Three Things

Three fun things this week:
1. It's halloween tomorrow!
2. I had a guest post on Chef Herman's Food Adventures.
3. I made it to the 7th challenge in Foodbuzz's Project Food Blog (wow!).

Fresh Pumpkins :: see original post here

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PFB Challenge #6: Road Trip

It is so thrilling to have made it this far in Foodbuzz's Project Food Blog. Big thanks again to everyone graciously supporting me. You can VOTE for your favorites again here.

Now it's time for a bike trip...

Blue Print Bike Trip Title
Blue Print Bike Trip description
Blue Print Bike Trip Menu

Blue Cheese and Walnut Spread: Mix equal amounts of cream cheese and blue cheese, then add chopped walnuts, plus salt and pepper to taste.
Blueberry Summer Salad: Click here for recipe
Pear and Blue Cheese Sandwich: Place thinly sliced pears, chunky blue cheese dressing, and lettuce between two slices of whole grain bread. An extra kick...add sliced carrots or replace pears with granny smith apple slices.
Blueberry Cheesecake Squares: Click here for recipe
Blue Drinks: Mix equal amounts of a blue tropical punch and ginger ale.

Blue Print Bike Trip Packing
PFB Cooler
Blueberry in hand
On bike
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Thinking Outside the Pizza Box

Here it is Monday again and I find myself entering my fifth challenge to Project Food Blog. Wow! I'm still in amazement and thanking all of you for supporting me.

This week our challenge is to put a new spin on pizza. You can see my post here. Don't forget to vote (not necessarily for me...but for all your favorite food bloggers. There are so many neat pizza recipes to check out).

Here is one of my favorite images of pizza that I drew way back in early 2009:


PFB Challenge #5: Recipe Remix

Pizza Box (with text)

New ideas evolve from the combination of two or more existing ideas. This is true in cooking, design, art, and any area involving problem solving. Today's challenge was the perfect way to show this formula. To "think outside the pizza box" I made a list of my favorite recipes then chose those that would combine well with the pizza ideal (base, sauce, topping).

Pizza slice and heart

Below are three of the results. I've listed ingredients that you can just pick up at the grocery store...or if you're ambitious use a special recipe for individual ingredients.

cucumber salad pizza
cucumber salad pizza ingredients

Cucumber Salad Pizza
This recipe remix evolved from one of my favorite summer snacks...marinated cucumbers on hummus and toast. To make the cucumber salad...mix cucumber slices with equal amounts of oil and vinegar, chopped onion, plus salt and pepper (all to taste). Let sit in refrigerator a couple of hours to chill.

Prepare a flaky crust (croissant dough would be perfect). Once baked (and cooled) spread on hummus (plain or roasted red pepper), then top with cucumber mixture (drain liquid first) and additional chopped red pepper. A special touch...sprinkle feta cheese on top.

Huevos Rancheros Pizza
Huevos Rancheros Pizza Ingredients

Huervos Rancheros Pizza
I love eggs and Mexican food...so huervos rancheros is a great initial combination, but then turn it into a pizza and wa-la! Prepare a pizza crust. Once baked, add layer of refried beans. Top with a verde sauce, chopped onions and jalapeƱo peppers. To finish this pizza add a layer of sunny-side up eggs. Place back in oven long enough to warm toppings up (about 15-20 minutes at 425 degrees). Serve with guacomole and/or sour cream.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pizza
Peanut Butter and Jelly Pizza Ingredients

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pizza
PB&J is a staple in our house. Why not turn it into a dessert pizza? Prepare a whole wheat dough. Once baked, topped with a 50/50 mixture of cream cheese and peanutbutter. Top with strawberry jelly, then sliced strawberries. Serve with a tall glass of cold milk.

Here are some additional pizza ideas to try...

Bonus Pizza Remix

Pizza on Plate


The Pear and Apple Tree

Sometimes you draw something and initially don't like it, then you tweak, tweak, tweak and somehow find the right formula. Both of these illustrations are the result of that oddball process. Yes, now I like them.

Pear Tree :: see original post here

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Apple Tree :: see original post here

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Eat Cake

It's time to celebrate {again}! I made it to Foodbuzz's Project Food Blog Challenge #4. If you'd like to read my next challenge and VOTE just click here!

Though neither my husband nor I cook much, we're infatuated with those cake baking competitions. While watching one my husband blurted out this quote:

It's How you Bake the Cake :: click here for original post
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Eat Cake :: click here for original post
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PFB Challenge #4: Picture Perfect

Here we are at challenge #4...and I really can't believe it. A big thank you to everyone supporting me and my quirky outlook on food.

This week's challenge is to create a step-by-step tutorial using photographs. Because I'm so busy (as are most of you), I decided to show a really simple recipe, but with a joyful twist.

Joy Cupcake TITLE

This is the Joy...Cupcake

Joy Cupcake Recipe explanation

Step 1: Joy Cupcake

Step 2: Joy Cupcake

Step 3: Joy Cupcake

Step 4: Joy Cupcake

Step 5: Joy Cupcake

Step 6: Joy Cupcake

Step 7: Joy Cupcake

Step 8: Joy Cupcake

Step 9: Joy Cupcake

Step 10: Joy Cupcake

Step 11: Joy Cupcake

Step 12: Joy Cupcake

Joy Cupcake END

A fun update: Liz over at Confessions of a Former Couch Potato made my cupcakes this week - with her own personal twist. Yikes, sorry about the baggies Liz!


And even more pears...

If you've been following along the last couple of years you know that I love drawing pears. Oddly, I really don't eat them much....I guess I just love them for their body. I'm so shallow.

Green Pears and Leaves :: click here for original post
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Bosc Pear :: click here for original post
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Bowl of Fruit :: click here for original post
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Five Little Pears :: click here for original post
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Love that Pear :: click here for original post