My favorite food from last week- My Love is a Heart-shaped Pizza


Every year John and I get a heart-shaped pizza during Valentine’s week. This year we hit a pizza roadblock- our usual place we ordered them from wasn’t offering them anymore.

What to do? I spent all week googling and found a few other options, but they all had a snag- one only had pepperoni and the other did have a convenient location.

So I just decided to make my own. Our Whole Foods has fantastic dough in the freezer and fresh sections. I buy it a lot. So instead of making our usual Friday night circle, I put a few strategic dents in the dough and made a heart.

I’ve found that getting my dough back to room temperature really helps with the shaping. I’ll just crack the lid and let it sit on the counter for an hour or more. JY had all cheese on his half and I had grilled pineapple, green peppers and Italian marinated beans (it’s good!!) on mine.

True love is the good kind of cheesy.


From grits to donuts, it’s a work food smorgasbord!

So, I’m part of this new-ish team at work and for one of our first meetings, we were all asked to bring a food that represented us and the “why” story behind it.

I thought, okay, the odds are good that a few people will bring something and then reluctantly tell a story. Boy, was I wrong. Everyone brought something. It was the biggest work feast I’ve seen in a long time AND people took the stories pretty seriously.


Now when I run into people I’m going to always associate them with cinnamon Pop Tarts, or French crepes, or salsa….Ah, food- you are the great connector.

What did I bring? I debated this. Pie is an obvious choice. My life has become about pie, that’s for sure. A pot of British Tea was my go-to if all else failed. I do love my tea. Then the meeting got snowed out and moved to a Thursday, so the fates told me what food represented me best…


I am the pancake and the pancake is me.

meatless monday: black bean, spinach and avocado enchiladas

el tacho night

el tacho night

with my various food allergies i’ve come to deem certain menu items as safe and or uncomplicated. for mexican food the easiest thing for me to alter is tacos but oh how i miss the ohey goey ness of enchiladas. so why not make them for meatless monday. i stuffed mine with refried black beans, fresh avocado slices and fresh spinach, made up a side of peach salsa mexican rice and who needs to go out for mexican food any more…not me!

requested bread recipes

keeping up with my new years resolution of working through the bread bible one recipe/week i’ve gotten a few requests for recipes from my instagram followers so here you go……


all recipes come from the bread bible by christine ingram and jennie shapter



6 cups white bread flour

2 tsp salt

one package yeast

1 2/3 cups warm water


1. lightly sprinkle yeast package evenly over your measuring cup of warm water, allow to sit

2. preheat oven to 425 F

3. sift together salt and flour, form a well in the middle of your flour, pour in water and yeast mixture

4. mix flour and water together till forms a dough, knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 8-10 minutes, place in an oiled boil and cover with oiled plastic wrap, leave to raise for 1 hour or until doubled in size

5. knock back dough and knead for 2-3 minutes, divide dough into to balls one large and one small

6. place the dough balls on lightly greased cookie sheets, place bowls over the top, allow to rise 30 minutes

7. gently flatten the top of the larger dough ball, with a sharp knife cut a cross in the top centre of the dough, brush with water and place the smaller ball on top

8. press a hole in the top of the small dough ball, lightly cut niches ever few inches around the dough balls for decorative edges, cover with oiled plastic wrap allow to sit 10 minutes

9. bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown



flower pot bread

flower pot bread

2 small flower pots – seasoned

1 cup wholewheat flour

3 cups white bread flour

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 package of yeast

2/3 cup warm milk

1/2 cup warm water

4 tbsp melted butter

1 tbsp chopped chives

1 tbsp parsley flakes

1 tsp sage

1 garlic clove — minced

fennel seeds for sprinkling

1. to season flower pots, clean pots, coat them with oil inside and out and bake for 35-40 minutes at 400, allow to cool once seasoned

2.  sprinkle evenly the yeast package over the top of the warm milk, allow to sit.  sift together flours and salt, make a well in the center of the flour.  pour yeast-milk mixture into flour, evenly mix and allow to sit for 15 minutes

3.  mix together butter and herbs.  add water and butter-herb mixture to the flour mixture. mix till a dough forms.  knead dough for 8-10 minutes.

