Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

Today on the internet, a bunch of us food bloggers are having a virtual Baby Shower for Jessica of How Sweet It Is.

So…. that means FOOD FOR DAYS or more like WEEKS.

The theme of this baby shower is foods that are “Trashed Up.”

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

I wanted to tip the scales of indulgence and make a pizza with

POTATOES

PESTO and….

Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza // shutterbean

BACON.

And here it is… The potatoes add a creamy element the pesto is EVERYTHING and the bacon pushes the pizza to the edge! It’s kinda like a pesto-y scalloped potato pizza situation.  I also added a few walnuts for good crunchy twist.

Congratulations, Jessica! I can’t wait to see you become a mother! Your baby is going to be the best fed child EVER.  And if you have a picky eater child like I do…. I AM HERE TO CONSOLE YOU.

Mushroom Polenta Bites

Mushroom Polenta Bites // shutterbean

When I was a kid, my parents used to have a lot of catered parties. While my brothers spent the whole time fighting over the Atari downstairs all hopped up on soda (the only time we had it!), I was standing in a corner in the kitchen watching the caterer assemble serving platters. The assembly line fascinated me…the pace…the rhythm….the way one folds a piece of salami in half and creates a fan with it on a serving plate. To this day, I love putting together a spread because it’s like setting up a tableau. It’s a true art form!

Mushroom Polenta Bites // shutterbean

To continue our discussion about setting up an antipasti platter, I was telling you that I like to make things easy on myself and make one or two special/fancypants appetizers.  If I’m serving a dinner afterward, I scale back on the apps because I don’t even want to HEAR THAT YOU ARE FULL when I spent all this time on DINNER for us.  If only people knew how to control themselves….

But then again, maybe I should stop putting out all this deliciousness?

Mushroom Polenta Bites // shutterbean

As the first blogger course of the #BertolliGoldLabel Italian Progressive Dinner Party,  I came up with this recipe for Mushroom Polenta Bites using the Bertolli® Gold Label  Imported Porcini Mushrooms paired with White Truffle Oil sauce.  The polenta rounds are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Each one is topped with the porcini & white truffle infused sauce, sautéed mushrooms and slivers of Parmesan cheese.

People will keep coming back for more!

Promise. 

 

And I Quote:

The poetry of the Earth // shutterbean

A good moment // shutterbean

Admit your errors // shutterbean

simplify

Turn your face to the sun // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Here’s what this past week looked like:

The best part of Halloween is THE SORT.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

SUGARRRRRRRRR

My Everyday Life: Week 44

TURTLES IN A HALF SHELL

My Everyday Life: Week 44

The light was incredible on Halloween.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Two chickens in looooove.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Favorite costume.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

BOOOO

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Too soon?

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Shooting day in the kitchen.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Making store bought matches fancy.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

IGGS.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

The Autumn Colors I like:

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Sock change.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

MENTAL HEALTH DAY.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Leslie. 

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Tide pool.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Yes to all of this.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

A jolt of energy.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Let’s taco-bout it.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

A real dinner.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Microscopic.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

A birthday celebration.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

A drawing playdate.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

 

A discussion about the word INVERSE.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Potato things.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Blooop.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

 

A trip to Big Sur.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

A split second.

My Everyday Life: Week 44

haveagreat

 

I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY!

  1. How good do these doughnuts look??
  2. These were my favorite cookies from my childhood.
  3. I don’t think I’ve ever had breakfast in bed. Time to change that.
  4. If you want to take a mental break, watch this video.
  5. This music video made me dizzy…but like GOOD dizzy.
  6. I love that this week is TOTORO WEEK on iamfoodblog.
  7. Is it weird that I fell in love with a clothes folder? I’m really obsessed.
  8. SO MUCH SATISFACTION HERE.
  9. SQUIRREL!
  10. This drink is so pretty.
  11. I’m also super intrigued by this one.
  12. Who doesn’t love snooping in other people’s fridges?
  13. What a cute idea for Halloween.
  14. Such a good photo series.
  15. Jen’s house on Design Mom!
  16. Sexy Halloween costumes…for MOMS!
  17. Staying with family during the holidays. OOF.
  18. I really love Kristen Bell & Amy Poehler
  19. I WANT TO LIVE HERE.
  20. 10 Ways to Get Better at Living
  21. A little organizing porn!

 

 

CHEDDAR APPLE BITES

CHEDDAR APPLE BITES // shutterbean

Cheddar and apples. It’s totally a thing. I think I heard of this combo when I was a kid and was like WHAAAAT? Whyyyyyy? And then I tried it….it took awhile…. and then I became a believer.  It works best with extra sharp cheddar cheese.  It’s sweet…it’s savory…and if we had to make it into THE PERFECT BITE, I’d probably add a pretzel on top. GAME OVER.

 

Creating an Antipasti Platter

Creating an Antipasti Platter // shutterbean

Every few months, Casey and I host a wine tasting at our house.  He’s in charge of the get-together (it’s his wine group afterall!) while I work on the food. Bertolli recently contacted me to see if I’d like to be apart of their Bertolli Gold Label Progressive Italian Dinner Party with a few other food bloggers. Over the next few weeks, you can follow along to see how we all hosted our own gatherings and then brought them together through a virtual Gold Label Dinner Party menu.  I thought it might be a good way to show you what goes into creating an antipasti platter for one of our wine parties- from selecting the wines to pairing food items.  As the first blogger course of the #BertolliGoldLabel Progressive Dinner Party,  I came up with an original recipe (hope you love polenta & mushrooms!) using one of their Bertolli Gold Label sauces and will post that soon.  

Let the Sunshine In Cocktail

Let the Sunshine In Cocktail // shutterbean

We worked hard to meet our goal of arriving to Big Sur before the sun went down on Friday. But when we got there, the weather had another plan. There was an incredibly thick blanket of fog hovering over the water as we were getting settled into our hotel room. Casey poured a glass of wine and I made this drink and we went out to check out our view on our balcony and out of nowhere, this happened:

Let the Sunshine In Cocktail // shutterbean

AND IT WAS TOTALLY BECAUSE I USED AN ORANGE instead of the LIME I WANTED.

<oprah voice>

That’s TOTALLY it.