Pizza with mozzarella, lemon, and olives

January 27, 2012 § 16 Comments

I love to look at the work of various chefs, always trolling for ideas to pocket and have turn up sometime later, perhaps a little jumbled looking from having gone through the brain equivalent of a wash cycle, in meals I cook.  I think there must always be a little ticker tape running in my mind storing up a restaurant meal here, a recipe there.  Not that they ever seem to come back to me when I most want them to.  But, they’re influential.

The food ideas from some quadrants are delectably comfortable, vindicating in a sense.  I see them and I think, ‘oh that’s exactly how I would have done that!’ Or, ‘ha! I’ve made almost exactly that before!  I should make it again sometime.’

Some food ideas shake you up a little, splash some cold water in your face to wake you up from the food ruts we all settle into, at times more frequently than not.  These are the dishes that inspire you with an ‘I would never have thought of that!’ nudge.  Sometimes that ‘I would never have thought of that’ is followed by an ‘and I’m intimidated by the very idea, and don’t think I actually want to try making something like that at all.’  Other times it’s followed by an ‘and I will make it the next chance I get!’

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Hospitality and soapstone

December 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m slightly green.  And not, unfortunately, the trendy, socially desirable, eco-conscious kind (though I do try to be that).  I’m afraid I’m the unpleasant green of jealous envy, though I think it is at least a pastel, non-menacing sort of a shade.

It’s a friendly jealousy, you know, like teasing can be friendly.

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Hipp Hurrah for Pizza! (slow-rise pizza dough)

May 10, 2010 § 6 Comments

Overall, I don’t think I can comment on my own fashion sense.  I’m certainly not an objective party.  But, I can say that what I secretly (or not so secretly, really) aspire to, and the way I actually decorate and dress are pretty different.  I kind of wish I could attain that sleek, minimalistic Scandinavian style décor, and dress in a simple classic way.  But I can’t.  Heaven knows I’ve tried, but I somehow always come out with bright colors and bold patterns, and just a teensy bit of friendly clutter.  It turns out that’s just what I like.

And, just last week, I came to the realization that the same goes for me and pizza!  I know it’s all chic and gourmet to like pizzas with a few perfect and sparsely scattered toppings on a delicate crust.  But I like piles of toppings.  Big, gratuitously stacked, piles, I say!  A pizza, to me, is a chance to put a whole bunch of vegetables and cheeses and meats I like in various combinations together in one perfect delivery vehicle.  But, that’s just me.  I won’t force my topping opinions on anyone.  On the other hand, I do want to graciously bestow my pizza dough recipe upon everyone.  Because everyone deserves to have a wonderful, wonderful crust to put their favorite toppings on – without having to pay $0.50-$3 something for each additional topping, or tipping the delivery person!

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