De Ma Cuisine



June 2012



A Weekend Getaway

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In anticipation of the possibility that our internet will still be out of service on Monday, when it comes time for my next blog post, I’m using my thumbs and typing on my iPhone. When they gave us the news that they’d have to send someone out on Monday, my heart sank a little. No internet!? That means we can’t watch a movie with our Pizza Friday pizza, we can’t check our email, we can’t stalk people on Facebook, I can’t post the guest post that Elizabeth wrote for me, we can’t stream…  Oh wait, we can do these things, ON OUR PHONES!!!

We totally live in the future! I mean, yes, technically every new day is us living in the future, but that’s not what I mean.

Did you ever think, back when you were watching Saved by the Bell and wishing you had a cell phone like Zack Morris, that you’d one day be checking Facebook on it? (Side note, I can still sing the entire SBTB theme song, I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit.) If you were like me, you might not have had the Internet at all. You would have had no idea that Apple was anything other than a fruit. And, if someone had asked you if you were on Facebook you might have asked if that was a medication or if they’d sneezed (unless you were MZ, then you might have been writing the name over and over in your school notebook). My point is simply that the technology we have today is amazing! “Yes, I love technology. Not as much as you, you see. But still I love technology. Always and forever.”

I’m beginning this post on Friday afternoon. This weekend we’re going to get out of town with some friends. My goal for the weekend, aside from going wine tasting for the first time, is to take some cool photos on my phone and finish this post.

To start the weekend off, we had Pizza Friday… Since it’s summer time, we have lots of squash, zucchini, and basil. So I made a pizza out of it. It was delicious!! We ate the whole thing, just the two of us. That’s not an uncommon occurrence in this household. (The recipe is at the end of the post.) We watched A Good Year while we ate. My favorite line (regarding his uncle’s memories), “not good, they’re grand” reminds me of my memories of Oma and Opa. My second favorite line is, “McDonalds in Avignon, Fish & Chips in Marseilles” I want to go to France!

This portion is being written on Sunday evening. We’ve been home for about an hour. I just closed Calico Joe and wiped the tears from my eyes. It has left me with a slightly sad, nostalgic, yet contented feeling. The whole weekend has, minus the sad. It was anything but. What it was was a refreshing 31 hour get away. It felt like we were gone for a week, in a good way. The best way. It was filled with laughter, delicious food, bocce ball, wine tasting, smiles, antiques, House Hunters, a cheap hotel, cool breezes, a picnic, a gazebo, lazy sunshine, a good book, fun photos, inside jokes, deepened relationships, good music… It was just what we needed. I’m sure Husband would agree.

Arriving at the vineyard. Windows down, breeze flowing in.

We walked from one vineyard to the next. Beautiful!

Sipping Sangria in the shade. Best Sangria I’ve ever had. Husband got attacked by one fire ant.

Discussing Bocce Ball strategy.

Our trip’s mascot, Shmebulock*. He tried to get into all the photos.

Best Reuben. Best fries (they had cinnamon, brown sugar, and other spices on them). We had fries 3 times that day. Chick-fil-A, Truffle Scented Fries, and these amazingly spiced ones. I didn’t realized this until we were eating the last set.

Picnicking on a hot day. Yummy food, wonderful company.

Husband insisted that we take another one with me in it. When you’re the photographer, it looks like you weren’t on the trip. See, I was there!

Relaxing with our books/napping before we headed home.

We stopped for gas and Husband bought us Pop Ups! I’d never had one before. I’VE BEEN MISSING OUT!! I love Rainbow Sherbet! We had it often in the summer when I was growing up. I love how tastes and smells can bring back so many memories.

We were greeted by our dog, who missed us and wagged his tail furiously at our return. I’m sure he didn’t miss us too much though. His friend, Nathan, brought him treats.

I have to go return my library book now. It’s due today. I also need to call my Dad. Then we’re going to watch the last two Harry Potter movies. Great ending to a fantastic weekend.

Zucchini, Gruyère, and Basil Pizza

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Zucchini, Gruyère, and Basil Pizza
Recipe Type: Pizza
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 13 mins
Total time: 23 mins
Serves: 2
  • 1 pizza crust
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 C Gruyère cheese, finely grated
  • 1/2 to 1 C (or so) zucchini (really thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 C fresh basil
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425F. Roll out crust. Bake for 5 min.
  2. Remove from oven and drizzle with some good olive oil (I love Bari’s organic extra virgin olive oil).
  3. Top with zucchini, salt, pepper, and Gruyère.
  4. Bake 8 min more, or until the crust is baked to perfection.
  5. Top with basil.
  6. Eat and enjoy!


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(*Disclaimer: I’m a fan of Gravity Falls and I like Shmebulock. I’m not an employee of Disney or in any way associated with the show. I just think it’s funny.)


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