Posts Tagged With: Pizza

Quinoa Pizza Bites

I finally did it, you guys! I finally cooked with meat! Okay, not really COOKED…but this recipe does INCLUDE meat. It also includes my new obsession – quinoa.

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This was the perfect way to keep my New Year’s Resolution to cook more at home. I think the reasons a lot of people, including myself, don’t cook at home are that 1.) it’s time consuming and 2.) buying all those ingredients can get expensive. This recipe shatters those assumptions. I already had most of the ingredients on hand so all I had to buy was a package of pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce (which is optional, anyway). I also had to invest in a mini-muffin tin for these – which is totally fine by me because I already have 100 more ideas on ways to use it again…okay, 75 of them are other versions of these bites…

The preparation took some time because it was a new recipe, but now that I’ve got it down, I can’t imagine it taking more than 30 minutes + cooking time. They’re also SUPER healthy AND filling (rare combination!). The recipe made 45 bites – enough for more than 5 full meals! Mine didn’t come out looking all that wonderful the first time around, but once I brush up on the presentation I fully plan on making these for every party, pot luck, or gathering I can!

Another benefit is that you can really cater this recipe to your preferences. If you don’t eat meat, substitute diced tomatoes or spinach. Basically throw in whatever you like on regular pizza! I think next time I’m going to try it with olives and feta…or even sausage…the possibilities are endless!

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Quinoa Pizza Bites

What would you put in your bites?

-S

Recipe adapted from: So Very Blessed

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GUEST BLOG – Chocolate, Marshmallow, Peanut Butter Pizza!

You may recall that last week we participated in our very first guest blog post on Latte Issues! Well, now it’s time to return the favor and they’re here to provide us with the first LoL Guest Blog! We love reading  their blog so we’re sure you will as well!

Hey everyone! First of all, a big THANK YOU to the ladies here for letting us post on their site! We are very, very excited! (If you can’t tell by the abundance of exclamation points already used…)

We’re Caroline and Taylor from the blog LatteIssues (as underemployed 20 somethings, we’ve got a “latte” issues…). We started our blog back in October when we were unemployed and seriously questioning how on Earth everyone around us seemed to have their lives on track and we somehow didn’t. In the past seven months we’ve gotten jobs and internships in the fields we love and now find ourselves working 7 days a week! It’s been quite an adventure and even though Taylor moved 2,000 miles away, we’ve kept in touch through our blogging. And boy oh boy do we love to blog…about everything. Food, dating in New York City, not having money, still living at home? You name it, we’ve probably written about it.

Now we certainly aren’t advocating for eating your feelings…but we certainly aren’t against it either. Pairing food with the right situation can (almost) always make you feel better. Whether it’s chocolate chunk brownies for when your crush doesn’t like you  or a cheap pasta dish to make at home when you have no money – we believe food can be helpful to make it through your 20s.

This Chocolate, Marshmallow, and Peanut Butter Pizza can help you cope with a variety of situations from stupid dudes, to celebrating your first big job, to everything your 20s can throw at you in between.

Chocolate, Mashmallow, and Peanut Butter Pizza

Ingredients
butter for greasing pan
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teapspoon baking powder
big pinch of salt (optional)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

we goin in!!

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease baking pan with butter.
2. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking pwder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Stir and set aside.

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3. With an electrix mixer set on medium, mix together butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and egg until smooth and creamy. On low speed slowly add the flour mixture and beat until just blended.

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4. Roll out the dough onto the greased baking sheet and using your hands or a rolling pin press it into a large circle. Use your fingers to pinch the edges into a pizza-like crust.

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5. Bake the dough for 8-12 minutes or until just beginning to brown.

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6. Evenly sprinkle the marshmallows and chocolate chips on top of the baked dough.
7. Bake for another 5 to 8 minutes or until the marshmallows are light brown and puffy. Allow to cool, stuff your face, and enjoy!!


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Adorable Old Town Alexandria

So Elyse and I can now proudly boast that we live in America’s #3 best city (according to Bloomberg Businessweek…cause if you ask me, we’re more like #1):  http://images.businessweek.com/slideshows/2012-09-26/americas-50-best-cities#slide49

I know, I’m obsessed….

But sometimes people get caught up in city life and forget about the beauty that lies just beyond the district lines (cheesy, I know…but bear with me). So this weekend, we decided to take a trip into quaint Old Town Alexandria. Even though it is just a couple metro stops from my apartment, it really felt like we were in a different world. Old Town had all the charm and beauty of the small Pennsylvania and New England towns we grew up in – so naturally, we fell in love.

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So fun!

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my favorite picture of the afternoon

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gorgeous fall weather, too!

After arriving, we stopped off pretty early to get some handmade chocolates from a candy shop on King Street. They had chocolates filled with everything from cheesecake to wine!

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too many choices…

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our choices: NY Cheesecake and Dark Chocolate Coffee

And then we spent the rest of the afternoon browsing the local clothing, jewelry, and antique shops. Everything was unique and reasonably priced – two of our favorite things!

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shelves and shelves of colorful, cute jewelry – every girls dream

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some Italian-designed blazers

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A shop devoted to all things India – I wanted everything in here!

There was one shop in particular, The Potomac Bead Company, where you could literally take a look at all the beads in the store and design your own jewelry. It was a little overwhelming for us at first, but it’s definitely something I’d love to do on a day where I had more time!

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First floor

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ahhh the colors!

Naturally, all the shopping made us hungry. So we began searching for a place to grab dinner, but with so many options we were a little lost! Finally, we decided on Red Rocks Pizza:

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Elyse checking out the menu before we make a final decision

We were overcome with the delicious smell of house-made pizza immedicately and we decided to split the Meatball Pizza – which tasted just as great as it smelled.

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mmmm so good

Once we were finished with dinner, it was starting to get darker so we grabbed some coffee from an adorable French Cafe (which we forgot to take a picture of) and headed down to the water. We ended up on “Liberty Row,” where everything was absolutely gorgeous! Our weak picture taking skills do not give it justice at all:Image

With the harbor all lit up and quiet, it was definitely one of the most serene places I’ve found in DC!

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Love the Halloween Spirit

And by the time we decided to make our way back to the metro, King Street was all lit up with twinkle lights on trees! It was almost too cute!

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perfect night!

We CANNOT wait to go back and see how done-up it is during the Christmas Season (though I’m sure we’ll be back a few times before then as well)!

-S

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