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Post-classes: Vacation Day One (Atlanta)

Hello! I am no longer a student. Well, I guess I technically still am until Saturday when I graduate. But I’m done with classes. Anyway, I’m taking a mini vacation with my parents to celebrate and the first step of this trip was for me to drive up and stay in a hotel for a day in Atlanta. So I have done that. And now I will let you know how it went. 🙂

First, the weather was beautiful. I hit a few minor traffic problems but nothing to complain about (which, for me, is rare.) First I’ll show you the view from the hotel. Not too shabby, I’d say.

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When I got here the system had gone down so they had a huge backlog of guests and I was getting a bit anxious, but the hotel manager (I think?) came and offered everyone standing in line a drink, which was very nice. Of course he checked my ID, but I’m welllllll over 21 now so it wasn’t an issue. Once I got settled I headed out to check out places to eat and get some dinner since I hadn’t eaten since I had eggs for breakfast.

I ended up at Grant Central Pizza & Pasta. Decent pizza, but what I really wanted was somewhere convenient. And this was less than a mile from the hotel and an easy walk (I was tired of driving.) Boy was I glad I walked because when I got back to the hotel my street had turned into a one way to deal with all the traffic from the Atlanta Braves game! I also got to eat my pizza on a really dirty picnic bench in the park. So, you know, it was good all around.

pretty

pizzaaaaa

I also saw Dakota Blue, which is across the street from the pizza place and is supposed to be nice for brunch.

insides

inside bar

pizza box and

meat lovers

my park bench

Then I walked through the area (Grant Park) and took some pictures of houses and a church. I also found a yard flamingo. 🙂

signage

cutes

very cute\

house

side view

another one of course

one side

and the other

built ittttt

windowses

sign for church

pretty

I was far from these

flamingooooo!

I believe this had something to do with the “park” itself.

the park

I also came across a random patch of grass that I guess was ALSO a park???

this is a park in itself

Smoking is prohibited on THIS patch of grass. Ahem. Anyway, after I got back to the hotel I decided to check out what all the fuss was about and it was for the Braves game, so I walked over to the stadium to take some pictures from afar. They also have a tribute to the 1996 Olympics.

can you see it??

how about now?

fielding

There was also a tribute to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics lining the sidewalk on the way to the field.

 

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post and photos by: Melissa


Pizza dough (totally from scratch!)

If you’re a long-time blog reader (are there any of you out there?) you’ll know that the first summer of this blog’s existence we made grilled pizzas from scratch. But this is going to be like the one I made with store-bought dough, except I made it myself. 🙂

This post will include the recipe for the dough I made (which makes enough dough for 2 medium pizzas) and the finished result of each pizza. The recipe claims this will make dough for 4 pizzas, but seriously unless you’re feeding children I’d say it makes 2 medium pizzas unless you like the crust super thin and then maybe it could make 4, but they won’t be substantial.

I used this recipe for the pizza dough, but used 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 2 cups of bread flour instead of 3 cups of all-purpose flour. Keep reading to see my results!

Ingredients:

1 package of active dry yeast
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup warm water
2 cups bread flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
(desired pizza sauce, cheese, & toppings!)

Recipe:

1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and honey in 1/4 cup warm water.

yeasty

2. Combine the flour and the salt in another bowl.  Add the oil, yeast mixture, and remaining 3/4 cup of warm water and combine until it forms a dough ball. Turn out onto a flat surface and knead 2-3 minutes until smooth and firm.

dough ball

3. Cover dough with a clean, damp towel and let rise for about 2 hours. Divide into 2 equal dough balls and knead these 4-5 times each until smooth. Place under towel and again let rest for about an hour.

stored

covered

risen

4. Roll out your dough on a greased pizza pan, or press dough for a thicker crust.

pizza rolled

5. Top with sauce, cheese and toppings! Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes (may take more or less time depending on thickness and toppings, and desired crispness of crust.)

pizza~

And here is my second pizza.

meaty

Dough will keep in the fridge for about 2-3 days. If you’d like to freeze it, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store this way for up to a week.

