I have had a string of, awful pizza lately. I tried a few different pizzerias around where I live and an additional one far away and well, I can probably make a better home pie–puff pastry, tomato sauce and some choice toppings.
The last time I had a well sauced, well cheesed, perfectly crusted pizza was, I cannot remember. My family is on the prowl for a good pie. Bigger is not better, more toppings/less toppings is not better, no sauce/sauce is not better, just an all around good slice.
I was trying to avoid a chain (restaurant) though consistent, but not necessarily authentic (Pizza Hut, Dominos, Uno Pizzeria, Coals). Is there no local home grown pizzeria that can be a good go to? I will drive to that place where the good stuff is. Hometown loyalty is not for us -unless the pizza is amazing.
Comment and share your favorite place (s) and why.
The South American treat.
So I polled some friends and acquaintances a while back to see what kind of desserts they liked and someone said Alfajores. I looked it up and realized that I liked that as well. Well shiver me timbers, we have something in common.
When I made it (Alfajores) my daughter caught sight of it and kept saying “cookie, cookie, cookie.” The look was enough to get her.
So my conclusion on what makes a dessert great is appearance. If a dessert/sweet looks funny and smothered and it is in an ugly dish, it deserves to sit in the fridge. Food should be fun and enticing. Most desserts don’t disappoint –however if it looks horrible no one wants to try –even if it tastes great.
The recipe is actually good to do with kids. Once the dough is mixed, they can use a cookie cutter to make the circles. After all are cooled, they can spread the dulce de leche. I used the store brand but bought some regular condensed milk to try getting the homemade effect. (did not repeat as yet so did not used my home method)
Here are some pictures.
It is sweet so this in no way is healthy but that is okay. Moderation!!!!
So I read on REDDIT about things Europeans don’t get about Americans. I mean the same can be said for them as well but I am just an observer, passing no judgement. So they made the comment -why do Americans do this crazy “pumpkin everything” when it comes to pumpkin season–NOW.
So though I am a person living in the US, I can look at this objectively. It is kind of nutty. My husband bought a pumpkin latte from MC Donald’s while we were on a day road trip. Last year I bought up (as much as I can) the pumpkin sauce after the fall season and used it for months. And, — I just got the Trader Joe’s circular, which as you know (grab a copy next time) reads like a news paper and it is Pumpkin Pandemonium. Here is the list.
Flyer Shopping List
Chocolate Mousse Pumpkins
Half Moon Cookies
Pumpkin Chai Spice Loaf
Harvest Blend Tea
Cold Pressed Pumpkin Harvest Juice
Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage
Pumpkin Spice Chai
Pumpkin Spice Coffee
Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea
Chèvre with Honey
New Zealand Grass Fed Sharp Cheddar
Pumpkin Cream Cheese
Toscano Cheese with Cinnamon
Butternut Squash Parmigiana
Ginger Pumpkin Mini Mouthfuls
Julienned Root Vegetables
Mini Pumpkin Pies
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Pumpkin Ice Cream
Pumpkin Pie Mochi Ice Cream
Sticky Pumpkin Cake
Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce and Zucchette Pasta
Baker Josef’s Flour
Beer Bread Mix
Blanched Almond Flour
Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
Butternut Squash Soup
Fall Harvest Salsa
Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix
Herbes de Provence
Organic Blackstrap Molasses
Organic Canned Pumpkin
Organic Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark
Organic Pumpkin Toaster Pastries
Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal
Pumpkin Bread Mix
Joe’s Pumpkin O’s
Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix
Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pumpkin Scone Mix
Pumpkin Spice Granola
This Pumpkin Walks Into A Bar…
Cut Butternut Squash
Organic Fuji Apples
Shaved Brussels Sprouts
Apple Caramel Greek Yogurt
Chicken Breast Parmigiana
Nonfat Greek Pumpkin Yogurt
Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli
Kettle Cooked Chicken Soup
Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing
Spatchcocked Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Wine Country Chicken Salad
Belgian Chocolate Pumpkins
Boffo and Quasar Bars
Cuckoo for Coconuts
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramels
Ghosts & Bats Crispy Potato Snacks
Haunted House Kit
Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Pita Crisps with Cranberries & Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps
Pumpkin Joe Joe’s
Pumpkin Soup Crackers
Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Tortilla Chips
Sacha Inchi Seeds
Whole Raw Cashews
Pumpkin Body Butter
Pumpkin Flavored Dog Treats
Big Churn Chardonnay
Chariot Gypsy Red
Dearly Beloved I Thee Red
Eris 2014 Carneros Estate Chardonnay
Green Fog Organic IPA
Moon X Black Pinot Noir
TJ’s Reserve Meritage Mendocino County
So are we pumpkin crazy?
No. Just crazy about food. I guess it is like getting all the food made with nuts (any type) together and showcasing. I admit that it is a little much but it keeps things interesting, fun and is something to look forward to.
If you like the pumpkin craze, embrace it!!
Interesting “pumpkin” news
Interesting “pumpkin” news 2
I just went pumpkin picking at an actual pumpkin patch–some were still attached to the ground. Fun times with my buddy, my law mummy, my baby and my hubby. So guess what I am making, Pumpkin Soup.
I call this blog post–Kasutera Melee (That may be extreme but to follow is why!)
I found a few recipes and decided on one that seemed the least strenuous. I foamed up the eggs and warmed up the milk and made a thick egg yolk batter.
What the recipe said not to do was mix the flour in. So it was just sifted on top and folded in. After that I added the balance of the items but kept seeing some extra liquid in the bottom of the bowl. I did my best to somewhat mix without mixing. (extra liquid from either non frothed egg or the milk separated, who knows.) So I noticed but went along with the balance of the recipe. It also did not say to add flour in batches.
I baked it up and the bottom was not cooking through as the top. So given that, I further instigated the situation by putting a tray to catch falling liquid. I had filled the baking pan to the brim and was afraid of spillage as it would burn and set my alarms off and disturb me (forget the neighbors). (yet again)
After checking the cake when the timer was up I removed the tray and put the cake back for 10 minutes. So in the end it was for not. I had a half half cake–top half was the correct texture and bottom half was a little dense and reminiscent of a dry pudding. (revisit the picture I included)
So I have to try again using another recipe to see if it was just me.
Oh by the way–the recipe calls for using a bain-marie. So that is fun and different and it took some time.