Friday, February 10, 2012

Life's Easy Pleasures - Shrimp Pizza & Chocolate Muffins

Since there's always lots to do... too much to do on any day off, it's nice to be able to take some shortcuts in the kitchen... or at least some very quick things to prepare... with little mess to clean up.

It is February and Valentine's Day is fast approaching so it seems like every food site is focused on chocolate. I do have a few very decadent, very delicious, very fattening options I could have chosen my own creation

or the most decadent and yet simple to make
They truly stop any conversation... all you will hear is the moaning.

But today, reading through my email... I found a recipe from Robin Hood Four that I had to try... mostly because I have buttermilk in the fridge, bought for some Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins - not chocolate, but so good and so easy to whip up.   But I digress,  the Double Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins , seen at the top of the post are wonderful.  Perfect for a mid morning treat or... well... whenever the mood strikes.

So that's the CHOCOLATE part of the story.  The reality is, as good as chocolate tastes and it even has lots of health benefits... particularly in terms of mood enhancement... we still need more variety in life.

Being more of a savory than sweet kind of girl, I love spicy and salty and, frankly when feeling hungry, I'd head for the fridge for some cold chicken or meat or maybe whip up a quick pizza like this one...
The longest part... waiting for the oven to heat up enough to crisp the crust like the ones you get at a pizzeria.  I often make my pizza dough from scratch, but recently I discovered some prebaked pizza crusts at the grocery store in the bread department and , while not exactly homemade, they certainly speed up the process and taste delicious.

The weekend is coming up, and after running lots of errands or whatever you do on the weekend... what is your favorite, easy to prepare sustenance?


Patsyk said...

Weekends are when I do my "long" cooking dishes... even with errands, I manage to have more time to spend in the kitchen than I do on weeknights. That pizza looks fantastic... wondering if I could get my boys to try that combination or not... hmmmm.

Joanne said...

I'd be so happy to wake up to one of those muffins! I'm the same as Patsy...most of my cooking gets done on the weekends since the weeks are so hectic!

Goody said...

Those muffins sound perfect for tomorrow morning. My favourite weekend meal (works for breakfast or dinner) is one that I found last year:

You wouldn't think beans on toast would be such a great meal, but for some reason this one just comes together wonderfully. I never would have thought of using caraway, and at first it sounded strange, but it really does lose something if you omit it. Sometimes I fry and egg and serve it on top, just to make a more rounded meal of it.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

We could easily get our chocolate fix here Ruth and that pizza is a must try as well.