Post & photos by: Melissa


Spring Break: Orlando/Cocoa Beach – Sunday & Monday morning

On Sunday we went out for brunch at First Watch.

brunch is great!

I had the Parma Hash which they describe as: “Two eggs* any style atop a hash of fresh, seasoned potatoes, Italian sausage, house-roasted Crimini mushrooms, onions and tomatoes with melted Parmesan, mozzarella and fresh herbs.”

As you can tell from the description, it was amazing. It came with an English muffin, but I chose to substitute a fresh lemon poppyseed muffin for $.90 more.

with a cuppa fruit

so cheesy!

After that we went to Cocoa Beach. It was packed, as some spring breaks are occurring at the moment. However, it was really windy and cold. We stayed for over an hour and then went around town a bit before heading back. And of course from my picture you can’t tell it was crowded, you’ll just have to believe me!!

Cocoa beach

The other place we visited in Cocoa Beach was Ron Jon’s surf shop, which if you’ve driven on a highway in northern/central Florida, you’ve probably seen a sign for.

ron jons

RON JON

Apparently they’re open 24 hours. Seems like that would be a big draw in a place where a lot of things seem to close around 5. We ended up going to Downtown Disney to look around and have dinner. We chose Wolfgang Puck Express based on their menu, which included creme brulee and pizza.

I had the 4 cheese & pesto pizza.

pizza

And of course creme brulee. It was very filling.

so big!

The next morning, we went to breakfast/brunch before it was time for me to drive back home. We went to Toojay’s.

Toojay's

I had the Meat Lover’s Skillet, which included sausage, bacon, onions, green peppers, tomato, eggs (obviously), and cheese. It also came with toast and we ordered a grilled blueberry muffin to split.

eggs and such

toasty

muffiny

The muffin was so good. We stopped by Sweet by Holly next door as well, for their Monday special (mini cupcakes for $1 each)

I got a lemon mini and a white chocolate raspberry. I could eat about 50 of those raspberry cupcakes and probably still not get enough; it was amazing. The lemon one was okay.

sweeeeeet

so cute

perf

Post & photos by: Melissa


Pizza!

So I made a pizza with a pre-made dough ball from Publix. And it turned out so much better than I even thought was possible! The best part is that they were recently buy one get one free, so I have another in my freezer to use soon. Just thought I would share that with you.

this is the frozen one

So, I took the pizza dough, after letting it rest on the counter for an hour, and with floured hands, pressed it down into a circle-shape on a Pam-ed pizza sheet.

totally a circle

I then used some pasta sauce that contains sausage and garlic (though yours doesn’t have to!), which I had previously heated on the stove to make it thicker because I didn’t see pizza sauce at the store, and spread that on top of my pizza crust. I also added spices to the sauce while I was cooking it on the stovetop. I topped this with grated mozzarella cheese and then sliced mushrooms and basil.

looking gooooood

I placed the pizza in my 400 degree Fahrenheit oven and baked for 25 minutes (though I ended up checking it at 10, 20, and 25 minutes.)

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It turned out beautifully and tasted great!

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This was so easy and a great way to make your own pizza/choose whatever you’d like to have on it for not a lot of money. The pizza dough was BOGO (as mentioned above) and only $2.69 regular price. The crust wasn’t soggy at all, it was very firm throughout and I feel like even with just cheese this would’ve been great. 🙂

Post and photos by: Melissa


Road trip day two

Today we made it to Bozeman, Montana! After a long day of driving through Missoula and along 90 east, we settled in a local inn and then headed out for dinner. We had lunch in Missoula at Doc’s Sandwich Shop.

I shared the Frankenstein sandwich with my mom, my half without the condiments and vegetables. This consisted of roast beef, turkey, salami, ham, provolone, cheddar, Swiss, pepperoncini, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and Dijon mustard on a French roll. They also had some nice art hanging around the shop and were very quick.

