Wednesday, September 1, 2010

How to pretend you are fancy

Here's a little recipe for you all that I tried last week. It was inspired by an appetizer from this Tapas restaurant that Kevin and I went to  The appetizer was a baked Brie with apples and all sorts of other yummy stuff to dip in it. Anyways, I've been watching a little too much Top Chef lately and was feeling a little creative so I threw together this little ditty. It's quick, easy and your friends or family will think you are super fancy. It makes for a great light lunch or, if you cut it into smaller pieces, a fabulous appetizer for your next party.

Honey Garlic Apple and Brie Pizza

Wedge of Brie Cheese (about 6-8 oz)
3 Granny Smith Apples
Honey Garlic Sauce (recipe below)
1 large pizza dough/crust ( I used a Boboli so I didn't have to bother cooking anything else!)

First prepare the Honey Garlic Sauce. This is the hardest part of the whole recipe but it is yummy and the unused sauce is great with chicken breasts and rice.
For the sauce you'll need:
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 tbsp. minced garlic
½ cup honey
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup water
3 tbsp. soy sauce
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch 1 tbsp. water
•Put the butter in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly for approximately two minutes.
•Add honey, chicken broth, water, soy sauce and brown sugar. Stir until well blended.
•Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce heat. Allow the mixture to simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
•Place the cornstarch in a small bowl and add 1 tbsp. of water. Beat with a fork until no lumps remain. Adjust the amount of water, if necessary, to completely dissolve the cornstarch. (NOTE: Add the cornstarch a little at a time. For me the sauce turned out to be a little thick, so the next time I make it I will probably use a little less cornstarch, but if you add it gradually you can adjust it to your desired thickness.)
•Whisk the cornstarch gradually into the sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil, stirring constantly for 5 to 10 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
What it looks like pre-oven!!

Now the easy part:
Add the sauce to your pizza dough.
Thinly slice your apples and arrange on the pizza.
Break or slice the Brie and spread over the apples.
Drizzle with extra sauce if you prefer.
Bake at 375 for 15 mins or until cheese is melted and gooey!!

As for Working Mommy Wednesday's question...what is the hardest part about being a mom...I'm a little all over the place on that one. Before I became a mother I thought the hardest part would be getting no sleep and having no time to myself. But I've been blessed with a baby that slept pretty well from the get-go and I'm lucky enough to have family that actually fights over who gets to babysit.  I feel very fortunate to have had it so "easy" thus far (and terrified that my next child is going to be the devil himself/herself) but there are still things that are hard for me. Like time. How it's flying by way too fast. And how I can't seem to find enough of it. How I like working and making money but when I am away from my little boy I'm counting the seconds until I see his little smiley face.
This morning as I was putting some dishes away, Jack crawled next to me. All of a sudden I heard him say "kitty cat" and when I looked down, he was pointing at the kitty cat in his book. I just stood there in awe of my little boy and how smart he was. He amazes me everyday, even if he can now say kitty cat and Daddy but still can't say Mommy. 

side note: another hard part about being a mom is not becoming THAT mom. I wanted to run and post this accomplishment as my facebook status and tell everyone I worked with about it, but I refrained. Because I refuse to be one of those parents that gushes about my child's every accomplishment. Even if I do think he is the greatest, smartest, cutest, strongest baby that ever lived.

side, side note: I get to brag here 'cause it's my blog. If you don't like it, than suck it!

But I think the hardest part about being a mother is still yet to come. The hardest part, if I had to guess, is making sure that your children grow up with enough love, discipline, and knowledge to succeed in this world. It's teaching them respect and compassion for others. Instilling confidence in them without making them arrogant. Teaching them hard work but importance of dreaming big and always reaching for the stars.
I can only hope that as Jack gets older I'll learn as I go...and no doubt I'll make a few mistakes. But that's what life's all about!


Susan DiMickele said...

Looks like an awesome recipe. Visiting from WMW!

Erin said...

This recipe looks AWESOME. We have pizza night in our house every Thursday so this is one I will certainly try.

You should take a look at the video I posted on my blog earlier today. It fits perfectly with the other WMW question today.

Tom Maas said...

As Jack's grandfather, I too was amazed at the words coming out of his mouth. I want everyone to know that I at first did not believe Angie when she said that Jack pointed in the book and said Kitty Cat. Let me tell you folks that at nine months old, that grandson of mine made me feel like a fool. He not only showed me the Kitty cat in the book but repeated it several times today. I am so proud to be your grandfather Jack. Love You!

Julia Ladewski said...

you said it all so perfectly!!! and of course you can brag about your boy!! that's what mommies are for!! ;)

Diane said...

We definitely don't want to be "that mom" but those accomplishments are meant to be shared and cherished! I'm always excited to hear about these moments! And I agree with you, my stint in motherhood has been pretty easy overall (thank God!!!) and I'm sure there are many trials and hard times to come!

Oh and Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting, it is always appreciated! :)

Louise said...

Visiting back belatedly from WMW and now following. Your post made me smile - part of the reason I started my mom blog was so I could post all my "mom stuff" - ie: baby milestones and the challenges with becoming a parent - on my blog rather to Facebook so it didn't "look" like I'd become one of those moms who suddenly thought about nothing else. I think it works well for me :)

About the hardest part still to come - ie: raising a good person - oooh yeah - it's a big task and a huge responsibility - but I look at how my parents did (I think okay) - and how my hubby's parents did (I think pretty darn good) - and I think we'll be okay too.

I'll visit again!