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Roomie Dinner:Pesto Chicken, Italian Potato Wedges, & Roasted Broccoli

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It’s been way too long since my last post. Apparently graduating in 2 months entails hours of work outside of class. My consolation is I finally proposed my thesis. (WOOOOOOO HOOO!) Since I have been doing so much homework I’ve been subsisting on rice and fruit and gummy bears. Well fortunately, I got a new roommate! So now I have someone to cook with ūüôā .After a long hard week of classes we decided to pool ingredients and create this meal. It wasn’t really planned more like improvised so It’ll be hard to write down¬†quantities¬†for the ingredients.

To make the potatoes or broccoli preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Italian Potato Wedges

  • wash potatoes
  • cut up potatoes into wedges, toss into a large bowl
  • pour on about 2 TBS of olive oil
  • season with Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, basil,¬†Parmesan¬†cheese
  • mix thoroughly
  • cut up a small-medium size onion
  • line a pan with foil and put the potatoes on the sheet, spread onion over the potatoes
  • put in oven, bake for ~40min

Roasted Broccoli

  • Line pan with foil
  • pour frozen broccoli onto sheet
  • drizzle 1 TBS of olive oil over broccoli and toss
  • sprinkle salt and pepper to taste

This did originally call for fresh broccoli but it still came out delicious with the frozen (just less crispy)

 

Pesto Chicken

  • Heat a frying pan on medium heat
  • Spray pan with cooking spray
  • place chicken on pan
  • season with salt, pepper, &¬†Italian¬†seasoning
  • fully cook all chicken pieces
  • when all the chicken is done place half a teaspoon of pesto on each piece
  • sprinkle with¬†Parmesan¬†cheese

 

 

We also paired this with some wine. It was quite the classy meal.

 

It’s always a good time for breakfast or pizza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I have experienced the glorious food that is breakfast pizza but I have never constructed it myself. I finally got the incentive from my officemate who enjoys pizza or breakfast for any meal. ¬†Also, I ALWAYS make desserts. This would be a nice step away from that. I sometimes wonder how many cookies I have eaten in my lifetime but that is probably a number I’d be ashamed to know. Chrissy loves Cookies should have been the title of this blog. haha (sigh, ¬†It’d be so much more accurate)

NOW LET US MAKE BREAKFAST PIZZA!!!

Step one: Make or buy some pizza dough. I chose to make some because I was too lazy to go to Wegman’s for the 3rd time in 4 days.

Step Two: Spray pan with cooking spray and roll the pizza dough out to fit your pan.

 

Step Three. Sprinkle some cheese on the dough

 

Step 4: Plop scrambled eggs over cheese

 

Step 5: Sprinkle toppings on the eggs. I chose bacon and peppers.

 

Step 6: Sprinkle cheese on the pizza. I chose cheddar again and a parmesan-romano mix.

Step 7:  Bake the pizza at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes. I also put it under the broiler for about a minute to get golden.

 

Step 8: Cut and share the pizza.  I also kind of left out the prep work but yes, I did cook the eggs, peppers, and the bacon ahead of time. To make the bacon as quickly as possible, I baked an entire package. My apartment smelled amazing that night and then I broke it into pieces when it was cool.

It’s not delivery, it’s….ME

A good friend of mine was coming over so I thought what a good opportunity to make a pizza. I ¬†looked up a few options like buffalo pizza, thin crust…etc butI decided to make a classic pizza with some olives and ricotta to make it a little more exciting.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 3 cups white flour
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water ~105 degrees Fahrenheit
  • can of small sliced olives
  • onion powder
  • Italian¬†seasoning
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • 3/4 cup
  • Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • mozarella
  • I combined the yeast, water, and sugar and let that sit for a few minutes. ¬†I then added the wheat flour and 2 cups of the white flour. Next I kneaded the dough for a few minutes and oiled a large bowl. I rolled the dough ball in the oil, covered with plastic wrap, laid a towel atop the dough, and placed the bowl in a warm location.
  • Since this needed to rise I went to the gym and came back because waiting for an hour is not an easy thing to do.¬†
  • Next I oiled a pan lightly and coated it in the corn meal. I just rolled out the dough and my pizza was ready to be built. I lightly oiled the dough and put some Italian seasoning and onion powder on the dough. I mixed the ricotta, parmesan cheese to taste and salt and pepper. That mixture got flung onto the dough then the rest of the toppings were sprinkled.

Here are the pictures that narrate my activity.

 

 

 

We devoured that pizza. It was delicious.

Quid Pro Quo

Life would be so boring if we always did what we were already capable of. I had asked a friend what I should make for dinner. He suggested penne with vodka sauce.¬† Now being Italian you’d think I would have had¬† made this before. Well try again. My mom always stuck to basic tomato sauces so I chartered into unknown territory. I had to depend on Giada DeLaurentiis for some guidance so I didn’t end up with a pink tasteless sauce.

Since I was making sauce I figured I might as well go all out and make a complete meal. I haven’t properly cooked in weeks so it was “Go big or go home” time. To accompany my sauce I decided to make homemade Italian bread as well as some vegetables on the side. Finally, a balanced meal.I love making homemade bread and I made enough so I could have two loaves.

So here are the recipes I used and managed to make both things while completing a weeks worth of laundry. I felt so productive before work.

Vodka Sauce!

-1 jar tomato sauce

-1 small onion,diced

-garlic minced

-1 TBS olive oil

-can of diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning

-1/2 cup heavy cream

~(1/3) cup vodka (this is totally up to your own taste)

-1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Dice the onion. Heat the oil in a skillet. Put garlic and onion in skillet. Add the can of diced tomatoes to the skillet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now put the jar of sauce in a pot. Add the vodka and the tomato mixture from the skillet. Simmer the sauce on low heat for a half hour. Add the cream and¬† Parmesan cheese. Heat thoroughly. This tastes amazing. I would have made the tomato sauce from scratch too but I didn’t have THAT much time.

Half-Wheat Italian Herb Bread

1 package of yeast

2 cups whole grain flour

3 cups all purpose flour

salt

3 cups warm water

Italian seasoning

1/3 cup olive oil

Proof the yeast in one cup of warm water. Add the remaining two cups of warm water. Add the whole grain flour and 3 cups of the all purpose flour. Mix well. The dough will be sticky like pictured below.

Knead the dough for 5 minutes

BEFORE

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AFTER

Let the dough rise in a warm spot for an hour until it doubles in size. The dough bowl should be sprayed with vegetable oil as well as the top of the dough so that the dough doesn’t stick to the plastic wrap.

After the dough has risen, punch the dough and roll it out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for 2 minutes. With a sharp knife cut the dough into two balls or as many loaves as you desire. Place the dough back in the bowl and let rise in the same manner as before.

  Once the dough is risen, shape in oblong loaves and place on a baking sheet coated with corn meal. Score the top of the loaves with a sharp knife to prevent air bubbles. Coat the loaves with some of the olive oil and then sprinkle with the Italian seasoning.

Bake the bread at 375 degrees Farenheit  for about 30 minutes. Your kitchen will smell amazing. I would highly suggest using this recipe when you have company coming over.

BEFORE BAKING

AFTER BAKING

The complete meal.

This was delicious. I would definitely make this again. Having only half wheat allowed the bread to still taste normal and not be dense like many whole grain breads.