Recipe: Stromboli with Pesto Sauce

Last week we had dinner with out friends Marit and Tim. They had just finished remodeling their kitchen so it was a treat to have a home-cooked meal at their place. For dinner, they whipped up some tasty stromboli - a recipe they got from a cooking class last fall. Evan and I haven't yet made it on our own, but I'm sure it'll be on the menu one of these upcoming weeks. It is a great variation on the traditional pizza. Here it is:

1 package pizza crust (either store bought or make your own)
1/4 lb. italian meat, thinly sliced (ie: pepperoni)
1/4 lb. italian meat, thinly sliced (ie: salami)
slices of italian cheese (is: mozzarella and provolone) Although shredded mozzarella would taste fine.. but more like pizza.
1/2 cup prepared pesto sauce
2 tablespoons melted butter

Unroll pizza dough onto a floured surface. Spread 1/2 c. of prepared pesto onto dough. Layer meats and cheese on top of pesto. Carefully roll pizza from the long end of dough, sealing the sides and bottom well. Transfer to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Brush the top of stromboli with melted butter. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the pizza crust is well baked. Cut into 8 slices.

Marit sprinkled crust with whole wheat flour before baking. You could include some roasted veggies. Great dipped in pizza sauce!

Happy 2009!

Well it's about time I make another entry in our little blog! What a busy couple months it has been, filled with family, friends, laughter, good times, and sugar. Ha. Seriously, I am plump full of sugar (but I hope not too plump!) and don't think I'll have another craving of that sweet stuff until March... or April. But that's part of what Christmas is about: enjoying all the sweet things in life! Here's a little recap of our activities this past month:

After venturing out on our own to a local Apple Valley Christmas Eve church service, we cozied in at the Pierson farm with some grasshoppers, games, and then some late-night gift opening -- I think we were up until 1am! We braved the arctic-cold Christmas morning and went to church then off to the grandparents for a noon feast. We then headed back up to Apple Valley to pack and prepare for our flight to Jersey!

Our week in New Jersey went by quickly as we packed in lots of hiking, dog-runs, seeing high school and even grade-school friends, a trip into NYC where we saw the Lion King and enjoyed a great Italian dinner with my family, and a New Years party at good ol' 10 Holly lane. I'll post pictures once I get a few other projects done that have been taking precedence (this post being one of them!)

The new year has been finding us well thus far. Thanks to my friend Marit, I have had the opportunity to test my skills at cross-country skiing! I am a fairly experienced downhill skier, so I was surprised to find that cross-country skiing is HARD! I fell down twice! But this afternoon I tried it again and I felt much more at ease. There is a park near here (Lebanon Hills Regional Park) that has great groomed trails surrounding a spread of lakes. It was absolutely BEAUtiful tonight -- so idyllic and peaceful. It has been snowing all day so by the time we hit the trails at 4:30 there was a nice fluffy pillow-top for us to play on. This park has the perfect combination of landscapes: we wove between birch trees, trucked up hills in fields of lonely stalks, and flew under the dense evergreen canopy of a snow-covered forrest. I loved it. Sometimes, when the wind blew, a shower of snow fell from the trees -- once I got a mouthful of it! Time got away from us and before we knew it we couldn't see our tracks very well... when we came across a sign we realized we were a ways from our cars. But we got back on track and booked it home. What a good workout. One of the gifts of cross country skiing is driving home with your mind still on the trail you left behind, while everyone else on the road is just trying to fight the traffic and make it home so they can get out of the wintry mess. If you are going to be truly happy living in Minnesota, you have to embrace winter : )

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