Our sandwich halves came with cookies. 🙂

We also stopped by a local park close to the river; here are a few pictures:

For dinner we stopped at the Blackbird Kitchen in Bozeman. It was a nice Italian place located in the downtown area. If we had gotten there earlier it would’ve been nice to look around. We ordered the mixed olives to start although I’m not often a big fan of fancy olives. They were decent, but my mom liked them more. We did get to walk around a little, though.

Then we split the funghi pizza, which was topped with crimini mushrooms, grabs padano (cheese), Gorgonzola, mozzarella and thyme. For a pizza with no meat it was amazing!

We decided to share 2 desserts. I forgot to get a picture of the vanilla pana cota with a raspberry drizzle, but it was great! The other dessert was like a chocolate mousse/ganache, called a chocolate budino with sea salt and an olive oil drizzle. I preferred the first, but mom preferred the second. And that’s why sharing is a good idea!


I am really falling for Bozeman and Montana in general. It’s so pretty here. But we caught it on a cold day because it was 56 here by 8 pm!

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa


Grilled Pepperoni Pizzas

I had pizza three days in a row over the last weekend. And let me tell you, it was totally worth it. I’ve never endeavored into making pizza from scratch before, so I’m glad Colin was so enthusiastic about trying something new!

Ingredients:

2.5 cups of flour
1/2  Tablespoon sugar
1.2 Tablespoon salt
1 Teaspoon yeast
.875 cup water
1.5 Cups pizza sauce
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped onions
2/3 pound grated mozzarella cheese (or less…)
Pepperoni (or your preference of meat)
Spices for sauce: red pepper flakes, pepper,  dried cilantro, ground cayenne pepper
Your choice of toppings (we used garlic, pepperoni, mozzarella, mushrooms, you can add peppers, etc.) 


Recipe:

1. Mix the flour, salt, sugar and yeast together in a large bowl.

2. Add the water and oil and stir until dough forms a ball.

3. Wet your hand with water and work the dough into a smooth ball (IF DOUGH BECOMES STICKY, FLOUR HANDS AND BALL INSTEAD)

4. Let dough sit for about 15 minutes.

5. Place dough on floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Dough should be soft and no longer sticky.

6. Section off dough into 5 balls, roughly the same size.

7. Coat the dough balls in olive oil and place in tray. Let sit at room temp. for 30 minutes.

8. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for 3 hours. Remove dough 90 minutes prior to when you want to cook.

9. Roll out dough with rolling pin to desired size/shape.

10. Sautee your veggies and prepare your cheese, etc.

11. Combine spices in sauce and mix.

12. Place dough on grill on medium heat till it is cooked on one side. Turn the heat down low before flipping.

13. Flip dough and cover in sauce, veggies, cheese, and other toppings.

14. Enjoy your pizzas! Repeat steps for additional grilled pizzas.

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Melissa Rook and Colin Diltz


No recipe today! Hope you all had a good 4th of July.

Hello everyone!
I have been going out to eat so much lately. I drove home Saturday morning after going out for a friend’s birthday on Friday night and had a pastrami sandwich on French bread. I love sandwiches. I could definitely put up a recipe for my favorite sandwiches ever… I just need to go buy the ingredients. I can also semi-promise that sloppy joes are coming soon.

Next, I had my parents take me to my favorite teriyaki restaurant for some teriyaki chicken and gyoza. This has definitely inspired me to put up my own favorite gyoza recipe. Hopefully I can get around to making it tonight or possibly tomorrow. I also have to share my recipe for pita bread which is super easy to make, if a little time consuming. I might put up a few drink recipes too, as it’s summer and it’s always nice to have a variety of refreshing beverages in your arsenal.

On the 4th I had barbecued burgers with my parents, made outside on our grill before returning to my apartment and promptly going out to eat with Colin at New York Pizza. I tried the blueberry drop (I prefer the raspberry drop still, but it was very pretty) and had boneless wings and half a pizza. Which reminds me, I have half a pizza to eat for lunch. 🙂

Hope everyone else had a great weekend and I will see you again soon!