here's a little secret about me:
it's probably not really a secret... who am i kidding?
i'm really picky about what i eat.
like, obnoxiously picky. it's a problem, really. over the years, i've figured out that i'm a "super-taster," which is just a fancy way of saying that i have more taste buds and experience taste with more intensity than the average bear. combine that with a pension for snobbery and a palate that's getting more refined by the day, and you've got yourself a picky eater.
soooo, this has been a problem for me and levi. the restaurants in long beach have been going downhill over the last year or two, and i don't want to spend money on food that i don't like, so we're running out of places to eat! unless we drive to l.a., of course.
our solution: cook dinner at home.
i now cook dinner at least 4 nights a week. the goal is to eat at home 5 nights a week and eat out the other two.
i'm starting to get the hang of it! i've always been a decent cook, but it's hard to keep it up every night of the work week. the more i do it, the easier it gets to put meals together. i've even started cooking without recipes! yay! i'm so legitimate.
here are two meals we had this week that were especially delicious:
balsamic honey glazed chicken breast, mashed potatoes (with greek yogurt instead of butter), spinach and carrot salad, and GIGANTIC cheddar biscuits à la olivia. i couldn't finish my biscuit, but, surprisingly, i ate every last bit of my chicken. it was SOOOO GOOD.
and then i got creative. last night, we had grapefruit pizza.
post-baking...yes, i burned it a little. my broiler was tricky. :\
ready to serve!
pre-baked pizza crust
ruby red grapefruit
shelled and chopped pistachios
goat cheese, crumbled
ricotta cheese mixed with crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper
1. brush olive oil over pre-baked pizza crust.
2. spread with ricotta mixture.
3. sprinkle with goat cheese crumbles.
4. salt and pepper entire pizza.
5. add grapefruit and pistachios.
6. put in broiler on high. broil for about 10 minutes. keep an eye on it though, or the crust might burn like mine.
7. toss baby arugula with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
8. pull pizza out, top with arugula and avocado. serve immediately!
it was seriously incredible. i'm so proud of myself for coming up with it!