Last night I decided to try my hand at some of this fancy shmancy cooking that Snack Monkey has been doing lately so I pulled out the leftover dough he made last week, floured up the counter and rolled the dough out into two calzones. In Snack Monkey's I did ricotta, white sauce, pepperoni, chicken (which I cooked in the oven with a tsp of EVOO, 2 Tbsps rice wine vinegar, and generous sprinkles of sage, salt, and pepper at 350 degrees for 30 minutes in a glass bread pan), broccoli, mushrooms, a few slices of white american cheese, and garlic powder. The disaster with this one is that I made the mistake of putting all the fillings in while the dough was still on the counter so then, when it came time to move it to the pan, I realized it was a doughy, floppy, mess way too big for any of the spatula's that I own. After messing with it for awhile and trying, unsuccessfully to slide it onto a plate for transport I finally just picked the whole thing up, shape be damned, and dropped it on the pizza stone. The top of it was stretched so thin in places that it was almost transparent and I was really worried that it was going to suck but I brushed some egg white over it, popped it in the oven and kept a close eye on it.
With mine I put the ricotta and home made pizza sauce on it then moved it to a floured cookie sheet before adding the filling. I used chicken, mushrooms, broccoli, and garbanzo beans. I forgot to the put the garlic powder, salt and pepper on the inside like I did with Snack Monkey's so I sprinkled some on the top after I put the egg white over it. Snack Monkey's calzone actually came out pretty good, it didn't look pretty by any means but the top was golden brown and the bottom was cooked perfectly and he said it tasted great but made waaaaay to much for him to eat in one sitting. Mine, on the other hand, burned black and hard as a rock on the top and the entire bottom stuck to the cookie sheet so that the thing literally snapped in two (top and bottom) when we tried to put it on my plate. I ended up scraping all the guts out of mine, putting some Frank's red hot on them and throwing the entire crust, top and bottom, in the trash. I didn't take pictures because it was just too humiliating.
oh yeah ... and it's also picture time!
|November 2010 - 287.0 lbs|
|February 2011 - 252.5 lbs|
p.s. I really wanted to re-color the old image and then lay the new image over top of it and make it 50% transparent so I can see the shadow of what I used to be behind the image of what I am now but my freakin photo editing software is a pile of cheap crap! So, if any of you have good photo editing software and would like to make me a little present *cute hopeful grin* I would be EXTREMELY grateful! :)
p.s.s. yes, I got chocolate dipped fruit from my sweetie for Valentines day. How cool is he that he thought to get fruit instead of just regular old dipped chocolates? I looked up the calories online though and they are 30 calories per piece. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!
5 glasses of water
1 cup of coffee w/creamer
roasted chicken and pita chips
2 chocolate dipped strawberries (60 cals)
2 chocolate dipped banana's (60 cals)
1 chocolate dipped apple slice (30 cals)
1 serving chicken piccata
8 oz Reisling
Daily Caloric Intake: 1254
The things couples do on Valentines day. :)