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Pizza Date Night

December 7, 2009
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Good evening, friends! I hope your weekend has been wrapping up nicely!

My afternoon has involved a little work (online courses) and a little play (treadmill + more Lifetime Christmas movie (what’s wrong with me?!? I just can’t stay away from them!)). 

Around 5 o’clock, I mosied down to the kitchen to get the ball rolling on dinner.  About a month ago, we made a big batch of whole wheat pizza dough and promptly froze half of it for future use.  Hello, future!

I’d pulled the dough out this morning so that it would have a chance to thaw out.  When I pulled it back out, the dough looked good– no freezer burn at all!  By 5, it was nice and soft– ready to use!  I rolled it out so that it was very thin (we are definitely thin-crust people), rubbed some EVOO on the surface, and sprinkled it with minced fresh oregano and a bit of salt.  Then, I plopped it onto our pizza stone and baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, just enough to barely bake it– I didn’t want to bake it all the way, because I knew it would be going back into the oven with the toppings. 

As the dough was baking, I peeled and de-seeded a butternut squash.  I wrapped half of it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge (see you next week!), and then chopped the other half into pieces about an inch thick.  I then sprayed the pieces with a bit of olive oil cooking spray, seasoned with salt and pepper, and threw those into the oven as well.  They cooked for about 20 minutes, until they were just starting to turn soft. 

With both those “prep steps” completed, it was time for the final assembly!  I topped the crust with organic tomato sauce and the roasted squash, and baked for another ten minutes.  Finally, for the last five minutes of baking, I added about 3/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese (the good kind :-) ) and another sprinkling of fresh oregano.

Delicioso!

Here are some pics of the cooking process:

As the pizza was cooking, we set a romantic table for two:

Who says you have to go to a restaurant to have a great date night?

Our meal was restaurant-delicious, too!

Um, yeah…we killed it:

After we demolished the pizza  finished eating, we continued date night with two of our favorite things: a fire and Scrabble!  (Yes, we are eighty.  What of it?)

The boys built the fire while Ella and I sat on the couch and watched.

Somehow, we all ended up like this:

…which eventually turned into this:

Our dogs have no sense of personal boundaries :-)

Here’s Ryan…right before I whupped him with a triple letter score!  Sorry, sucka!

I can get pretty competitive with Scrabble– we take it very seriously in this household :-)

To wrap up date night, I am now blogging as the hub cleans up the kitchen.  What a great date!

Hope your weekend has been lovely.  Christmas is getting closer…and closer…and closer!  It’ll be here before we know it!

See you tomorrow, friends!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. patti permalink
    December 7, 2009 2:55 am

    Glad you had a good weekend. It is so much fun to follow you with your blog. I am starting to have second thoughts about a Scrabble game while you are here – you have been practicing! The pizza looked good – I have never tried one like that before. Will you put the crust recipe on the blog?

    • December 7, 2009 12:58 pm

      Thanks Patti! This is actually the first time we’ve played in a while, so no need to be worried :-)

  2. December 7, 2009 3:23 am

    You two are adorable! I love that you play scrabble! Who won??

    Butternut Squash on a Pizza!! What a good idea!!

  3. Ginger Lowe permalink
    December 7, 2009 12:40 pm

    I’m having second thoughts about Scrabble, also! We might have to play ’80′s Trivia instead…no, wait… That pizza did look good – I never would have thought of squash on pizza! Enjoyed chatting last night (I didn’t know I was calling during date night…sorry!)

  4. December 7, 2009 1:47 pm

    Yummy! I’m a sucker for pizza and butternut squash so that combo looks fabulous to me! Thanks for sharing.

  5. December 8, 2009 12:48 am

    Yum!! I love homemade pizza nights! My family gets pretty competitive with scrabble as well!

  6. December 8, 2009 10:46 am

    I’ve never had squash on pizza but it looks so good! Homemade pizza nights are fabulous, especially when you get to enjoy the rest of the night with your loved ones (people and animals alike ;)).

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