March 28, 2011

0 Fashion & Food

Shirt: Cozy ($10)
Cardigan: Target ($4)
Skirt: Ross ($16)
Shoes: Forever Young ($20)
Necklace: Charlotte Russe ($5)

From being pregnant, to having a spit up baby, and nursing I don't always feel the most fashionable. And not to mention that we tend to stay in all day so what's the point? I found that cardigans are a definite stable in my closet. They are baby friendly and easy to change when I get spit up all over me. 

My weekend was filled with basil. Mmmm.

Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese

4 tomatoes cut-peeled, cut, and seeded
4 cups tomato juice
14 basil leaves
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup butter
salt and pepper to taste
Place tomatoes and juice in a stock pot over medium heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Puree the tomato mixture along with the basil leaves, and return the puree to the stock pot. 
Place the pot over medium heat, and stir in the heavy cream and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Heat, stirring until the butter is melted. Do not boil.
(I'm hoping everyone knows how to make a grilled cheese sandwich)

Sun dried Tomato and Basil Pizza

Pizza Crust:
2/3 cup water (11O°F to 115°F)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 ounce package fast rise yeast or 1/8 ounce package active dry yeast
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour or 1 3/4 cups bread flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cornmeal (optional)
Combine water and sugar in small bowl; stir to dissolve sugar.
Sprinkle yeast on top; stir to combine
Let stand 5 to 10 minutes or until foamy.
Combine flour and salt in medium bowl.
Stir in yeast mixture.
Mix until mixture forms soft dough.
Remove dough to lightly floured surface.
Knead 5 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic, adding additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed.
Place dough in medium bowl coated with nonstick cooking spray.
Turn dough in bowl so top is coated with cooking spray; cover with towel or plastic wrap.
Let rise in warm place 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
Punch dough down; place on lightly floured surface and knead about 2 minutes or until smooth.
Pat dough into flat disc about 7 inches in diameter.
Let rest 2 to 3 minutes.
Pat and gently stretch dough from edges until dough seems to not stretch anymore.
Let rest 2 to 3 minutes.
Continue patting and stretching until dough is 12 to 14 inches in diameter.
Spray 12- to 14-inch pizza pan with nonstick spray; sprinkle with commeal, if desired.
Press dough into pan.
Preheat oven to 5OOF.
I cook the pizza crust first until it's a little golden on the edges.

Then add spaghetti sauce with slices of mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and cook until cheese is melted.  Top with fresh basil and enjoy!

Tomato Basil Bow tie Pasta

Bow tie pasta
Stewed Tomatoes

I pretty much just threw everything together in this one. Cook the pasta and saute onions and put in tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Add basil when you're ready to serve.  

Whew! Talk about delicious. I love trying new recipes. Especially vegetarian ones! These were all quick, simple, fresh, and delish.
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