Food Quote – Thomas Keller

“A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.”

Thomas Keller is an American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer. 

I do believe this.  The soul I bring to the food I make is love for my family.  I try to do this every time but we definitely know when I have had an off day!!  What is your soul you bring to your meals or maybe just your favorite meal?

Chicken Alfredo Pizza

One of the guys who comes to pizza Friday suggested a Chicken Alfredo Pizza.  It was a great idea!  I made 2 of these pizzas in one night!!  I have been making the Alfredo Sauce recipe for a few years.  You could cut this recipe in half for just the pizza.  I like leftovers for the next day for lunch using the sauce over pasta.  This seems like it would take a long time but it doesn’t, I promise.  You must try this Simple and Delicious pizza!!  The fact I made 2 in one night proves that, right?!

Chicken Alfredo Pizza

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4 ounces of grilled chicken, sliced thin (you can do this the night before if you want)
4 pieces crispy bacon (what is a pizza without bacon?!)

Alfredo Sauce
(compliments of food.com)

4 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic clove, minced
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
pepper (white pepper if you have it)
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

1.  Melt butter in medium saucepan with olive oil over medium/low heat
2.  Add the garlic, cream, pepper and bring mixture to a simmer.
3.  Stir often!
4.  Add the Parmesan cheese and simmer sauce for 8-10 minutes or until thickened and smooth
5.  When the sauce has thickened, add Mozzarella cheese and stir until smooth.  Stir often! The Month of Hell July 2013 012
6.  You are going to have leftover sauce.  Why not make some pasta for those who may not want pizza!

Now you can prepare the pizza.  Spread Alfredo sauce over dough, add chicken, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, and bacon. The Month of Hell July 2013 011 Bake at 475 for 15 minutes.

When you take the pizza out of the oven garnish parsley over pizza.  The Month of Hell July 2013 014 Chow down!  This is a winner!!

Simple Fresh Tomato Sauce

I had Martin and Martin pick up some beautiful fresh tomatoes and garlic at the Appleton Farmer’s Market last weekend.  I had the best intentions of using them that weekend.  A week later they were still on my counter!!  I had to use them up or they would be wasted.  Not my plan for these gorgeous tomatoes.  I could make a tomato salad, salsa, pizza or a pizza sauce. Of course, why not a  tomato sauce?  Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE sauce.  I whipped this up in no time.  Here is my Simple and Delicious Farmer’s Market Fresh Tomato Sauce.

Fresh Tomato Sauce

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2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced (fresh from the Farmer’s Market)|
3# Fresh from Farmer’s Market Tomatoes
½ cup fresh basil (from my container garden!  I was successful this year with basil!!)
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (sometimes I use ¼ cup)
Salt (I use up to ¾ to 1 teaspoon, that is up to you. Some like salt, some don’t. I do!!)

Directions

1. I take the skin off of the tomatoes. (You don’t have to do this.) The easy way to take the skin off the tomatoes is to boil water, drop tomatoes in the boiling water for 30-60 seconds and take out. Place in ice cold water and skins will peel right off. Easy!

2. I also deseed the tomatoes. (You don’t have to do this either.) I like a chunky sauce with my fresh tomatoes. I chop them into bite size (½ inch) chunks. (You can also put into your food processor for a smoother sauce.)

3. Using a dutch oven or large saute/frying pan. Add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add red onion and saute about 5 minutes, Add minced garlic and stir together for about 30 seconds.

4. Add chopped tomatoes to the onion/garlic along with salt. I cook over medium heat for 20-30 minutes. Add basil & parsley. Simmer for 5-10 more minutes before taking off of stove. (Depends on your taste. I simmer about 5 minutes.)

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