Can’t Get Through The Kitchen Door

In Uncategorized on March 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Food is cool now thanks to the food porn at the Food Network and it’s celebrity chefs. Some of them are even pretty hot like Alton Brown and Bobby Flay. I’ve always had a thing for it even before friends were calling themselves ‘foodies’. When friends or coworkers have food related dilemmas or are in need of a dinner muse it is D to the rescue. That is pretty cool.

The trouble is I’ve become a little ‘more to love’ than I’d like. I’ve decided to quietly start watching my ass (hopefully) disappear. I thought I’d also start a blog for a bit of motivation and stimulation along the way. I hate diets and refuse to follow the blasphemy that is ‘Atkins’ or ‘South Beach’. I fully believe there is a way to eat delicious interesting meals and still not look like Dorothy (Bea Arthur) ate Rose, Blanch and Sofia in a late night gorging session. Bear with me. I love writing and I can be good at it. But it’s been since baby who knows how long.

I am a procrastinator.

My plan is a daily blog. I hope to expel temptation by posting recipes of things I won’t be eating as frequently. It’s what priests should do instead of having Jesus juice parties with the altar boys. Online food porn.

I will take pictures whenever possible of the dinners I’m making or thinking about. Dinner is my favorite meal to have after lunch. I worked at a Bed and Breakfast for three years. It made me slightly resentful of egg dishes so there won’t be many breakfast recipes. I also live in a dinky apartment so baking is mostly left to birthdays and pizza crust.

I hope I like it and I don’t blow it off for bad movie clips on YouTube. Enjoy the first recipe! It might be too much. If you aren’t up for the whole production it’s perfectly okay to buy store bought red sauce and crust. For bread you can use giant wheat tortillas or french bread from your grocer’s bakery. SO much easier. But not quite as good.

First Apartment Pizza (I made this recipe up while living in…yeah)


Pizza Crust:

2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pure olive oil
3/4 cup warm water
2-3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon instant yeast
2 teaspoons olive oil
Olive oil, for the pizza crust
Flour, for dusting the pizza stone


6-8 fresh tomatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion diced
2-3 garlic cloves minced
Kosher Salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Saute the onion in olive oil until nearly opaque then add the garlic.Blanch the tomatoes and deseed them. Dice and immediately add to garlic and onions. Cook at 30 minutes (very) minimum. Add basil, cook some more. Sauce should be thick.



Mozzarella cheese, shredded (fresh is not best here)
Hot Italian sausage
Mushrooms (I’m finally out of the closet on this. I prefer canned mushrooms on pizza)
Green peppers
Caramelized onion


Mozzarella Cheese
Goat cheese or fresh mozzarella
Garlic spinach
Roma tomato
Roasted red bell pepper
Black olive

The longest part is complete. You now get to decorate your bread base of choice. Noticed I didn’t give measurements on the toppings? I hold the firm belief that topping food is very personal. I have my way.It involves ensuring you get different combinations with every bite on a slice.

NOTE: This blog was written by my daughter Danielle who passed away January 23, 2012. Diane F


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