Sunday, December 22, 2013

Veggie Calzones

Last week, as celebration for finally finishing my Big Scary Paper, we had a few good friends over for Bad Movie Night.

The essential components of Bad Movie Night are:
  1. A very very bad movie
  2. Lots of alcohol to get through said movie
  3. Junk food
Well for this night, we chose Sharknado for the bad movie. Friends supplied the alcohol, and I made a veggie platter because apparently I don't understand the concept of junk food.

Surprisingly, the veggie platter was practically gone at the end of the evening (and I still have alcohol in my fridge and bag of caramel corn. Apparently my friends have their priorities all wrong.)

Even so, I still had a bag of straggling vegetables that didn't get consumed at the party.  Come Thursday evening, I felt I should use them before they started to go bad. So the veggie calzone was born.

I roasted all the veggies in a pan with some olive oil, s&p, and garlic powder.  Then I made my pizza dough recipe, cut it into two pieces, rolled them out, filled them with veggies and cheese, and sealed the edges. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

In retrospect, I forgot to make slits in the top to avoid the air pocket, but they still tasted delicious.

And sorry for being too lazy to post an actual recipe. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Celebratory Dinner

If you've been wondering where I've been, you may be surprised to learn that a lot has happened in the last few months.

I started grad school

We bought a house.

We moved.

And that may be a short list, but I'm sure you know that can keep a person pretty busy.

Well today I finally finished writing the Big Scary Paper (BSP) that's been consuming all of my time for the past couple of months. This monster tips the scales at 93 pages, and as you can imagine, I'm thrilled to be done with it. At the same time, I'm way too exhausted to make "real food."

So tonight I indulged in a grilled cheese sandwich.

A really amazing grilled cheese sandwich.

With pear...

...and cheddar...

...and spinach...

...and cottage cheese...

...on thick slices of Italian bread...

...with butter. Because if you're gonna make grilled cheese for dinner, you better be willing to go all the way.

So I hope the Fall has been good to you all, but I'm really looking forward to the winter.

I've got some baking to do...