Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Diary of a Foodie

I don't eat pizza very often but over the past week two factors came together to make me want some. First, I found an extremely affordable local mozzarella (yay!) and second, the weather turned cool and rainy (making turning the oven on seem like a pleasure instead of a torture device). For the crust we used the Friday Night Pizza recipe from Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle. It makes enough dough for two large pizzas. We made one mid-week and refrigerated the rest of the dough until the weekend when we made two smaller pizzas.

Pizza 1: Pesto made from the garden last fall and frozen, local (made in the state) mozzarella, tomatoes and arugula from the garden.

Pizza 2: Balsamic tomato sauce, local mozzarella, capers, hot peppers and anchovies. One of the pizza recipes from Jamie Oliver's Italian cookbook. (Had a little trouble transferring this one from cutting board to pizza stone, thus the unevenly distributed toppings).

Pizza 3: Balsamic tomato sauce, goat cheese, local feta, basil from garden, and organic figs (from Trader Joe's-- my fig farm is still in it's infancy here and production was minimal).

Meanwhile in the garden we've continued to get some good corn, the tomatillos are stepping it up, and the cucumbers have reached the point where my mom is taking giant bags of them to work with her to give away on a daily basis.

Also, today I realized that the PBS show Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie (only season one so far) is on Hulu. This made me happy, as I've always wanted to watch it but am never home when it airs. You can also download all three seasons from itunes for free.

And I FINALLY received my September Vogue in the mail. The bad thing about reading blogs is that you discover that your postal carrier is freakin' annoying and holds magazines way longer than he's supposed to because everyone else has had their copies for at least a week and a half. Ugh! I was convinced that someone stole it from my mailbox. I get a little uptight about my Vogue since its the only magazine that I religiously read cover to cover. I like to read magazines in the morning with my breakfast, so I haven't cracked it open yet, but the smell of perfume samples that wafted out when I removed the plastic wrap made me happy.

Now I'm off to make some dinner that involves cucumbers and to watch some netflix-- either Season 2 of Rome or 5 Films of About Christo and Jeanne-Claude. I wonder which goes better with cucumbers?


  1. Yay Sasha!! Awesome post. I haven't tried any of the "A,V,M" recipes yet, so I'm happy to that this one was a hit! I need to get one that.

    Also, I've been waiting for ages for Diary of a Foodie to make it to Netflix (it still says "Availability unknown"). Maybe I'll check out this Hulu thing...

  2. Hey Maggie--

    Last year we were totally into making our own mozzarella and it was pretty much the same as the AVM recipe-- she listed her cheese making supplier and we bought her starter kit. That's what prompted us to make our own pizza, so I recommend both.

    And I really like Hulu. It's kind of like tivo without having to pay for tivo-- usually the day after a show airs it pops up on your queue and you can watch it whenever you want. Plus they have some old shows that were cancelled but were great-- like Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip-- would watch for that alone!

  3. Wow, your pizzas are inspirational-- all so different and with gardened ingredients! I'd love to get to that point one day...