Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Comfort Food Fix

First off, thank you all SO SO much for your kind words regarding the unfortunate event with my cat. I wish I could come and hug you all. So here’s a *virtual hug*! I have never been good at dealing with death, but I just really need to remember all the great times I had with him and then I feel truly blessed. Some of my favorite memories with him were always giving him at least a handful of my Cheerios in the morning because he wouldn’t leave till I did, playing for hours with bouncy balls in the kitchen, trying to discreetly open tuna cans so he wouldn’t meow until he got a hefty serving, and most of all just having a snuggle partner to always keep you warm. This week will still be hard, but my Tuesday made it much better. Here’s why..

  • First off, my mom came to visit me as I said before, and came not only bringing her smiley face, but this…


She obviously  knows what can cheer me up! I can’t wait to get started with this gem. Looks like I can check one thing off of my Christmas list  a little early!

So here’s some other things that were rather comforting during this sad week…


Homemade Hawaiian Pizza

Ingredients consisted of:

  • 3/4 c pizza sauce
  • 1/2 c mushrooms
  • 1/2 c chopped green pepper
  • 3/4 c precooked/cubed ham
  • 1 small can of chunk pineapple, drained
  • 2/3 c mozzarella cheese

Directions are simple:

  • Preheat oven to 450 F.
  • Prick dough with fork after rolling out onto pan and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Take out of the oven, add toppings, and bake again for about 10-12 minutes.

Easy does it!

Obviously this week I am on a ham kick…


Breakfast Bonanza Tomato


  • 1 tomato, medium to large
  • 1/4 c shredded cheese, your choice of kind, I used a fiesta blend
  • 3 slices of thicker deli ham
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp chopped mushrooms
  • 2 tsp hot sauce, optional


  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Get your tomato all shiny any pretty. Just kidding, but make sure to wash it good!


  • Pulp out the inside leaving a 1/2’ shell. Discard seeds and liquid, but reserve the pulp.


  • Now take the three slices of ham and place inside the tomato so the ham goes up the sides.


  • Meanwhile, scramble one egg ,one white,  and mushrooms in a sprayed skillet until they are no longer watery.
  • Stuff mixture into tomato once it has cooled. Top with cheese and hot sauce if you choose.


  • Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese is bubbly and tomato has softened to the touch.

In other news:

  • Yesterday I viewed the beyond gorgeous Home-Ec room I will be teaching my classes in which made me even more excited for this new opportunity!! My classes need to be finalized by Sunday, so I am busy planning away.
  • I have some really REALLY good bars you are not going to want to miss and a soup that my old Italian neighbor lady used to make which is divine to say the least.
  • Tomorrow in lieu of all this sadness hanging around here, I decided on a giveaway to make you all  a bit happier =) I will give you one hint….


Or two I suppose..



katecooks said...

hey sweet girl! so sorry to read about your cat, i hope you are feeling a little better today :) sounds like you have so many funny, special memories that you can hold onto!

Shannon, Tropical Eats said...

I'm so sorry about your kitty :( That is awful! That was so nice of your mom to visit and bring the Magic Bullet though!!! And that pizza looks AMAZING.

I just watched your apartment tour video and your kitchen is adorable :) Love all of the cupcake accessories!

Anonymous said...

You've got such a great attitude, Casaundra. I admire that about you. And yay for Magic Bullet! Can't wait to see what you come up with, chickie!

Kim said...

Sounds like the visit with mom did you well! I know it will be rough, but you sound like you are feeling better. Congrats on your magic bullet - kitchen presents rock :D Love the Hawaiian pizza - yum! I was going to email you about some of the new lush products that I like, but I can't find your email address. Hang in there !!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to read about your cat.
Yay for the Magic bullet, I want one.


Erica said...

awwwwwwww your mama rocks! We actually just bought a new magic bullet (our old one was dyinggggg- we've had it forever). Its such a great kitchen tool. Love hawaiian pizza- Pineapple makes so many dishes better. The stuffed tomato looks fabulous too. Can't wait for the giveaway

Krista said...

You'll LOVE the Magic Bullet and I love your stuffed tomato!!!

Can't wait for the giveaway!!!

Chou said...

I'm sorry about your kitty, that happened to mine. I still miss him. Your tomatoe breakfast creation looks fabulous!

Kelly said...

I think I missed something, what kind of classes aer you teaching? I also love Hawaiian pizza. I can't remember where you said you are originally from, but Panino's in Roseville has the BEST pizza sandwich thing that has pineapple, green peppers, ham, cheese and honey mustard. Mmmmm. It's to die for. I'm going to have to go there when I visit my parents next so I can try to recreate it at home.