Saturday, April 24, 2010

It's a Girl Thing

I find that reality has left me little time for frequent adult play dates, so I was delighted when my friend Emily (special lunch bag girl) wanted to have a ladies night.  Before we even verbally nailed down the specifics of what such an evening would entail, we were both thinking the same thing.  Call us homebodies, boring, or what you will, but our fun evening was rather simple: long walk outside, tons of food and wine, and a good tear- jerker. Some girls go out and party and drink pink things with names like Flirtini when having a ladies night.  Emily and I work with 18 preteens all at the onset of puberty, 15 of which are boys.  Come Friday night, our energy levels are low.  Partying, dancing, and drinking flirtinis or evening being flirtinis, is simply out of the realm of possibility for us.  Now rereading all that I just wrote confirms my recent suspicions: I am aging. What's next?  Will I begin to complain that kids aren't what they used to be?  Or that when I was in school movies only cost $5?  Wait... I already do that.  Sigh. 
Judging by our menu, it was rather obvious what we were both hankering for: bread and cheese (and wine, always craving wine).  We started with Emily's spinach and artichoke dip which came out bubbly and cheesy and paired perfectly with our first glass of wine.  There was nothing complicated about our dippers: Triscuits and carrots.  We rationalized that the nutrient-dense spinach, which undeniably improves the health benefits of this dip, completely cancels out the calories of the 4 kinds of dairy products mixed in. We followed that up with herb filled white pizzas drizzled with balsamic butter sauce.  This paired perfectly with our second glass of wine.  The additional helping of pizza mated remarkably well with our third glass of wine.  Seeing any patterns?  You may  not believe this next statement, but even the chocolate oatmeal cookies found themselves partnering up with a glass of red.  Try pulling that relationship off with a pink flirtini, ladies. 

White Pizza with Balsamic Sauce on Herbed Crust

~1 bag of Trader Joe's herb pizza dough
~1 cup shredded mozzarella
~1 cup shredded fresh Parmesan
~About a pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
~Balsamic butter Sauce (click here for the recipe)
~olive oil
~salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Let your dough sit out for about an hour to make it easy to work with.  Using a little flour, dust your pizza stone (or whatever you may be using to roll out the dough).  Brush olive oil over the crust and sprinkle with course salt and freshly ground pepper.  Top with cheeses and nestle the tomatoes in all over.  Cook for about 12 minutes or until the cheese just begins to brown on top and the crust is cooked through (it, too, will begin to brown slightly).  Cut into slices.  Drizzle each individual piece with the balsamic sauce and dig in.  Trust me, you'll go back for seconds.


Madhura Manoj said...

Pizza looks so tempting...

RocknRollGourmet said...

Sounds like bliss. I am too often involved in "Flirtini Nights" when I would rather we just hang out at home with a nice bottle of wine (or two) and some pizza.

Sasha said...

looks totally amazing! I made a four cheese pizza a few weeks ago that I still have to post. yours looks amazing!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Sounds like one of my nights in. I love pizza, and this is a unique take. I am intrigued by the balsamic butter sauce. Cheers!

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