Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pizza Pie Goodbye (and Frosting)

Less than one month ago, I was enjoying my final days in Ann Arbor with my friends and packing up to leave. Now once again I find myself packing up my things and rushing to do all of those last minute things: haircut, doctor's appointments, etc. 

And naturally, I'm baking several things in the final days before my big move. Today I spent several hours making my kitchen citrus-scented, but because nothing is ready to eat yet, I want to share my final creations from Ann Arbor instead.

I made this pizza for dinner with my roommate on our last Friday night in town. We shared it on the porch (best place in the house!)

We also bonded with a stray cat that wandered over.

Homemade pizza is really simple. I followed a friend's recipe, that I unfortunately can't share just now, but there are TONS to try on the web!

Make the dough and let it rise.

Roll out the dough on a well-floured baking sheet (or pizza stone if you've got one). Spread some seasoned olive oil on the crust if you want it to be extra crispy and flavorful.

Bake the pizza dough for a few minutes and add sauce (from scratch if you're fancy or from a can if you're starving like we were)

Add cheese and whatever toppings you like. We added feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and lots of fresh basil and oregano from our herb garden.

The pizza was a weekend treat, but I moved out on a Wednesday so there was room for a few more meals. One night, a friend decided to make a huge family dinner of chicken, mashed potatoes topped with goat cheese and caramelized onions, carrots simmered in brown sugar, an arugula and tomato salad, and fresh bread. 

He spent a good three hours preparing this feast, so my roommate and I decided it would only be fair to bring over dessert. Unfortunately, after a long day of running errands, cleaning out the basement, and baking her boyfriend's dad a birthday cake, we were feeling a bit tired and unmotivated to actually bake. 

Instead, we brought over what we already had on hand: a bowl full of chocolate frosting (leftover from the cake) and a package of Oreos. This was the birth of a new gourmet dessert: Oreos with Chocolate Frosting.

There are two ways we thought of to put these together. Spread the frosting on top of the Oreo or open up the Oreo and put the frosting in the middle before putting the two sides back together.

Not my most elegant creation, but they sure hit the spot!

The frosting was a simple Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

No Measurements, just toss a bunch of powdered sugar (3-5 cups worth) into a bowl with some room-temperature butter (1/2 - 1 stick) and some amount of cocoa powder into a bowl, mix on high until it looks smooth and spreadable, taste it to make sure you like the flavor, and adjust it as necessary with more sugar, more cocoa, or even a splash of milk!

And for my FINAL final dinner in Ann Arbor, cue drum roll.

....Sadako take out — a few rolls, some miso soup, and a ginger salad from my favorite sushi place.

Then I tossed my shoes onto the power line (a Greenwood Avenue tradition) and headed out.

(I actually spent a full day scrubbing the refrigerators and the tubs and the floors and the windows and even the walls before I actually left, but this little detail is rather unimportant).

Coming up: Football Saturday!!!!!

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