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March Madness + Food = Weekend Happiness

Appetizers, Pizza, Recipes - Jennifer - March 24, 2011

Whoever said the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach should have met my kids!  They’ll sit through anything if the food is good enough.  So this weekend, I’ll appease them through the Sweet Sixteen games by making some fun snacks. (Basketball is big here in the Midwest, and the NCAA tournament is huge.)

We tried this one for the Superbowl, and it was a big hit. I was looking for a variation on the standard taco dip because more than one person invariably brings one to big gatherings.  So we went with a pizza theme instead:

PIZZA DIP

8 oz. softened cream cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1 c. shredded mozzarella
1 c. parmesan
1 c. pizza sauce
favorite toppings

Preheat oven to 350, and combine cream cheese, garlic powder, oregano, parsley and basil in a medium bowl. Spread mixture into a 9-inch pie pan and sprinkle with 1/2 c. mozzarella and 1/2 c. parmesan. Cover with pizza sauce and another layer of remaining cheeses. Add favorite toppings (we went with green peppers, tomatoes, and mini-pepperonis–next time, I’m adding onions). Bake uncovered for 20 minutes to melt the cheese.  We served with breadsticks and crusty Italian bread for dipping.

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Pizza, How Do I Love Thee? For Breakfast, Lunch AND Dinner!

Cookbooks, Dinner, Pizza, Tasty Travels - Jennifer - March 1, 2011

Just the other day, I said to my husband that I thought I could eat pizza for three meals a day and be perfectly happy.  Then we inherited a ton of leftovers from a pizza party, and I’ve had the opportunity to put that theory to the test.  And the result is, yes, yes I can eat pizza for three meals a day and enjoy it!  But eating the same pizza over and over is getting a little tiresome, so I thought I’d look for some ideas to add some variety to my “dream” diet.

American Pie:  My Search for the Perfect Pizza by Peter Reinhart is more than just a pizza cookbook.  Sure, there are recipes aplenty, but the book is also a comprehensive travelogue, as master breadmaker Reinhart visits influential pizza meccas in Italy and the US, including Florence, Rome, Naples, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, among others.  He discovers pizza’s roots and delves into its evolution, compares the different styles of pizzamaking, and develops his own.  Now if we can just finish all those leftovers, I’ll be ready to start tossing dough!

Also grabbing my attention by Peter Reinhart is Artisan Breads Every Day:  Fast and Easy Recipes for World-Class Breads.  Bread making is something I haven’t attempted beyond throwing the ingredients in the automatic breakmaker and letting it do the rest.  I’m thinking this could be our next rainy day project.  Thanks, Peter!

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