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Monday, August 30, 2010

just what I needed.

So..... what do you eat for dinner when you have a daunting task ahead of you? Pizza of course ! And don't judge I even went meatless,be proud. Here's how it went down:  I went to a fantastic estate sale this weekend with my mom. We bought a number of things,mostly vintage mason jars.

           Yep, I fell for the blue glass and the ideas of storage and maybe even some dreams of canning took over and I was thrilled. You know I fell for mason jars and canning awhile back and it was on. It wasn't just one mason jar that got me. Oh,but no mam it wasn't just one classic piece,ha! it was a few more,...like a lot. I haven't even counted and probably won't count. It's sort of like when you were in high school or heck even college and were assigned a paper to write. I would gather my materials and clutch my outline in hand and hope for the best. I did my darnedest to follow the outline and not even count the words. I knew I had a word limit and if I stopped to count,it was over. I just turned up the music on the headphones and kept on typing. Eventually, I would check the word count and be slightly impressed with myself. The next steps,proof-reading and oh good grief,spell check. Every time,spell check.
(I digress.)

   The daunting task in front of me is something I'm not going to put off and unlike that paper,this is just a test of will,not spelling thank goodness.I have to wash and sanitize the jars we bought and eventually figure out what jars will be good to *maybe* to can something in or just use for storage (and talk about some classic storage options).
      This is the pizza and dang it was good. I used this pizza sauce and it was just the right amount of tomato.I didn't have mushrooms,so I used a patty pan squash we got in our CSA bag this past weekend and it added the right amount of crunch to each slice. I took the suggestion and added some sliced kalamata olives and drizzled some balsamic vinegar around just cause I'm feeling spiffy and inspired.And the last ditch effort I hoped for came through,shredded mozzarella cheese. I only had about 3 ounces of goat cheese in the fridge and I hoped...and there it was shredded mozzarella in the cheese draw and it was still good! Hooray! Check out this lady's website and enjoy,she's got it goin' on. I've had my pizza and I'm off to wash jars.
Pizza with goat cheese,spinach and tomato
Adapted from ezrapoundcake.com
Ingredients:
1 prepared pizza crust
pizza sauce (as much as you prefer)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
4 TBL extra-virgin olive oil,divided
1 box of spinach leaves
2 cloves garlic,minced
1 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper,to taste
1 smaller patty pan squash,sliced
1/4 cup sliced kalamata olvies
1/2 cup sliced grape tomatoes
4 oz log of goat cheese
1 TBL balsamic vinegar
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.Brush 2 TBL evoo on prepared pizza crust and spread desired amount pizza sauce on crust. Spinkle half of shredded mozzarella on crust.
2. Heat remaining evoo in large skillet and saute minced garlic and red pepper flakes until fragrant,30 seconds or so. Add in the spinach leaves and saute until wilted,this won't take long. After the leaves have wilted remove from heat and sprinkle with salt and pepper,place evenly on pizza. Layer the squash slices , halved tomatoes and kalamata olives on pizza. Crumble goat cheese on veggies and then sprinkle remaining shredded mozzarella and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
3. Bake until edges are golden brown and topping have set up. Keep an eye on it,it can cook quicker than you think. remove from oven and drizzle remaining evoo on the toppings,and now devour. (in my case let it cool just a bit before you take a bite,just a hint)

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