Dear Friday, you’re kind of a big deal when…

there's a guide to enjoy the better half of the day :) || photo ihopeyoulikedancinintherain.tumblr.com

Another week down, only 3 more weeks to Halloween! Is anyone else bummed that All Hallow’s Eve falls on a Monday…? Geez Monday, you’re already a bummer but thanks for also being a buzz kill too :)

Speaking of Halloween, there are a few things I haven’t done yet…like a pumpkin carve, purchase copious amounts of candy, make my own Halloween themed sugary confections, and watch “Hocus Pocus” (you can watch it in parts here on Youtube). Oh my, I’m way behind this year!

As usual, this week went by so fast! Here are some of my faves from the week…

Favorite idea:

heart-shaped bacon, yes yes yes!! || photo pinterest.com

Favorite day of the month (non-recipe recipe here):

make-your-own-pizza anniversary date night :)

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i’m 4 months today!

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Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I didn’t know this until now but I am officially 4 months old today! What a milestone! I never, in a million years, thought I would be blogging!

A friend once asked me, why is this blogging thing so important to me… at first, I didn’t really have an answer but now I can genuinely say that this blog is important to me because it is a reflection of me and everything in my life. Since I started to learn how to cook, I have always wanted to share with people my cooking experiences, frustrations, success, and failures. In no way am I on my way to being an expert, but I truly enjoy learning and talking about anything food related.

Thank you to anyone that has ever stopped by she cooks, he eats and for taking the time to read my crazy babbles, yummy date night recipes, and anything and everything in between.

I’ve had such a great time meeting and interacting with people here on WordPress, and I hope to continue our blog-friendship (even if your country banned you hehe :).

Hope everyone is ready to kick off the weekend!

many x’s and o’s

love, kat

 

make-your-own-pizza anniversary special

Remember when my boyfriend texted me a pic of pizza dough and how excited I was for a make-your-own-pizza date night??

Well, it finally happened this week! For our twenty-something-odd month anniversary, he wanted us to make something together so he suggested pizza. You bet I was excited when he mentioned that! :)

Check out our fun anniversary date night below…

the usual list of pizza ingredients :)

we used rosemary focaccia dough from Fresh And Easy

For our make-your-own-pizza, there were only 2 requirements….he had to have meat, and I had to have some sort of veggie.

gentleman's choice: pepperoni and Calabrese-style salami

lady's choice: broccoli, white button mushrooms, grape tomatoes (I apologize for the word "ass" on the can. that is my boyfriend's can of whoop ass...when I beat him at sudoku, I make him open my cans because every time we go shopping we always forget to buy a can opener haha)

Making your own pizzas is great because you can use up ingredients that have been hogging up precious fridge space…

cheese: havarti, muenster, parmesan (who knew there were so many different types of cheese just lying in the fridge?) PS. In no way am I a cheese connoisseur, so this may be a strange combo for some, but melted cheese mixed in with yummy tomato sauce all taste the same to me :)

Since I made whole wheat spaghetti caprese and Marcella Hazan’s Tomato and Butter Sauce with Onions in the past  and discovered how amazingly simple and easy making your own sauce was, I vowed to never buy any kind of red sauce from the grocery store again! I guess that vow included pizza sauce too (non-recipe recipe below…sorry, I never measure! But I have guesstimates :)

Kat's pizza sauce in the making! just canned tomatoes, garlic, oregano, fresh basil, red pepper flakes, s+p

While the sauce simmered, I chopped up all of the ingredients (even the onion! :) and tried my best at plating like my idol (I love how freakishly neat she is).

I must admit, I munched on a few slices of pepperoni and salami (very yummy!)

The pizza was assembled in this fashion… slices of muenster/havarti cheese, top with sauce, sprinkled parmesan cheese, place toppings. To bake the pizza, we used our Williams-Sonoma cake pan which turned out pretty good.

pre-bake

post-bake

i love square-shaped pizzas (maybe for Valentine's, I'll make mini-heart shaped pizzas)

happy anniversary nom nom nom :)

Although it turned out great and was yummy, I wasn’t extremely satisfied with the crust… Any tips for me when it comes to baking pizza crust in the oven?? I like my crust crunchy! Would it be okay to pre-bake my crust for a few minutes before I add all the toppings? If so, how long? Sigh… I need help!! :(

What do you guys like to do for anniversaries? Do you prefer to stay in? Or get all gussied up and head out? If so, do you go back to where you had your first date? I would love to go to Gordon Ramsey’s Boxwood Cafe at The London West Hollywood for a fancy daytime brunch (we both love Ramsey!). And one place that always brings back happy/funny/awkward memories is Viva Madrid, it’s where we had our first date :)

Till the next monthly anniversary!

xoxo, kat

Thank you for your tremendous amount of support, love, and encouragement. Only 77 years + 6 months to go, thanks for figuring out the math :)

Kat’s Pizza Sauce

serving size: 1 medium pizza

  • 16 oz. can organic tomato sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5-7 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 2 tbsp dried organic 0regano (more or less depending on taste)
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • fresh ground pepper (lots of it)
Directions:
  1. Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan.
  2. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until it’s no longer watery in consistency.
  4. Let it cool for a few minutes, then spoon sauce onto pizza dough.

oh my, it’s the 7 links challenge!

