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Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentines Day Pizzas

Earlier in the day Sunday (Valentines Day), I'd gone to Loch Raven Reservoir to run. Most roads in the area are not runnable, they are too narrow from the snow, and few people have shoveled their sidewalks. Those that have still have lots of ice on them. So, we decided on going to Loch Raven after 10am when the road is closed between Morgan Mill and Providence. No parking, though. In the end, I did almost 9 miles, which was from Pierces to Providence, back to Morgan Mill, back to Providence, then back to Pierces.

While I was gone, Todd had told me he was going to be working on this house project he's working on. He tricked me, though! Even though he bought supplies for his project, he secretly measured for sliding shelves (similar to these) for the kitchen and installed the first set while I was gone! He's a good husband, and that was an awesome gift, as we are slowly trying to make my kitchen into a lean, mean, cooking machine since I cook so much.

What did I do for him? I surprised him with 50 First Dates, which is one of "our" movies, and some Spam & Reece's (you have to see the movie to understand).

If you recall, last year Todd and I celebrated Valentines Day by making sushi together, which turned into a comedy of errors. This year, we decided to make pizzas using The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook, which I've owned for about 5 or 6 years now, but have never cooked a single thing from.

As far as the pizzas went, things started out a little rocky. We were lounging around at about 4:30, and I suggested that we start cooking since I hadn't actually read any further in the instructions for the pizza than to write down the ingredients for my shopping list, but I had a feeling that the dough would take a while. After we finally got ourselves up, I read the instructions, and it was requiring us to have the dough rest for 2 hours, then sit overnight in the fridge, then sit for 2 more hours... Hm. That would ruin Valentines Day. I started to panic, thinking this would be a repeat of 2009's sushi.

So, what did we do? We ended up hopping in the car and going up to Weis market. They sell pre-made uncooked pizza dough in their refrigerated section. This worked nicely for us.

And so, we started chopping, and preparing the sauces for the pizzas. We had picked out two - Shrimp Scampi Pizza and Thai Chicken Pizza. Lots of veggies needed chopping (Todd likes doing this, which is perfect. He's like my sous chef). I had to use lots of ingredients in the sauces. Meanwhile, we uncorked a bottle of Chardonnay (thank you, Jenny and Doug!) and enjoyed that while we worked. Meanwhile, we took a break and had some Strawberry-Poppyseed salad (have I ever posted that recipe?).

I was nervous about how the end result would be. Todd shaped the dough into 9 inch circles, we got them on the pizza peel... 10 minutes later? Awesome pizza!!!! Soo good. The photo at the top of the post is the Shrimp Scampi (with the strawberry salad in the background) and the below photo is the Thai Chicken Pizza.

Afterwards, we had chocolate fondue with pound cake and strawberries. Delicious, but we're not as into the sweets as we used to be... And we were full from the pizza.

This was a perfect, wonderful Valentine's Day. I can't ask for more :)

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