Fig, Ricotta, and Arugula Pizza

Fig and Ricotta PizzaSince I just gave you guys my favorite recipe for easy pizza dough, I thought it only right to give you a little something special today to top it off.  I know this isn’t your typical pizza recipe- but that’s what I like about it.  Don’t get me wrong; I will worship at the altar of cheesy, saucy goodness any old day.  But sometimes, I’m craving a little something different in the pizza department. [Read more...]

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Fromage Fort

Fromage FortI’ve always loved the idea of turning leftovers into something new: stock from vegetable scraps and the remains of a roasted chicken, casseroles with extra Thanksgiving turkey, breakfast hash from last night’s roasted potatoes.  It’s not just because I’m thrifty, but also because sometimes the leftovers make something that tastes even better than the original.  I think that this Fromage Fort falls squarely into that category. [Read more...]

Arugula and Three Cheese Pizza

Arugula and Three Cheese PizzaFor me, arugula is one of the unsung heroes of spring.  It so often gets lumped in with “spring greens” but it’s so much more exciting than any of it’s lettuce-y brethren.  And even though it may get overshadowed by the more illustrious spring produce (rhubarb! asparagus! *gasp*strawberries!!!), I would argue that it’s just as delicious and just as welcome after a long winter of potatoes and cabbage.   It’s spicy bite, so peppery and beautiful is always a welcome addition in my salad, but I especially love it as a counterpart for something cheesy and rich… like pizza.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Orange-Mint Dipping Sauce

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asaparagus with Orange-Mint Dipping SaucePart of me regrets adding to the cacophony of asparagus-centric recipes on the internet right now.  But it’s a very, very small part of me.  Like a toenail’s worth.  And I don’t pay much attention to toenails these days, (Pedicure? What’s a pedicure?) so who cares anyway.  There is a lot of asparagus to be had out there, so you need lots of asparagus inspiration, right?

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asaparagus with Orange-Mint Dipping Sauce

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Guinness and Cheddar Dip

Guinness and Cheddar Dip

It’s that time of year again… St. Patrick’s Day is rolling around pretty soon. I regret  to tell you that over the years our celebrations have become more and more tame.  Which, truly, is ok by me.  As a person of Irish heritage, I would love to just celebrate with an authentic Irish meal full of yummy foods.  Problem being… aside from corned beef and cabbage (which isn’t really even Irish) there’s really not much to Irish cuisine.  I don’t say this to be disparaging… I’ve eaten some incredible Irish food, including my mother-in-law’s soda bread and the unforgettable fish and chips at McDonagh’s in Galway.  But even after spending quite a bit of time in Ireland, I wasn’t overly impressed in the way of food on a regular basis.  I was, however, impressed by the Guinness. [Read more...]