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Everyday Life

After a ridiculous weekend high of 95 degrees, it’s cooled back off to the 70’s around here, thank goodness. I barely tolerate the sun and anything above 70 degrees anymore. I wilt without A/C. The good news is that I finally feel safe turning on my oven so I’ve actually been cooking. Monday I made a batch of the master recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes. I used that to make some sesame seed buns and threw some chicken in the slow cooker with some barbecue sauce. 20150721_005531000_iOS Shredded the chicken, added a bit more sauce and piled it on a bun. Topped with some coleslaw because it just goes together. I repurposed the same ingredients for Tuesday’s dinner and made some pizza crust with the leftover dough, topped with the barbecue chicken, and added some roasted corn, scallions, cilantro and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. 20150722_002659567_iOS I just baked this in the oven on the pizza stone at 500F for 15 minutes. I thought it was one of my better recent efforts in the kitchen. Tuesday my friend Sarah came over for a play date with her son and because she’s so thoughtful, she brought us a bag of plums from their tree. Obviously when someone gives you delicious, fresh produce, the best thing to do is to take away any trace of health by adding butter and sugar, right? 20150722_223150500_iOS I had seen this recipe in my feed in the morning and decided it sounded like a perfect summer dessert. We had cherries on hand, but I thought it might be a nice way to use some of the plums. You guys. Seriously. It was so tart and delicious. I’m not trying to toot my own horn or anything, but Brent is kind of obsessed with this pie. 20150723_222152153_iOS I’m a little surprised we have any left, actually. Though we did polish off like 3/4th of it in two days. Yeah, so as you can see, I’ve kind of been killing it in the kitchen this week. I’ve also been making our Blue Apron meals as usual. Wednesday we had these stuffed poblano peppers, which I think was a repeat recipe for us, but still easy and delicious. 20150723_002502725_iOS And last night I made this Squid Ink Linguine, which I didn’t dislike, but it was not my fave. Maybe it was too rich or something? I don’t know. It’s pretty visually striking though.
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And outside of the kitchen, we’ve been staying pretty close to home this week, mostly hanging out at Green Lake and walking over to the beach and wading pool.
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I think Cormac could throw rocks in the water and say “Hi” to the ducks pretty much all day long.
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We spent a couple hours at the wading pool yesterday, trying to wear Cormac out so I’d get a nap out of him (it worked).
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Teddy just mostly hung out with me in the tent shade, but he did some feet dangling on the edge.
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Cormac eventually wore himself out enough to head home, and Teddy was clearly pooped too.
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I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of July! In less than two weeks, we’ve got my, Brent’s, and Cormac’s birthdays, and our Oregon coast vacation. August is going to feel pretty busy around here.

Grilled Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Gorgonzola

In my continuing quest to become a grillmaster, I bring you my second installment of charcoal-fueled adventures. There were some highs and lows, but everyone got fed, so I’m calling it a win.

I made this recipe on Saturday night when we had some friends over. I think we all know caramelized onions and blue cheese are a match made in heaven, and I’m pretty sure I’ve made a variation of this pizza in the oven a few times, so I felt pretty confident. Additionally, we have made grilled pizza before. Or at least Brent made grilled pizza while I stood next to him and gave him “suggestions” because if we’ve learned anything in our 8+ years of marriage, it’s that me knowing what I’m talking about is not a prerequisite for telling Brent what to do. I also started using lava rocks to grill with. They’re a much healthy choice because they don’t have all the chemicals that charcoal and propane could have. I also recently learned you can use lava rocks for your fire pit. Just click here to learn how to use lava rocks for your fire pit.

Moving on, this pizza is really good, you guys. Also, I burned it. Whoops.

DSC_0012Oh, and I have no photos of the prep/cooking process because it was me and a live fire, guys. A camera would have been just way too much, you know? But if you’re reading a blog about food, I’m going to go ahead and assume you know how to assemble a pizza. A couple notes: I doubled the recipe to make two pizzas, but either I made a calculation error (totally possible) or there are just not enough onions called for. Mine cooked way, way down, and I wished I had more. Sad face. And, I definitely did not wait for the charcoal to cool a bit to “low heat” as called for in the recipe. Therefore, my first pizza was um, “crispy” as you can see.

DSC_0016Still delicious though. I used my instincts (and nostrils) to figure out the grill was too hot and flipped this baby after only like 1-2 minutes. Yep, I’m smart like that. I think people who haven’t grilled a pizza before might think that the pizza dough would be too “wet” to grill and it might fall through the grates or something, but we’ve done this a couple of times over the years and it’s never been a problem, so throw that dough over some coals, people!

DSC_0021I’d like it noted that I corrected my problems (I let the grill cool for a bit) for the second pizza, but there’s no photographic proof of that because we had friends over and there were 4 hungry adults and 2 antsy toddlers (and some wine to be had).

So a semi-success in my grilling journey. Not perfect, but I learned some things (and both pizzas were devoured). I think after meatloaf and pizza, we might be due for a (non-grilled) salad tomorrow.