I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen by trying new things. Some of which have come together as a result of watching WAY TOO MUCH Food Network TV. My newest obsession is Ultimate Recipe Challenge. Foodies and everyday cooks whippin’ up masterpieces that they have perfected over the years. I also enjoy Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. I’m not a huge Guy Fieri fan…but I love the content of those two shows. I get inspiration from watching others create and it excites me greatly when the cheesy dive holes are within driving distance of me. Can’t wait to try a few in San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Another really good show is The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Something about watching chefs, food critics, and restaurant owners get excited about certain dishes…and wow, the amount of bacon – epic!

So yes, I have switched my obsession from decorating and home make-over shows to all things food. I do go through phases. For a while I was ready to tear apart every room in our house after a weekend of House Hunters, Designed to Sell, What You Get For the Money, Curb Appeal and Design Star. Now that I’m broke because of Higga bills, quitting my second job and upcoming furlough days…food it is. Food is comfort. Food is creative. Food items can cost less than decorator items and food takes me to a happy place that nothing else can. Hey, I never said I didn’t have issues…

My latest obsession…

Pizza…Pizza…Pizza! It started with picking up some whole wheat pizza dough from Trader Joe’s. Then I got regular dough, then I helped my girlfriend Michelle make dough from her favorite recipe…then another friend sent me a link titled “Best pizza making/article book ever!” I have become obsessed. Obsessed in finding the perfect toppings, the right combos, etc.

So far I’ve tried:
ala Foo – Carmalized onion, chopped spinach, garlic, olive and mozzarella with a tomato basil sauce (it was awesome) – pictured above
Phister style – Ham, pineapple, mozzarella and cheddar with a red TJ’s pizza sauce (not too bad – cheddar always makes it too greasy for my taste)
Michelle’s creation: – Crockpot pulled pork, light cream cheese (um yah, because that made a difference ;o), sweet & tangy BBQ sauce, scallions and mozzarella and cheddar (super tastey)

Next up at bat – Spinach, gruyere, carmalized onion and apple with walnuts…can’t wait!

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    • Lora on May 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Make sure to try one with roasted peppers, caramelized onions, and goat cheese. Or my other favorite is spinach, marinated artichoke hearts, a little pesto and cheese (no tomato sauce on this one).

    • Amy on May 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Wow, I’m hungry now and it’s only 8:18 a.m.

    I heart Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives… I could sit and watch Food Network all weekend if I allowed myself!

    • Susi on May 5, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Michelle’s creation sounds awesome as does the spinach gruyere one with the apples.
    I’ve become obsessed with homemade pizza as well ever since I’ve come across a great recipe on Annie’s Eats. Oh and I bought a pizza stone which makes all the difference!

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