Happy New Year! We had a lovely, mellow celebration over Giordano’s Stuffed Pizzas, a thank-you-for-doing-my-podcast gift shipped all the way from Chicago.
These were incredible! I didn’t have any of the regular cheese – just about 1/2 of the Sausage one. There was a lot of weird-sounding prep (thaw in the fridge, microwave first, pour on additional sauce, bake on the rack) but follow the directions, and you will be rewarded with a perfect result.
If you want to send someone a gift that will be really appreciated, this is it (thanks, Val)!
Deep Dish pizza isn’t traditional New Year’s food (that I know of) so I also roasted black-eyed peas for luck.
2 cans rinsed/drained, tossed with Chili + Onion Powder (about a palmful each) and baked in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 425 degrees, stirring every 10.
(Just took the tree down – SNIFF!)
Our friends Michelle and Quan joined us for the evening – and brought this lovely homemade flan for dessert…
…a few had orange rind – which added a lovely bitterness to subdue the sweetness.
Hope you’re having a terrific start to 2014!