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Holiday Pizza Pizzazz

Tonight’s pizza was an interesting combination of ingredients that turned out to be fabulous! It reminded me of Ina Garten’s Sausage Cranberry Stuffing for her Roasted Turkey Roulade.

I started with our homemade white wheat sourdough crust and prebaked that for 5 minutes at 425F. Then I drizzled the crust with some black raspberry vinaigrette (2 parts organic black raspberry jam, 1 part blueberry red wine vinegar, 1 part organic olive oil – whisk together over low heat until evenly combined).

For the toppings, I used cooked, crumbled sausage along with goat cheese,  caramelized onions, thinly sliced granny smith apples, chopped fresh mushrooms, chopped pecans, dried cranberries and fresh cilantro. Then I baked it for another 8-10 minutes at the same temperature, until the crust was golden and the cheese was just beginning to brown. Wow! I will definitely make this again! It was delicious! The crust was thin and crisp, the vinaigrette, cranberries and apples added a nice, sweet tang that paired beautifully with the creamy goat cheese and fresh nuttiness of the pecans. I think I’m craving another piece just writing this post!

What crazy toppings have you put on your pizza that gave it some pizzazz?!

Great Eats from the Farm

I always love cooking with my mother, so getting to spend two full days creating delicious meals for dad and Bryan was a real treat! We arrived at the family farm for a late lunch on Monday that consisted of Homemade Chicken Salad with Red Grapes and Diced Celery, Chips and Dip, and a Fruit Salad.

Dinner that first night was Salad with Pears, Apples, Pomegranate, Cashews, Pecans, Swiss Cheese, Green Peppers, Celery, and Shallots with a Warm Black Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing along with a delicious Beef Stew with Potatoes, Carrots, Onions, Celery and Mushrooms.

Tuesday's Breakfast was Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Butter, Bacon, Eggs Cooked to Order, Grapefruit, OJ and, of course, Coffee! Yum!

We went on a short walk before the flurries began! Yes, I saw my first snowflakes of the season! We came in for lunch, which was full of various and sundry leftovers along with deli sandwiches. And we munched on crackers with cream cheese and Mom’s homemade Raspberry Habanero Jelly! Caution: this jelly is not for the faint of heart! But it is SO good!

Tuesday's Dinner was London Broil, Green Beans with Feta, Slivered Almonds, Crumbled Bacon and a splash of vinegar, Wild Autumn Rice with Onions, Celery, Mushrooms, Apricots and Dried Cranberries, and a Warm Apple-Cranberry Chutney. Delicious and so colorful!

Wednesday morning, we ended up eating at a little local place for a hearty breakfast before heading back to town on our last day off work for Thanksgiving break! I am so thankful for a chance to use up so much of our produce from our weekly Milk and Honey Organics basket and to try out some new recipes! I always hate leaving the farm. It’s one of my favorite places in the whole world – a retreat from the normal hustle and bustle of life (especially life around the holidays).

I hope you all had a great holiday full of family and great food! So, what was your favorite dish you prepared or tasted this Thanksgiving season?!