Shaved Asparagus Pizza

Just tried Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for shaved asparagus pizza. It was, of course delicious. All her stuff is. I especially enjoyed her recommendation to taste the raw shaved asparagus that gets tossed with olive oil and salt and pepper. It was truly yummy!

There’s only one thing that I would do differently: Whenever I make white (aka non-tomato-sauce based pizzas), I always brush the unbaked crust with an olive oil/garlic/salt & pepper mixture. Smitten Kitchen doesn’t have the crust brushed with anything, but I think a little garlic is always a good idea.

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Simple Dinners

Lately, I’ve been learning a lot about myself as a cook. I am not necessarily someone who loves taking on new and challenging recipes to master them. I do not spend my time wishing I had all day to cook. What I really like to do is make and eat simple, delicious food with people that I like.

One of the easiest and tastiest things I’ve been making lately is pizza! My mother got me a pizza stone for Christmas and it has been in heavy rotation ever since. I actually think that it is making me more popular with my friends. Anyhow, while I have (shamefully) not yet made my own dough (it’s so cheap and pre-made at Shaws!), everything we’ve made has been tasty and easy (and also a lot of fun).

Some combos:

  • The Wowser: Garlic & oil brushed onto the crust, covered with parmesan, mozzarella, and fresh spinach. Everyone always thinks pizza has to be with a red sauce. But it is so damn tasty with garlic & oil instead! Sometimes I throw on some toasted pine nuts. Also: Don’t cook the spinach before it goes on the pizza– just pile it high and let it melt in the oven.
  • The Classic: Some tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesean, mushrooms, and sliced-up chicken sausage is very tasty. Spinach never hurt this one, either.
  • The Surprise: I made this one up on Sunday in honor of a weekly “Desperate Housewives” viewing. The show has apples in the credits, so I brushed a honey/butter sauce onto the crust and then added sliced granny smith apples, cheddar cheese, and caramelized almond slivers. I think next time goat cheese would send it through the roof.

But one can’t eat pizza every night of the week (although I imagine there are a host of teenagers and college students that would beg to differ), so tonight I made lasagna: noodles, tomato sauce, grated cheese (are we sensing a theme to our grocery shopping of late?), ricotta cheese, ground turkey meat, and onions. I could’ve gotten fancier, but it actually didn’t need to. We paired it with a salad that had craisins and slivered almonds on it (and an olive oil/garlic/lemon juice/mustard/honey dressing) and it was simply delicious.