Weekly Photo Challenge – Habit

Sunday Night Pizza

Sunday Night Pizza

While this is not my best shot ever, it certainly does depict one of my favorite habits – that is, cooking! Peter and I cook at home most nights and we focus on healthy, fresh foods with a gourmet bent. Just about every Sunday night, we make a home-made pizza. I make a fresh dough (usually sprouted whole-wheat flour) in the food processor, let it rise, form it into a rustic shape on our pizza stone and then fill it with all kinds of yummy ingredients.

One year, we made a pact to do a different pizza every week, and I think, for the most part we did! This particular pizza is one of our favorites. I brush the dough with black truffle oil, then top it with Taleggio cheese and sauteed wild mushrooms. A local mushroom grower here in Northern Colorado provides Shitakes, Maitakes, Cinnamon Caps, Oysters, Trumpets, Lion Manes, and Portabellos, among others. We take the short trip to the Quonset Hut covered farm on Friday and pick-up a large bag of whatever varieties they’re selling that day. Alternatively in the winter, Fort Collins hosts a monthly indoor Farmer’s Market and I’ll get my mushrooms there on Saturday. Sorry the internet has not figured out a way for you to smell this pizza, because it’s divine (I know. Now I’m being mean.)

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69 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Habit

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  2. bikerchick57 says:

    That is a yummy habit!

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  4. That looks delicious Cathy! Very much like my favourite pizza at a local restaurant here; you can’t go wrong with truffle oil, in my opinion. A perfect way to spend a Sunday!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      I totally love truffle oil, especially the black truffle oil – so earthy and mushroomy! This is a great combination. That Taleggio cheese is almost like a Brie – and it’s wonderful with the wild mushrooms. Thanks, Jen!

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  5. Carrie Rubin says:

    Oh, yummy. I was just about to go have lunch. Sadly, it won’t be pizza. 😦 Maybe tonight!

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  6. It looks lovely.

    I have not tried food photography, but it is an interesting challenge. You have complete control of a small, easily portable subject. You could have a glass of wine or candle in the background. (Sometimes) you can play with the arrangement of the food on the plate, to make it most beautiful. The problem is letting the food go cold while you set up your shot!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      I haven’t tried food photography either. This shot was actually in my photo album on my iPhone. But given the challenge, I had to talk about being a Foodie! And you’re right, Clare, I would not want to let this baby get cold to get a good shot of it! 🙂

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  7. That pizza looks sooooooooooooooooo delicious Cathy and I had been enjoying my Japanese vegetable noodle soup! But, as much as I LOVE mushrooms, unfortunately, I cannot digest cow’s milk cheeses, so no Taleggio for me. Life can be so cruel.

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  8. Oh lord. That looks delicious! Dionne has been wanting us to make pizza dough and now it’s happening. You are an inspiration, Cathy Ulrich! 🙂
    Thank you and Love!
    XOXO

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  11. mimijk says:

    Wow does that look delicious!!!

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  12. yummo as Rachael Ray would say!

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  13. That looks fabulous and reminds me that it’s 3:30 and I haven’t yet had lunch. 😦 Nice to know that FC has an indoor market for the winter, another plus in the where-should-we-retire list.

    janet

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      It’s a great indoor market, Janet. There are vendors that sell mushrooms, locally made pasta, winter vegetables, local cheeses, flowers, etc. And it’s quite festive. We also have several summer farmer’s markets – I think about three a week where I am often seen (when I’m not picking from my own garden, that is!).

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  14. Oh, man, I couldn’t eat that even if I were there. Looks awesome, though! 🙂

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  15. You are a cruel woman, Cathy. This looks SO amazing!! Now, I’m starving. Just awesome looking!

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  16. CB says:

    I’d eat the heck out of that pizza! That’s a fabulous shot of food, I don’t know what you’re talking about. 🙂

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  17. unfetteredbs says:

    Oh my that looks delicious !! Your year challenge sounds like fun. You guys must have been very creative!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Yes, Audra! And we came up with some really good ideas. Another favorite is cilantro pesto, shrimp, pepper jack cheese and green chiles! My sister always requests that one when she visits…

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  18. I like your habit very much (even if I can’t stand mushrooms and can’t eat cheese). I imagine that the mushrooms are delish, and the photo is excellent.

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  21. Brigitte says:

    Yum. Looks and sounds delicious. Homemade pizza dough? Is there no limit to your talents? 😀

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  22. When I went gluten free I was sad because I love pizza. I finally found one that is incredible, and the pesto base is amazing. This is one habit I support!

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  24. Becky says:

    When I visited Cathy in September, we purchased a variety of mushrooms and I convicted them to vary from pizza night to mushroom soup night . It was awesome!

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  25. I don’t eat pizza often because of the rubbish stuff you get in take-out places. I’ve homemade Italian pizzas a few times using the Polpo cookbook but they weren’t a patch on this! Yum!

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  26. vastlycurious.com says:

    Thats the best looking habit I saw today! Those ingredients absolutely made my mouth water !

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  28. ShimonZ says:

    Now that’s a habit I would like to cultivate. I do have a pizza now and then… but not often enough, and I love them.

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  29. Chowderhead says:

    That looks insanely good right now…

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