I have to cook dinner tonight.
Cooking when you really don't want to 040914 AE 1 Floyd Dryden Middle School I have to cook dinner tonight.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Story last updated at 4/9/2014 - 3:52 pm

Cooking when you really don't want to

I have to cook dinner tonight.

I don't want to.

I've been traveling most of the month, I worked late and I'm tired. I'm sure given a few more minutes I could think of other excuses not to cook. The bottom line is I just don't want to. The problem with this attitude is that I'm hungry.

I have come to the conclusion that although I love eating in all the wonderful restaurants the world has to offer, it's time for a home-cooked meal. I am especially sure that Grant would enjoy that. Or so I thought. When I called him to see when he would be home for dinner, he informed me that he was eating dinner. At that time. Without me. I thought that was kind of rude. Of course, he had no idea how late I would be working, but he could have called and asked, right?

So, now it's 8 p.m., I'm really hungry, and I'm somewhat grumpy. What can I make that is quick and still has great flavor? No matter what, I will not skimp on flavor. Off to the store I go. The wonderful thing about modern grocery stores is that one can get a few pre-made items and put them together with a few fresh items to make something truly delicious.

An example of this contradictory relationship is the chicken pesto pizza. I purchased ready-made pizza dough, prepared pesto and pre-cooked chicken breast pieces. Adding some fresh red peppers, mushrooms and thinly sliced red onions, I had myself a pretty darn good pizza. Of course the fontina cheese is what really made it stand out. A pizza without cheese is well ... not pizza.

Eating alone doesn't usually bother me. I whip out my e-reader and enjoy a quiet meal with a good book. However, it is sometimes nice to have someone to talk to. Someone like a husband I haven't seen in three weeks. As I was sitting down to enjoy my pizza, Rawr decided to sit with me and keep me company. Again, I am the crazy cat lady.

Grant eventually came home and we had a great catching-up chat. I didn't save him any pizza, and what he doesn't know is that I fully intend to cook a vegan recipe tomorrow night. I get my revenge via my culinary skills. He doesn't put gas in my car. It must be true love.

I like to tease Grant and make jokes about our relationship, but the truth is I'm a very fortunate girl to have someone special to come home to and to share great meals with; even when I don't really want to cook.

This week, I present a recipe that was created out of exhaustion and hunger, a pizza one can make any night of the week: Chicken Pesto Pizza. Necessity really is the mother of all invention.

Until next time...

Eat and enjoy,


Chicken Pesto Pizza

One thin-crust pizza dough (any brand will do)

1 6oz container prepared pesto sauce

1 6oz package pre-cooked chicken breast tenders

¼ cup thinly sliced red onions

¼ cup fresh red bell pepper slices

¼ cup sliced mushrooms

¼ - ½ cup shredded fontina cheese

Place pizza dough on baking sheet according to product instructions. Generously coat with an even layer of pesto sauce. Top with chicken, onions, peppers and mushrooms. Sprinkle cheese and cook until done, about 15 - 20 minutes. Follow directions on product package.

Serve with a crisp white wine and salad.