I had a beignet and I LOVED it!

File_005Just because today is the day to look forward with my blog, but also to still look back at my first posts, and let’s be honest this is my favorite! Because who doesn’t want to see me eat a fluffy, powdery square of goodness that is a beignet?? Haha well here is a look back to our trip to New Orleans!

When you go to visit New Orleans you must go to Cafe du Monde on Decatur street in the French Quarter, especially if you are a foodie, like myself. I have only had a beignet one other time in Savannah in a New Orleans themed restaurant on the river, but I was told you haven’t had a beignet unless you have had one at Cafe du Monde. So here  I was in New Orleans with a mission to get this famous beignet.

We got off the airplane and headed straight to the French Quarter. We walked all around the French Quarter trying to find this cafe, stopping in amazing littles shops along the way.  There was a long line wrapped around the cafe, every table was full, except one! It was full of dirty dishes, but that’s ok, we are going to get it. I have to get this beignet. We sat down, the served wiped down the table and we looked at the menu, and then my heart crumbled. CASH ONLY. We had to leave, I forgot my cash in the car. Tomorrow will be the day I get my beignet.

We ended up walking to a sweet little spot named Cafe Fleur-de-lis, got a small table in the front. Thomas is on prep, since we are here for a competition of his, the Cajun Classic Pro Gulf States, so he had to be health conscious to an extent. He ordered an avocado bowl, which was a little small for the price, and a fried green tomato plate with a tasty spicy ranch dipping sauce. I started out with an Italian Mango Cream Mimosa, which I have never had before,  and it was fantastic! It was topped with white chocolate shavings, who doesn’t like white chocolate shavings? My meal was a tasty bowl of shrimp and grits. The service was great, the atmosphere was cute, and the vibe was chill.

But lets fast forward to today! Today was the day that I had to have a beignet. We drove down to the French Quarter and parked right on the river. First stop Cafe du Monde. This time I didn’t even want to fuss with a table, the line was three times as long as the day before, so we went straight to the back and got in the to go line.

You can tell this cafe has been in business since 1862 and open 24 hours a day 7 days a week except for Christmas and an occasional hurricane, as they say on the cafedumonde.com website. They were getting orders faster than you could order them! They had an assembly line of prepared beignets in quantities of 3 with powdered sugar in cute little bags, and cups of coffee, or in my case iced coffee with milk because it was HOT, all ready for customers waiting in line.

I ordered the iced coffee with milk, and an order of 3 beignets. Paid with my cash and walked up the stairs to eat my beignets overlooking the French Quarter. When I say that I took a bite and melted, I melted! It was sooooooo good! It was warm, sweet, crisp yet fluffy, satisfying and worth the wait! Also helped that I had an amazing view and got to experience something with so much history in a fun and energetic city.

Of course I had to take the signature ‘take a bite but try to not get the powdered sugar on your face’ photo! Thanks Thomas, you are great at capturing me at my foodie moments. If you are in New Orleans go check out Cafe du Monde, bring cash, and if you forget go seek out Cafe Fleur-de-lis! Well actually, go to both regardless! xoxo

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#TBT We Survived Irma with the help of Homemade EASY Pizza and Frenchies!

What a perfect way to kick off my Blog again with one of my first posts I wrote a year ago when I first decided to try this blog thing out! I guess it just wasn’t in the cards a year ago, but here we are a year older, living in a brand new city with a new job and career path, all while still incorporating Fitness, Food & Life! Well welcome back to The Modern Day Betty!

September 13, 2017 Irma came, Irma destructed, and Irma left. Thankfully, she didn’t do damage to our vehicles or home and we never lost power. Being from Nebraska, I’m used to thunderstorms and tornados, living in west Texas I was used to flooding, but never did I ever think I was going to experience all three at the same time! Welcome to Florida during Hurricane Season!

Of course the news combined with family and friends in other states expressing concern really started to freak me out but Thomas, my boyfriend, a Florida born boy, knew that if we buckled down, prepared our food and water, we would be OK! Well, he was right. So what helped ease my woes during this scary time? Homemade EASY Pizza, Candy of many different sorts, Buffalo Chicken Dip,  and juice. I am an emotional eater and these items really helped me cope, along with the sweetest Frenchie Duo ever! Please meet King and Louie, the most amazing, Hurricane protectors!

Ok, well they really only slept the ENTIRE time, but they were the cutest, most snuggly, little Frenchies. Who could have asked for better snuggle buddies during the storm? I mean next to my awesome boyfriend that is! 😉

So let’s get back to this Homemade EASY Pizza! My mom used to make a version of this sheet pan pizza when I was younger and everyone who tasted it LOVED it. I made a few changes because I couldn’t find the exact pizza crust** she uses, and I chose to use ground turkey over ground beef as a healthier option.

Are you ready for how easy this is? These are three of the main ingredients that keep it easy peasy.

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Ingredients:

  • Canned Pre-made Pizza Crust – Pillsbury Classic Crust
  • 1-2 pounds ground turkey, beef, Italian sausage, or ground ‘beefless’ crumbles
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 Jar pizza sauce – Prego Pizza Sauce
  • Can of mushroom pieces
  • Can of sliced black olives
  • 2 cups of cheese – mozzarella, cheddar, or mix
  • Optional – 6-8 cloves of garlic mixed with 1/4 cup olive oil

Start off with a pound or two of lean ground turkey, lean ground beef, ground Italian sausage, or beefless crumbles. Brown it in a pan with a sprinkle of garlic powder, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Optional: In a food processor put a 1/4 cup olive oil, 6-8 cloves of garlic and a pinch of salt and whir tell it becomes a paste.

Spray your cookie sheet with coconut non stick spray and press in your canned pizza crust, making sure you press any holes together and press the dough up the sides of the pan to get your crust. (Here is where the optional garlic paste comes into play) If you choose to, take a pastry brush, my favorite is a silicone one so clean up is a breeze, and brush the garlic paste/oil onto the crust of the pizza. Put the pizza in the oven as directed on the can. This pillsbury canned pizza classic crust says 400 degrees for 8 minutes.

After the crust had time to pre-bake, add your toppings. I start with the jarred pizza sauce, the Prego brand was pretty good, not to sweet or acidic, which some sauces can be. My mom alway adds Contadina Pizza Sauce***, but again, they didn’t have it at my grocery store. I then added the ground turkey, canned sliced black olives and canned mushrooms pieces. You can pretty much customize it however you want!

I personally like to add the cheese last minute so I put the pan back in the oven for 8 additional minutes, and then take it out, add the cheese, and back in the oven for the last 2 minutes.

Homemade EAZY Pizza

Now Enjoy! A little piece of comfort from my childhood to help with the craziness of my first and hopefully last Hurricane!

**Add Water Pizza Crust My Mom Uses

***Contadina Pizza Sauce My Mom Uses