Not your normal pizza

Here’s a really fun way to make a calzone. I found this recipe here and have made it several times, including for Christmas Eve dinner at my parents’ house.

The only essential ingredient is Pillsbury Pizza Crust:


Spread the crust onto a greased baking sheet, and add your pizza toppings. I used tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperonis.


Now for the fun part! With a knife, divide the sides into one-inch strips, making sure not to cut beyond the toppings.


Lift one strip at a time over the toppings, overlapping the strips from top to bottom. Cover as much of the toppings as possible.


Bake at 375 degrees for 25-35 minutes.


She’s not the prettiest calzone you’ve ever seen, but still pretty darn delicious. And if you’re cooking for two, it’s definitely great for leftovers.


Easter Eats

I didn’t set the kitchen on fire making Easter dinner tonight — a success indeed.

I invited my sister Maggie and her husband Scott over for pork tenderloin. Only problem was, I had never made pork tenderloin before.

So I found a slow cooker recipe (great for a ‘slow’ cook like me). It’s hard to mess up when all you have to do is plop a piece of meat in a pot for 6 hours.


Photo credit: Mike Martin

I followed this recipe (Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin) and then made some oasted red potatoes and cut up some strawberries. Maggie brought over a delicious green bean casserole.

For dessert, I made chocolate chip cookies. But I WISH I had made this:


It’s called a pizookie. I had not heard of this until today, while reading another blog. It’s a giant cookie, served slightly undercooked and fresh out of the oven, with vanilla ice cream on top.

I promise, if I am blessed to receive a round baking dish for our wedding, I will make one for everyone who comes over.