I have special needs animals.
Case and point #1: Sophie.
Yeah, she was laying like that for a good ten minutes, and then snorting and rolling all around. Perhaps she is protesting the fact that we haven’t put her dog bed back together yet. Sophie constantly needs attention and feels the need to beg whenever I’m baking or cooking.
Gah, I love her so. And she kept me company today as prepared an Italian feast for dinner. I first made homemade foccacia bread. I used Tyler Florence’s Foccacia Bread Recipe from foodnetwork.com, and I defintely thought it was easy and great! I adjusted the toppings though because the ones on the recipe didn’t pair well with my dinner.
I started by combining all the ingredients in my kitchen aid with the dough hook attachment:
After, let it rise in a well oiled bowl for about 45 minutes to an hour. I let mine rise for an hour because I thought I had a bread fail and it didn’t rise, but don’t be fooled! It just doesn’t rise as much as other breads I’ve made:
Next I prepared my toppings for it. I used olive oil, freshly grated parmesan cheese, fresh rosemary, garlic, and pepper. You could pretty much put anything you want on it though! I was thinking some fresh oven roasted tomatoes and mozzarella would probably be super yummy:
The recipe said to let it bake for 15 to 20 minutes, but I actually let mine cook probably closer to 25 minutes because it didn’t look done at 20 minutes. I would just adjust the baking time depending on your oven and how the bread is looking:
I also made penne alla vodka… I started to show the step by step process, but my camera batteries died in the middle, so here’s the final product:
Of course, no night is complete without some baking:
You know you want to be friends.
Anyway, in other news, as of last Saturday, I decided to take a break from facebook and twitter. I think I just need a week or two away from it, because sometimes it’s ridiculous how much time I spend on those two sites. I know, some of you are probably thinking, “But I clicked the link to your post from facebook!” I just posted it quickly and literally logged off, mostly because that’s how all my friends who read my blog know I have updated. So it doesn’t really count 😉
Alrighty, I hope everyone has a lovely night!
Do you ever feel like you need a break from facebook, twitter, the internet, technology in general?