Thursday, September 16, 2010
No Pizza For Puppies
I'm all about the food this week. Tuesday night I made a sweet little soup with the chicken stock. I finely diced an onion, a carrot, some garlic and a zucchini, sauteed them in olive oil then added the stock, salt, pepper, the inevitable crushed red pepper and let it simmer. I cooked some little cheese tortellinis on the side, when they were ready I added finely shredded chicken, chopped parsley and basil and to the soup and tasted for seasoning. I filled low bowls with the soup then added the tortellinis and covered all with some freshly grated parmesan. Then we ate, slowly and happily. First soup of the season is always a glorious moment.
Last night was pizza. It's easy to make pizza dough but if time is of the essence and people are as hungry as a Lab, you can use a ready made dough from Trader Joe's for example. I made a simple pizza sauce with a can of organic tomato sauce, a bit of sauteed garlic, S&P and red pepper and a generous handful of oregano. When the house smelled like an Italian restaurant it was ready. Rolled out the dough, covered it with the sauce, covered that in turn with mozzarrela, parmesan and fresh ricotta cheeses. Popped in into a preheated 425 oven and let it bake for about 12 minutes. While it baked I made a vinaigrette and cleaned lettuce for the salad. When the timer pinged we were good to go. Just before serving I covered it all with rough cut garden basil.
Call Domino's? Not in this house.
P.S. We ate the whole pizza and there was not even one tiny scrap left over the poor pup.