Joy the Baker

Weekend Meal Inspiration

April 3, 2009

Pizza- From Scratch

A good while back I found myself half way through a bottle of wine on a Saturday night, sitting alone on my patio watching cute cat videos on YouTube.

Wait… should I be embarrassed about revealing this to you?  Just wait… it gets better.

I was feeling pretty content with my Saturday night of wine and kittens, except, I didn’t really want to be alone.  Sometime after my last glass of wine, and before I started eating frozen yogurt straight from the container, I found myself filling out one of those online dating service profiles.  Yea… I was totally having that moment in my life.

Because there’s no shame in my game, I won’t even hesitate in telling you that filling out one of those profiles is a complex mixture of fun, excitement and nausea.  So many questions to answer.  So many clever quips to whip up.  So many ways to try and say that I’m weird and cool, and I spend a lot of time in my kitchen, and I kinda have a thing for kitten videos and wine and frozen yogurt…. without saying anything about kittens and wine and frozen yogurt.  That, after all, might come across as too weird.

What I really wanted to say was something like.. “Hey!  You’re cool.  I’m cool.  Let’s get to know each other.  I’ll make us pizza.  I’ll make us salad, but I won’t be mad if you don’t really want to eat it.  Cookies.  I can make those too.  Also… I like Star Wars, except I might call ‘Storm Troopers’ ‘Star Troopers’ on accident.  And… your Mom is going to love me, and I’m going to think she’s pretty rad too.  Let’s do this!”

It all worked out.  I think I may have had that profile up for about a month before I realized it wasn’t really my scene.  I have someone pretty awesome to make pizza for now.  He knows all about the wine and kitten videos and frozen yogurt.  He likes all those things too… plus Star Wars.  That feels pretty nice.

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I suppose that was all just the long way of saying that I think you should make dinner this weekend.  Something down to earth and comforting like pizza and salad, with cookies for dessert.  If you also wanted to drink wine and watch kitten videos, you’d totally have the thumbs up from me!

Pizza- From Scratch

Pepperoni and Black Olive Pizza

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Homemade Caesar Salad

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies


47 Comments Add A Comment

  • Ooh a homemade pizza sounds soo good right about now. And I love how you put a whole meal together!

  • The pizza is a weekly tradition for me too…my husband likes it on friday night, to celebrate the incoming weekend! We like it with pepperoni and ham (in mine there are capers too) and tonight we have chocolate chip cookies, too!! And what is better than watching cat’s video? they are so cute! So enjoy your weekend, I’m cooking pizza right now
    cheers
    Martina

  • I am in a “drink a bottle of wine and watch kitten videos on youtube on a sat. night” point in my life.. it’s good to hear there is still hope in the world! haha ;) Everything looks so delicious especially the cookies of course!

  • This is the perfect weekend meal! My boyfriend and I love making homemade pizza together, it’s a weekly tradition!

  • This was really, really funny. :) Nothing wrong with cooking a nice dinner for two or just one!

  • LOL What’s with the kitten/cat videos all of a sudden? Seems everyone I know or talk to or read is into cats and kittens. Gotta love the creatures. :)

    Glad you found a friend.

    Love your blog!

  • This could possibly be my most favorite meal ever. I LOVE pepperoni and black olive pizza and homemade ceasar dressing and brownie cookies. Seriously, awesome. It is like you are reading my mind.

  • I met my bf online 2.5 years ago and we are getting married in 9 weeks!
    your pizza looks awesome…and the cooookies…

  • Tête de Cochon, I mean.

  • Hi Joy! Frozen yogurt, kittens, and Star Wars — what guy wouldn’t like that.

    Jim and I met through an online dating thingy and are engaged now. We keep joking that we’ll go on a commercial saying things like “I finally found that special someone who loves to eat tête ce chon and spends more money on food than rent.” :D Glad you found someone to eat cookies with!

  • You, my dear, are the one who is rad! Glad you have someone to make pizza & cookies for who doesn’t judge :-) Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Love your blog! The pictures are amazing. I met my husband on one of those online dating services. We’ve been married 5 years this May! My husband wasn’t much of a foodie before we were married, but since he married this amateur foodie he’s slowly being converted. Thanks for posting all these wonderful recipe ideas!

  • Sounds like a great meal to me! Y’know, I met my boyfriend on the Internet and ended up moving halfway across the country to move in with him (from CA to TX). We’ve been together 5 years now. I think your ideal profile would have been perfect.

    And being familiar with / liking Star Wars is very important. Glad you worked that out. Oh yeah, and kittens! Gotta have those! :)

  • That’s all it took. I am making that this weekend!

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