Daily Archives: June 3, 2011

Pump It Up

I’m pretty darn pumped right now. This is what my weekend is shaping up to look like:

– Dinner with Chris, my cousin, and his GF who came down from Boston this afternoon. We’re going to an Italian place in the Village which I just discovered on Yelp. I hope its as good as its made out to be because right now I am already torn between squid ink pasta, artichoke ravioli, and saffron pasta. Foodie overload.

– Tomorrow I am doing what may possibly be described as the best Saturday afternoon activity I can name. Chris, my brother, and his GF are heading to a large pet adoption day in West Chester!!!! My brother is on the hunt for his own best buddy, and I can’t wait to help with his search. At night, Chris and I are planning to spend some one-on-one time, and go shopping together.

– Sunday, I’m off to my parent’s home. Wednesday was my mom’s birthday (happy birthday mom!), so Sunday we are going to have a girl’s day. I’m thinking dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Yum.

Throw in some workouts, walks with Hadley, and starting my new book and you get a wonderful weekend.

What are you up to this weekend?

Easy Pan Pizza

Last Sunday, I stocked up on goodies at Trader Joe’s. When I was on the ginormous line that ran throughout the entire store (but moved blessedly  quickly), I grabbed some 99 cent pizza dough. I’ve been thinking about making pizza since my last two pizza creations, and this seemed like opportunity knocking.

Pan Pizza

Ingredients: 1 bag of TJ’s pizza dough, 1/2 onion, 10 mushrooms, enough mozzerella cheese and tomato sauce to cover the pie, salt, pepper, and oregano to taste. You will also need a frying pan. Mine was 12 inches in diameter.

Set out the dough and allow it to sit in the bag for 20 minutes. Use the time to prep your veggies. I threw my onions and mushrooms into the food processor. I’m still getting used to it, so they were a little more chopped than I had desired, but still tasty. When the dough is  ready, spray your pan with non stick spray. Evenly spread out the dough in the pan. Leave some extra dough around the end to roll over to create a crust. Top with sauce, cheese, and your desired toppings and seasonings. Preheat oven to 450. Bake in oven for 10 mintues. The pizza will not be all the way cooked through at this time, (because of the pan), but it should be cooked enough for you to remove it with a spatula and place on the oven racks alone to cook longer. Cook until bottom is browned. Timing will vary depending on thickness of crust. Allow to cool, add some extra parmi, and enjoy! Just like Pizza Uno (only not greasy disguisting).

The before shot.

The ready to come out of the pan shot.

The finished product shot.

 FYI: If you’re careless like me, and happen to be more focused on not burning your pizza instead of your arm, and thus, burn your arm, mustard makes a great cooling agent. It really soothes the burned skin. No clue why, it just does.

Fancy mustard, fancy burn.