4. place dough in an oiled bowl with oiled plastic wrap on top allow to rise for 1-1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size

5. knock back dough, divide into 2 balls and place each dough ball in an oiled flower pot, allow dough to rise to top of the flower pot, about 30-40 minutes

6. brush top of dough with water and sprinkle fennel seeds on, bake for 35-40 minutes 400 F or until golden brown

meatless monday: beans and quinoa


i love eating out of bowls

in grad school one of my stables for dinner was beans and rice. for meatless monday i thought i’d jazz that concept up with a little twist…. instead of rice i’d use quinoa, instead of black beans i’d use white beans. i seasoned the beans and quinoa with nutritional yeast, onions, and some garlic. to top it off a few boca veggie chunks, an old school favorite with a more grown-up twist. i also toasted up some of my homemade cheddar-onion bread and treated myself to a free state beer. ah mondays don’t get much better than that!

My favorite meal from last week- I bite my scone at you.


Shakespeare in Love is my second or third favorite movie (it switches places with Stranger than Fiction depending on what’s going on in my life).

The Alamo Drafthouse ( our new favorite movie theater) had a special afternoon Shakespeare in Love inspired tea. This was a big deal for me because 1) I’ve never seen SIL on the big screen and 2) I love tea. Huzzah!

I thought it would just be regular tea and scones, but no, it was a tea flight. Each tea and afternoon snack was brought out at specific times during the movie. We started off with a robust green tea, and a olive, tomato and mozzarella cheese finger sandwich. Then when everyone was falling in love, we had a lemon rosebud tea with sweet potato scones and creme frache. And for the grand finally a (spoiler alert) a bittersweet berry tea with a rosemary almond scone (rosemary is for remembrance if you know your Hamlet).

Sigh. The lemon and rosebud and sweet potato scone combo was my favorite, but I am happy to say I couldn’t take a picture even if I wanted to. This is a post tea pic on the fancy placemat they gave us. The Alamo has a strict no phone policy and anyway, some things are better left to the imagination.

the year of the horse…..a feast for chinese new year

a dinner party is always the answer

a dinner party is always the answer

while new year’s eve is a night for me, i figured why not make a new annual tradition of celebrating the chinese new year with a full-out dinner party. as i said in the invite “it’s the year of the horse so lets gallop into it my stuffing ourselves!” and that is exactly what we did. a pack of people showed up some even bearing chinese new year themed gifts…..Darsi brought me an authentic chinese fan and loren & michelle made up origami horses (yes we know its a japanese art form bought it was the idea of it) and decorated my apartment with them!

we almost didn't fit around the table!

we almost didn’t fit around the table!

on the menu was: basil jasmine rice, vegetable dumplings, crispy tofu with a peanut ginger sauce, stir-fryed veggies, cashew rangoon and of course for dessert fortune cookies!

so much yum!

so much yum!

overall it was a grand success. our bellies were full, the laughter was plentiful and you know it’s a success when one of your guests informs you that “it was the best dinner party they had ever been too!” just wait till next year i’m seeing visions of fried rice, a duck stuffed full of oranges and chili peppers…..i might need to invest in a larger dining room table!

there always must be decorations

there always must be decorations

meatless monday: eggs bandito

i'm no ordinary egg, amigo

i’m no ordinary egg, amigo

what is eggs bandito? why just my own little twist on the classic breakfast dish of eggs benedict. breakfast for dinner is one of my favorites. i love it because you can do the more complicated dishes that you just don’t have the time for at the crack of dawn….waffles, pancakes, biscuit sandwiches and hollandaise sauce. however while craving some eggs benedict i wasn’t wanting the ham and i wasn’t wanting the hollandaise i wanted something new! and along came “eggs bandito” an english muffin topped with guacamole, a poached egg and creamy spicy queso dip. needless to say it was a fiesta of flavors!