December 25, 2009

I've Been Thinkin...fatbeats

I was introduced to this song when I was in college by my good friend Flakes.  I remember sitting in his "studio" listening to his latest beats.  Then he played this song.  I made him play it 5 more times.  Handsome Boy Modeling School is dope, but Cat Powers is even doper.  Put the two together and you've got this incredibly sexy track.  It was a jam then, and it's jam now.

The #6, Bacon Leek Goat cheese Pizza: goodeats

I make this pizza at least once a week.  It was originally inspired by a pizza I always get at Pizzeria Mozza (look out for a future post on that gem).  It's extremely easy to make yet looks and tastes very gourmet.  Ladies....this is the pizza you bust out when you want to subtly allude "Yes, I'm hot, successful and damned bring me my wine!" Fellas, this is the pizza that will make your girl swoon and think, "did he say goat cheese? goat cheese!? ...I love him...."
All in all, this is a home run recipe that I guarentee will have you and yours smacking your lips.  Introducing your new secret weapon... the #6.

#6 (bacon, leek, goat cheese pizza):
inspired by the bacon leek goatcheese pizza at Pizzeria Mozza
-2 stalks of leek
-Mozzarella cheese
-Goat Cheese
-Cloves of garlic cut in half
-corn meal pizza crusts (found at any Wholefoods)

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.  Pre-heat your toaster oven to 350 degrees. Begin by cooking the bacon in a large, high walled skillet.  Meanwhile, thoroughly wash and roughly slice the leeks (I say rough because they will shrink down when they cook).  Put the halved garlic pieces into a oven safe bowl (or you can just make a makeshift foil bowl) and generously cover with olive oil.  Bake in the toaster oven for about 10 minutes until the garlic is bubbling.  After the bacon is cooked to your liking (I under cook mine slightly and they crisp up perfectly in the oven) transfer to a paper toweled plate to drain.  Take another paper towel and soak up excess grease from the pan, leaving enough to barely coat the bottom of the skillet.  Sautee the leeks in the bacon grease until they shrink down.  To prepare the crust, drizzle some olive oil on it then generously cover with mozzarella cheese (shredded or sliced, whatever you've got on hand).  Add on the sauteed leeks to the pizza.  Chop cooked bacon and sprinkle on top of the leeks along with the garlic chunks.  Top with goat cheese and season with some salt and pepper.  Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until top is golden brown. Voila! Mario Batali just got owned!

The Party:
The After-Party:

The After-After Party:

A few notes: The corn meal crust   from WholeFoods is ESSENTIAL.  Sure, you can be fancy and make your own dough, but I've found that this specific crust is perfect and makes your life much easier.  First of all, it's the perfect size.  Two come in a pack and are personal pizza sizes.  The crust also has this nice crunch and a very nutty flavor.  Also, I want to point out that yes, this pizza does not have a sauce.  No marinera, no pesto...if this bugs you, just consider the bacon grease the sauce ;) 

Now go pencil in your next pizza party, enjoy!

December 24, 2009

cookie monster: goodeats

A few weeks ago Anabray and I got lost in Sur la Table, our favorite store, and came upon these cute cookie box kits.  SCORE, xmas gifts for everyone in the office!  I spent all of Monday and Tuesday evening baking cookies for 8 of my colleagues and was high off powdered sugar and flour come bedtime.  Box menu included:

1) Strawberry Lemon thumbprint cookies             

2) Whoopies (the name alone validates why I just had to bake them)

3) Molasses Ginger cookies

4) Peanut Butter cup cookies

5) Toffee, Almond, Chocolate chip cookies

My favorite cookie turned out to be the strawberry lemon thumbprints.  The lemon cookies alone would be great--sweet, tangy with just the right amount of chew.  Here they are all boxed up.

All recipes are keepers with one minor exception for the whoopies. The chocolate patties were extremely moist and chewy, almost like a cake consistency but I'm not a fan of marshmallow, so next time I may omit it.  But all in all, my cookie baking marathon seemed successful and turned out to be an affordable and tasty gift!

special shout out to trusty assistant who turned out to be not so trusty haha ;)

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

sluggish ruggish:fatbeats

slug. marry me.

Fategories? Let's Play!

Chunk gets me every time...

I've finally mustered up the energy to start a blog. Naming the new baby delayed the debut, but butter my jammy is perfect. There were a few notable contenders however...

1) Let'sSpoon
2) GluttonChops
3) DimSumandThenSum
4) Sauced
5) Elephantasy
6) Balls on Your Chin Cooking Blog
7) Fatalogues
8) I shovel my food
9) FoodComa
10) EatingLA

A big thank you to my friends and family who helped me brainstorm names. I think I'll stick with a stick of butter my jammy :)

Moving on! Welcome to butter my jammy, a space where I can post anything that delights my fancy or tickles my palate. 

I'll try to post as often as possible, and please feel free to leave any feedback. If you're reading this, chances are a namedrop my happen from time to time, and you wouldn't want to miss it would you?

Thanks for stopping by...Cheers to good eats and fat beats!

Let's butter those jammys!