My favorite pizza

Call me crazy– but I’m not a huge fan of a lot of tomato sauce on pizza. In fact, I prefer (hands down) a white pizza compared to the red alternative. But what’s even better than a white pizza is a green one. Pesto!

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This right here is my jam. I could eat this pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner I love it so much. 

P.S. Making homemade pizza is a great date night. We do it a couple times a month in our house. Graham gets to pick his favorite toppings for his (pineapple and pepperoni) and I get to pick mine. And we have a lot of fun doing it! Win-win. 

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After you’ve got your dough in a workable shape– that’s Graham’s job– shemear some pesto (jarred or homemade) in a layer for your base. Then layer with chopped roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and spinach leaves. I get the roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts in a can because it’s 100000x easier that way. 

Don’t forget lots of FRESH mozzarella. Fresh is the best. 

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I’m drooling. BRB while I go eat leftovers. I don’t even care that it’s breakfast time.

Spinach, Red Pepper, Artichoke Pesto Pizza
My favorite pizza
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 can of artichoke hearts, chopped
  2. 1 red pepper, roasted and chopped
  3. 1 cup spinach
  4. 1 ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
  5. Pizza dough
  6. Pesto
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Work pizza dough into a thin crust.
  3. Layer pesto, chopped artichoke hearts, spinach, chopped roasted red peppers, and mozzarella slices.
  4. Cook for about 20 minutes until cheese is fully melted and crust is slightly browned.
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What We’re Eating This Week

I’m a BIG FAN of meal planning. I usually plan for 4-5 days and we’ll eat out on Friday and/or Saturday nights. I try to do a good mix of easy meals and new recipes throughout the week, too. If it is a new recipe you can probably expect a blog post on it the next week or two! So, here’s what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Out
Monday: Pecan Crusted Chicken
Tuesday: Out
Wednesday: Bible Study– out
Thursday: Stuffed Shells
Friday: Taco Casserole 
Saturday: Out

Cast Iron Crispy Chicken

There is no chicken that can compare to my grandmother’s fried chicken. None.

She knows I love it so much (particularly the legs) that she’ll make extra just for me. I may or may not eat the meant-to-be-leftover-lunches extra in one sitting along with 1000000 deviled eggs when I visit her. Don’t judge!

So, I knew going into making these chicken legs that they couldn’t compare to my Meme’s fried chicken legs, but between you and me they are pretty close. 

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 It’s kinda roasted chicken kinda fried and a whole lotta good. Sorry for the semi-raw chicken picture above I swear it cooks longer in the oven. The lemon/rosemary combo takes this to the next level. Sophisticated, semi-fried chicken. Who would have thought??

I got a package of 5 legs (2 per person) and then just took the meat off the leftover and added it to a salad for lunch. So, if you make more than just 4 or 5, know that the leftover meat is perfect on sandwiches or salads the next day or two. 

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Cast Iron Crispy Chicken Legs
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 4-6 chicken legs, skin on
  2. 2 lemons, halved
  3. 4 sprigs of rosemary
  4. 5 small red potatoes, cubed
  5. 1 tablespoon butter
  6. 2 tablespoons oil
Instructions
  1. Melt together butter and oil in a med-low cast iron skillet. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile, get a pot of boiling water going and add the potatoes. Let those cook for just about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside for now.
  3. Once oil is hot, place chicken in cast iron and cook for 2-5 minutes per side until desired crispiness.
  4. Add potatoes, lemon halves, and rosemary to cast iron. Place in oven.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes until chicken temperature is 165 degrees.
Notes
  1. To know when oil is hot enough, place a drop of water on the pan and if it starts bubbling a lot then it's ready!
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What We’re Eating This Week

I’m a BIG FAN of meal planning. I usually plan for 4-5 days and we’ll eat out on Friday and/or Saturday nights. I try to do a good mix of easy meals and new recipes throughout the week, too. If it is a new recipe you can probably expect a blog post on it the next week or two! So, here’s what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Subs
Monday: Sloppy Joe
Tuesday: Crispy Cast Iron Chicken
Wednesday: Bible Study– out
Thursday: Hot Dogs
Friday: Out 
Saturday: Shrimp and Grits

Deviled Eggs

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Umm okay is it weird that my favorite food is deviled eggs? No lie, I could eat a million and luckily my family and friends know my obsession and make them a lot “just for me” at football tailgates, Sunday lunches, holidays, etc.

