Saturday, October 16, 2010

NOT Chicago style

If there is one thing I am critical of, it is pizza.  I like to think of myself as a pizza connoisseur.    Of course, there is no pizza that rivals the Chicago pizza.  I don't need to taste that NY crap to know that it does not come close to the utter breathtaking, sense invoking, glorious Chicago spinach deep dish.  There is one cook however, that knows food even more than I intimately know pizza and her name is Lisa.
Lisa introduced Holly and I to Cheese Board in Berkley California and we vowed to recreate the masterpiece. 
Recreating something by sight and taste alone nearly a month after eating it for the first time was not easy.  Holly did use some of her super spy ways and found a description written behind Lisa and I in a snap shot. 

Recipe 1: Zesty Pizza
  1. Sour Dough crust (we improvised with Better Homes and Garden's pizza dough recipe)
  2. Tomatoes (sliced thin)
  3. Mozzarella cheese 
  4. Feta cheese 
  5. Lemon zest 
  6. Lemon juice squeezed (before and after baked)...I added extra without Holly looking and it could have used more. 
  7. Cilantro 
  8. Garlic (chopped)
  9. Salt 
  10. Onions (thinly sliced)
  11. Lots of olive oil on top of crust  
  12. Take out when the cheese is slightly brown and the crust is nice and toasty. (I think our cheese could have browned a little bit more)
Recipe 2:  Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing from Food Network
This recipe was a fun one that Holly found.  It was a very good recipe that I might even make again. The only downfall was that the bacon dressing did have an obvious oily effect.  
Recipe 3:  Rhubarb Strawberry Cobbler from  Whipped
Before it was baked
 After it was baked
Zesty Pizza, Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing, & Rhubarb Strawberry Cobbler were all successes

It was a good week for Holly and I!


  1. Your cobbler might look even better than mine!

  2. Yum, yum, yum, and yum. This makes me jealous twice over. First, that you went to the Cheese Board, and second, that you duplicated it... BOTH without ME! Uggghhh....