Sunday, February 22, 2009

Recipe - Pesto and Pancetta Pizza

Here's another pizza recipe I thought up a couple days ago.

Pesto & Pancetta Pizza

1 pizza crust

1/4 cup pesto genovese (recipe to follow)
1/3 cup pancetta, cubed
Handful pine nuts
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions for Pizza
Preheat oven to 550, making sure your pizza stone is in the middle rack of the oven. Place pizza crust on pizza peel with just enough flour underneath the crust to allow it to slide on the peel. Spread pesto on pizza crust. Sprinkle on cubed pancetta. Sprinkle on pine nuts, making sure they're well distributed. Cover pizza crust with parm. Place on stone and cook until edge of pizza begins to brown and cheese appears melted. Enjoy.

Pesto Genovese Recipe

3 tablespoons pine nuts
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic peeled
1 pinch sea sea (kosher will do as well)
5 ounces olive oil

In a large stone mortar, place the pine nuts, basil, garlic, and salt and grind with a pestle until it forms a paste. Drizzle in the olive oil, beating the mixture all the while with a wooden spoon. If you don’t have a large stone mortar, and you probably don’t, place pine nuts, basil, garlic, into a food processor and briefly chop, then slowly add olive oil.

You'll have extra pesto after making the pizza. Use on pasta or place over boiled potatos.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Recipe - Tomato Pesto & Fontina Pizza

I can't sleep right now (read: 12:15 a.m.), so I came up with an original pizza recipe. And without further ado, the recipe.

Tomato Pesto & Fontina Pizza


1 pizza crust

Sun dried tomato pesto
4 ounces sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely diced
½ cup packed basil leaves
¼ cup parmigiano cheese
1 ½ teaspoons honey
Salt & pepper to taste
Sprinkle of red pepper flake

1 cup fontina cheese

¼ cup candied bacon (optional)

Preheat oven to 550, making sure your pizza stone (FYI: If you don't have a pizza stone, stop reading and go buy one) is in the middle rack of the oven. Place pizza crust on pizza peel (again, if no havey, go buyee) with just enough flour underneath the crust to allow it to slide on the peel. Add tomato pesto ingredients in a food processor and process until thoroughly combined. Spread pesto on pizza crust. Sprinkle on candied bacon, if you dare. Cover pizza crust with fontina. Place on stone and cook until edge of pizza begins to brown well and cheese the melted and bubbly (five to six minutes). Enjoy.

Bedtime Ritual

Neither Dem nor I are terribly schedule oriented. For example, we haven't developed many family traditions yet. The one major exception to this is Elliot's nightly bedtime ritual. It consists of:

1. Changing his diaper and putting on his PJs.
2. Reading one column from the Libro di Mormon.
3. Family prayer.
4. Demaree reciting the Bedtime Book from memory. (Thank you Melanie).
5. Turning on the CD A Child's Prayer while putting Elliot in the crib.

Puts the little stud out like a light.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Quick and Easy Marinara

I had a friend ask for a quick and easy marinara sacue she could use for dinner. I gave her mine, and thought I would share it with all you as well. This sauce, coupled with 1/2 pound of pasta, will feed two to three people.


1/2 large onion diced
1 can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dried basil
salt to tastepepper to taste


Dice onion. Put sautee pan over medium high heat, then add one tablespoon butter and one tablespoon olive oil. Add onion and sautee until onion is translucent, stirring often (4-6 minutes). Add tomato sauce, cover with lid but leave space for steam to escape, drop heat to medium and cook 9-11 minutes, stirring often. Take off heat and stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil and basil. (Add olive oil after the sauce has come off the heat because raw olive oil has a different taste than cook olive oil.) Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add ins

You can dress this up with protein in any number of ways. My favorite is to add about 1/4 pound of browned ground beef. Another option is to add three strips of cooked (but not browned) bacon. Tuna is another suggestion. Enjoy.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Facebook's 25 Random Facts -- Marco

On Facebook the new craze is to write twenty-five random facts about yourself, share them with twenty-five friends, and then ask them to do the same. It's like a get-to-know-you exercise on virtual steroids. Anyway, a couple friends tagged me, and here were my facts:

1. I’ve broken six bones (right leg, left ankle, both wrists, clavicle, and right middle finger). After breaking my ankle last October, I walked on it for a week before seeing a doctor.

2. By contrast, I’ve only had stitches once. I was playing racquetball and my opponent hit me in the mouth, tearing open my upper lip. Demaree and I were dating at the time. When I told her of the injury, her first reaction was, “So, when are we going to be able to kiss?”

3. I’ve seen Pope John Paul II holding a guitar.

4. There are many cute kids in this world. Mine happens to be the cutest. Get over it.

5. I never finished high school. Got my GED instead.

6. I grew up in a village on the Aleutian Peninsula called Cold Bay. Average wintertime high: 32 degrees. Average summertime high: 45 degrees. Highest temperature ever recorded: 77 degrees (I remember because I got a sunburn from so much sun). Population: 85. I blame all my social problems on Cold Bay.

7. I’ve seen a bear eat a whale, and one of my dogs.

8. I didn’t like King of The Hill until I went to Texas and saw that people actually stand in their alleys drinking beer talking about football. Now I love King of The Hill.

9. I used to weigh 250 pounds. I now weigh 175. It’s as if I lost a whole cheerleader.

10. I’m married to an incredibly wonderful, talented woman. Why she condescended to marry me is a mystery.

11. My favorite book The Trial by Franz Kafka. I read it instead of studying for a psychology final one semester.

12. I’ve visited almost as many European nations as I have American states.

13. Demaree and I got the name Elliot from Law & Order SVU (one of the detectives is named Elliot Stabler). I’m going to name my first daughter Tristan, which was the name of my first dog. I loved that dog.

14. My favorite sport to play is squash. Yes, I’m a yuppie.

15. I skydive. Demaree is okay with this activity; however, she has informed me if I were to ever run with the bulls on Pamplona, she will divorce me. Yeah, I don’t get it either.

16. I’m a lawyer, which mean I work directly for the devil. Oddly, he takes less of my paycheck than the federal government.

17. My favorite food is pizza (Italian pizza that is). If they don’t have pizza in heaven, I won’t be attending.

18. Grizzly bears used to walk into my yard often. I would shoot them in the butt with a shotgun and watch them run away. Bears jiggle like Homer Simpson when they run.

19. When I was young, my brother Conrad and I would have contests to see who could vacuum the floor best. He let me win so mom would pick vacuuming as my permanent chore. Damn you, Conrad.

20. I speak Italian to my son. I have said maybe five English words to him since his birth.

21. I can see a food I’ve never tried before being made (yet never smell it) and know exactly how it will taste.

22. I have better friends than I have ever deserved.

23. While working with mentally retarded sex offenders, I was on the crisis team. This meant I was called when things really went south, bad. During my time as a crisis staff, I was spit on, peed on, sworn at, punched, kicked, gouged, and had to get in a tub with a naked, very slippery, very fat individual, and push him out by his buttocks, all in order to them restrain him while he lay naked on the carpet for thirty minutes screaming about what he would do to me when he got me alone. I can honestly say I enjoyed that job more than any other I’ve ever had.

24. I cry every time I speak with my mission president.

25. My favorite American is Teddy Roosevelt. No one else has ever lived a life that large.

Hope you enjoyed that little soiree in my soul. We'll post Demaree's when she gets around to putting pen to paper, as it were.