Saturday, September 20, 2014

I Need to Stop Watching "Man v Food"

I know "Man v Food" hasn't been on the air since April 2012. Thankfully, the Travel Channel keeps showing the reruns of it though. The problem with that show is that it makes me want to cook the stuff I see Adam Richman eating!

In Season 4, one of the episodes had Adam in Tulsa, OK, for the "Incinerator Pizza Challenge." Now, this entry is not about me making a pizza loaded with gut burning, ass melting peppers. Instead, there was one brief little, meek, shy pizza shown there at Joe Momma's restaurant that inspired me...the simple, the unassuming Taco Pizza.

Look, I never said I was getting points for originality with my cooking or these blog posts. Bear with me.

My husband loves tacos and has long since said that a taco is made with ground beef and that's chicken, no fish, no shrimp. I think he might have been Mexican in a previous life. Personally, I don't have those some opinions but I wasn't sure if he'd go for Taco Pizza.

I described the pizza I saw on that episode and told him I was going to make it. He looked skeptical but agreed. This is where it got cute...he went online to look for a Taco Pizza recipe so he could really know what he'd be getting. He came across the recipe on Pioneer Woman's site.

I thought it was cute because this chick, Ree, the Pioneer Woman herself, is not what I would imagine my husband looking for when hunting for recipes online, although she does seem to be a damn good cook. I have fond memories of watching a lot of the Food Network, specifically "The Pioneer Woman" series, with my mom, during the last two weeks I was with her.

Anyway, I'm getting off on a tangent here. So linked above is Ree's homemade version of a Taco Pizza. Here is mine.

  • Store bought pizza crust, a thin and crispy one (when I try making pizza crusts, they end up looking like deformed amoebas)
  • 1 can of black beans, drained of about 3/4 of the liquid, and then pulsed in a blender. They shouldn't be pureed but they do need to be mashed.
  • Half a jar of salsa
  • Browned ground beef (I used about 3/4 lb.) with the taco seasoning already mixed in
  • Shredded cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomato
  • Crushed taco shells
  • Little bit of olive oil
Brush a little bit of olive oil on your crust. Then, add your black beans like you would a pizza sauce. On top of that, add the salsa, then the ground beef and cheese. Bake the pizza according to the instructions on the packaging. I put my pizza on a pizza pan, because this is going to be messy and I don't want it getting all over the inside of my oven.

When the pizza is done cooking, cut it into slices, and top accordingly with the lettuce, tomatoes and taco shells.

We were both pretty happy with how this Taco Pizza turned out. This recipe will be a keeper.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Finding Inspiration in Flowers

This weekend, I was at the Design Your Space show at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. I got to meet Jeff Devlin, a host of four different shows on HGTV and the DIY channel (and a super nice guy, as well).

When you were walking into the hall the show was in, you had to walk past a large floral display by Norfolk Florist. Their arrangements were truly stunning and they made me wish I was still working at A.C. Moore so I could do these same arrangements in silk!

I especially loved this arrangement: three separate jewel toned vases put together to create one work space for the arrangement to sit on. The base of the arrangement was artfully covered up, but it made me think of the cemetery headstone saddles I used at A.C. Moore.