Saturday, February 16, 2013

Under the Tuscan....gun

Watching cooking shows is my weakness.  I'll often have it on "in the background" and I can hear the host mention one ingredient....and I have to go in, sit down, and watch.  My TRUE weakness is anything that pertains to Italian food.  I harken back to my childhood....and I'm a goner.

Today I have to go into work at Disney and my husband made me fresh blueberry pancakes (for the second day in a row!) So I wanted something a little "substantial.....but light" (if that makes any sense, LOL) before I had to leave.  I decided to take the fresh basil, fresh strawberries, fresh arugula and some of the mixed greens from a bag in the fridge, and some chunked (is that a WORD?  I think so.) up homemade Italian "toast" I had made ...and make a "salad".  When I got it all together....I had no idea what type of dressing to put on I took about 2-3 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar, about 1-2 tablespoons of honey, the juice of 1/4 of a lemon and heated it, stirring constantly.  I brought it JUST to a boil....then let it cool slightly after which time I "drizzled" it over my salad.  The result?  HEAVEN.

But then let me tell you about my OTHER "inspiration" this morning!  This week at Publix, they are selling their pre-made Italian pizza doughs at a "BOGO" (buy one, get one free).  I had gotten two while shopping on Thursday and made a fresh pizza for that night but the other one, due to last minute things that came up late yesterday was still in the fridge this morning.  I didn't really want to make an entire pizza and eat it before I hatched a plan.  I rolled it out onto my cutting board into a large rectangle.  I melted 1/4 of a stick of butter and ran a (large) clove of garlic through my garlic press.  I then used my pastry brush to "brush" about 3/4 of the mixture over the surface of the rolled out dough.  Then I sprinkled on chopped fresh rosemary, chopped fresh basil, and some dried oregano and topped all of THAT off with about a scant 1/4 c. of grated Parmesan.  I rolled it and then placed it into a bread pan that I had sprayed with cooking spray and painted the top of it with the remaining butter/garlic mixture.  I had a small amount of the cheese left so I sprinkled that on as well and baked it for about 40 minutes in a 350 oven.  It was delicious.  My only regret was that I felt I should have rolled it tighter, so if you try this....roll tightly.

I can't wait for my husband to wake up (he works nights, but will wake up before I have to leave today) to try the bread.  I only wish he could've had some while it was warm...and that he could have tried the salad (I ate it all...LOL)

I love coming up with great ideas on my own....and hope you do to.  That's what the adventure of cooking is all ABOUT.  I could eat Italian every day.  I love Mexican food (due to 10+ years spent living in Southern California), I love Greek food (due to many years with Greek neighbors and friends) but I LIVE for Italian food.  I don't think there's ANYTHING that smells more beautiful than fresh basil, fresh parmesan cheese, the smell of garlic cooking in really good olive's perfume for the senses....and the soul.

Food quote: "La cucina piccola fal la casa grande." (Translation: "A small kitchen makes the home big")

Buon appetito a tutte

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