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So what do you do in Chicago when it’s cold and rainy with snow on the ground?  Make deep dish as a very long overdue gift to a certain special someone  ;). (Who I will refer to as DJ OB from here on out…)

Back up…last Valentine’s Day, I promised to make DJ OB a homemade deep dish pizza (his favorite dish in the entire world) and somehow life got in the way between now and then.  So with a free afternoon and his help, we set out to make a delicious dinner…

We used a recipe that I found on Chowhound.  I would have loved to make the recipes listed on the bottom part of the page, but as we did not have 6+ hours to devote to letting the dough rise, I settled for the short rise.
Assembly was easy: roll down out into pan (that has been greased and covered in cornmeal), toss on what seems like an ungodly amount of mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage chunks, pizza sauce, herbs and parmesan cheese.  Bake at 375 for 30ish minutes and broil for 2-3 minutes.

As for a sauce recipe, DJ OB loves tomatoes and I do not, but as true Chicago-style deep dish has tomatoes on top, I had to make it saucy.  I sauteed some garlic in olive oil, added crushed red peppers, fresh basil, salt and pepper and cooked the whole mixture down for 30 minutes.  And let me tell you, DJ OB is VERY Italian and the sauce met his approval ;).

The result was delicious.  After I carefully scraped off the tomatoes chunks and sausage (weird sausage…wasn’t my fav), it was quite delicious.  I would definitely play around with the dough and sauce recipes for next time.  Stay tuned for future installments!  So what did DJ OB think about it?

He llloooooovvvvvveeeeeeedddd it :).


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Just Another Manic Monday….

What a long day! Woke up at 5:15 and ran 3 miles and came home to….overnight oats. Not sure I really enjoyed these guys too much, but I’ll have to try again with another flavor of yogurt (I used Dannon Naturals Coffee flavored) and some more toppings! This one included 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup yogurt, 1/3 cup skim milk–all of this sat overnight–and I added a banana and a small scoop of almond butter in the morning. I think next time I won’t use as much liquid–it was too soupy.
Lunch was leftover veggie pizza from Friday night and 1/2 cup strawberries. I don’t think that my body agrees with pizza too much anymore though 😦 Boo!
Got home from a long day of rotations and leisurely threw dinner together. Cherry brats (from the best brat place in WI!) on sea salt bread with a “I need to utilize what we have in the fridge” kind of salad :).So the sea salt bread sounded better than it probably was–I didn’t realize it would be coated like a pretzel—that being said, it had a very good texture and flavor (minus the top). And the salad included roasted acorn squash, balsamic glazed roasted asparagus, toasted pecans, diced manchego cheese, diced apple, baby spinach, and some romaine lettuce. Oh and I made a quick homemade balsamic vinaigrette with my nifty immersion blender that Miles got me! Might have a cookie tonight, but I dunno as I’m going to be going to bed mighty early so I can be at my rotation at 6 AM tomorrow. Yuck!

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Seminar Friday and Eating like the Spainards

So my Friday started off with a 3.5 mile run (yay! I’m increasing my mileage without getting hurt) at the gym. I got home and realized that I had an abnormal amount of time in which I could eat breakfast–usually I just have enough time to eat a quick bowl of cereal and run out the door–so I decided that oatmeal was to be made.The resulting bowl included 1/3 cup oats, ~2/3 cup water, 2 tsp brown sugar, couple (5) shakes of cinnamon, 1/2 cup diced pear, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, and a scrape of almond butter. Yum!! This will entice me to wake up earlier more often to make a better breakfast!

Headed off to a seminar on a variety of nutrition and RD related topics–some good, some extremely boring. They provided lunch which consisted of a mixture of international tastes to go along with the subtopic of cultural diversity in dietetics. My plate consisted of a veggie tamale (spinach and carrots and overcooked masa), small portion of veggie salad (I think it had red pepper slices, red onion and some italian-style dressing), half of a veggie eggroll, slice of pita bread with some very sour-cream tasting hummus, 1/2 of a falafal, and 2 slices of friend plaintains. Plaintains were the best part of the entire meal!After the seminar and some fun time with my friend Stephanie in the car, I picked Miles up from work and we head to the ginormous Whole Foods in Lincoln Park. WOW! That place is amazing and I need to head back with a couple of hours to browse and a full wallet of money!!! We planned on making veggie pizzas for dinner and ran around the store trying to find everything we needed. Finally ended up eating like the Spainards at 9:30. Yikes! That’s really late for me, but the pizzas were quite tasty.Yum! My pizza has red peppers, onions, spinach sauteed with garlic, shitake mushrooms sauteed with garlic, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, dried basil, and crushed red peppers. Still haven’t dug into the leftovers–have a yummy lunch for tomorrow!I had to take a picture of Miles’ pizza–he had all of the veggies I had, but also included some poblano pepper, some amazing peppered bacon, parsley, and 2 eggs! He said it was delicious, but still has some adjustments to make because the yolks were a little too set for his liking. We couldn’t get the whites to set right away and as a result, it spent too much time in the oven. Oh well, we’ll get it next time.

Rounded out the night with part of a Carol’s Chocolate Chip Cookie. Yum! Sorry for the lack of a picture, I dug into it before I could take a picture of it. 🙂

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