Taverna Restaurant & the Flatbread Pizza Experiment


About a month or so ago now, after finding myself quite lost in the kid free zone, the wife convinced me we needed to enjoy a romantic Friday night out, which honestly was long overdue. Even so, I grudgingly went about the task of ironing my clothes and applying mascara for our rare out-after-seven evening…

Grilled Veggie Pizza


Saturday night when I smoked turkey legs, I also threw an array of veggies on the grill to use in recipes throughout the upcoming week. For this pizza, I used leftover grilled zucchini and red bell pepper. The smokey char of the veggies, the soft, sweet fresh mozzarella and the herbaceous crunch of the pine…

Smoked Ham & Pineapple Pizza with Jalapeno


With this pizza recipe, we used the last of my beautifully smoked ham. Of course, we had to spice it up with the jalapeno slices but with the sweet notes from the pineapple and the smokey flavor of the ham the jalapeno just seemed like a no-brainer for us to add on. You can completely…

Veggie Pizza


For as long as I can remember I have absolutely loathed green bell peppers. For years I couldn’t even stand the smell of them. The unripe fruit has been vehemently rejected from my slices of supreme pizza and left unapologetically limp and lifeless on the side of my restaurant plates. I’ve long held the opinion…

Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza


Years ago when we first began experimenting with making pizza at home we tried a vast array of dough recipes but always stuck with the same toppings: tomatoes and basil. After several fails and equal amounts of pizza successes, we felt brave enough to venture into the unknown world of topping combinations. One of our…

Chicken Apple Sausage Pizza with Spinach


Surrounding me there are numerous orchards, farms, co-ops, and Farmer’s Markets that I gratefully visit as often as I can. For this recipe, I procured fresh, local spinach (which lasted me an entire week) and locally made chicken apple sausage from Milburn Orchards. Milburn’s is most notably known for their pick-your-own apples and berries but…

Hot Sausage and Arugula Pizza


This year I ventured out and added a small patch of arugula to my edible landscaping. I’d been dying to try it and so added it two ways to this pizza recipe. I sauteed half of it along with the Detwiler’s Hot Sausage I’d picked up and used the other half as a garnish. The…

Jalapeno Popper Pizza with Fresh Ricotta


Jalapeno Popper Pizza with Fresh Ricotta, another delicious pizza created on one of our fantastic pizza nights (photobomb courtesy of Finn). The sweetness of the fresh ricotta really complimented the spicy jalapeno and the umami kick of the bacon, which I favor over mozzarella for this recipe. I definitely recommend making your own ricotta or…

Meat Lovers Pizza with Mushrooms and Black Olives


As I’ve stated before, I grew up in an impoverished family in little towns all over East and Southeast Texas. Going out to dinner was something we rarely could afford and when we did, we dined at the cheapest places available. Pizza Hut was among one of the more upscale restaurants my family  dined in…

Pesto Pizza with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil


Between Fair Weather Farm at Fairhill and my little home garden I have an abundance of beautifully fragrant basil. I received several cups of sweet basil and cherry tomatoes in my work share and decided to make a pesto with the basil, which is a quick and easy way to use up basil and it…