Tribute to Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman is my culinary hero.

Let me count the ways:

1- The Minimalist

2- The Minimalist Podcast

3- Mark’s blog

4- How to Cook Everything

5- How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

6- How to Cook Everything apps for smart phones/iPads (I recently downloaded this bad boy and I don’t know how I lived without it.)

7- Mr. Bittman’s new opinion column for The Times.

8- The fact that he’s not a trained chef.

9- How Marky Mark uses minimal tools in the kitchen.  This is also the reason I don’t like Alton Brown.  YIPES!  I said it aloud.  It’s on my blog.  The world now knows my dark and dirty secret.  For dramatic flair, I will say it again…I don’t like Alton Brown.

10- The food.

Who is your favorite in the culinary world?

-Mads

Gossip Gals

So, I am friends with one special pair of people.  These strong vibrant women decided to start a blog, and I couldn’t be happier.  GOSSIP GALS

One of them has been a friend of mine since high school and the other popularized the phrase, “My vagina, my business.”  And how can you go wrong there?

So, hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husbands… ’cause this blog is ’bout to rape err’body.

-Mads

3 parts smokey 1 part PIZZA

I have been overwhelmed by pizza lately.  Like, the thought of letting dough rise, rolling it out to even thickness, slicing and chopping a million ingredients, and having 3 types of cheese on hand was too much!

Pizza should be the easiest and most fun thing in my repertoire.

So pizza and I took a break.

Then I thought to myself, “Mads, what’s the deal?  You don’t have to have a million steps to make a decent pizza.”

So this week I bought pre-made crust from Trader Joe’s (the whole wheat is kinda narly, but the garlic herb is fantastic) and cut the ingredient list down.

The list:
-Trader Joe’s crust
Smokey garlic hot sauce
-ricotta cheese
Smoked chicken sausage (this is a great substitute when trying to cut calories)
-sliced garlic
Smoked mozzarella
-basil

The end result was delicious, but since I’m such a perfectionist…here’s what I would do differently next time:

1-Real big globs of ricotta. A thin layer wasn’t enough to satisfy that gooey craving.

2-Smaller chunks of chicken sausage. I take tiny freakish baby bites, so this is a necessary step.

3-Chop up the basil and incorporate it into the ‘za. If you look closely, the last picture is of crispy burnt nasty basil.  Yuck.  Whole leaves did not cut it.

Things that I absolutely loved about this pizza:

1-Smoked mozzarella! What a fun new addition to mix it up.

2-Pre-made crust saved my relationship with pizza…at least for this week 😉

 

What do you do to make meal prep easier for yourself?

-Mads

Who would you eat first

Robinson Crusoe is the book of choice for the month of May’s book club.  The meeting is on Thursday and I’m still 100 pages shy of finishing, but I have confidence I can make it if I ride the bus to work and actually take my lunch breaks.

I tend to avoid classics in my “leisure” reading time because I spent the majority of my college days reading classics for my major (yes, I am a secret English major too).  But this was the ladies’ choice and who am I to say no?  Plus, I needed to get out of my pop-fiction slump.

Anyway, it’s much better than I thought it was going to be.  Typically those high school required readings are uber boring, but I’m totally intrigued as to what new crazy contraption Crusoe is going to build and whether or not he’s going to be eaten by cannibals.  Which has got me thinking…what would I be like on a deserted island?  Would I try to build as many crazy things as Crusoe?  He’s been there for 23 years and still hasn’t gone insane without human companions.  Could I possibly stay sane?
I don’t think I would make it.  We’ll find out if he does!
I’m also intrigued by this:

I think Pierce Brosnan is a horrible actor, but maybe deserted man beast is something he can do well?

-M

P.S. On an unrelated note…Tenaciously Yours is having a birthday giveaway!!!  Hopefully my blog is around as long as her and I continue to have at least 2 readers a day (thanks bf and my pops).  In the meantime, I’ll feed off of her success and try to win a coach mini!