A good idea… and a not so good one
Here I am, already straying from both birds and baking. This post is about cooking. Although technically both things were baked.
After seeing multiple advertisements for heart-shaped pizza I got it my head that I wanted to make one. No longer satisfied with the pizza crust recipe I’ve been using since my 15th birthday party, which I found in a school library book, I signed out Pizza by Dwayne Ridgaway from the local library. I tried his Basic Pizza Dough recipe. It was a little thick for my taste, but otherwise a great crust– I’m sure I’ll use it again. I just need to use a bigger pan.
I’ve made a decision to avoid buying factory-farmed meat, so I was very pleased to discover locally-made grass-fed beef pepperoni at the farmers’ market. So I made a pepperoni and mushroom pizza.
It was really good. The cat agreed, as he tried to steal a piece.
Another cute Valentine’s idea is to make heart-shaped toppings, as seen on Edible Crafts. Perhaps next year I’ll try that with some local ham.
The next day I finally tried the eggplant lasagne recipe I’ve been meaning to try for a long time, from a book called Food Cures. (I know, the book sounds hokey but the advice it gives makes a lot of sense.) I make a delicious roasted vegetable lasagne that includes eggplant, so I thought this one would be good too.
I like the Chinese eggplant because they are usually cheaper. And I like that they have a higher skin-to-insides ratio, although this recipe called for peeling them. Which was good because they were on “blowout” sale for 41 cents a pound, and were slightly past their prime.
I decided to go for it and made the entire 12 serving recipe, as the noodles are too long for my smaller baking dishes. It sounded like a good plan, as I like having leftovers in the freezer, to take to work for lunch, or for evenings I am too busy or tired to cook.
At least Chai had fun with the eggplant.
Have you tried any new recipes lately? Are they keepers or “I’ll never make that again”s?