You Say Tomato….

You Say Tomato….

You Say Tomato…….

I Say Delicious!

Who Doesn’t Love Tomatoes?

Did you know that tomatoes originated from Peru?

Everyone always associated them with Italy.  But if it weren’t for immigration, Italy would not know of tomatoes and would have never created such delicious food.  Think about it!  Immigration gave us different foods and spices.

Pictured Here is Our Ebolta Salad

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Our Delicious Homemade Pizzas

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Our Ebolta Salad

Egg, Bacon, Onion, Lettuce, Tomato, Avacado

Actually we used a Slimcado, instead of a Avacado.

Gordon is laughing because I’m making him laugh!

Here Gordon is slicing our heirloom tomatoes and he fried up our bacon.

Heirloom tomatoes are so much tastier than regular tomatoes.  It’s such a difference!  They are more expensive but the taste is so worth the extra expense. 

 

Gordon Chopping our Grape Tomatoes

This is a Slimcado.  Look at the Pit!

I will say that the Slimcado is not as tasty as an Avocado, but it is lighter in calories.

Gordon is slicing it lengthwise here for our salads.

Slicing Some Red Onion and Slicing A Boiled Egg

Now it’s just a matter of putting your EBOLTA salad together.  Then add some salad dressing of your choice.

Perfect!

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Homemade Pizza’s

How To Make Homemade Pizza’s

This pizza dough we bought at the grocery store already made.  It’s a shortcut, and it’s worth it.  A nice dinner that doesn’t require a lot of work on our part.

Just throw some flour on the counter, slice the dough in half, and knead the dough on the counter.

We cut the dough in half and that will make two pizza’s.

But first let’s prepare the pizza pans.

Here Gordon is putting olive oil and turmeric in the bottom of these pans.

Turmeric is a cancer killer so we incorporate it in our meals every chance that we get.

Once the dough is placed into the baking dish, poke holes in it with a fork.

By poking holes into the dough it will stop it from rising and stop it from rising.

Now Gordon is pouring some of the olive oil onto the top of the dough.

Now Comes the Goodies!

Fresh Herbs From our Garden

Basil and Rosemary

Slicing Some Red Onions, Mushrooms, Tomatoes……

Now start placing the veggies onto your pizzas.

It’s so much fun to create your very own personalized pizza.

Love The Red Onions!

 

Turn the Oven on 400F.

Cook for about 20 minutes.  Check often to insure that they aren’t burning.

Look How Beautiful!

Slice, then Eat!

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PIZZA’S AGAIN!!!

We decided to make them again using different ingredients.

I had dreamed of a pizza with green and black, I told that to Gordon the following day. 

I wanted a pizza with green and black.

Our Pizza Ingredients:

Gordon Slicing Our Black Olives and Delicious Heirloom Tomatoes

Look How Beautiful!

Heirloom Tomatoes

Sliced Yellow and Green Bell Peppers, Black Olives, Mushrooms…..

This is the pizza dough we bought at the grocery store.

Here Gordon is adding the olive oil, turmeric, some Mrs. Dash, (a poultry seasoning), and a Chinese Spice Mix, and some Roasted Garlic.

There is no way that I can relate to you this ingredient.  No idea what it says?

The Roasted Garlic

This is what was so perfect about this pizza, the sun dried tomatoes on the bottom.

You can see all of our goodies on the bottom of these pizza’s.

Now Gordon is poking them with a knife so the bread doesn’t rise.

Now Gordon is placing the dough in the pan.

You can see the spices, the oil, and the sundried tomatoes.

And here is my BLACK and GREEN.

Green Bell Peppers, Black Olives……

Along with Some Heirloom Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

Ready to go into the Oven

Look How Pretty and Colorful!

Not to Mention, Delicious!

And Look at the Crusty Bottom…..

Perfect!

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Pasta and Spaghetti Pizzas

Pizza Dough, Rick and Creamy Artichoke Parmesan Sauce, Al Dente Pasta, Marinated Artichoke Hearts, and grated Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese.  And a sprinkling of Garlic Salt as well.

According to Gordon, this is the best pizza he has ever eaten and it was born out of our desire to cooperate on what we both wanted for dinner.  He wanted pizza, I wanted spaghetti, so I suggested we try Spaghetti Pizzas!

We started out with ready made pizza dough that Gordon bought at the commissary bakery.  He bought us whole wheat.

Here Gordon is kneading the dough in some flour on our kitchen counter.

We searched through our pasta shelf and we did find some spaghetti noodles, but we also found some other pasta’s that we wanted to try for this recipe.

