Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Personalized Cookbook + Pizza Recipe

December is here and quickly flying by. Santa's going to be making his yearly trek around the globe in just a few short weeks so if you haven't already, now's the time to start your holiday shopping! 

If you're struggling with gift ideas, look no further. I have a fun one for you today- a personalized photo book cookbook!


I partnered with Shutterfly to create my very own cookbook featuring some of my family's favorite recipes. I titled it Always Add Garlic because garlic is my most favorite flavor in the whole world and add it to almost everything I make. I've had the book for a while now and just love it. Having all my go-to meals in one place makes it so convenient. I'm terrible at remembering exact measurements so the cookbook has been a proven time saver- super important when cooking for an impatient toddler!

The book is built to last as well, so I'll be able to pass it down to Harry someday. Even if he's not big on cooking when he's older it'll be fun to look back at what meals we ate a lot during his toddler years.


If you're interested in making your own photo book cookbook through Shutterfly, here are a few tips.
  • Make the book with their Layflat pages. The pages are thicker than normal photo book pages and really do stay open on any page, so no need to constantly flip back to the page with sticky fingers!
  • If you have photos of your food, add them, but if not, don't stress over it. Most cookbooks I've seen don't have pictures of every recipe. Pictures of your family gathered around the table would be a nice touch, too.
  • If you have a lot of recipes to share, think about creating a whole series of cookbooks with fun titles like Party Starting Appetizers, Just Like Mama Made Main Courses and Dang These Are Good Desserts.
  • I didn't add a lot of decoration to my cookbook, but Shutterfly has some really cute food-themed icons to add. Check under the "Food & Drink" category in the Stickers section. 
  • Not only would a personalized cookbook make a great Christmas gift, but keep them in mind for any bridal showers, weddings or college graduations as well. 
To get you started on making your own personalized cookbook, here's a yummy recipe for homemade pizza. For the crust, I found a recipe online, used less salt and added a bit of garlic powder. It was seriously delish!

Roasted Garlic Pizza
Makes one 10-12 inch pizza


Ingredients
-Pizza dough
- Tomato paste
- Can of whole peeled tomatoes
- Dried oregano
- 1 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
- Garlic powder
- Olive oil
- 2 heads roasted garlic
- Any additional toppings

Equipment 
- Pizza stone
- Pizza peel (you could use an upside down pizza pan in a pinch), dusted with cornmeal 

Directions
- Put pizza stone in oven, preheat to 450 degrees.
- Sprinkle flour on work surface and form dough into pizza shape. Wait 5-10 minutes and stretch to 10-12 inches round. Transfer to pizza peel.
- Poke holes in dough with fork and brush with olive oil.
- Brush on thin layer of tomato paste. Slice a few peeled tomatoes into strips and layer on top of tomato paste. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of oregano. Brush crust with olive oil and sprinkle on a pinch of garlic powder.
- Top with mozzarella and feta cheeses.
- Add roasted garlic cloves and any other toppings.
- Transfer to pizza stone in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- Cut into 8 slices and enjoy!

If you're looking for more recipe ideas, click here.



Disclaimer: I received my personalized cookbook photo book for free in exchange for this blog post. All words, photos and opinions are 100% my own. 

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