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Fontina and Mushroom Pizza with Black Truffle Oil

mushroom and fontina pizza with truffle oil

My mom and I took a little trip to World Market the other day. We always get sucked in to that store because of all the international goods. My favorite aisles are the food aisles of course, because they are fully loaded with goodies. This time, the treasure that I picked up was a bottle of Sabatino Tartufi Black Truffle Oil!

I have wanted to try cooking with this for a long time–since I tried my very first truffle fry! Now I get my chance to use this gourmet ingredient!

Let me just say right now, truffle oil doesn’t come out of a truffle. I have read some information online regarding truffle oil and there are two ways it can be made: olive oil infused with real truffles, and olive oil perfumed with a chemical to make it smell like truffles. The former is better than the latter because the infused oil has the truffle flavor (and no weird chemicals). I think the fact that some brands of the oil are just basically scented with no taste value gives truffle oil a bad rap.

I got the impression there are quite a few chefs in the world who simply hate the stuff. Maybe it’s because truffle oil has been overused, or because there is a good percentage of it that isn’t the quality stuff. I don’t really know. However, in my area it hasn’t been overused so I won’t be snubbing it anytime soon!

Truffle oil has an earthy, pungent aroma. I thought it smelled slightly of garlic too, but maybe that is just my nose. It smells excellent! I knew it was going to add an extra special element to my pizza. I was definitely excited to use it.

It is also worth mentioning that there is black truffle oil or white truffle oil. The information I have read suggests that certain foods taste better with one kind of truffle oil over the other, but I think it might be something a person needs to determine for themselves.

Now, on to the pizza! Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t Let Your Food Touch!

thanksgiving food touching

Rather than make the obligatory “Things I Am Thankful For” post (which might actually come tomorrow…haven’t decided), I thought I would post something simple and funny.

Can you relate to the above graphic? I hate it when my foods touch. It is a small peeve of mine and I don’t really like seeing it on other’s plates either. But, to each their own, as I like to say! I can handle the meat or stuffing touching the potatoes and gravy though I’d prefer it not to happen. Definitely no sweet foods should be touching savory. I also don’t like using my dinner plate for pie when dinner is over.

One more thing, keep the cranberry jelly stuff at the other end of the table please!

I know, I’m weird! Anyone else like this? Leave a comment!

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate!

 

Image Credit: Here

Shit From the Interweb: Youtube Food Tasters

shit from the interweb youtube food tasters

I watch a lot of Youtube, or I try at least. Some of the videos I like are taste test videos where people from one part of the world taste foods from another part of the world, and you get to see the initial reactions of the Youtube Food Tasters! I would love to do something like this for fun one day. I am not too keen to be on video, but I have a curious nature when it comes to food and like trying new things.

Today, I saw a re-posted video pop up on Facebook and I watched it because it relates to a few of the foods in Minnesota that are known to this region. I confess, there are some foods we are known for that I think are not so great. However, I grew up eating some of them.

First up was Jello Salad. If I had laid eyes on it for the first time, I’d be baffled too. If you know any Minnesotans, you probably have tried it. It can be seen it at all major gatherings. This is especially true for Christmases and family reunion potlucks. There are too many versions of it to keep track of, using every different flavor of Jello. The green ones are usually the worst. The worst of the worst are comprised of green Jello, canned pineapple, and cottage cheese (I take that back. Some salads have been known to contain Jello and shredded carrot. Lord knows why anyone thought that was a great idea). The version in the video is one of the better ones. It looks like it has marshmallows and Cool Whip in it.

I can’t believe the tasters were given Lutefisk next! A lot of us might be Norwegian, but I don’t know many families who like to bust this stuff out. Think fish Jello…not to be confused with one of the Jello Salad varieties. Lutefisk is just…so wrong. Of all the things brought from Norway, this is the worst. Maybe Ylvis should write their next song about it!

Then, we have good ‘ol Tater Tot Hotdish. Again, I’m not a fan–just like I’m not a goulash enthusiast. I have never had Tater Tot Hotdish with cheese though. Usually, it’s made up of tater tots, ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, and a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. Most often the vegetables are corn, green beans, and carrots. There are variants of this too. It’s similar to the Jello Salad, no two are ever alike!

Fourth is the Juicy Lucy. A cheese stuffed burger…what can I say, it’s a thing. Who wouldn’t love a cheese stuffed burger? You could stuff it with other things too. Maybe some bacon, jalapenos, or give it a twist and stuff it with some french fried onions.

Last up is the Nut Goodie Bar. I didn’t know this was something we were known for. I can’t complain about them. I think the last time I ate one was a couple decades ago. I personally liked Skor and Reese’s.

Here is the video of the taste testing! It was made by Movato Originals!

What food dishes is your area known for? Are there any that you really love or hate?

