Monday, January 31, 2011

first post!!!

Cooking is my greatest passion in life. Even now as I'm going through a big health kick, I can't even tolerate the thought of eating tasteless junk.  Ever since I can remember I've loved cooking; making cookies, brownies & getting my first cookbooks. It seems like I knew even then that the best thing you could ever do for yourself is learn how to cook. To be able to provide yourself with that basic necessity was and is a comfort.

Today I made a vegetarian lasagna, and it was absolutely delicious! I roasted eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms & garlic with olive oil. I used a bottled sauce since I ran out of tomatoes. It had a thick layer of delicious ricotta mixed with egg, basil and Parmesan. I usually make a far less healthy version with ground sausage or ground beef; tons of cheese and extra sauce, but today I took the healthy route. Even Mark ate two plates full! That's always a good sign!


 I also ran out of aluminum foil, so the edges got extra baked, but it was fine. The cheese was fresh mozzarella that I had bought for my pizzas I had made Saturday night.

 These are our pizza's ready for the oven. The little one is mine; a veggie kinda Greek pizza. I put mushrooms, peppers, onions, olives, feta & mozzarella cheese. Mark's pizza was a BBQ chicken pizza; with sweet BBQ sauce, a grilled chicken breast, red pepper, mushrooms and onion. He really liked his! Oh, and the crust is homemade!
 My pizza, fresh out of the oven! :)
Mark's pizza out of the oven. :) 


Until my next foodie post, 
-Jacqueline


3 comments:

  1. This looks great! You are going to inspire me to eat some really good and healthy stuff! MMmmm! :)

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  2. what did you do to make the pizza dough.. I was thinking of making them

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  3. 1 pkg quick active dry yeast
    1/2 cup warm water
    1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups flour
    1 tsp olive oil
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp sugar

    in bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. stir in half the flour, the oil, salt & sugar. stir in enough of the rest of the flour to make dough easy to handle. place dough on lightly floured surface, knead 10 mins or until smooth and springy. grease large bowl with oil, turning dough in oil to grease all sides. cover & let rise 20 mins. deflate dough, cover & refrigerate 2 hours or so.

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