Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Third time's a charm!

It's late so I'm going to make this a quickie post...third today woooo!!

So two friends came over for some tree trimming cheer! I made a couple lavash pizzas and tried to make a batch of kale chips. I've read about these on a few blogs so I figured I'd give it a shot.
Tore some bits up, sprayed them with olive oil, a couple sprinkles of salt and in the oven they went for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. I must say they weren't exactly what I expected. It is a quick way to get your daily dose of leafy green, but I think I prefer a sauteed kale. Ah well. Onto the main event!

I made a couple pizzas out of lavash for fun. First was a Goat Cheese, Sun-Dried Tomato and Arugula Pizza and the second was a Troasted Tomato, Manchego and Arugula Pizza.
Goat Cheese, Sun-Dried Tomato and Arugula Pizza
1 piece lavash
1/2 (4oz) log goat cheese
1/2 tbsp lemon zest
6 slices sun-dried tomato halves
handful arugula
fresh black pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Sprinkle some goat cheese and black pepper on the lavash and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and scatter sun-dried tomatoes, remaining goat cheese, lemon zest and arugula on top and bake for another 5-8 minutes. Slice and serve immediately.

Troasted Tomato, Manchego and Arugula Pizza
1 piece lavash
1/4 c grated manchego cheese
1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
handful troasted cherry tomatoes*
handful arugula
black pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Sprinkle parmesan and black pepper on lavash and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and scatter half of the manchego on the lavash. Add cherry tomatoes, arugula, black pepper and remaining manchego. Bake for 5-8 minutes. Slice and serve.

*Slice cherry tomatoes, scatter on a toaster oven pan, sprinkle with salt, pepper and olive oil and roast for 5 minutes.

For bevvies, I attempted a mulled apple cider (threw some cloves, all spice and cinnamon in a tea strainer and simmered it in the cider with a splash of brandy) and I think it turned out ok...it would probably be better with whole all spice and cinnamon...less floaters.

After feasting, we got to work on decorating! The tree all lit up and decorated:
So I got some 'cool white' LED bulbs and in the picture they look blue. Hm. And here's the rest of the home decor:
Since my tree was lacking in piney smell, I grabbed a bouquet of pine needles and some cinnamony pine cones from Whole Foods. The majority are in a long bowl, but I had some extra that I scattered around the house for that extra Christmassy smell. I also picked up this shelf snowman for some extra holiday cheer:
It's showcasing the TV and pinecone display in case you didn't catch it ;) Bed time!!


Jamie said...

thats what the kale chips look like when they're done?

Mike Russell said...

Goat cheese on pizza? Genius! I love goat cheese and can't believe I haven't thought to put it on my pizza...

Karena said...

yeah, kale chips aren't so attractive. they're also messy, but i vacuumed ;)

i kinda love goat cheese, asparagus and lemon zest w/a little bit of pepper. i haven't tried it on an actual pizza yet, but it was good on a tortilla pizza!

MarathonVal said...

Ahhh I'm a huge spaz and just accidentally deleted your comment on you post! So sorry!

I'm with ya about the kale chips, I'm not super impressed with them, either! Have a lovely rest of the week! :)