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Pizza Friday

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It’s the end of week and we are going out of town in a few days, so I’m on a mission to use up all the randoms in the refrigerator. I’ve been wanting to make homemade pizza, but kneading dough isn’t my idea of fun after a long day of keeping up with a toddler and freshly walking baby. I got the bright idea to use some leftover Indian Naan as the pizza crust. (If you are unfamiliar with naan, it’s sort of like a thick tortilla that can be served with most dishes. Real Indian cooks would make their own, but everyone else buys it frozen or in these kind of packages.)

BEFORE: Naan from the Indian Supermarket

I put tomato sauce on top, leaving a little bit of crust space. Then I added leftover cheeses, sliced bell peppers and sausage. I baked them on a lightly oiled cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. That’s it.

There are so many ways this can be varied. They make different flavors of naan and of course there are so many different sauces, cheeses and toppings. Because they are small, I can make them tailored for each of our preferences and it’s a great way to use up leftovers from the week.

Now I have a new Friday night regular.

AFTER: Pizza Crust

Butternut Squash

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BEFORE: An intimidating squash

I’ve always eyed those falltime squashes in the produce section. They look so hearty, but so hard to cook. My mom saw a recipe for butternut squash soup on a cooking show and e-mailed me directions. I made a few changes, here’s what I did:

  1. Using the most serious knife I have, I cut off the ends and split it down the middle.
  2. Scooped out the seedy, pitty part.
  3. Lined a baking sheet with nonstick foil and put the two halves down–skins up.
  4. Roasted almost 2 hours (a little bit too long) at 350.
  5. Melted butter and fried up half an onion in a pot, adding the roasted squash (minus its skin) and vegetable stock.
  6. Let it simmer in the pressure cooker for about 10-15 minutes.
  7. Added melted sour cream and some Indian chaat masala spice.
  8. Whipped it with the hand mixer before serving.

    AFTER: Dinner