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Olas & Chanclas | Carmalized Balsamic Onion and Blue Cheese Pizza with BasilWe usually do Friday night pizza night with the family. We’re not pizza snobs by any means, so this usually entails walking down to the pier to Cassano’s, a family-friendly (doesn’t matter how loud the kids are or that our little tornado screams “CHOO CHOO,” anytime the train passes by), pizza-by-the-slice-if-you-like joint that serves up one of the best White Pizzas (add basil!) ever. We had a regular waitress (gonna miss ya, Stephanie) who would set lemonades down for the kids and bring out a pitcher of Stella with two chilled pint glasses as soon as we sat down. So the fact that the landlord had a personal issue with the owner and refused to renew the lease, resulting in a local restaurant taking it over, is quite a disappointment. No recipes are being sold, so that means our favorite White Pizza and our coveted available-only-in-March St. Patrick’s Day Pizza (yup, corned beef, sauerkraut and mustard — don’t knock it ’til you try it because it is [was] absolutely amazing and addicting) are no longer. {super sad face here}

I’m not saying we won’t try the new place out once it’s up and running (it isn’t the new business owner’s fault the landlord crapped on the previous owner), but for now, we’re taking the opportunity to try making our own pizza. The girls can add their own toppings and that makes it more entertaining for them (even if they don’t get to search for sea glass and swing on the sand before dinner). The hubs and I can try all sorts of different ingredients, which is always fun.

Making the dough from scratch is a cinch. Bobby Flay (our hero) has a simple recipe my boss has touted, so of course that’s the dough we went with. You end up with two balls. I cut up the second ball into thirds so that each little one has their own pizza and can add whatever their hearts desire (of course little man gets what we say he gets). The first time we did pizza from scratch at home I also made a tomato sauce from scratch. The hubs thought it was overboard, but it was a really easy recipe and didn’t take long. I’m trying to dig that thing up so I can point you to it, but I will have to come back and update because for some reason I totally spaced pinning it to my board. The second time I used jarred Ragu I had on hand. It worked, but it certainly wasn’t nearly as tasty as the scratch sauce. Anyway, I digress …

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Olas & Chanclas | Pasta with Marinated Roasted Peppers and Bacon

My husband set me up for a challenge (sorta) yesterday when I asked what he wanted for dinner.

At this exact moment in time our cupboards are bare and the fridge is practically empty. We are definitely due for a big Costco run this weekend, so I didn’t want to go to the grocery store for just one or two ingredients. I hate wasting time. But he reminded me that we had bacon and joked we could make all 3 lbs. of it. I chuckled. He said to make pasta. I said we didn’t have anything to put into the sauce (we always have a bottle or two for a base sauce to which I add protein and veggies). We agreed we’d throw together some quesadillas for the kids (most times we go without at night — I know, I know, bad habit!). But when I was done texting him, I set out to use said bacon in a pasta dish.

And it just so happened that in the morning I found my leftover roasted bell peppers that I had made for a pizza topping the week before. I was planning on eating them for lunch and had whisked up a quick vinaigrette/marinade in the morning to boost their flavor. But I’m a giver, so I decided to skip those for lunch and instead incorporate them into the pasta dish. Now I was set.

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I think one of the most difficult things about parenting is getting homemade, somewhat healthy food into the mouths of my babes. You know, something that’s actually fresh and not thrown into the oven after being removed from the freezer. Not only are you dealing with picky eaters, but when you work full time and don’t get everyone home until after 5 and bedtime is 7 and 7:30 with homework and showers to be had, there isn’t a lot of time to always cook from scratch.

Lately we’ve been cooking a large meal on Sunday to allow for leftovers for at least one or two nights during the week. But I also don’t want to burn the kids out on the same thing three meals in a row. So I’m always keeping my eye out for dishes that are fast, easy and kid-friendly (just as every other parent is probably doing … I know I’m not alone here).

Anyway, my kids are like all other kids on the planet and love chicken fingers (or nuggets, um .. well, you know, the dinosaur-shaped Costco ones). They’re even pretty good about eating the larger, actual-breaded-chicken tenders you get at a restaurant. So when I came across this recipe on Pinterest (from the Mommy? I’m Hungry! blog), I thought it would be perfect because it’s a homemade meal that’s semi-healthy and the kids would love it. Let’s just say that my 20 mo. old ate three large pieces and the girls asked for seconds. That equals success in my book. It’s simple, pretty fast and you don’t need to buy any special ingredients (we always have a large box of Bisquick in the house because the hubs makes pancakes and waffles for the family on the weekends).

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