While Gordon was overseas I had bought these cute little pizza pans and I was dying to try them out.  Gordon did spray some Pam Olive Oil spray onto them before he placed the pizza dough into them, spreading the dough to the edge.

I thought that it would be a good idea to cook the dough in the oven for about 5 minutes before we added all the toppings to it.  I didn’t want a soggy pizza.  This ended up being a good idea.

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In the meantime we did boil the pasta according to package instructions until Al Dente. 

Drain, then set aside.

Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano

We were digging through the refrigerator and found this block of cheese that is perfect for this!

We are a big fan of this creamy Artichoke Parmesan Sauce. 

It is great eaten on pasta kind of like a spaghetti sauce.  Here we used it as a pizza sauce.

Gordon spread the Artichoke Parmesan sauce onto the pizza dough and then started to place the al dente vegetable dyed pasta all around it.

It is a beautiful colorful pizza.

Once you have added the pasta now grate some of the cheese over top.  Use what you like.  Nothing here needs to be exact.  But I recommend if this is an Italian themed pasta pizza then use Italian cheeses.

Here Gordon also added some marinated artichoke hearts and a dash of Garlic Salt.

Make sure that all the pasta is covered in the cheese.  That will prevent the pasta from drying out and getting crisp in the oven.  We don’t want crunchy pasta here.  We still want it to be al dente.

Now just place into a 350F oven for anywhere between 10-15 minutes.  Depending on your oven.

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NEXT UP!

For this pizza Gordon added some jarred spaghetti sauce onto the pizza dough that has been cooked in the oven for about 5 minutes prior.  Then he added the al dente pasta…….

Now grate lots of cheese over the pasta….

Now bake in a 350F oven for anywhere between 10 – 15 minutes.

I guess I don’t have a finished photo of this pizza.  (I guess I scarfed it down the second it came out of the oven.)  🙂

BUT, I do have these photos of the Artichoke Parmesan sauce ones.

 

This was sooooooo DELICIOUS!

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These marinated artichoke hearts are so great on pizzas whether you use them on our pizzas or not. 

We eat them quite often.

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Spaghetti Pizzas

This was so delicious! 

I would also say that this is very definitely a Spaghetti Pizza!

Boil your spaghetti noodles until al dente.

Place your pizza dough into a greased pan and bake for about 5 minutes. 

Then remove from the oven.

Now spread some spaghetti sauce all around the dough.  Then add your spaghetti noodles.

Next, grate whatever cheeses that you prefer over the top. 

Be sure to add a lot and spread the pasta and the cheese to the ends of the pan.

Sprinkle some Garlic Salt…..

Add More Cheese……

Then into the oven it goes for about 15 minutes.

Let sit a few minutes before you cut into it.

Delicious!!!!  🙂

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Tomato, Ginger, and Honey Salad

The Salad is Picnic Ready

(I had an idea for a tomato salad that I wanted Gordon to make as an addition to our picnic foods.  I didn’t know exactly what I wanted but I told Gordon to add some ginger and honey and just go from there.  He did!  And it was so good!)

 

This is a salad that you just need to eyeball and taste as you go when you create this.

Ingredients:

Cherry Tomatoes (We used an heirloom variety of red, yellow and even purple.)

2 T. Fresh Ginger, sliced

2 T. Rice Vinegar

2 T. Mirin (Sweet Cooking Rice Wine)

2 T. Honey

Some Shakes of a Salt (We used our Florida Blend)

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These are Beautiful Tomatoes

Be sure to wash them.

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You want to peel the ginger.  You can do this with a spoon, it comes off very easily.

Here Gordon is slicing the ginger into thin strips and placing them into the bowl.

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You then want to start to slice your tomatoes in half.

The Kitchen is Looking Particularly Florida  🙂

Add Your Tomatoes to the Bowl

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This is a Florida Sunshine Blend Seasoned Salt

(You can use whatever you like.)

You then want to add your Mirin, Rice Vinegar, and Honey.

Mix Together Well

Now Your Tomato Salad is Complete

We wanted to put the salad into these jars that are great for travel.

Not only beautiful, healthy, but also Delicious!!!

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If you would like to check out our other Italian food blog posts…….

Julie’s Italian Appetizers and Edible Gifts

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Gordon and Julie Italian Seconda Parte 2

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Cool Refreshing Summer

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Father’s Day Pizza Party

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Edible Gifts:  Italian, Greek, and Irish

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Pasta, Pasta, Pasta

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Autumn Pasta

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Mother’s Day in the Garden

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Italian Naan Pizza

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Gordon and Julie Italian

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Italianate Tre

Grazie,

Gordon and Julie