Way back in November (doesn’t it seem like so long ago!?!) we met our friends’ new baby boy (who is super perfect, by the way.) Not knowing what they needed (he’s their second baby) and taking a cue from Charise (though her choice may have been healthier), I decided (once again) you can’t go wrong with food.
We were going over to their house around lunchtime so I offered to bring something for all of us to eat. I wanted something easy to prep ahead and just pop in the oven once we got there. Pete and I love making homemade pizzas (though I haven’t ever made my own dough – I should try soon) so I decided to make three pizzas with different toppings on each one. Here are the before images which we just covered in foil to carry over.
Tomato sauce, italian seasoning, sausage, green pepper, and onion
Left: Olive oil, shallots, ham, swiss, and thyme
Right: Olive oil, tomato, mozzarella, salt, pepper, and fresh basil (after cooking)
Yum. Just looking at them is making me think pizza will be on the menu for next week.
Since it wouldn’t be nice to bring food over just to eat it, we also brought over stuffed shells for them to eat or freeze. I didn’t take any photos though and I just follow the recipe on the back of the box of shells. But there’s a specific brand I like (which I only know by sight) and when Pete went to the store they didn’t have it. The directions on the box he got were different than usual so I tried to improvise adding and subtracting where I thought necessary. It ultimately turned out OK but not without some bad doubling the recipe math on my end. And we have a lot of mascarpone in our fridge right that I need to find a use for.
Maybe it will go on next week’s pizza…