Archive | April, 2012

Pesto Pizza

10 Apr

Well Catonsville Gourmet was closed yesterday – such a bummer, I really wanted a crabcake! I’m glad however that they decided to enjoy Easter Sunday and not work. So we went to Langermanns’ in Canton. I had the crispy sea bass which came with mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, arugula and a cream sauce – I never had sea bass before and it was very good.

I have been wanting the chicken pesto pizza I had from Vapianos pretty much all weekend.

So during my weekly trip to TJ’s I picked up some pesto, pizza dough, roasted red peppers and mushrooms ( I already had some mozz cheese at home). In addition to those ingredients I added some arugula to the pie too. This baked in a 425 degree oven for almost 20 minutes. What a great lunch!

For dinner I had a spinach salad with chicken

and for a little desert I picked up these gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. They are crunchy, buttery and sweet. The only ingredient difference was instead of regular flour they used rice flour. A serving is 2 cookies…and I only ate 2 cookies (yay me:) AND I worked out for 50 minutes…I will tell you about the workout tommorow.

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Happy Resurrection Sunday

8 Apr

I just finishing watching Joel Osteen’s live service and the message today was ‘God loves imperfect people” and I am sooooooooo glad!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time..” 1 Peter 1:3-5.

I had an interesting birthday last weekend and cooked myself a birthday dinner…On the menu was Roasted Chicken, Maple Mustard Potatoes and Green Beans, Corn Casserole, Deviled Eggs, Garden Salad, Baked Tilapia, and Mango Black Tea…it was delicious.

 

My lovely coworker friends and I went to happy hour/dinner on Friday to continue my birthday celebrating at Vapianos in Chinatown, DC. I had the chicken pesto pizza, along with some sangrias and a lemon drop shot – all very yum delicious. Afterwards we walked to Red Velvet cupcakery and I got a red velvet cupcake.

After a week of feeling discouraged, it was nice to get out and have a good time. I am going to try a new restaurant today called Catonsville Gourmet – but I could honestly eat that chicken pesto pizza again lol! I hope everyone has a great week.

Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

7 Apr

I love cherries but they can be pretty pricey so I hardly get them. As I was browsing Trader Joes’s last weekend I came across some dried bing cherries and I immediately put them in my cart with no idea what I was going to do with them. I wanted something sweet so why not make some cookies (since I love them so). These cookies are not overly sweet and the cherries give it an extra bit of ‘chewiness’ that a raisin just doesn’t give. Let me know what you think!

 

Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

3 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 stick unsalted butter

1 egg

1/2 cup applesauce

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 package dried bing cherries (I used the ones from Trader Joes)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugars together for 3 minutes. Add the egg, applesauce and vanilla until combined. Add the remaining ingredients leaving the cherries for last.

Using my large (3 tsp) cookie scoop I baked these for 15 minutes on a lined cookie sheet. Let them cool for about 15 minutes before serving.