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Ever since I began my work at the Capital Area Food Bank, I’ve been looking at the contents of my fridge in a different light. Rather than feel like I’ve got to stop and pick up a chicken or thaw pork chops or even make pasta and sauce, I’ve been trying to look at the random bits and items hanging out in the refrigerator as ingredients for whole meals, to go and buy less and make do more. The concept really hit its stride on Monday evening.

Imagine, if you will, a refrigerator apparently housing nothing but condiments and appetizery stuff. Cheese. Artichoke hearts. Tortillas. Pickledy things. Imagine a food blogger, too lazy to go to the store, too bored with quesadillas, staring into the depths and discovering turkey pepperoni, and the remains of a big-box jar of sun-dried tomatoes. Imagine the bulb going off, as bright as the refrigerator light.

Why not… tortilla pizzas!

His & hers tortizzas, bottom and top.

This might have gone better with a pizza stone, but still it went awfully well. I put two flour tortillas for each of us on two small baking sheets (lined with parchment against the mess and to try to help with crisping, parchment misted with olive oil spray). Preheated the oven to 450. Brushed each tortilla with olive oil and then sprinkled sea salt over for flavor and good measure. Then I started pulling the ingredients out of the fridge: a shredded Italian four-cheese blend, little mozzarella balls, the artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes. Turkey pepperoni, roasted garlic in olive oil, the last few jalapeno-stuffed green olives. I called my husband in and explained what we were about to attempt, and he jumped right in to build his personal pizzas.

Not ten minutes later (a few minutes for loading the tortillas with ingredients, 5-7 minutes in the oven), we pulled lovely, puffy little pizzas out of the oven.

Okay, mine were lovely and puffy.

His were guy pizzas.

We were both happy. He poured a Spaten, I opened a Real Ale Devil’s Backbone, and voila! A simple, relatively inexpensive, leftover-using tasty supper. The tortilla crusts were a little layered and a bit crunchy. The appetizer ingredients came together in a nice whole. I particularly liked having sprinkled the Italian cheese blend right onto the crust and the chewy crunchy cheesy goodness that resulted. And what else would we wordplayers call them but tortizzas? We’ll be doing it again tonight.

Disclaimer: I’d already roasted about a hundred garlic cloves a few weeks before, covering them with olive oil in a pint jar and storing them in the fridge. The leftover artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes were from big jars from Costco purchased for prep for a party a few months before, both also kept safe in olive oil. We just happen to have a lot of cheese around, because someone *coughmecough* has a whole lot of Wisconsin in her DNA, and the turkey pepperoni is part of our attempt not to snack on cheese all the time. Your own fridge remnants may vary. One of these days we will move from creative scrounging to longer-term meal planning.


April 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm Leave a comment

Pizza, Salad

This post feels like cheating, but I realize, to take the pressure off myself, that I said I’d keep track of what we ate, not what I cooked, and that’s it’s about the meal, and not the making of the meal.

Rationalizing aside, the menu: California Pizza Kitchen Sicilian pizza * farmers market salad

Prepare pizza according to package directions. When you take it out of the oven, drizzle olive oil over and grind crushed red pepper flakes over. Use farmers market ingredients from crisper for salad: greens, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, salad pepper, cukes. Empty drawers completely for farmers market run the next morning. Drizzle with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette.

June 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

Some of my cookbooks

In no order except for how they appear in my LibraryThing cookbook catalog: True Women Cookbook: Original Antique Recipes, Photographs, & Family Folklore, Janice Woods Windle (1997) * Made in Texas; H-E-B's 100th Anniversary Cookbook (2005) * The Texas Cowboy Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos, Robb Walsh (2007) * The Silver Palate Cookbook, Julee Rosso, Sheila Lukins (1982) * In the Land of Cocktails: Recipes and Adventures from the Cocktail Chicks, Ti Adelaide Martin & Lally Brennan (2007) * Braise: A Journey Through International Cuisine, Daniel Boulud (2006) * Moosewood Cookbook : Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant, Mollie Katzen (1977) * Crescent City Cooking: Unforgettable Recipes from Susan Spicer's New Orleans, Susan Spicer (2007) * Saveur Cooks Authentic American: By the Editors of Saveur Magazine, ed. Colman Andrews (1998)

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