Brie and Candied Walnut Flatbread

Happy 2014!! 

I had a whole post written and scheduled to go up yesterday, about goals and my own personal new years resolutions, but it was kind of all over the place. I love making goals and lists, but at the same time, a long list of longterm goals like that that doesn’t always work for me, and I tend to forget about them within three months.

Madison over at Eating 4 Balance has a really awesome way of doing it, she just picks one overall idea or goal and focuses on that for the year, and I think that’s something that I might try this year.

Anywho, onto a fun new recipe. About two years ago I went to Mackinac Island for vacation with my family, and we ate at this little restaurant where I had one of the best things ever. It was a flatbread pizza with brie cheese, candied walnuts, arugela, granny smith apple slices, and a drizzle of honey.

All of the flavors went so well together, the sweet crunchiness of the walnuts, the sour of the apples, the spiciness from the arugela, it was perfect. And I knew it was something I could recreate at home, and have done so a few times, but I’ve never remembered to take pictures, until now. And even now, they’re not the greatest, but I don’t care. It tastes amazing, and that’s all that matters.

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Cookbook Review- Happy Hour at Home

Let me start off by saying, I have a lot of cookbooks. And out of all those cookbooks, I have always found at least one recipe in each one that I’m not a fan of. Which is to be expected right?

Well, all that has changed. The lovely people over at New World Library graciously sent me a copy of Brian Patton’s  The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home to review, and out of all the recipes I’ve made from it, I love every single one! (Disclaimer: I haven’t made everything from this cookbook. But I have made quite a few things!!)


One thing I love about this cookbook is that it is in menu format. I don’t hate cooking, but when I’ve got a super busy week going on, I hate having to plan out what to pair with what for dinner. This book does all that work for you! (AND He provides shopping lists for every menu!)

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Sometimes, I just get a craving for pizza. I won’t lie, sometimes that craving is for pizza covered in greasy cheese. I won’t like again when I tell you that sometimes I indulge in the greasy cheese pizza.

But most often, I don’t. Sometimes, It’s worth the stomach ache. Most of the time, it’s not.

I can still have my pizza though. Just not covered in cheese. And it’s still amazingly delicious.

Ccccheck it out: (sorry for the crappy photos… cell phones, love ’em and hate ’em at the same time)

This pizza was amazing! In all of it’s mushroomy garlicy spinachy goodness.

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Glittery Pizza

I love pizza. When I was little, we used to get pizza every other Friday night. My mom worked home health as a nurse every other weekend, and the last thing my dad wanted to do when he got home from work was make dinner. So pizza it was. My brother and I loved these weekends with our dad, he was the ‘cool’ parent, if you will.

But everyone knows the best part about pizza, is the leftovers. We got to eat the pizza the next day for lunch. My mom had pizza scissors, which were the coolest things in mine and my brother’s opinion. She didn’t have a pizza cutter, she had scissors. So once our dad served us our pizza the next day for lunch, we would go get our craft kiddy scissors and cut our pizza into bite sized pieces. The glue and glitter that got onto our pizza probably wasn’t the most sanitary thing, but it made it so much more delicious.

Over the years, my taste in pizza has changed. Thinking about a greasy pizza covered in cheese and pepperoni makes me feel kind of sick. (And thanks to the cheese, it would probably make my physically sick as well.) Now a days, I don’t even need cheese on my pizza for it to be good. Which for me, is coming a long way.

I came across this pizza recipe in the book The Vegan Gourmet, and it was amazing. I loved it. And it doesn’t even have traditional pizza sauce on it!

I used Trader Joe’s garlic and herb pizza dough for the crust, I baked it as directed for about 15 minutes before putting the toppings on and baking it the rest of the way.

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Dessert for Breakfast

I’ve never been a particularly huge fan of breakfast, but when I can eat something so sweet and delicious, It’s hard not to like it just a little : ) or a lot! This recipe comes from one of my favorite blogs, Chocolate-Covered Katie. It’s her Breakfast Pizzert, And as I’m sure you can guess- It’s a dessert pizza! Which I eat for breakfast. Of course.

I’ll let you check out the links for the recipe, but I won’t deprive you of some of my own pictures!

For this one, instead of using the applesauce I took Katie’s suggestion and added 2 tablespoons of pumpkin, and a handful of chocolate chips.And instead of using granulated sugar, I used brown sugar because I love it and it goes so well with pumpkin.  I also didn’t have any whole wheat pastry flour, so I just used all purpose. It was amazing. It was light and fluffy, almost like a pancake but not quite.

And for this one instead of the applesauce (If you haven’t caught the hint yet, I didn’t have any applesauce) I used 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter, and it tasted just like a chocolate chip peanut butter cookie! It was a party in my mouth, that’s for sure!

These are by far one of my new favorite snacks! (Or breakfasts….) Thanks Katie for all the incredible recipes!