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If you are American, you probably eat pizza all the time. Shoot, you may even eat vegetarian pizza sometimes. Although if you get double-cheese, that pretty much counts as meat. This is not that. This is home-assembled pizza (with a crust mix, I’m not that ambitious on weeknights) that is delicious and filling and actually not terrible for you. Because the sauce is leaves and the meat is vegetables.

I call this "Greeeeen pizza." Featuring broccoli, zucchini, serrano peppers, and onions which may or may not be green.

I call this “Greeeeen pizza.” Featuring broccoli, zucchini, serrano peppers, mild green peppers, and onions (which may or may not be green, don’t judge me!).

You can even use different combinations of vegetables to create alternative delights catering to the tastes of your guests.

If you have a sous chef handy, assembling ingredients beforehand would be a great task for them.

If you have a sous chef handy, assembling ingredients beforehand would be a great task for them. From top left, this was two pizza’s worth of toppings: zucchini, broccoli, garlic, bell pepper, serrano pepper, white asparagus, fresh turmeric, and caramelized onions.

That’s right. So many veggies, and so few preparation steps. You can’t not love it. Assembly instructions for the pictured pizza as well as even more delicious veggie alternatives below:

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I have been busy. Busy with school, busy with lab, busy baking and cooking and taking pictures of food and then being disappointed with the picture or forgetting to upload them or failing to record recipes.

But mostly… I’ve been watching sports. I’m sorry. It sounds silly, but hey, the Detroit Tigers and the Michigan Wolverines are important parts of my life! Especially because I spend a lot of time watching those games with people who like to eat food. Hence, a long absence.

Anyway, you don’t care about that. You care about food, otherwise why the hell would you be here? So I am here to tell you a story about apples. An entire bushel of apples, as it turns out, meaning this is part one of a series of posts of things I’ve baked. But to start, we need to explore what apples mean during the fall in Michigan:

This is what every cider mill in Southeast Michigan looks like from mid September to early November. Except sometimes it's raining.

This is what every cider mill in Southeast Michigan looks like from mid September to early November. Except sometimes it’s raining.

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Alright, so it turns out that once you fall off the wagon, it’s hard to get back on. My picture-of-dinner-every-night experiment was really fun for me, maybe not that exciting for you guys, but life got in the way. I will say I have been both cooking more and eating out more than I did in the past (leftovers tend to go for lunch these days), so sometime soon I’ll post a recap of pictures I took in the interim.

But that’s not what today is about. Today is about celebrating a delicious, beautiful, tender leafy green: baby bok choy. Because I don’t grow my own bok choy, I have no idea if Baby Bok Choy is actually the younger version of the grown-up thing, or if it’s a different plant species, but it tastes lemony and wonderful and can be eaten all by itself. Also performs nicely in a quesadilla, if you’re into that. And yesterday I decided to make a soup out of it. Yayyyyyy soup!

I didn't have the presence of mind to take a picture while the chicken stock was still IN the jar, but this is what I put into the soup, minus light seasonings.

I didn’t have the presence of mind to take a picture while the chicken stock was still IN the jar, but this is what I put into the soup, minus light seasonings.

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Sunday: Travel and KFC

I don’t even know the girls in this picture I took (although I think they’re from the U of Indiana women’s Ultimate team), but this is what I was doing on Sunday morning. Wearing a LOT of winter clothes, hanging out in the cold and running through the mud after a Frisbee.

This couch was the only place to sit down within half a mile of where we playing Ultimate, other than in a mud puddle.

This couch was the only place to sit down within half a mile of where we played, other than in a mud puddle.

We had an absolute blast. For those of you unfamiliar with this college sport, the only way you really get to compete is by traveling to tournaments during the SPRING (given this information, you’d be amazed how many Northeastern schools have good teams), playing for 10 to 12 hours between Saturday and Sunday, and driving home while everyone smells bad. Also, tournament food is usually something like gigantic tubs of peanut butter and jelly, bagels, and pallets of bananas. While Chicago Invite had all those offerings, they ALSO had Ramen and hot water. I did not partake of this, but the undergrads were extremely excited about it. I would say my biggest accomplishment of the weekend was not falling asleep in the car ride on the way home.

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I am late posting this. I realize it makes me look like a huge slacker. But, as you will see below, I spent Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon in Chicago (well, the burbs of Chicago) playing Ultimate until I was covered in mud and could barely stand up. And then I had to catch up on work AND homework. But don’t worry, that didn’t keep me from eating dinner! So here we are, slightly late but just as happy.

Sunday: St. Patty’s Day!

Today, as you likely know, is St. Patrick’s Day. Traditionally, American kids get drunk as hell and make jokes about Irish stuff we don’t know anything about.

Well, today, lucky me, I got to go to WORK! So I had to skip the traditional part, but I did get to make Irish-ish food for dinner! I went the shepherd’s pie route since I had leftover mashed potatoes, and it was an excellent choice. First you make a meat pie:

This is the base for shepherd's pie. And fullness.

This is the base for shepherd’s pie. And fullness.

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