I love the connections it establishes, I love the way it tastes, I love trying new things, I love the comfort it brings, I love the memories it makes.
Here are some places in Utah County that I've recently discovered:
The Sweet Tooth Fairy
Um . . . so good. So, so good. Such a cute, cozy atmosphere, and the treats are to die for. Seriously. It's heaven in every cupcake and cake bite (which are A.MA.ZING., btdubs).
I don't know what flavor this cupcake is, but I want to try it. And isn't it so pretty? It's so pretty.
(753 West Columbia Lane, Provo)
Great for lunch. Molly's serves up home-style brisket, roast, chicken, dutch-oven potatoes, cheddar biscuits, and has a delicious spinach salad. Delicious and filling. Oh! And their chocolate cream cheese cake? Divine.
I found a recipe for deep-dish pizza recently. It was a hit with my family. One reason it was so good was because my sister, who is a diabetic, was able to eat this pizza without her blood sugar numbers going haywire (which is what usually happens when she eats take-out pizza). I don't have any pictures of the pizza, but here's the recipe (for you, mom):
Deep-Dish Pepperoni Pizza (from the America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book)
2 and 1/4 to 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 envelope (2 and 1/4 teaspoons) instant or rapid-rise yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm skim milk
1 (3.5 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
6 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing
1 and 1/3 cups pizza sauce
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (3 cups)
1. For the dough: Mix 2 and 1/4 cups of the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Combine the oil, then the milk and mix until a rough ball forms. Let the dough rest for 2 minutes, then process for 30 seconds longer. If after 30 seconds the dough is sticky and clings to the blade, add the remaining 1/4 cup flour 1 tablespoon at a time as needed.
2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and form a smooth, round ball. Place the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl and cover tightly with greased plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours.
3. For the topping: Meanwhile, place half of the pepperoni in a single layer between double layers of paper towels and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Discard the paper towels and set the pepperoni aside; repeat with the remaining pepperoni.
4. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat two 9-inch cake pans with 3 tablespoons oil each. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter, divide it into 2 equal pieces, and cover with greased plastic wrap. Working with one piece of dough at a time (keep the other piece covered), roll and stretch the dough into a 9-inch round with a thick edge. Press the dough into the prepared pans. Brush the dough lightly with oil, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until puffy, 30 to 45 minutes.
5. Spread 2/3 cup of the pizza sauce over each pan of dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Sprinkle each with 1 and 1/2 cups of the cheese and top with the pepperoni. Bake until the cheese is melted and the pepperoni is browning around the edges, about 20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking.
6. Let the pizzas cool in their pans for 1 minute, then lift them out onto a cutting board with a wide spatula. Serve hot.
And enjoy! It's probably one of the healthiest pizzas I've ever had.