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Pizza and Pumpkins

Oh y’all, I walked into Harris Teeter this afternoon and what did I see?

Shelves and shelves right at the front! I think I actually yelled, “OH PUMPKIN!” Hubs laughed at me and we continued on our day. However, I’m stoked. The pumpkin has arrived! (More on this in a minute…)

This afternoon, Hubs and I decided to cash in one of our Social Living Coupons (like Groupon). So we headed for Georgetown and Il Canale: a little Neopolitan Pizza joint with a roof deck. Sounds good to me! We scored shady seats on the roof and ordered foccacia as a starter. Basically a pizza without toppings, just lots of herbs – it was served alongside olive oil with garlic. We devoured the foccacia. Then we waited. And waited. Our server had promised us that pizzas took five or ten minutes when the restaurant isn’t busy (like today). We waited some more and the pizza finally came.

We had two that we split: the Parmigano (bufala mozzarella, parmigana, spinach, tomato sauce) and the Georgetown (no sauce, bufala mozzarella, sausage, basil, rupini). Our favorite was definitely the Parmigano. The Georgetown was good, but the rupini was still super bitter; it tasted like they didn’t blanch it before popping it on the pizza. Because the pizza tasted like bitter greens, it was hard to taste the sausage at all. Sad.

Even sadder, the wait that came next. Our waters were empty, our forks and napkins were sitting on the table, and our waiter was NOWHERE to be found. A bus girl boxed our pizza and brought us more water. Still, no waiter. About fifteen minutes passed before he even poked his head out again. We ordered chocolate gelati to split and asked for the check (cause who knows how long that’s going to take). The gelati took about 10 minutes to come out (were they milking the cows?) but it was delicious enough to make up for it. All in all, it took Il Canale almost two hours to serve us an appetizer (basically baked bread), two pizzas (that supposedly took five minutes to make), and gelati (how hard is scooping stuff into a bowl)?

The good: delicious crust, variety of pizzas to pick from, wonderful dessert. The bad: meal took way too long when the place was dead, over powering flavors, few veggie options (aside from cheese pizzas). Would I go back? Probably not.

I decided to make some pumpkin soup to cheer myself up. After seeing pumpkin return to the shelves, I decided it was okay to break out my 29oz (big mama) can of pumpkin that I scored last year right before the shortage. After a little googling, I came up with a tasty sounding recipe for pumpkin curry soup.

2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds (optional)
2 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons curry powder
4 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)
1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin
1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream (organic)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 cup diced onions
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c fat free organic plain yogurt (per serving)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until seeds begin to brown while you cook.
2. Dice your onion and melt butter in a large pot (we used a dutch over) over medium heat. Toss in the onions and cook until soft. Then add flour and curry powder.
3. Stir in vegetable broth slowly. Bring to a boil to let thicken. Then add Half and Half and Pumpkin. Stir until completely incorporated.
4. Season with soy sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat.
5. Serve with toasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top (this totally makes the dish) and, if spicy isn’t totally your thing, mix in 1/3 to 1/2 cup of fat free organic yogurt.

We had this with dinner tonight and it was delish! Hubs likes spicy, so he recommended cooking with a whole habanero pepper (seeds removed) to add more heat. Then, once you’re done cooking you can just fish out the pepper and toss it. If you like things a little less spicy (like me!) stir in the yogurt and it makes the dish creamy and savory. I see us making this a lot over the fall. Oh Pumpkin, how I love you!

Our Dawgs didn’t pull out the win last night, but they did stage an amazing come back. Next week we’ll be better! I burned off some post game steam on the elliptical — intervals for an hour. I burned 447 cals and went just under 3.75 miles. Sweaty and tired, I returned to the apartment for dinner, football, Omnivore’s Dilemma and my first pumpkin beer of the season. Love it!

Time for me to prep tomorrow’s smoothie and relax with tonight’s pumpkin beer. I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend!

What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?


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New Food Obsession?

One excellent Friday night went on the books last night. A few friends and I celebrated Kelly’s birthday (which is actually Monday) in high style. Well, perhaps not high style, but it was fun! Kelly promised tasty eats and the rest of us promised wine. Kelly put together a yummy spread: her famous meatballs, chips and salsa, cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto, dates stuffed with goat cheese (yum!), and “white walls”. This may be one of my new favorite foods!

I love every ingredient associated with this tasty little creation: pickles, honey ham, cream cheese. I also love how easy it is: Spread out a piece of honey ham, schmear with cream cheese, roll up a pickle inside (like a pig in a blanket). Then you refrigerate for 20-30 minutes so the cream cheese “sticks” to the pickle. Slice these little bites of heaven up and then serve. Five of us devoured almost an entire jar of pickles like this. I think I could eat the same amount just by myself. Try it out — you will not be disappointed. Yum, yum, yum!

We also put the hurt on some wine. I think there were about five bottles consumed. I don’t remember refilling my glass that much, nor did I feel drunk when leaving — so I guess that’s good and bad? I was super tired though and almost took a little snooze on the train. Luckily I stayed awake and didn’t wake up at the end of the train line somewhere. Score one for me!

I started my football Saturday today in equally marvelous fashion. Maybe I didn’t have as much wine as five bottles among five women would lead one to believe — I was entirely headache and hangover free this am. I had eight and a half amazing hours of sleep. Game Day Breakfast today was: scrambled eggs (onion, spinach, mozzarella), a piece of Starbucks Pumpkin Bread, and a Pumpkin Spice Latte with skim. The guy who rang me up at Sbuxs joked that I must really like pumpkin. He’s very, very right.

(Speaking of pumpkin, I’ve been stalking grocery shelves for cans of Libby’s. I’ve been so afraid that there would be a shortage again this year. However, I found this article and my spirits have been lifted! Pumpkin, I can’t wait for you to get here! We’ll have a party with my immersion blender. Love, Anna)

I’m hoping my Dawgs can step it up for the second half. The first half has been kinda hard on my heart. After we win (fingers crossed), I’m heading down to hang out with some cardio equipment while I watch the Florida/Tennessee game. Not sure what’s on the docket for dinner, but I feel some cooking coming on tomorrow!

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