Naan Bread Pizza. Bohemian Cottage

Pesto Naan Bread Pizza with Pancetta and Tomato

Naan Bread Pizza with Pancetta and Tomato. Bohemiancottage

This is a great weeknight meal that is fast and tasty.

I don’t know about you, but during the week it can be tiring to cook dinner. On those days when my energy is low and all I hear is ‘what’s for dinner”, I like easy, tasty and quick. Naan bread makes a great pizza crust! I can find it in the bakery section of the grocery store, and with whatever toppings are on hand in the fridge, suddenly it is pizza night, bohemian style!

Naan Pizza. Bohemiancottage

I used fresh herbs out of the garden to make this pizza, oregano and basil pesto.

One of the nice things about doing a small individual sized pizza is that everyone can pick and choose what toppings to put on theirs. We had fresh pineapple and leftover ham and made hawaiian style Indian naan pizza. Doesn’t get much more bohemian than that! What is it about the flavor combination of pineapple and ham…it is so much better with fresh pineapple verses canned too. (read more)

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Chicken Caprese Pizza from

Caprese Chicken Pizza

Chicken Caprese Pizza.

Easy and Healthy Chicken Caprese Pizza.

Browsing magazines never fails to make me inspired. Whether its a craft or a dinner, magazines are full of opportunities.  I came across a picture of  chicken caprese pizza in seventeen magazine. This seemed like the perfect meal to satisfy the appetite of the picky eaters of our house, while still keeping it healthy. This pizza is truly easy to make and will make everyone’s mouth water.


Pizza dough. We used pre-made dough.

1 Roma tomato- sliced

Shredded mozzarella- 1 cup

1 grilled chicken breast- sliced (read more)

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Pork Chops with Maple Apple Cream Sauce

We had these roasted root veggies from the garden with our pork chops

We had these roasted root veggies from the garden with our pork chops

Fall is finally here in Colorado! That subtle shift in the air, that familiar crisp, coolness. I get fall fever pretty bad, wanting all that it brings, comfort food being at the top of the list. The garden is finally popping out the root vegetables that I planted from seed this spring. This was my first ever crop of carrots and beets! Very exciting for a nerdy gardener and cooking geek like myself.

I wanted to accompany our roasted root veggies with one of my sweetheart’s favorite foods, pork chops! Soon pork chops will be needing their own category on the blog! I did a twist on one of my old stand bys with the apples this time, creating an apple cream sauce. It is actually a pretty light sauce with the addition of apple juice to the cream, oh, and maple syrup of course! I found some fancy alder wood smoked sea salt at the grocery store that gives the most subtle, yet distinct smokiness. Here is what I did: (read more)

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Smoked Gouda, Avocado and Tomato Panini

Smoked Gouda, Avocado and Tomato Panini...with a Stella

Smoked Gouda, Avocado and Tomato Panini…with a Stella

This simple meal really hit the spot on a Friday evening after a long work week. The girls were with their Dad, and it was time to unwind and relax. Makayla was the one who originally made this yummy sandwich for her home economics class last year. I happened to have a good crusty loaf of Italian herb bread and the other  ingredients on hand. We have one of those little indoor grills that works great as a panini maker. You could add bacon to this to make it more decadent, or keep it vegetarian, which is what I did. Pair it with a nice cold beer and you have your own little happy hour of peace and quiet…ahhhh… (read more)

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Pine Nut and Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Pine Nut and Parmesean Crusted Tilapia Coda Pic 4_5

For the Crust: 

1/4 c. Italian bread crumbs

1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, finely grated

1/4 c. ground pine nuts. I used a mortar and pestle

1 tbsp. dried Italian herb mix. Mine had rosemary, marjoram, oregano and sage in it

1 egg

4 Tilapia filets

1 Tbsp. olive oil

Grind the pine nuts with a mortar and pestle till mostly ground. There will be big pieces of pine nuts and it will form somewhat of a paste.

Mix the first 4 ingredients together on a plate

Beat the egg and pour onto a plate

Dredge the the tilapia filets into the egg, then into the dry mixture (read more)

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Pork Loin Chops with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

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This luscious smokey sweet raspberry sauce was a spontaneous invention. Tom and I decided to make dinner an event with video instruction. Lights! Camera! Action! Check out our video and let me know what you think.

Ingredients for the marinade:

Juice and zest of half a lemon

1 tbsp. garlic paste (or finely minced garlic)

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 fresh rosemary sprigs

Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the sauce: (read more)

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