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The Perfect Meal

I know that the weather hasn’t been super sunny, or sunny at all, but that hasn’t stopped me from making some favorite Summer meals. Tonight’s menu consisted of Fred Steak, (which can only be found at Schaubs, at Stanford Shopping Center), Parmesan, Garlic sautéed Potatoes, and a chilled Corn, Tomato, & Onion salad. There is nothing like a healthy, hearty, home-cooked meal! Let the Summer eating begin!

Inspiration of the day: “Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.”- Brigitte Bardot

Goodnight, CB

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Pop Tart

Every child grows up with a love for pop tarts. Well, maybe that isn’t true, but a lot of kids most definitely do. There is something about a gooey, sugary, chemically induced treat that gets all kids going in the morning. Once you reach a certain age you come to realize that these tasty treats aren’t so good for you after all. While I was looking at one of my favorite cooking blogs, Smitten Kitchen, I found the most amazing recipe for homemade pop tarts, what could be better?! After work I raced home so I could start baking these delicious treats. Now I am going to be honest with all of you: these did not come out how I planned. They were more like a scone- like pastry rather than a pop tart. I just keep reminding myself that this was my first time trying these, and I need a few practice rounds until I get my perfect batch. I did want you guys to check out the recipe, because even though they didn’t come out like a pop tart, I never said they weren’t tasty! Check out Smitten Kitchen, to get the full scoop on how to make these babies!

Inspiration of the day: “I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.”- Elizabeth Taylor

Goodnight, CB

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One of the best things about living in San Francisco (or any city), is finding all of the hidden treasures that the city holds. This morning I met up with someone at a place I had never been: Cafe Du Soleil. This was a very sweet cafe, that was on the corner of Fillmore and Waller St. The second I walked through the doors I felt like I was in Europe; from the huge bowl-like cups they served their lattes in, to the delicious looking pastries, and the foot long sandwiches they served, this is the perfect little getaway for anyone who wishes to go to Europe but can’t make it over there at this time. Okay, okay, it isn’t exactly the same, but it will hold you over until you can plan a trip out of the country.

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How come real comfort food isn’t good for you? Now I am talking about real southern comfort food… fried chicken, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes… you know the works. There is something about having a southern meal that warms your tummy up in a way that no other meal can do. I am not talking about a KFC type of place, I am talking about a place like Farmer Brown’s in San Francisco. I personally haven’t tried this restaurant, but I have only heard fabulous things. From their pulled pork sandwich to their vegetable jambalaya, I am certain no one will leave this place hungry or mad. This is definitely at the top of my must try list, and if you are a San Franciscan too, you should add it to yours!

Inspiration of the day:  “You can have a wonderful, much better quality of life than you think. You really do think you lead a rich life if you do something as simple as making dinner for yourself. You don’t have to be left out of anything. Maybe you can’t stay in the five-star suite, maybe you can just sit in the cocktail lounge and look at the beautiful view, but you can still go there.”- Rachel Ray

Goodnight, CB

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Homemade Pizza

Nothing is better than a nice fluffy fresh homemade pizza, right? You would think that making fresh dough after a long day of work would be too much, but The Pioneer Woman’s recipe is far from hard, and is absolutely delicious! I only followed her crust recipe, and decided to come up with my own toppings. That’s the beauty of making homemade goodies isn’t it? You get to be the boss of what goes in and what doesn’t, I love having that kind of freedom! For my pizzas, I kept them pretty simple. For the first one I added: basil, mozzarella, and tomato sauce. The second I added: mushrooms, olives, onions, and mozzarella, amazing right? This is the perfect meal for one of those weekday nights where you feel like chowing down on some delicious comfort food.

Things You Will Need

1. 1 1/2 cup Warm Water

2. 1 teaspoon Instant or Active Yeast

3. 4 cups Flour

4. 1 teaspoon Salt

5. 1/3 cup Olive Oil

6. Tomato Sauce

7. Tomato Paste

8. Mozzarella

9. Basil

Directions

1. Follow The Pioneer Woman’s Crust recipe.

2. Mix some tomato sauce and tomato paste together. —-I didn’t measure these two ingredients out. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t like my pizza drenched in sauce. I like a very minimal amount of sauce so I was able to make the pizza to my liking, so you do the same!

3. Spread the sauce evenly over the dough.

4. Cut up some mozzarella cheese in thin slices, and place on top of the dough.

5. Add some basil.

* Note that you can use any toppings that you please.

6. Pop the beauties into the 375 degree oven for 15-17 minutes.

7. Eat your beautiful pizza while it’s warm!

Inspiration of the day: ” Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”- Marilyn Monroe

Goodnight, CB

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