Friday, June 13, 2008

When It Rains, It POURS

I will admit it.......I have been a friggin' slug lately. I have been cooking but I have been busy.....It is no excuse I know. I take pictures but then to pull out the camera and hook it up and then transfer pictures...oh the agony. If you have little kids then you know what I am talking about. Anywho's. I am just going to post some pictures (which is great for all you illiterate mongrels out there) and make a scant comment for all you dolts that can't *culinarily understand the picture. You know who you are!

If there is one thing I do and do well it is PIZZA! I don't mind patting myself on the back for this. I made this pizza on the BGE, as you can see.

The bubbling finished product....crunchy dough on the outside, chewy on the in(side) that is, olive oil base, mozzarella, asiago, italian turkey sausage, roasted red and yellow peppers and crumbled goat cheese, fresh oregano/basil/italian parsley. COME TO PAPA!

*disclaimer don't freaken leave a comment about culinarily not being a word, I know, I know, but this is my flippin' blog and I will make up sheeot if I want!


This Y-U-M-M-Y little number was absolutely sinful. I made a rootbeer float with Diet Boylan's Rootbeer and Edy's Slow Churned 1/2 the Fat Carmel Delight Ice Cream. This ROCKED.

*A side note Believe it or not~I have actually made homemade root beer before when my oldest son was in his earlier teen years. It is quite simple....root beer extract, sugar, water and a bottle of course. You should try it sometime.

Maple Planked Brie on the Big Green EGG

This kicked our Taste Buds A$$. I took a wheel of Brie....scraped off the top rind, mixed up some maple syrup and brown sugar, added some pecans and then roasted peppers and roasted jalapenos and topped off the brie. Put the wheel of Brie on the maple plank and bbq on the BGE until it starts to melt and gets oooey gooey.

Slap it on a platter w/some sliced green apples and baguette and DIG IN. I could have eaten a whole wheel by myself. Triple Creme Brie and coronary artery go hand in hand......

hmmmmm what to do with an abundance of fresh herbs that I NEVER expected to grow...

Make PESTO~basil, italian parsley, olive oil, parmesan, garlic, and toasted almonds in place of pine nutz (I am just not crazy about pine nutz). I also add a squeeze of squozen lemon in my pesto.

aaaaah doesn't she look delectable???

Pesto, Pasta, Peas and Grilled Chicken

Yup....we're making lemonade AGAIN You need to squoze about 15 lemons for 2 cups o'juice.

What to do with an abundance of Basil???? Hmmmm how about Strawberry Basil Lemonade???? Basil, strawberries, sugar and water simmer into a simple syrup...while cooling add in some lemon peel. Once cool, strain into your beverage carafe, add your lemon juice and another 2 cups or so of water.

Sip on your porch swing whilst looking out over the flower filled veranda.........

These bars are soooooooo goooood, I can't even tell you. These are Ina's PB&J Bars. I have made these several times. I have done 1/2 strawberry jam and 1/2 grape jelly but this time I did 1/2 grape jelly and 1/2 seedless blackberry jam. HOLY FRICKIN FRIJOLES.......these are just plain yummy. Make them!!! You won't be sorry.

Ina Garten's Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Hopefully I don't get a nasty gram for using this picture.


k said...

I so want to be invited to dinner at your house! Geez Louisa, you put on a show! I made the basil lemonade and loved it. Will try the brie concoction for next dinner party, that sounds fabulous.

Thanks for checking in to let us know what you're up to! :)

the Jennings secede from the South said...

Can you share the pasta recipe? That looks yums.

Lora said...


Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

Camille~for the pasta pesto peas, I just use whatever pasta I have, 1 cup of defrosted frozen peas and toss it all w/whatever kind of pesto you have (even storebought) and then top w/some parm. I marinate the chicken in olive oil/lemon juice/and a teaspoon and 1/2 of toasted then crushed fennel seed, salt n pepa...then grill the chicken. I also sometimes sprinkle some toasted slivered almonds or walnuts on top of the dish for crunch.

Brooke & Freeland said...

you are brilliant! Your pizza kicks our pizza's but. I want one of those grill things you have that you always make it on. Freeland is going to die when he looks at the brie you made! We will for sure be trying that!

RecipeGirl said...

Wow, everything looks great.

I'm afraid that if I put a pizza on my grill that it will stick to the grill and I will never be able to get it off. Is there a trick to making it work.

I totally want to try the planked brie. Totally yum.

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

RecipeGirl~ I have even put dough on a gas grill, RIGHT on the grates....just don't top your pizza until the dough has set up. It won't fall through. Go to and look up tyler florence and grilled pizza. He has a good recipe. I do use a pizza stone in my BGE though. I won't eat pizza any other way now....we usually grill pizza once a week. I LOVE IT!

Cakespy said...

Oh my gawwwwwd!!! The crust on the pizza. The brown cow. The brie. The PB & J bars...I think I need to lie down!

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

Cake~I should have included a cold wet compress and some smelling salts w/this post hahahahah.

Michael said...

Oh my.

Absolutely everything sounds beyond delicious, which is rare for me-I typically don't like all of anything. What a performance.

Lisa said...

Oh, you made me so hungry! Nice pictures and food.

Leah said...

YUM, Stacey!!!! I want that brown cow thingy .... I would never have thought to put caramel-ly ice cream in root beer but that looks amazing!

How are you?!?!