Saturday, February 22, 2014

Homemade Pizza and Swiss Chard Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Tonight I made pizza for dinner. I really enjoy making pizza, and consider it a personal quest to find the perfect crust recipe.  I'm not there yet, but I learn something new every time I try. I am up to using 2/3 semolina flour to 1/3 all purpose. The texture is good- I just need to get a handle on getting it thin enough.  My toppings of choice tonight were red onion, mushrooms and green peppers.

But the real star of tonight's dinner was the salad.  No kidding- I think this is one of the best salads I've ever made.

Let's start with the dressing. I whisked together some Dijon mustard, lime juice, orange juice, a little red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Then I whisked in walnut oil and a little olive oil.  After tasting it, I decided it needed a little sweetness, so I added some agave syrup.  

The greens were represented by some shaved Brussels sprouts and shredded Swiss chard (stems and all).  

The accessories consisted of toasted Marconi almonds, pine nuts, and shaved Parmesan.

I tossed everything together and served it with a slice of pizza.  It sure beats the heck out of delivery!



Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentines' Day Dinner

Dev braised some game hens, and I mashed some potatoes and roasted some Brussels sprouts. Very good!

Valentines' Day Breakfast

This was my breakfast this morning: hot tea (mint), blueberry yogurt and toast with cream cheese, capers, and smoked salmon. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2/12/14 Dinner

It was a typical school night for us.  Will had Girls On the Run practice until 5:15.  I took the opportunity to do a little Valentine shopping. While I was out and about, I picked up a rotisserie chicken and some Brussels sprouts. 

Upon arriving home, I trimmed the Brussels sprouts, halved them and tossed them with olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. They spent 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven.  As they roasted, I microwaved some frozen peas and cut up the chicken.

Fancy? No.  Really good? Yes.  
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