mini pizzas & teese & holiday confessions

I was recently afflicted with the pizza bug. It’s been the coldest and driest November I’ve ever witnessed in Portland, and it usually seems much more rational to use the oven over the heater. You get a warm dinner and a warmer abode. Win Win.

Whole wheat crust (Trader Joe’s), homemade marinara, mozzarella teese, sun-dried tomatoes, cremini mushrooms, jalapeño peppers.

I’m always impressed at how well teese holds up upon re-heating.

Variety time!

Whole wheat crust, roasted orange pepper and white bean spread, steamed greens, strips of more roasted orange pepper, and halved  kalamata olives.

As for my holiday time, pizza making confession, it’s totally not the store-bought dough – it’s the music. The first evening of pizza baking marked the first day of the season I welcomed the easy listening christmas music station back into my life. Every night. I can’t help it. I can be pretty damn humbug, but hear Linda Ronstadt wishing me a Merry Little Christmas and go weak with nostalgia. I start cutting out snowflakes and wishing for the marshmallow winter song and Band Aid to come on next and then start picturing my grandfather singing along with Bing Crosby. I may have even put up a fucking holiday tree under the guise that it’s for a shindig. And quite frankly, if I had wine, and mulled wine went with pizza, it would have been on my stove.

7 thoughts on “mini pizzas & teese & holiday confessions

  1. I’ve never tried cooking with Teese, just tried it for the first time at VegFest, but I’m not such a big fan of Daiya I don’t think… it definitely does not reheat well.

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  3. i also start listening to christmas carols right after thanksgiving :) the pizzas look awesome — i’ve never tried teese but it looks better than daiya. and i love jalapenos on pizza!

  4. Hello lovely!!

    That second pizza is making me want to jump into the computer! What did you make the spread out of?

    Thanks!!
    ~Aimee

    • hey aimee!

      it’s a hummus style spread of navy beans, roasted orange pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, cayenne, tahini, and basil.

      enjoy! and thanks for the nice words,

      jess

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