and then top each with half of the meat mixture and then half of the cheeses.

Bake for about 9 minutes. then broil for about 3.

Let cool for a few minutes, then slice and enjoy.

Calories per pizza: about 400.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


I didn't mention in this post (the birthday cake book that I made for my neices birthday) that I was only a few months late in sending it to her. So I made this card to go with it for her parents.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Very Short Hair

There are several things I love about it. It doesn't hide anything. Its simple and I think that that simplicity is beatiful. But not dull simplicity, classic and clean simplicity.  It kind of reminds me of the way I described a summer morning at the beach in this post.  I made this collage to put where I get ready in the morning, I love the black and white and simplistic beauty of it.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Birthday Cake

When my niece was about a year and a half old I was about to make a birthday cake for three of my family members (her grandma, her mom & her dad) who had birthdays around that time. And she saw that and wanted to help me.

So for her second birthday I made her this book commemerating that cake baking adventure we had.  She of course didn't do any of these things by herself but was very involved and did an impressive job with the candles. It was so much fun for both of us :)



And from these pictures which I obviously drew myself you can tell why I call myself an unartistic artist. Oh and the empahsis on yellow is because its her favorite color.