Pizza party after an Unsilent Night by Anjuli

Posted on 12-15-08 · Tags: , , , , , ,

Homemade cheese pizza w/ eggplant, bell peper, red onion, and basil

Unsilent Night

Unsilent Night

On Saturday evening we witnessed our first Unsilent Night in New York (check out the photo set). Listening to the sounds of the city mesh and mingle with the sounds of the Phil Kline’s soundtrack while walking from park to park with New Yorkers clutching boomboxes, some dressed as santa, was definitely a unique urban experience. On Sunday I woke up wanting pizza.

Pizza is one of those things you cook that is all about fun and flavor. There’s nothing practical about it. There’s nothing thrifty about it (especially not with the NY options). There’s nothing quick about it (between the rising of the dough, etc, you’re looking at leave 4 hours). Oh boy is it tasty, perfect for groups, satisfying hand work, and customizable to anyone’s taste (except gluten-free diets, so sorries!) with mix and match ingredients.

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Roasted Japanese eggplant sandwich with shishito peppers, goat cheese, and olive tapenade by Anjuli

Posted on 10-07-08 · Tags: , , ,

Roasted Japanese eggplant sandwich with shishito peppers, goat cheese, and olive tapenade

Do yourself a favor. Make this for lunch tomorrow. A little party with smokey, spicy, and sweet is a good break from the monitor. These eggplant and shishitos came from the Union Square Greenmarket. The nightshades in this recipe are not skinned or seeded, so anyone avoiding the toxins beware. IMO spicy capsicums and larger eggplants are better skinned, but the smaller, milder ones are better whole (seeds and all). I also really love roasted garlic rubbed on toast, or roasted and just popped in your mouth. So, admittedly, when I assembled these sandwiches this morning I ate one clove and rubbed the other on the toasts.

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