 

5 Things About Me Blog Prompt

5 things about me blog prompt

Today is lazy Sunday and I…am feeling kind of lazy! Even though I am extremely tired today, I know I must post. There is no option in this NaBloPoMo project for me! While I have a few post topics stashed away in the topic pook I am creating, I thought now might be a good time to use a prompt to introduce myself a bit.

Yes, you could always read my About section for that, but writing prompts can be fun. I’d love to see other bloggers do this one and read their answers too!

The prompt I found today is from Mama Kat of Mama’s Losin’ It. I found her site today while I was perusing Twitter. She has some great ideas of things to write about and it looks like she publishes a post with prompts monthly.

The prompt that caught my eye was:

“Five Things. List 5 things we don’t know about you, 5 things you’re knowledgeable about, 5 things you know nothing about, and 5 things you believe.”

So, here goes nothing!

5 Things You Don’t Know About Me

  1. I was a self-taught Photoshop user as a teen (this was way before YouTube and I hated reading software manuals, so I just played around and figured things out). It was a similar thing with website design. I did have to read to learn that though. Then I bought FrontPage software and learned to use it. Since then, web design has come light years and I didn’t learn as time went on so the best I can do are some rough tweaks. At least I have somewhat of an idea of what I need to look for if I need to edit code. Yes, I was a geek and proud! I still am!
  2. I have an eight year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi named India. She is like my child. She barks at people when I need something. She doesn’t like most men or young kids, but she loves little babies.
  3. I love traveling. I find it invigorating to see new places, and I feel more energetic. Road trips are my method of choice only because I have a lot of medical equipment and I haven’t attempted to fly with it since I have had it.
  4. I am a total food snob. I can’t eat much in one sitting, but I have a deep appreciation of good food. I often feel really frustrated when I go to a restaurant and it seems the food wasn’t cooked with care. Food should be satisfying and flavorful, not bland and lackluster (it should also be organic, but that isn’t likely to happen).
  5. I hate carnations. I have harbored a hatred of them for years. They should be banned from public places. I know they’re a filler flower, but they stink and whenever I smell them I am reminded of funerals and hospitals. They’re not cute either.

5 Things I’m Knowledgeable About

  1. Disabilities. Not only because I have one and understand what it is like, but also because I have known a lot of individuals with various kinds. It’s good to have general knowledge of the different types because abilities from person to person vary so widely.
  2. The Internet. I can find just about anything, even if it’s pretty obscure. Thank goodness the internet exists because how else would I have learned most of the things I have learned?
  3. The virtual world of Second Life. If you don’t know what SL is, it’s similar to a game, but without a point system. It has a monetary currency so you can open your own business or be employed and really earn a little something. There are places where you can socialize, stores where you can shop for clothing or furniture to customize your avatar or virtual home. You can also do things there maybe you are unable to do in your own life. I have “played” there since 2008 and to be honest, it taught me a lot that stretched beyond learning how to simply navigate in there. At first I thought it was only clubbing and shopping. But then I realized charities also could benefit from inworld events. Designers often create exclusive items for events to benefit Relay for Life, Wigs for Kids, etc. I think I might need to do a separate post on it to fully describe my experience!
  4. Photoshop and image editing. I have been using it since I was about 16. Back then I really had no idea how powerful a tool it was. I think that version was 3.0. I liked to make random art with it. In college I gained a better understanding of its features. I am still learning new things about it as time goes on. It’s one of those programs where there is no end to the learning process and I like that.
  5. Creating WordPress sites. I won’t claim to be an expert, but I have installed and worked on quite a few of these. Each WordPress site seems to have its own life, and working on each one was a learning experience. There are always new things to learn about this subject as well.

5 Things I know Nothing About

  1. The Stock Market. I have always been curious about how investors successfully invest and get good returns. I know it’s sort of based on trends and forecasting, but I am not sure how it all works and can be understood.
  2. Organic Crop Farming. I can’t say I know absolutely nothing here, my dad is a farmer and I read articles about organic food and GMO crops and related subjects. I guess crop growing is something I am curious about, particularly organics. I wonder things like: How does a farmer know when to plant? Or how much? How is the soil tested? How can a farmer figure out how much yield he needs to earn his profits? I guess what I am saying is I don’t know exactly the detailed step by step process. It goes way beyond plant, water, grow, harvest, sell, and then profit (or not profit in some cases). I always felt like my dad just knew inherently what needed to be done…like a sixth sense.
  3. How hot dogs are really made. Though, I have a pretty good idea. I imagine it’s similar to how chicken McNuggets are made.
  4. What it’s like to be on TV.
  5. Making iOS apps.

