Monday, January 21, 2013

the one about dinner

I used to really hate cooking. It takes soooo long, makes a huge mess, and you only get one meal out of it. It seems like a low return-on-investment. Last semester, however, the roommate (Katie) and I decided that we wanted to improve our (my) abismal cooking skills. We invite a few boys from the ward and other friends over each Sunday and cook up some masterpiece. (This may be a little bold, but it usually turns out really well...or so we're told.) We've made everything from baked apples to pozole to butternut squash soup. I think it's fair to say that we've been well fed this school year and I actually really like to cook now :)

Yesterday we decided to make homemade pizzas. I found this delightful recipe for a pear gorgonzola pizza. Katie and I bought all the ingredients on our trip to Smith's (who has gorgonzola just laying around?),  and began cooking an hour before dinner. We rolled the dough, piled it high with spinach, cheese, and walnuts, baked it, and began anticipating that glorious moment when the prayer had been said and it was time to eat! 

When that moment finally came it was beautiful :) The dough was just sweet enough, the cheese melted perfectly, and the pear had caramelized juuust a little bit. It was perfection! Mama and Papa Lo would have been proud!

To finish off our pizza, we made pazookies for dessert. For those of without a knowledge of this delicious dessert let me enlighten you:

A pazookie is a giant chocolate chip cookie (or other variety of cookie) that baked until just before it is done. The center of the cookie is still a little bit doughy, but that's exactly how you want it. After you pull it out of the oven you put a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and dig in. It is one of the best desserts on the planet! Whoever invented it should probably win some major annual award....every year from now until eternity! 

Pre-baked


Right out of the oven...isn't it beautiful!


Behold: the Pazookie 

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