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I’m Spicing Things Up: Pizza & Pasta

I haven’t posted about my cooking experiments in a while but I have been trying some new stuff out, and it’s been good.

I was at the store the other day and I was going to buy a ready-made pizza crust for a little over $4. I was disgusted. I thought to myself, I can make pizza dough for a heck of a lot less than this. So I went searching through my cookbooks for a dough recipe and lo and behold, the pioneer woman had a simple recipe, of course. And it’s delicious!

The first pizza I made was with pesto sauce, Roma tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Oh so yummy!

I don’t have a picture of the second pizza I made but it was an oh so good BBQ chicken pizza with red onions, mozzarella cheese and cilantro.

My next adventure in cooking was a penne pasta with shrimp in a creamy tomato sauce.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the smell of onion and garlic together cooking in butter. Yum!

The finished product.

It was so good, but a little too rich and creamy for me. Some days I can handle all the dairy and other days I can’t, but I really don’t care. I think I’ll be making it again.

Summer in a Bowl.

I made this pasta Sunday and I will be eating it all week.

When I was a kid my mom would make it during the summer. She would take it on vacation with us or when we went to the River. It reminds me of summer and I now tend to only make it during the summer season.

I can’t wait for the warm weather to be here everyday.

Spicing Things Up-Week 2

I’ve been a little busy this past week and I wanted to post more but I’ve had no time. We went to the river for 4 days so I didn’t spend too much time on the computer, which is probably a good thing. I have the rest of the week off so I hope to write more. I’ll post pictures from the weekend soon. Of course, Ethan was cuter than ever!

Even though we’ve been busy and we just got home, I wanted to stay true to my word and to myself and make another great dinner. Something new and exciting. I wasn’t in the mood to go all out and make something from scratch. I mean, the house is a mess and I have laundry up to my eyeballs. So on our way home from our walk this morning I stopped in Vons to pick up a couple of things. I was walking down the cheese isle, my favorite isle, and the pre-made packaged pasta and already made sauces caught my eye.  I’ve never gotten them since they are pretty pricey and the stuff out of the can is much cheaper, but we’re still on vacation so I splurged and bought them. Here was dinner…

Breaded chicken, zucchini, buitoni pasta and marinara sauce, and of course, garlic bread.

Before

dinner week 2

After

dinner week 2 done

Very Scruptious! I really didn’t learn how to make anything new, but I bought something new and that’s exciting. Also, I’ve learned that if I’m in a bind I can count on Buitoni!

And what does Ethan do while I’m making dinner you might ask.

Little Noodle was caught red handed!

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