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Pizza Night at Mom’s

15 May

Hey, my mom reads this now. Hi mom!

For Mom’s Day I went to mom’s house and made pizza with her and her husband, Colin. If I had known, I would have brought some ingredients, but mom and Colin provided some so I went to work making a veggie pizza on the whole wheat crust they made from scratch. Wow was that good.

We also had a random assortment of veggies and some cheesy stuff on hand so I used that. So hey, here’s what I did.

Once the crust got flattened out I coated it in a layer of olive oil. Next came pizza sauce, minced garlic, diced onion, and some red pepper flakes. After that, sliced tomato, broccoli, and mushrooms, with some chunks of mozzarella and a sprinkling of cheese that comes pre-shredded in the stores.

It turned out pretty awesome and mom and Colin liked it which was really my goal here. Honestly, I used more cheese than I would have liked, but cheese is tasty and I didn’t want mom and Colin to think it was bland. So I used slices of mozzarella a la pizza margharita rather than just shredding a whole bunch and coating the top. It was still more cheese than I’d usually use, but I liked it.

I have to get the recipe for that pizza crust from my mom too. It was good.

-Bret

Black Beans and Rice and Baguette with Fresh Basil, Tomato, and Mozzarella

17 Apr

Every Wednesday I go play roleplaying games with two cute, awesome girls who also cook dinner for me. As you can probably tell from that little description, it’s absolute torture. They cook things like open face sandwiches with roast pear and brie and green onions or apple dumplings or homemade pesto. This week, I was told ahead of time that the dinner would be simple so that we could commence with the game playing right away. This is what happened!

First Lydia sliced a baguette and a tomato and some fresh mozzarella and we piled them together with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and some fresh-ground pepper. Man, oh man. If you were a vegan this would have been totally great without the mozzarella. You have my guarantee! Most baguettes are vegan-friendly which is real nice.

Baguettes with yummy stacks on top!

Those are some pretty intense shadows, right? The sun was directly in my eyeballs. Eventually Brenna felt bad that I had to eat with my eyes closed and whenever I reached for something I had to just hold my hand out and have somebody place it there for me, so then I got to sit on the non-blinding side of the table with them.

Oh and see that white wine back there? That was my contribution. I went to the wine store and signed up for their rewards club since I buy a bottle of wine a week it seems like. Brenna told me to get chardonnay and I don’t know nothing about chardonnays. Luckily! This old dude walked in ahead of me and I saw him pick up, like, six bottles of this stuff. I figured he must know what he’s doing and grabbed a bottle too. It was pretty good!

So that’s what we nibbled on while we waited for the beans and the brown rice to finish cooking. And then it was done cooking!

 

Black beans and brown rice

I’m not sure if they did much seasoning of the beans. It tasted kind of like no or maybe there was a little cumin in there which is fine by me. Brenna added goat cheese to hers. Me and Lydia tried the goat cheese, but thought it tasted peculiar with the black beans and rice. Try your own exciting cheese experiments!

-Bret