This week I was tagged by the lovely Jamie from A Dash of Domestic to participate in an ongoing 7 links challenge within the blogging community. I love her recipes and am obsessed with her garden! The only thing growing in my backyard are spring onions and maybe a guava or two (if those pesky birds haven’t gotten to them yet!).

I was super excited/a bit nervous to participate because…well, I haven’t been blogging for very long and if you haven’t noticed I babble A LOT! Hehe thanks for sticking by me though :)

With fingers crossed, here goes nothing! (ps. click the pics for the post mentioned :)

Most beautiful post…

it would have to be my post remembering the people who were important to us that we lost; this post will always be my most personal (and emo) post... || photo suninhereyes.tumblr.com

Most popular post…

according to the stats, my original spaghetti and meatballs post has garnered the most attention so far (over a whopping (at least for me) 300 views)

Most controversial post…

a pic of sexy man hands!! haha jk! originally this recipe was titled "sex in your mouth salsa" but was later changed to "party in your mouth salsa"... i guess that sex in your mouth part is not very PG?

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Friday meets Autumn = love

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Happy first day of Autumn!!

I’m excited! I love it when the seasons change. Sadly, it’s still super warm here….BOOOO hehe :)

After a wonderful vacation, I’m so happy to be back! It was quite an exhausting day settling in to my new routine, but it was a great day nonetheless. Aside from that, I’m also catching up on my foodie blogs and I’m on the hunt for a new dish, cupcake, or cookie that inspires me. I can’t wait to cook again! I just haven’t found the right recipe yet…. Any suggestions? I’m always up for anything and would love to hear your ideas!

Before I forget, I have some happy news to share!! I got new bakeware to replace my stolen/abused bakeware. We picked up a beautiful cake and brownie pan from Williams-Sonoma the other day, I can’t wait to start baking festive holiday treats! Thank you amazing boyfriend :)

Also, I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Trish! I love reading your comments, and thank you so much for taking the time to read my tiny little blog…it really really does means a lot to me :). And anyone that’s ever visited she cooks, he eats…thank you!! It’s terrifying expressing your thoughts in such a public forum, and I love how supportive everyone on WordPress is!

Here are some of my faves from the week…

Favorite date:

lunch date at BJ's! we shared chicken tenders with fries & fresh blacken atlantic salmon...reunited at last :)

Favorite new Autumn sip:

honey almond soy latte from Nordstrom Coffee Bar (loved it, tastes like marzipan)

Favorite must-try (recipe here)

chocolate chip waffle cookies || photo howto-simplify.com

Favorite idea:

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Favorite that’s-my-life-at-the-moment tune (ie. emo moment):

Hope everyone has a great start to their day, and have a wonderful weekend!

ps. I made a (very terrible looking) facebook page, please feel free to like it :)

xoxo, kat

Dear Friday, do you know why I love you so much?

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Another reason why I love Fridays hehe. Oh boy, has there been a lot of you this week! Quite a heat wave this week! Did anyone else notice that there’s still sunshine out even when it’s late into the afternoon?

Hope you all had a great week! After a holiday, the days that follow always feel a little bit off to me. But this week went by fast nonetheless! I can’t believe she cooks, he eats is almost 3 months old. I want to thank everyone that has taken time out of their day to visit…honestly, I couldn’t be more grateful! Until this year, I haven’t really cooked much before but now I’m loving it! Thank you all for going on this wonderful food journey with me! I owe you all hugs!! :)

Here’s some of my faves from the week…

Favorite meal (updated recipe coming soon!):

spaghetti and meatballs for DIY date night :)

Favorite early Autumn sip:

Starbucks brought back pumpkin spiced latte early this year! And this year's Halloween pumpkin curve will involve bows...pretty scary, huh? :)

Favorite recipe: 

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 Favorite plank mishap:

Oh by the way, was anyone affected by the big power outage in Southern California yesterday? Over a million people without electricity?! Eeek!

How was your week? Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo, kat

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