Foodify - Pizza!

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This Foodify, pizza and Italian music, makes perfect sense but it goes a little deeper than that. Living at home has its pros and cons, a pro being that my parents still cook me dinner (!!!), a con being that I am a useless adult who doesn’t cook herself dinner. Because I am not in charge of the menu every night, and my dad LOVES to cook pizza, we eat pizza on the regular and by that I mean like 2 times a week. Also, every time we eat pizza, according to my dad, it is a must that we listen to the Passione soundtrack. This gets old real quick, especially since it has been over a year since he discovered the cd. Regardless, it was nice and appropriate at first so I advice you to try it! (just maybe not twice a week for a year..). I have no idea how my parents make their pizza but I know it includes homemade pizza sauce, store bought pizza dough and fresh mozzarella. You can purchase the mozzarella at a local deli and the dough at your supermarket or bakery but for the tomato sauce you can try out this recipe below. 


Homemade Garlic Tomato Pizza Sauce 

(Recipe courtesy of Raining Hot Coupons

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can San Marzano tomatoes
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ tsp Dried Oregano

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan heat oil on medium. 
  2. Cook garlic in pan for several minutes.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, juices, salt, and oregano to pan and bring to a boil. 
  4. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

Foodify- Apple Crisp + Hot Spiced Apple Cider

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Fall means apple picking which equals baking, and believe me, I've been taking advantage of the 25 apples I picked. The 25 apples turned into three apple pies, one apple crisp and 12 salted caramel apple pie bars. And although I didn't use any of the apples for this, hot spiced apple cider was made as well. Fall baking is the best. The apple and pumpkin aromas that fill the house and the crisp autumn weather outside of the kitchen walls creates a once a year coziness. All of this coziness requires warm music to complete the mood. I created the perfect playlist for whatever fall baking you do this season but also included a few of my personal favorite fall recipes. 

I would love to know how your fall desserts come out- comment below!

P.S. Translating something's deliciousness through pictures is quite difficult. Please excuse the poor photography but trust me when I say that these are delicious recipes and 1000x better looking in person. 

APPLE CRISP
Courtesy of Musingssahm.com

Ingredients

  • 6-8 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oats 
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cups butter or 1 sticks, cold

Directions

  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread the apples in a 13x9x2” glass dish.
  3. Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle over the apples.
  4. Next, combine the sugar, flour, and oats. Cut in the cold butter (about 1 tablespoon at a time) until crumbly. It will be pretty dry and not as “crumbly” as other recipes, but that’s ok. Sprinkle evenly over the apples. 
  5. Sprinkle the vanilla extract over the top.
  6. Bake, uncovered for 25-40 minutes (depends on the thickness of the apples.) The crisp should be bubbling. Pose the apples with a fork – they should be soft but not mushy.
  7. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. 

HOT SPICED APPLE CIDER
Courtesy of Pbs.org

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apple cider 
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Directions

  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil on the stove. 
  2. Simmer for 10 minutes then strain into cups.
  3. Serve warm mugs with cinnamon sticks on the side.

Yield: 1 quart    

Foodify- Horchata

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For this post I am introducing a new segment- Foodify. My new found love for cooking/food blogs has inspired me to pair music and cooking into one project (that along with the site Drinkify- www.drinkify.org). For those unfamiliar with Drinkify, it is a site that matches a song with the appropriate drink. In Foodify I will be doing the same but with food; pairing awesome, delicious, easy-to-make dishes with a corresponding song/album/artist that will make for the best eating experience ever.

In this first edition of Foodify I paired Vampire Weekend's "Horchata" and Horchata together- a pretty obvious combination. Ok, so I’m pretty much coping Drinkify on this one but I couldn't pass it up. The next one will be more creative, I swear.

The drink without the song is pretty great but drinking ice cold, milky, refreshing horchata, not in Decemeber, but on a hot, summer day WHILE listening to Vampire Weekend’s tropical-esque jam, is the ultimate experience. But actually listen to all of Contra while you are at it, it's the perfect soundtrack to this beverage. You'll feel like you're on holiday!

Create this moment by following the recipe below (courtesy of Kelsey Nixon- www.Foodnetwork.com). Feel free to comment below with your Foodify ideas! 

Horchata Recipe

Ingredients- 

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup white rice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, plus ground cinnamon or grated cinnamon stick for serving 
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Ice, for serving

Directions-

  1. Bring 2 cups of water, the milk, almonds, rice and cinnamon sticks to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and cool completely. 
  2. Working in batches, if necessary carefully transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a pitcher. Stir in the sugar and add enough water to make a total of 8 cups. Chill. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon. 

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