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Chicken Sausage and Apple Pizza

11 Oct

Chicken Sausage and Apple Pizza

It is officially fall in New York and this was celebrated with our annual trip to the apple and pumpkin picking farm near our house.  Chris used to go to the same exact one when he was little and we have continued the tradition with Ella for the past few years.  When we go, we usually buy some pumpkins, eat some apple cider doughnuts and go to the little petting zoo that is on the grounds.  This year, we decided to switch it up a little and take advantage of the apple picking part of the farm.  We went with some friends and we ready to get all Johnny Appleseed up in that place.

When you get there, you first have to buy the “official” apple bags, to the tune of $25 each.  So between our small group, we had shelled out $50 for the prospect of picking our own apples (I totally need to own an apple farm by the way, they make bank!).  Well, believe me, we were getting our $50 of apples, even if it killed us.  It was definitely fun, the kids  grown men definitely seemed to be enjoying themselves and it was fun to feel like a farmer for a minute (just a minute though, because that is way too much work).  When we got home, we realized we had more apples than it was humanly possible to consume.  So for the past week, we have been trying to stick these apples in everything.  And if you know us, of course we put them on a pizza. Continue reading

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Monday Leftovers: Pulled Pork Roasted Pineapple Pizza

22 Apr

Pulled Pork Roasted Pineapple Pizza

The weather is getting more and more beautiful every day here in New York.  The fact that we can now exit our caves for the season means a lot more is going on = not as much time home = not as much time to cook = EATING OUT!  One of the great things about moving into a new town is you are able to go out and explore the culinary frontier.  Chris, Ella and I just discovered a bbq joint a couple towns over that served something called the “pignic” and if you know our family, you know we had to order it.  (Warning for vegetarians, you won’t be interested beyond this point): The plate was piled high with so much meat, that it easily could have fed a family of 8 (rather than the three of us).  So needless to say, we had leftovers for.ev.er.  With so much pork in our fridge, a fresh pineapple on our counter and our love for pizza, we decided to make a Pulled Pork Roasted Pineapple Pizza.  It was the best.  For real.  What can I say, I’m a sucker for our pizzas. Continue reading

Rosemary Garlic Potato Pizza

12 Apr

Rosemary Garlic Potato Pizza

So it’s Friday and what that means in New York is PIZZA NIGHT!!!! If you aren’t from New York, maybe it’s Friday night=Chimichangas, or Friday night=Brussel Sprouts (which in that case, you might not be excited for Fridays.  Unless they are fried and covered in garlic.) Or in one of my friend’s case Friday night=drunk cleaning.  Totally awesome. 

Apparently it is a unspoken rule over on the Eastern seaboard that on Fridays you are eating pizza.  Forget if you ate it for lunch that day, or the night before, because you are also eating it for dinner that night…….and most likely during the weekend as well.  As it has been well-documented (on this blog. And out of my mouth. Quite a few times.), our family loves pizza.  Chris loves it so much that he actually took a class at the Institute of Culinary Education to find out how to make a better pizza dough.  Like I said….love.

This recipe taps into my Irish heritage with the use of potatoes and drunk, red-faced, high-tempered people.  Forget about that last part…it’s really just about the potatoes.  And the garlic.  So really, it’s about melding both of my heritages (also Italian over here….olive oil and Guiness running through these veins!) into the most delicious thing for your pizza night at home. Continue reading

Friday Quickie-BBQ Chicken Pizza

15 Mar

bbq chicken pizza

No, not that kind of quickie; get your mind out of the gutter. This is a really quick, easy recipe that doesn’t require too much brain/will/power. Which is a great thing, especially if you have a toddler and a husband who are literally poking you with foam pirate swords while you try to cook. True story. Actually, a common occurrence.

Remember that time we told you that we love pizza? No? Well we do. Like a lot.

This recipe has a lot of flavor with just a few ingredients, which means it’s important to use a really good bbq sauce. We used this sauce, which was vinegar-based and had a nice tang to it. And it has a pig on it, which can only mean good things when it comes to bbq (just don’t tell our daughter, she thought the drawing was cute in a I-want-you-to-be-my-pet-not-eat-you kind of way.) At least chicken was on the menu tonight. Continue reading

Thai Chicken and Pickled Garlic Pizza

22 Feb

Thai Chicken and Pickled Garlic Pizza

Chris and I definitely view pizza as something that is beyond your basic marinara and mozzarella.  Maybe it’s living in New York and experiencing pies varying from those topped with duck eggs (which our 2 1/2 year old ate, whhhaattt?!) to ones smothered in fontina and brined lemons.  We think of the pizza crust more as a blank canvas that allows our culinary minds to wander.  We love going out for Thai food and this is an easy way to bring those bold, delicious flavors home.  The peanut sauce we made was really delcious and made enough to feed a small army, so we put the remaining sauce in a mason jar (hey, I am a girl, I freaking love mason jars-damn you Pinterest!), and will use it for something like cold sesame noodles or a thai chicken salad during the week.  Happy eating!

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