5 Things I Believe

  1. I think if you really listen to your body, it will tell you what foods and beverages makes you feel better. It might be hard to notice, some may say it’s psychological, but I think it’s true. When I eat certain things like wild caught salmon or other healthy things, I feel slightly better. The sense is minute, but the same thing happens when I don’t drink caffeinated sodas and stick to natural sodas.
  2. I believe everyone is here for a reason. We may not understand what our reason is for being here or being who we are, but every person has a purpose.
  3. There are those who want to teach, and those who are born teachers. Those who want to teach are those who earn a degree. Those who are born may not teach professionally, but they simply educate by being who they are.
  4. I believe our government is made up of way too many leaders blinded by greed and they have lost their humanity. This doesn’t make for an effective governing body.
  5. Not to bring religion to the table, but I believe most religions are based on the same overall concepts and only communicate the concepts in different ways.

I hope you enjoyed reading my 5 Things! This became way longer than I anticipated, and it was more challenging than I though it would be too. It was a great writing prompt!

If you decide to do the prompt, please comment below or tweet me @Rangeelichick!

First Week Foodie: Mushroom & Chorizo Pizza

Rangeeli Chick - Mushroom & Chorizo Pizza

Welcome to the first segment of “First Week Foodie,” a regular monthly segment of the Rangeeli Chick blog where the first week of every month I showcase one or two recipes I have never tried before and make a few changes or additions. The June installment kicks off with Mushroom & Chorizo Pizza.

I haven’t had chorizo sausage in a long time, and for some reason, I had a craving for this spicy and salty meat. There are both pork and beef options. Both taste good, but I tend to always lean more towards the beef variety. But what did I want to do with it? I hadn’t had some really good homemade pizza in awhile, so I went to searching for a fairly easy recipe.

The original recipe is courtesy Chow.com, and I also pinned it to my Favorite Recipes Pinterest board. I will post the full recipe below with notes on what I did differently.

First, you will want to pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees F. Place an upside down cookie sheet on a middle rack.

chorizo

No, this is not pizza sauce my friends! This is that delicious chorizo. Squeeze it from its casing into a fry pan and begin browning it on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Brown it for about 7 minutes. It will still be fairly red in color when it is finished cooking.

mushrooms, onion, and garlic

Saute the mushrooms, onion, and minced garlic (as much or as little as you like), after adding about 2 Tbsp. of olive oil to the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir occasionally until the ingredients begin to brown. This should take about 10 minutes. Then, take your cookie sheet out of the oven to prepare your pizza crust.

pizza dough

Roll out your dough, drizzle the still upside down cookie sheet with some olive oil. Place your dough on the sheet.

topping the pizza

Spread the chorizo on the dough. Follow it up by distributing the mushroom, onion, and garlic mixture on top. Next, we top it with the cheese!

cheese it up

I am a cheese addict, so I pile on whatever cheese I have handy. The recipe called for Jack and Parmesan, but I had to improvise in the absence of the Jack. I used Mozzarella  Then, drizzle some olive oil over the top.

Cheesy pizza goodness

Place the cookie sheet in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. It depends on the dough you are using and the thickness. I used Pillsbury brand pizza dough and the edges turned a bit dark by 12 minutes, however, it wasn’t overdone. The temp was also a bit high. Just monitor the dough and be sure to check the baking instructions on any pre-made dough you use.

The final product tasted amazing  It had the perfect amount of spice in the sausage, and the mushrooms added a nice chunkiness to the toppings. The additional garlic and onion incorporated extremely well with the other flavors, and was the perfect complement.

Below is the recipe with extra notes. Pizza is a pretty easy dish to make, and it is extremely customizeable  Everyone has different tastes and it is fun to experiment with different flavor combinations!

Mushroom & Chorizo Pizza

Total Time: About 45 min.  Servings: 6-8 Approx.

  • One 10 oz. Package Chorizo (I only used 7 oz. on the pizza).
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil (Use more if needed for drizzling).
  • 1/2 Cup Jack Cheese (I used Mozzarella).
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms (It called for Cremini, but use what you’d like and as much as you’d like).
  • Store Bought Pizza Dough
  • Minced Garlic (To taste).
  • 1/4 Medium Sized Onion
  • Salt and Pepper

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place an upside down cookie sheet on a middle rack.
  2.  Remove chorizo from its casing into a fry pan and begin browning it on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Brown it for about 7 minutes. It will still be fairly red in color when it is finished cooking.
  3. Saute the mushrooms, onion, and minced garlic (as much or as little of these ingredients as you like), after adding about 2 Tbsp. of olive oil to the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir occasionally until the ingredients begin to brown. This should take about 10 minutes. Then, take your cookie sheet out of the oven to prepare your pizza crust.
  4. Roll out your dough, drizzle the still upside down cookie sheet with some olive oil. Place your dough on the sheet.
  5. Spread the chorizo on the dough. Follow it up by distributing the mushroom, onion, and garlic mixture on top.
  6. Add your cheeses on top and drizzle with about a Tbsp. of olive oil.
  7. Place pizza in oven as per dough instructions. Check the pizza periodically to get desired results.