Wednesday, August 24, 2011

She lives!

So apparently it has been a month since I have blogged!  It has been one heck of a summer.  Lots of vacations for seeing and catching up with family/friends and exploring new places, reading books, afternoon naps, shopping, concerts, a musical, movies, ice-cream, a birthday, a first anniversary, an earthquake, and lots and lots of delicious eating.  It makes me sad that there are only 5 days left!
But I thought because it has been sooo long that I would share some of the things I’ve been making/eating this past month.
For LUNCH I have been enjoying my Greek Panzanella as well as this amazingly low calorie Ratatouille.  
It tastes awesome topped with a little goat cheese and a side of crusty bread.  Speaking of...this is my most recent creation in the bread maker...sun-dried tomato and mozzarella bread!  Yum!
For DINNER I have worked on re-creating a pizza that I love to get at our local cafe.  I may have perfected it:
I used pre-made whole wheat dough from Trader Joe's and topped it with their awesome Asiago cheese that has herbs packed in for some added flavor.  Bake it and then I top it with arugula, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, cucumber, red onion and a little tiny bit of lemon vinaigrette for flavor.

Another new favorite which makes a TON of food that you can freeze for easy meals are petite won-ton cupcakes in variety of flavors.  We tried lasagna and taco fillings:
Aside from the ice-cream, custard, and gelato I've been consuming for DESSERT, I've also been eating some of these:
 A peach grilled on my panini press topped with Trader Joe's Sugar, Chocolate, and Coffee Bean Grinder to give it a nice crust and then topped with a piece of hershey's chocolate.  It's the best with big, juicy, fresh peaches!
And then I made these in small batches for most of the summer.  I made some and then froze most of the dough.  They were delicious raw or defrosted for 20 minutes and baked!  It's also fabulous to always have cookies on hand...just ask the King.  It has been one delicious summer, that is for sure!

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