Graham had to stop me from registering for a ton of deviled egg plates when we were getting married (girl’s gotta have options!) I mean look at the excitement when I received one of them: 

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Oh and then there’s this pride and joy of mine that is on display at my house and will remain that way for.ever.

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Y’all thought I was joking at the beginning of this post didn’t you?

Well here’s a tried and true southern deviled egg recipe. You can pipe the filling and make it pretty but I was too lazy went the more rustic route and just scooped them in there. Sorry for the lack of pictures of the process. I was too busy trying not to eat them all while making to think about actually taking pictures of it. Good thing this recipe is easy. Meanwhile I’m off to make this the background of my phone. 

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Southern Deviled Eggs
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1 dozen eggs
  2. 1/4 cup mayo
  3. 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  4. 2 teaspoons pickle juice
  5. Paprika
  6. Salt
  7. Pepper
Instructions
  1. Add eggs to a pot of boiling water (filled to where the water covers the eggs entirely). Reduce to a med-low simmer and cook for 12 minutes.
  2. Let eggs cool (overnight preferred) and peel eggs.
  3. Cut eggs in half, remove yolk and place yolks in a bowl.
  4. Mix in mayo, mustard, pickle juice with yolks. Season with salt/pepper.
  5. Add yolk mixture back to egg shells and top with some paprika.
Notes
  1. A true southern cook measures to taste so measurements can be adjusted to your liking!
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What We’re Eating This Week

I’m a BIG FAN of meal planning. I usually plan for 4-5 days and we’ll eat out on Friday and/or Saturday nights. I try to do a good mix of easy meals and new recipes throughout the week, too. If it is a new recipe you can probably expect a blog post on it the next week or two! So, here’s what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Meatball subs 
Monday: Pizza
Tuesday: Bird dogs
Wednesday: Lasagna 
Thursday: Sausage and peppers
Friday: Out
Saturday: Out

Greenville restaurant hop

For my birthday, I wanted to do something unique to celebrate. As you know, I love food, so I thought about going on a restaurant hop between some great restaurants in downtown Greenville, SC. I’m sharing what we did to inspire you to go on this fun date night yourself!

I would recommend keeping this a date night because it’s easier to hop around with just two people vs. a full party where you might need reservations. We always had the option of eating at the bar if we needed to since it was just the two of us (and we did at Tupelo Honey).

Our first stop was at Roost. We arrived around 7:00 p.m. and were seated right away. Graham ordered a $15 beer for two… yes, you read that right… and I got their awesome Noma Mojito with basil, blueberries, raspberries, and rum. YUMMMMMMM!
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We then split an appetizer of their Warm Queso Fondue with their house made sloppy joe mixture. It was awesome, I loved the addition of the sloppy joe. Fun fact, my sloppy joe recipe here is from Roost! 
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Next, we walked a block or so down to go to Tupelo Honey for our main course. We got there about 8 and there was a long wait so we just sat at the bar which was more than fine by us. There, Graham got a beer on draft (sorry missing a picture of that) and I got their Tupelo-rittaville Margarita which has some of their Tupelo Honey liqueur in it and chili-salt on the rim for extra flavor. Highly recommend this drink!
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We split a Southern Fried Chicken BLT and got some of their fabulous scratch-made macaroni and cheese as a side.
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We made a rookie mistake and ate Chipotle for lunch that day so by the time we were done with the entree we were slap full. Had we still had room for dessert, we were going to go to Grill Marks and have one of their alcoholic milkshakes. Instead, we opted to go home, BUT while on the way home we passed a mirror/laser maze place downtown Greenville that was calling our name. This was SO much fun and well worth the money.
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So, go out and have an epic date night in Greenville! Let me know how it goes!