Artisan Bruschetta Pizza with Balsamic Glaze

 I had a pizza similar to this at Nordstrom Bistro, so I tried to recreate it.  TASTY!  No specific directions here...just ingredient ideas!

Using a pizza stone (heated in oven at 500 for at least 30 minutes) place rolled out pizza dough on top and then top with:
Fresh basil
chopped tomatoes
fresh mozzarella balls
pecorino romano cheese
olive oil
additional spices if desired (like garlic, oregano, etc.)

-Bake in oven at 500F 8-10 minutes until crust golden around the edges.  Drizzle with balsamic glaze just before serving. 


Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Maple and Balsamic Glaze

Adding bacon, maple syrup and balsamic glaze to your roasted vegetables to switch things up = a very tasty side (or main!) dish!!!
On a 11x 17 cookie sheet combine:
-Vegetables:  Chopped carrots, red onion, and brussel sprouts (cut brussel sprouts into fourths or sixths depending on size)
-Season with salt and pepper
-1-2 TBS Maple Syrup
-drizzle with balsamic glaze (a sweetened and thicker balsamic vinegar.  You probably can find it at your grocery store.  Trader Joes has a good one also)

Roast vegetables for 20 minutes until vegetables tender and beginning to brown.  Remove from oven and toss with crumbled bacon.  Top with additional balsamic glaze if desired (and I usually do desire :)  )


Chicken and Bok Choy Stir-Fry

Original recipe source comes from Real Simple.  I made some slight alterations.  I really like the crunch of bok choy.  I might have had seconds and thirds...


Green Beans with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

Green Beans are in full garden sway!  Here is a simple and delicious way to season your green beans...
1.  Steam lightly
2.Toss with some store bought sun-dried tomato pesto. 
3.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
You are good to go!


Basil Green Beans

This is the way my mom always prepared green beans, which is maybe why it's my favorite way...but it is simple and delicious. I never really measure just throw in this and that, but for those of you who like exact measurements...here's by best guestimate!

Approx. 4-5 cups steamed green beans
Season with:
1-2 tsp whipped butter
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper