Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Drink of 2012

Last week I met Carrie and AJ at Sitti.  AJ is my dueling drink partner though we tend to duel with Diet Cokes instead of the hard stuff.  We aren’t teetotalers by any means, we just enjoy a good Diet Coke or in my case, a sweet tea.

When making a joke about dueling drinking partners and also noting the time of an early dinner at 4:30  pm to the waitress, she pointed us to the non-alchoholic drinks.  I should have never looked. Upon turning the page, I laid my eyes on my drink for 2012.  I’ve never had “a drink” for a year, but I think I could drink this each day for an entire year and not tire of it.

Sitti’s Pomegranate Spritzer is refreshing, light, with just the right amount of fizz.  I don’t know the amounts of the ingredients, but I do intend to do tests batches until I figure out the right amount. My deadline to perfect the recipe is June when I’ll put my toes in the Florida sand.

Whether a person duels with alcohol or non-alcoholic drinks, this is a drink to try.  From now on when going to Sitti, budgeting calories to include this treat is absolutely essential.

Simply yum.

Ingredients: Pomegranate Juice, Lime Juice, Honey, and Ginger Ale

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Snow on Monday….

and daffodils on Friday.

And We’re Back!

What do we eat when we finally get over food poisoning (or the Norovirus if you aren’t sure if that’s what it is)?  For us it would be homemade pizza.Four days later and five pounds lighter, we set out to test our stomachs and use some of the items we had in our refrigerator.

I always use Fleischmann’s yeast when making cinnamon rolls, cream cheese braids, etc. When last at the grocery store, I noticed that they had a pizza dough yeast which I opted to try instead of buying pre-made pizza dough.  We had fresh spinach and tomatoes from the farmer’s market, sausage from McLaughlin’s Farmhouse, and jars of pesto that we’ve been trying to finish.  The ingredients came together for a meal that Andrew and I had been craving and put us on track to gain a bit of our weight back.  The crust was a nice combination of a thick crust, but with plenty of flakiness.  Having pesto as the base sauce on this pizza was also a good call as our stomachs probably weren’t quite ready to handle the extra tomatoes.

Happy to have  real meal again that didn’t consist solely of chicken noodle soup or applesauce!


Crust: Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast

McLaughlin’s Farmhouse Sausage

Fresh Spinach

Fresh Tomatoes

4 Tbs. Pesto

1 c. Parmesan Cheese


Followed instructions on the back of the pizza crust package to create dough.  Spread 4 Tbs. pesto on the dough and added sausage, spinach, and tomatoes. Spread 1 cup parmesan cheese on pizza and bake for 15 minutes in 425 degree oven.

The Bibliography: Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast Recipe & Veggies

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Ugly As Sin

Ugly as sin was a phrase that I always heard growing up.  Fortunately it was only used when talking about baked goods or other food products–not people.  I had an ugly as sin outcome this week when I made our favorite pie into cookies.

The Angus Barn is a dining experience that we treat ourselves to once every two years or so and is nothing related to ugly as sin.  When we last went, Andrew got the chocolate chess pie for desert and I tried a bite (when I could finally pry myself away from my blackberry cobbler).  It was delicious and I was thrilled when the waiter brought back the recipe.   Since then it has become our “go-to” dessert when we’re having house guests.

When we were running a little behind for the Superbowl Party last week and I was responsible for a dessert, I decided to make AB’s Chocolate Chess Pie but in cookie form.  To make them, I added flour and baking powder to the chess pie recipe.   While the chess pie itself is beautiful, I discovered that adding flour and baking soda does nothing for its appearance in cookies.

The cookies make a nice cakey, cookie that isn’t as rich as the pie. Best served with milk.

On another note, ugly as sin can now also be the description for food poisoning, something the husband and I both experienced last week.  We now have new rules concerning any leftovers in the house and food in general.  Food poisoning= #miserable


Angus Barn Chocolate Chess Pie

1 unbaked pie crust

1 stick of butter

2 squares bakers chocolate (semi-sweet)

1 cup of sugar

2 eggs (beaten)

1 tsp. vanilla

Dash of salt

2 c. flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Melt butter and chocolate, mix with next 4 ingredients, which have been blended together.  After these have been mixed, stir in flour and baking powder that have been blended together. Mix together well.  Place tablespoon size portions of mixture on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.

To Try Next Time: Use 1 1/2 c. flour instead of 2 c.

The Bibliography: Angus Barn