Saturday, August 25, 2012

rainer maria rilke

You nights of anguish.  Why didn't I kneel more deeply to accept you,

Inconsolable sisters, and, surrendering, lose myself
in your loosened hair.  How we squander our hours of pain.

How we gaze beyond them into the bitter duration
To see if they have an end.  Though they are really
Seasons of us, our winter . . .

Monday, August 6, 2012

homemade vegetarian pizza

homemade pizza
Makes 2-3 Pizzas, depending on how thick you like the crust

Pizza Dough
2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)

½ cup brown sugar

2 ¼ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C – tepid)
1.5 teaspoon salt
½ cup olive oil

5 – 6 cups all-purpose flour (2.5 whole wheat, the rest unbleached white)

  • In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution.
  • Mix in the flour: 2 1/2 cups of the white flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, mix well, then continue to add flour until it's kneadable.
  • Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and continue to knead in more flour as needed, until the dough is no longer sticky.
  • Place the dough into a well-oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth.
  • Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour (but you can allow for 2-3 hours if you want to prepare the dough earlier in the day).
  • Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out.

Don't use too much oil to line the bowl, it makes it difficult to handle the dough.

Pizza Sauce
If you have the time to make your own:
14.5 oz canned stewed tomatoes (with Italian seasoning)

1 - 6 oz can tomato paste

2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
Mix ingredients together, blend with immersion blender.

2 jars Newman’s Own Marinara

Pizza Toppings
1 – 2 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 large onion, chopped (this is enough for only one pizza)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 C mushrooms (this is enough for only one pizza)
1/2 pepper of each of 2 kinds:  yellow, orange, green, and/or red pepper
2 pkgs Follow Your Heart mozzarella cheese (split between 3 pizzas)
2 pkgs Kraft low-fat cheddar (split between 3 pizzas)

Add chopped onion to oil in a skillet. Cook on medium heat until onions are translucent. You can add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar after this step to caramelize the onions. Lower the heat a little and add the rest of your ingredients that need to be sauteed (peppers, mushrooms, etc).

Other Topping Ideas:

black olives, 
Boca Ground Veggie Crumbles
, Vegan Pepperoni (try LightLife)
banana peppers
            (I don't sautee' these, I buy them pickled in a jar and just place them on top)

1.  Preheat your oven to 450
2.  Roll dough out to fit your pizza pan. Having a good 
     pizza stone or pan does make all the difference.
3.  Next top with pizza sauce (either your own or store 
     bought variety)
4.  Add your preferred toppings. You can do all the pizzas 
    the same or mix it up.
5. Top with shredded Follow Your Heart mozzarella cheese.
6. Bake 12 – 15 minutes (when crust is brown and cheese is 
7. Let cool for 5 – 10 minutes before serving
8. Bon appetit!

homemade pizza w-cheese

loners . . .

“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
                          - Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

Thursday, August 2, 2012

intellectuals vs. freaks

“When I first began writing I felt that writing should go on I still do feel that it should go on but when I first began writing I was completely possessed by the necessity that writing should go on and if writing should go on what had colons and semi-colons to do with it, what had commas to do with it what had periods to do with it what had small letters and *capitals to do with it to do with writing going on which was at the time the most profound need I had in connection with writing.”
                (Gertrude Stein, Lectures In America, 1935)

I don’t know how Gertrude Stein could articulate such an observation, such a need, or how Stanely Fish (How To Write A Sentence) could interpret it without having dropped acid. Seriously.

Maybe that’s the difference between intellectuals and freaks.

*A woman after my own heart.