Salami and Peperoncini Pizza

I’d like to just take a second to acknowledge the fact that this is my 1,000th post.  Wow!  Do they make a card for that?  I’d also like to say Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

I took my favorite sandwich and turned it in to a sandwich.  Salami and pepperoncini with a garlic butter sauce.  Make it. I’ve been meaning to post this Salami and Peperoncini pizza recipe for a while now.  I basically took my favorite sandwich, that my grandmother used to make for us, and turned it in to a pizza.  So I would keep buying the ingredients, and then my family would eat them all up, in sandwich form, before I could try this out!  The nerve.  But I finally timed it just right so I could actually give it a try.

This pizza is super simple and super tasty. Haters gonna hate but I love Boboli.  It is the perfect way to make making homemade pizzas even easier.  I love that it never gets soggy.  I love the flavor and I love that it lets me be sort of lazy.  And I also love that it is a little breadier than others which I think works perfect in this case since this is based on a sandwich anyway.  The only real prep work I had to do for this was cut the onion which is optional anyway.

This store-bought garlic butter makes a perfect base for a nontraditional pizza.I looked around online trying to find a garlic-buttery sauce to make for the base.  But then I saw the garlic and herb flavor Saute Express when I was at the store and decided to give that a shot.  It worked perfectly.  (This is not in any way sponsored.  I just think this was a great addition to the pizza.  It is also the only way I have ever used this product so I can’t vouch for how it works the way it was intended).

I heart pre made pizza crusts.  They are perfect for easy weeknight meals.  I just melted the garlic and herb butter and spread it on the crust.

A fun twist on pizza night.  Salami and pepper pizza with garlic butter. And then I layered on the ingredients.  I used an Italian cheese mix that included provolone (which is what the sandwiches are usually made with).  The peperoncinis were pre-sliced, I just drained them a second on a paper towel.  And then I added the sliced red onion to half the pizza so I could try it with and without.  The onions are the one ingredient that I would sometimes leave off my sandwich and sometimes leave on.  On this particular day I was pretty indifferent to them.  But I tell you what, I ate that whole pizza.  On a side note I think I have a minor food allergy to onions.  Self diagnosed of course.  But if I have a minor headache and then eat onions it never goes away no matter what I take.  And sometimes I think they give me a headache.  WTF onions?

Salami and pepper pizza with garlic butter sauce.Would you ever try this?  Or are you a pizza purist?  I am totally in to nontraditional pizzas but the rest of my family…not so much.  In the future I should probably make this on the individual sized crusts so I don’t end up in a carb coma.

Salami and Pepperoncini pizza.  So good! This is good.  Real good.  I will be making this again.

FYI, this recipe is super vague.

Salami and Peperoncini Pizza

Ingredients

  • One pizza crust (I used Boboli but can be homemade or another brand of pre-made crust)
  • One cube Garlic and Herb flavored Saute Express (or homemade garlic butter sauce - find your own dang recipe...)
  • Package of sliced Salami (I use the prepackaged kind but your deli counter will also have some)
  • Up to 2 cups of shredded Italian cheese mix with provolone (the mix usually also includes mozzarella, and asiago plus one or two others)
  • Sliced peperoncinis (Found by the pickles - the ones I use are by Mezzetta and say "Deli-Sliced Golden Greek Peperoncini
  • Red onion, thinly sliced.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 ish degrees (as per instructions on your pizza crust. If you are making a homemade crust I might par bake it before putting on the toppings.)
  2. Melt one cube of Garlic and Herb flavored Saute Express.
  3. Brush or spoon garlic butter on to pizza crust.
  4. Top with Italian cheese mix (up to 2 cups - your preference)
  5. Top with salami slices, sliced peperoncini and red onion if you are using.
  6. Bake until melty and golden in spots.
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/salami-and-peperoncini-pizza/

 

Operation Shower with Heidi Klum and Babies R Us

Operation Shower hosted by Heidi Klum and Babies R UsEarly last week I was very luck to be able to spend a few days up at Universal Studios volunteering for Operation Shower.  If you are not familiar with this fantastic organization, they travel the country and throw baby showers for military moms-to-be.  They shower them with love and gifts and give them the most amazing memories.  This was the largest shower they have thrown to date thanks to the generous support of Babies R Us and Heidi Klum.  We spent one whole day on set up – crafting and decorating under the direction of Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess (sweetest, most talented party gal ever).  And day two found us welcoming the moms and their guests and helping with whatever they needed.

 

I am so grateful that I could be apart of this amazing experience.  Amy and the rest of the gals that work tirelessly to put on these events always do a remarkable job.  These ladies are only able to do what they do because of donations.  You may remember I mentioned Amazon Smile around the holidays.  By selecting Operation Shower as your charity of choice, a percentage of your eligible purchases gets donated back to them.  And it is super easy to set up.  Just search and select “Operation Shower” (NOT Operation Shower of Appreciation – no idea what that is).

This shower was designed by Jenn with a fabulous dessert area created by the adorable Marie of Sweets Indeed.  It was so much fun to get to spend some time with the other fantastic volunteers but I especially love watching the moms-to-be get spoiled.

You can see more about my last Operation Shower experience here.

Above photo by Maria Healey Photography.  See the rest of the event photos on the Operation Shower Facebook page.

I’m not sure who did the video but will update as soon as I find out.

Party Details:
Graphic Design, Paper Party Details, and Printing: Hostess INK
Photography: Nicole Benitez and Maria Healey
Floral Design: Empty Vase
Candy: Candy Galaxy
Helium: Balloon Time
Sweets Station: Sweets Indeed

7 Great Marmalade and Jam Cocktails

Mmmmmm.  Marmalade cocktails are awesome. So I am kind of in love with the idea of using marmalade in my cocktails.  Especially orange marmalade.  It is both sweet and sour and that appeals to me very much.  I thought you could probably just add it to champagne to do a fun take on a mimosa.  But it was missing something.  So I decided to do a search for marmalade and jam cocktail recipes so I can learn how to build a better drink.

There are so many variations of marmalade cocktails.  Have you tried them?

A gin based cocktail from Food Network.

Another one that is gin based but adding a little Campari from Food Republic.

Here is a Brunch Punch made with vodka and orange marmalade.

Check out the Weissen Sour with both beer and bourbon.

Gin and jam cocktail from Honestly Yum.

A whiskey based cocktail with fig jam.

Lemon Verbena and Raspberry Jamtini.  Doesn’t that sound refreshing!

Champagne and marmalade is a new take on a mimosa.And here is a GREAT article for how to make the best cocktails with jams and marmalades.  There IS a formula.  I was totally missing the citrus.  Looks like I better try to make some more…Cheers!

Acai Bowl for Breakfast

I'm currently obsessed with acai bowls and decided to make them at home.Obsessed.  Totally obsessed.  I am obsessed with acai bowls for breakfast and afternoon snacks.  Or sometimes lunch.  And maybe after dinner.  Have you ever had one?  They are pretty easy to find now, like at Juice it Up or Nektar.  But I just got a Ninja and decided it was finally time to start making them at home.

Acai bowls are a great healthier breakfast ideaYou can buy the acai packets at Costco (thanks for the tip, Genette!) and then you just need a few other ingredients.  I followed this recipe here.  The only problem is that my youngest son always tries to share with me.  But this – mama doesn’t want to share.  Do you make them at home?  What do you put on yours?

 

Reminder…

cutest kids everThere are no amazing posts today.  You can see why here.  So in the absence of exceptional content I thought the least I could do was share a photo with you of the cutest kids ever.  You’re welcome.