When the Moon Hits Your Eye…

Calzones before

BBQ Chicken Calzone


NPR’s All things Considered has been featuring recipes this week that will feed a family of 4 for $10 or less. Each day’s recipe is created by some famous chef and I’ve been listening with great interest. When I want to make something inexpensive, beans, pasta or grain come to mind. Bread, really, is the easiest and cheapest thing to make to feed the masses. (The wine and fishes tend to be a bit more expensive these days.) I have eaten more bean and rice dishes living in Mexico and Africa than I care to remember. While I like the occasional pasta or potato dish, if I am going to indulge in carbs, bring on the bread.

Last night I made bbq chicken pizza — in part to encourage Matty’s many “birdies” in his golf tournament today — and used the leftover dough to make calzones. Next time, I’ll brush these with egg whites and a dash of garlic salt. Regardless, the whole wheat dough worked well and soon, the pizza performed a disappearing act.

Pizza for dinner

BBQ Chicken Pizza on whole wheat crust

Digging into the pizza pie

(Nothing says classy entertaining like having guests eating next to your open compost bin. Oy vey. Martha would not be proud.)

When the moon hits your eye...

I make up songs when I’m in the kitchen, especially when cooking Italian. In my very best soprano, I sent Matt and Eliza running into the garden with my rendition of “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore…” They may not have liked the tunes, but appropriately, they loved the pizza.


7 Replies to “When the Moon Hits Your Eye…”

  1. I am so sorry!! i don’t mean to take this as my own. I deleted it. I should have gotten your permission. I just keep a collection of ideas i want to make someday. I didn’t mean to write it as my own. I am so sorry. It won’t happen agian. I love your site and ideas. Thank you so much for your site. I will be sure to ask permission from now on!!

  2. Au contraire, Martha would have little, individually labelled dishes next to each plate so that her guests could set aside choice food scraps for the compost or worm bin! lol…

    The pizza looks delicious!

  3. I’ve also been keeping up with the $10 meals on NPR this week. I’m going to try the ground chicken fried rice – sounded really good. I actually make up songs with my animals as the subject when I’m in the kitchen….”beasts of Tempe, Beasts of Scottsdale, my name is Yog, I’m a fat cat….” you get the gist. So Sinatra or was it Dean Martin isn’t so bad.

  4. That’s funny about your compost bin. Doesn’t seem to be affecting Matty’s appetite negatively. He always looks so enthralled with your food.

  5. Hi! I’m new here. Found your site from vintagechicka’s. I’m just wondering where you live. Africa? Burundi? Scottsdale, AZ? I can’t figure it out. I’m wishing you had a small bio here, for those of us who are interested. 🙂 I’m interested bc I live with my fam in Niamey, Niger. (see the blog if you’re interested). LOVE the yummy pizza post and thanks for referencing NPR. I’m gonna try to get the whole thing as a podcast from their site. 🙂 Hope

  6. yum! We had homemade pizza last night too, but on the grill. I always add garlic powder and italian seasoning to the dough. I think it makes it extra flavorful

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