Sunday, April 1, 2012

A full Saturday of cooking...

Saturday I spent almost the entire day doing two of the things I really love, cooking, and shopping at Whole Foods.
I started off Saturday by baking 3 baguettes (as seen in my last post). Then, I made a grocery list while watching a little Cooking Channel and WKNO and eating the baguettes.

After i made my list, I headed out to Whole Foods.

After I got home and unloaded my many, many bags, I made a balsamic reduction, I used my leftover dough to make a delicious pizza, and made a three berry and meyer lemon crumble for dessert.

To make the reduction, i started with 5 cups of good balsamic vinegar and cooked it down, for about 45 minutes, until it came to 2 cups. It is syrupy, sweet and delicious! Hello homemade Christmas presents!

I took my leftover baguette dough

and added minced garlic, fresh rosemary, and extra virgin olive oil,then i kneaded and patted it out into a nice crust.

I floured my cast iron and cooked the pizza in a 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes. For the toppings, I used a homemade tomato sauce, artichoke hearts, black olives, spinach, and a sprinkle of Daiya vegan mozzarella.

After this had gotten melty and delicious, i drizzled some of my balsamic reduction over the top.


Finally, for dessert, I mixed raspberries, blueberries and blackberries with the juice of 1 Meyer lemon, a splash of vanilla extract, and organic cane sugar.

For the crumble I mixed steel cut oats, a little AP flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, Penzey's baking spice, a splash of vanilla, lemon peel, a little Earth balance, and water, and stirred together until I had a nice crumble topping. I baked my crumbles in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Here they are all melty and gooey. Delicious!

It was a lovely, and restful Saturday.

Thanks for reading! :)


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