Grilled Pizza

Monday, August 29, 2011 - Posted by Jullie at 10:39 PM
Summer is such season for grilling, and since hubby loves to use his new toy I thought maybe we should combine 2 of his favorites: grilling and pizza. We always wanted to grill pizza, I guess that's the natural step after making oven baked stone pizza. So I used my favorite homemade pizza dough recipe from Annie's Eats (here) and combined some favorite pizza toppings. 

Tonight we made 2 pizzas; Chicken Pesto and Margherita.

Chicken pesto pizza:

After the dough is ready I split in half for my two pizzas.

Meanwhile, I made my special pesto sauce and sauteed the marinated chicken.

Then, while the grill is pre-heating, the flour is rolled out onto a large wooden cutting board, generally sprinkled with flour (you may use the counter).
Once the grill is ready, we transferred the pizza dough onto the grill, and toasted on low-medium heat for 2 minutes on one side of the dough. Then, take the crust off the grill and brush on the pesto sauce.

(love those grill marks!)

After you brush on the pesto (on the cooked side), start decorating the pizza with mozarella cheese and chicken spread over the crust. Place the crust back on the grill with the uncooked side facing down and cook for another 8 minutes.
Keep an eye on the grill to make sure you don't burn the crust!

The finished product! 

Margherita Pizza:

same steps as before but instead of pesto we put brushed a little bit of EVOO, then spread the mozarella cheese, sliced tomatoes and fresh basil right before the pizza is ready. 
(hubby doing a fine job of slicing)

And that's it! Super tasty and easy to make!

Hope you get to try it!

Strawberry Cheesecake Tart

Friday, August 12, 2011 - Posted by Jullie at 1:25 PM
One of my favorite desserts of all time is fruit tarts! I made really cute mini fruit tarts for a family dinner last year and I wanted to perfect my tart recipe. So, this may not be my famous fruit tarts, but it's still a tart, has fruit and cream cheese, so what more can you ask in a dessert? It's a great summer dessert, and I shared it with my small group last weekend. Here's the recipe and a cool picture Mr. Rhee took:

For the crust:
1 large egg yolk
1 tbsp. heavy cream
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the work surface
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
¼ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
For the ganache:
2 oz. bittersweet chocolates
¼ cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
½ cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. milk or cream ( I used buttermilk)

For topping:
Fresh strawberries, sliced
Melted bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, for drizzling 

To make the tart shell, whisk together the egg yolk, cream and vanilla in a small bowl; set aside.  Mix together the flour, sugar, and salt.   Scatter the butter pieces over the flour mixture. Mix together until it resembles coarse meal, about fifteen 1-second pulses.  With the machine running, add the egg mixture and process until the dough just comes together.  Turn the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and press into a 6-inch disc.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 48 hours.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, make sure it's room temperature before you proceed. Unwrap and roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a 13-inch round.  Transfer the dough to a 9-inch tart pan.  Mold the dough to the sides of the tart pan.  Set the dough-lined tart pan on a large plate and freeze for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375° F.  Set the dough-lined tart pan on a baking sheet, press a 12-inch square of foil into the frozen shell and over the edge, and fill with pie weights.  Bake for 30 minutes, rotating halfway through the baking time.  Remove the foil and weights.  Continue to bake until deep golden brown, 5-8 minutes longer.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To make the ganache, place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl.  Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan.  Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate.  Let sit 1-2 minutes to melt the chocolate.  Whisk together until a smooth ganache forms.  Spread the ganache in a thin even layer over the bottom of the cooled tart shell.  Allow the ganache to set before proceeding.

To make the filling, beat together the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl on medium-high speed until smooth.  Blend in the vanilla and milk or cream.  Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cooled ganache in the tart shell.

Once finished, decorate with strawberries, and drizzle the remaining ganache over the strawberries into a cool design and enjoy !

(view from the top right after it cooled)

Happy One Year Anniversary!

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - Posted by Jullie at 5:23 PM
Let me first start off by saying, I have a love/hate relationship with surprises. I really do love them when I don't expect it and it turns out to be a lovely surprise, but I hate it when I know something's coming, but have NO IDEA what it is!! =) My hubby is surprising me with dinner tonight, and I wish I knew where we were going!  But regardless, I'm sure I'll love it! I also started defrosting some of our wedding cake from the freezer, not really sure why this is a tradition, but hopefully it'll still be good!

So I guess we're technically not considered newlyweds anymore, but our newlywed year was amazing! As I reflect back on our first year of marriage I can't help to remember all the milestones: the ups and downs of wedding day, our amazing 10 day honeymoon in Fiji, starting out in our small one bedroom apartment, graduating grad school, and buying a house!

 (Hubby at our first resort in Fiji)

To celebrate our wedding anniversary, I'm bringing back a clip from our wedding  thanks to our awesome long time friends at SincereLi Photography.

Jullie + Eugene from SincereLi Photography on Vimeo.

Our wedding day was unforgettable! We loved our funny photographers at JPG, thank you so much for all your hardwork and a memorable photosession! We loved how we could have all of our friends and families in one room at one time! I mean, how often does that happen!

Anyway, Happy Anniversary Eugene! You are truly the greatest gift and I love you soooo much! I'm excited for what's in store for our future!..... and for dinner tonight!

Happy Birthday Mr. Rhee!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - Posted by Jullie at 10:43 PM

Yesterday, was my hubby's 32nd birthday! I'm not sure how he feels about me posting his age to all of blog world, but I can assure you that he's still a youthful man. I'm so thankful for him because he is such a great husband; one who cooks for me when I don't feel like it, puts up with romantic comedies whenever I want to watch it, and most importantly leads our family through the best and worst times. Those may be just a few of the reasons why I love him so much, didn't even scratch the surface! But I didn't want to bore you with all this mushy lovey stuff.

Anyway, I wanted to give him a great birthday, and all he asked was to have a quiet night with his family. Luckily we have family who live close by! Couldn't really decorate due to poor time management on my end. But the lack of decorations in our new home gave us the perfect canvas to hang a little "happy birthday" banner. (Thanks to my sis-in law and bro-in law for hanging it).

On the dinner menu was: spicy shrimp sandwiches with chipotle avocado mayonnaise, zucchini fries, and pasta salad. A tangy sparkling lemonade for refreshments and to finish it off, was Eugene's favorite summer dessert: Peach Cobbler with vanilla ice cream!! yummm

I hope you had a very special birthday hubby! You deserve only the best!

Oh, and I bet you're wondering what I got him... well... how does a new grill sound?

It's kind of a birthday/anniversary gift =) We will post more bbq deliciousness once he finishes assembling it.
Happy grilling!

Love, Jullie
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