Ever wonder what two food loving gals who write about their favorite recipes every week would eat if they got together? Okay, maybe not, but seriously, it is an interesting thing. When food writers and bloggers get together, what do they eat? And when they aren’t blogging, how do they eat?
Last year, when I spoke at BlogHer Boston, I joined a group of food bloggers for a lovely dinner at Legal Seafood in Burlington, Mass. I had a lovely salad – Tortilla, Apple and Goat Cheese With Chopped Avocado and Shrimp. It was delicious. What was more interesting though, was seeing how everyone else ate. Sorry, I am not going to spill their eating habits though …
But me? I love desserts, particularly ones that involve moist cake and creamy frostings. I drink a lot of water, but have a serious Diet Coke addiction that I try to control. I love martinis and gin and tonics, but am more likely to order a glass of red wine — pinot noir or merlot, usually.
So what did Cate and I eat for dinner when I spent the weekend at her house? Pizza. But not just any pizza – a fab Pesto Shrimp Scampi Pizza. Cate devised the recipe on the fly — and it was amazing.
It started with some shrimp scampi. She whipped up the recipe so quick, using help from a Giada De Laurentiis cookbook, that I didn’t even have a second to ask her how to deshell shrimp (yes, it’s true — I have no clue how to do it).
The only thing I contributed to the pizza was rolling out the dough. With a cup, per Cate’s style (turns out that it really does work fabulously) — I can’t take credit for anything else.
It’s always interesting to see how other people cook. When it comes to making pizza, I am a toss toppings on and go sort of girl. Not Cate. She was very precise in arranging the shrimp on the crust. It was impressive, to say the least. And it ensured that every bite had a little bit of everything.
As for the final step? Cambozola cheese. It was a truly ingenious thing to trade in the typical mozzarella for the zesty, creamy Cambozola. So, so good.
Now, you need to head over to Sweetnicks to read about Cate’s take on her mouthwatering pizza.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.