Wednesday, December 3, 2008

i love me some pizza

so today, wednesday, is my week day off. yes i am a very lucky woman and i only have to work 4 days a week. its a new and amazing thing, being a nurse practitioner and actually making good money, good enough to only have to work 4 days a week.
so as it is my day off i am responsible for cooking dinner. i was craving a pizza and i had noticed that the pizza dough from hannaford's is starting to do that crazy thing it sometimes does when the bag gets huge and looks like it will pop. i'm sure it has something to do with the yeast. i have been making some especially tasty pizzas recently with home made roasted red peppers, oven roasted tomatoes from whole foods, winter squash, pesto, garlic, onions, and basically whatever else i have in my kitchen that i think would be good on the pizza.
i called my friend jen, who is also a nurse practitioner and also has wednesdays off, to see what she was up to. turned out she was going to lunch with some friends of her's at flatbread company and wanted to know if i wanted to join her for some pizza lunch. that would be a yes! and guess i have to plan something else for dinner. as i have a long commute to work, i decided to walk and meet them at the restaurant. jen was accompanied by her adorable daughter lucy, her friend pete who was visiting from boston, and pete's friend sean, who lives in kennebunk.
the restaurant was pretty quite, as it is a weekday afternoon. we settled into a table in the back corner and convinced each other that a beer with lunch was appropriate. i was reminded of my many years of waitressing and how jealous i would be when people came in for a leisurely lunch on a weekday and ordered booze. and there i was, doing just that, with my allagash white in hand.
the food was great. we started with two house salads, one with goat cheese and one with blue cheese. they came with a light dressing, seaweed, and sesame seeds. delicious! we moved on to our two pizza selections. the homemade sausage pizza is also topped with sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, mushrooms, cheese and herbs and we added tomato sauce as it is a white pizza. we also created our own with roasted red peppers, carmalized onions, kalamata olives, tomato sauce, and cheese. they were both great but i especially loved the briny kalamata olives as the only food seth will not eat are olives so i don't get to partake often.
after lunch we walked over to micucci grocery co., an amazing italian import store with a great deli, pizza and they even offer cooking classes on monday nights. then it was off to whole foods so we could pick up supplies for our respective dinners. jen was making chicken provencal out of how to cook everything (bittman just came out with a brand new edition) and i had decided to make rosemary fried chicken (another martha recipe) after craving it for days. i hope jen's dinner was good because mine was great!

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