EVOO

June 24, 2009 at 7:08 pm (Recipes)

In my haste to type my grilled pizza with basil vinaigrette recipe, I used an abreviation that not everyone may know (Esther…)  EVOO is extra-virgin olive oil 🙂

The recipe is delicious, and I realize it looks long and hard, but if you take it step-by-step, i.e. pre-cook the sausage, pre-grill the veggies and use the oven to finish the pizzas off, it comes together quickly!!  The Basil Vinaigrette could be used on other things!!

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Grilled Pizza with Basil Vinaigrette

June 24, 2009 at 9:09 am (Recipes)

This recipe is one of my favorite summer suppers.  I have altered it somewhat, replacing the fontina cheese with fresh mozzarella.  I usually do not top the pizza with the ricotta mixture.  I use sweet sausage — not in link form — and pre-cook it on the stove and drain any fat off of it. 

This can be a bit labor-intensive, but by grilling the veggies first, removing them from the grill and then grilling the pizza dough, THEN transferring all to the oven to finish — that helps!

Grilled Pizza

  •  ½ pound Italian hot or sweet sausage
  • 1 large red onion, cut into ¼-inch thick slices
  • 2 large yellow peppers, cored, seeded and quartered
  • 2 large red peppers, cored, seeded and quartered
  • Portabella mushrooms
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

 1 recipe favorite pizza dough, rolled into 4 (6-inch) rounds (I use Pillsbury pre-made dough)

 *½ pound grated fontina cheese (I use fresh mozzarella, sliced thinly)

 Cook or grill the sausage.  Brush onions, mushrooms and peppers with the oil and season with salt and pepper.  Grill the onions, mushrooms and peppers until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. 

 Slice sausage into ¼ inch slices or, if using ground sausage, break apart.  Remove the onions, separate into rings and roughly chop.  Remove the peppers and slice into 1/8-inch slices. Slice the mushrooms.

 Heat grill to high.  Brush dough with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.  Turn over and grill for 1 to 2 minutes.  Remove from grill and place on flat surface (I use my baking stone).

Divide the cheese, sausage, onions and peppers among the four pizza rounds.  At this point, you can finish on the grill, but I like to finish in the oven on my baking stone… Preheat oven to 450 – bake until cheese is melted.

Ricotta mixture –

  • 1 cup ricotta,
  • 2 tbls. EVOO,
  • 2 tbls. Chopped fresh oregano

Mix all ingredients together

 Basil vinaigrette –

  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tblsp honey
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil

Put all ingredients in small food processor or blender – whir away 🙂 

Remove pizzas from oven and drizzle with basil vinaigrette.  Top with dollops of ricotta mixture and let rest for 5 minutes.  Slice and Serve!

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Happy Father’s Day

June 21, 2009 at 9:28 am (Musings...)

I would like to take this post to honor the two Fathers in my life… My wonderful Daddy and my darling hubby, Danny O.

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Me, Daddy, Susan

Me, Daddy, Susan

He gave us his legacy of hard work, strong ethics and living a life of prayer.  He lived with six women (five girls and mom 🙂 and all he had was “junk!” But he showed us how to depend on the Lord for our necessities and to count our blessings.  I am honored to count him as my friend!!

Amanda, Danny O, Brent

Amanda, Danny O, Brent

Me and Dan

Me and Dan

Danny O is my love — 29 years!!  He loves his children — although he can sometimes have a tough exterior, I am certain it is a “facade!”   He’s an ol’ softie who would do almost anything for his Amanda and Brent.

I am making a batch of blueberry/raspberry muffins to honor the two fathers in my life!!!

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Butterfly Pendant

June 9, 2009 at 8:31 am (Decorative Painting)

Kayla's Butterfly Pendant

Kayla's Butterfly Pendant

One of the downfalls of being slightly loony with OCD, is that one can spend hours, even days trying to get something perfect.  I spent almost three days last week perfecting a butterfly medallion for my young friend, Kayla. 

I decided on a butterfly because of what butterflies represent — metamorphosis of a sort — going from ugly to beautiful — making good choices and living with the positives of those choices!

I sanded off nine versions of the butterfly until I got what I thought was perfect!!  My thought processes were… I wanted something simple, yet slightly bold with a graphic feel.  I googled butterflies and looked at hundreds of blue butterflies (blue for her eyes).  I found real butterflies, crocheted butterflies, tattooed butterflies (you get the picture)  🙂 

I settled for a pretty form using  three paint colors — with the background color as the shadow, because it was so tiny.  I like my finished project and I think Kayla liked it too!

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Circles

June 1, 2009 at 9:47 am (Musings...)

As I expected, I have spent the last week going in circles, spinning my wheels.  There is the natural let-down that occurs after a big event (i.e. concert)  but there is also a new chapter in my life.  I am not certain what this chapter is going to be.  I guess I should say, I have been contemplative for the last week 🙂

God IS good, though.  I prayed for and He graciously granted a miracle in Brent’s life and I got a Word From The Lord for Amanda, which I was happy to share with her.  So I guess I am not going in circles.  I am waiting…

I planted my herb garden last week.  I have Basil, Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Dill, Chives, some lettuce, mini-carnations, and “johnny jump-ups,” which haven’t yet jumped up!  I have already used the dill and oregano and some lettuce.  The basil is almost ready to  use — I make a great grilled pizza with fresh mozzerella, basil and portabella mushrooms — recipe to follow very soon! 

I can see this garden from my kitchen window and it makes me smile!!  My Garden Faerie is watching over my herbs!!  I am so very blessed.

Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden

Basil--my favorite!!

Basil--my favorite!!

Garden Faerie

Garden Faerie

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