everything but the kitchen sink pizza.

The weather this week has been to die for. Seriously. It’s in the mid 60s during my morning walks, cozying up in a sweatshirt to take Miss Ellie out. Let’s be honest. It feels like fall. And not only that but in the morning meeting the other day a producer pitched a story about the leaves changing. Fall is almost here folks.

So that got me thinking – if fall’s almost here than summer is almost over (yes, brain science I know). And well I have been slacking majorly on my summer to-do list. And an easy one that I’ve been meaning to check off – making pizza!

I had every intention of 1) making my own dough and 2) making this pizza. But for the first time all summer I didn’t have any zucchini on hand. As for the own dough part…well I saw this at the store and it looked so eassssssy.


So no zucchini. But I did have about every other veggie and lots of other goodies to use up before they went bad. So here comes the pizza with everything but the kitchen sink. Because it all depends on what’s in your fridge this recipe is a mere guideline. Got some zucchini? Throw it on there. Let all the veggies hang out!

Ingredients:

  • Pizza crust (use your own recipe or cheat like me and used Pillsbury’s new artisan pizza crust)
  • tomato
  • red onion, sliced
  • assorted peppers, sliced
  • kalamata olives
  • garlic, grated
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesean
  • 1 cup apple chicken sausage
  • olive oil

How-To

Follow the instructions for your dough. Preheat the oven, roll it out, prebake for about 8 mins.

Rummage through your fridge and find the things you want to toss on your pizza. First off, check out this pepper. Have you ever seen a purple bell pepper? Yeah me either! (Unless you answered yes, and well than you live a more exciting life than me).

Slice and dice all your veggies. Grate your garlic. Chop up that yummy apple chicken sausage that has been hiding under everything else in your fridge drawer. Rub down the dough with olive oil. Pile on the toppings.

Top that all off with some cheese. I had lots of feta and parmesan. And to finish that off I dried out some oregano from my herb garden and sprinkle that yumminess on top.

Bake away! And obviously clean up while it’s cooking…or not. I made this the other night and well I just washed the pan tonight…

Now enjoy! And well if you’re like me than you’ll begin to enjoy it before you remember to take a finished photo. Whoops…

 

So what do you have in your fridge that you can top a pizza with? Let me know what you create!

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happy thoughts.

You know those weeks where you have a massive to-do list and plenty of time to actually complete it? Yeah, that was this week. My boyfriend was in town last week and we made sure to spend as much time together as possible. Downside? Lots of dishes to do, laundry piled up and mundane chores like going to the bank, paying bills and grocery shopping fell to the wayside.


{flower petals}

Well he left on Monday morning and every night this week (and all day yesterday) I had all the time in the world to get those chores done – did I? Nope. And to make it worse, I didn’t do anything instead! I was simply lazy. But hey, everyone deserves a lazy week. Here’s a peek at some of the things that made me happy during my week of sluggishness.


{cupcake break at work courtesy of Gigi’s}


{my absolute favorite candle – thyme + olive leaf}


{this is actually a shot from last weekend – but a blissful moment none the less}


{twilight in Knoxville}

I hope your Sunday is filled with many happy moments! Enjoy!

cajun chicken alfredo.

Cooking for one can be tough. There are so few cooking books for single servings (at least that I’ve found – suggestions are welcome!) and for as many blogs and websites, I’ve yet to come across a good one for people cooking for one.

So I’m always stuck trying to divide everything (and I’ll be the first to admit me and math don’t get along…) But the other option is leftovers and well, I hate leftovers. I don’t want to eat the same thing two days in a row (unless it’s Mexican and in that case I can eat it every day.)

Anyway, I’m rambling. Here’s a successful math problem. Cajun chicken alfredo for one.

Cajun Chicken Alfredo
(adapted from Comfortably Domestic)

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • cajun blackening spice
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 c. chopped tomatoes
  • 1/8 c. white wine
  • 3/4 c. heavy cream (or half and half)
  • 1 c. grated parmesan
  • salt, pepper, nutmeg
  • chopped basil
  • 1 cup fettuccini

How-To:

1.  Cook fettuccine, set aside
2. Sprinkle chicken with blackening spice
3.  Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet. Cook chicken until brown and seared on each side.
4.  Slice chicken and set aside.

For sauce:

1. Deglaze the pan with the white wine, whisk up all the brown bits
2. Add chopped garlic and tomatoes to the pan, saute until caramelized
3. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour cream into the pan, stiring constantly
4. Add salt, pepper and remaining butter
5. Stir for 3-4 minutes until cream reduces slightly
6. Add the cheese and toss in pasta
7. Before serving, sprinkle with parsley.

Bon Appetit single friends!