Hey there, Spoonful of Flavor readers! This is Lisa, and I share my kitchen adventures over at Healthy Nibbles & Bits. Thanks, Ashley, for letting me hop over and play with you all today!
I know we haven’t known each other for long, but can you keep a secret? I have a teensy bit of a pizza obsession. It’s been my comfort food of choice since I was a kid, when I discovered the glory of Costco pizzas. Not so much for my parents though. You see, even though they’ve lived in America for almost 30 years now, they still haven’t adapted to “foreign” flavors. Whenever they eat anything that’s not Chinese, they always prepare a bowl of cooked rice on the side to cleanse their palette. On our pizza nights, my parents would nibble on a few bites of pizza and then shovel down mouthfuls of rice. I guess that’s where I picked up my carb-eating ways.
What is your pizza crust personality? Do you like it thin, deep dish, doughy, or stuffed with cheese? I’m a sucker for the thin stuff. It can be tricky to make thin crust pizzas from scratch, so I’m going to share with you a nice little trick that I use all the time. I usually keep a stack of naan bread around the house for making quick and easy pizzas. I just slather on my favorite sauce, some toppings and, like magic, thin crust pizza in less than 30 minutes! I also make several pizzas at a time, and refrigerate or freeze leftovers for those days when I don’t care for cooking. (Yes, a food blogger needs a break from cooking, too!)
I often buy bunches of carrots with their tops attached, and I feel bad about discarding the tops into the trash even though they are perfectly edible. I’ve tried chopping them up and tossing them into salads, but I find the carrot tops to be too prickly. But when you blend it into a pesto with a handful of pesto, it becomes the next big thing since sliced bread. Plus, carrot tops keep in the fridge for a very long time. I usually trim the tops from the carrots, store them in a plastic bag, and they’ll stay green for 2 to 3 weeks.
There’s one more thing about this pesto that makes it special: miso paste. Ethnic confusion? Not quite. I’ve made pesto sauces that are seasoned with salt before, and they are nowhere near as good as the miso version. That’s because the paste packs a ton of umami flavor in addition to salt. I’ve been adding miso so many other sauces lately, and I love the results. Here’s your chance to try it in a recipe!
Are you ready to have some fun in the kitchen? Let’s do this.
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