Pizza Panacea

September 5, 2010

Don’t know what was wrong with me today, but I seem to have fixed the problem with pizza.

I spent the afternoon on the couch reading. This book is good, but a bit long:

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Made myself this bright mocktail for cocktail hour

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A coconut water (found these on sale recently and grabbed a few!) with seltzer and cherries

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Something was off about it though because it left me feeling nauseous. Either that or sitting on the couch for 3 hours straight.

When we finally got up to prep dinner, I started to feel better.

You can see why!

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Matt’s homemade pizza dough! Plus two fun toppings.

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The Girl And The Fig!

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Pizza #1 – Grilled Veggie Jack

One pizza had grilled eggplant, shrooms and zucchini plus our homemade tomato sauce from last night and a pile of freshly grated jack cheese. Rarely can I get my pizza to have that gooeyness of a restaurant’s pizza and I think grating your own makes a big difference over finely shredded in a bag.

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Pizza #2 – Fig + Brie + Grilled Eggplant + Honey + Sea Salt

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We split them 50/50 – it was hard to choose a favorite! But the brie + fig was one of my top 5 pizzas ever 😉


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On the side I had a simple salad that was rather blah compared to the pizza. I forgive it.

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After dinner I regained my self and we went for a lovely hour walk all through the UVA grounds. I love walking on college campuses because you’re always in good company of students. No lonely streets. It’s very energetic. We had lots of discussion about education, our academic pasts and the history of our relationship with the computer. Remember when AIM screen names were all the rage!? I was Koopalicious!!

Turning down the sheets with my book. Happy Labor Day!

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1 Tina September 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm

College campuses are the perfect places for walking around. I miss having that option!

And what a creative choice of toppings. You never cease to amaze. :)


2 Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul September 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm

That pizza screams “Fall!” to me and thus I love it!


3 Kath September 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm

I thought that said “FAIL” lol. I was about to get defensive about my pizzas!


4 Vivi September 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm

mocktails AND pizza?! best sunday ever! great pics!


5 Christine September 5, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Hi, fig pizza, please come home with me.


6 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Oh my gawwwwwwd pizza #2!!!!


7 Jess September 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I have something for you….I should have stopped by tonight and grabbed some pizza 😉 I shall stop by tomorrow instead!


8 Kath September 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm



9 aubrey September 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Yay figs and The Girl & the Fig!!

I am doing an externship there right now in the kitchen. I grill figs all day long:) They’re so delicious. I love the fig salad. Have you had it? I know the secret behind why they are so tasty too!


10 Kath September 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I can’t remember what I had the two times I ate there, but they were very very memorable meals!


11 Kath September 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Didn’t have to look very hard to remember :)


12 aubrey September 5, 2010 at 10:24 pm

the cheese plates always look amazing. I have yet to even try one! How funny, I also noticed you were drinking wine by Mantanzas Creek. I just got a bottle of wine from there yesterday. My oh my what a small world!


13 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 5, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Mmmmm fig and brie pizza!!! Why didn’t you invite me over for dinner? 😉 I’m seriously drooling, pure deliciousness.


14 Paige @Running Around Normal September 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I totally see the gooey factor – those look ridic:)
Have a great night!


15 Kristy@ September 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

That fig pizza looks out of control! Y’all are so creative!


16 Courtney @ Bread & Bokeh September 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

That fig and brie pizza looks amazing!!! And I love your AIM screen name!!! Too funny! My friends still call my by mine!!!


17 [email protected] September 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm

OMG! I am so jealous of your dinner! I would never have thought to put figs and Brie on a pizza, but now seeing it…it makes sense!!!! I think a good pizza makes any one feel better. And you have more than just a good looking pizza!


18 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Those pizzas look amazing. Makes me want to whip up some homemade crust right now!!

Oh gosh, AIM. I was thisiscrafty. Don’t even ask.

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!


19 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Figs on pizza just sound divine!


20 evan September 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm

that pizza! shredding your own cheese makes all the difference – most manufacturers cover pre-shreds in potato starch to prevent them from sticking together – that DEFINITELY effects the goo-factor.

oh, AIM. i haven’t been on it in years! now there’s gchat, which i’ve still yet to try. but i’ll get there!


21 evan September 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

oops! blog address was wrong. now it’s fixed.


22 Lisa @bakebikeblog September 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm

oh my – those pizzas look amazing!


23 Joanna @ September 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Coconut water with seltzer and cherries sounds amazing! What a great idea!


24 caronae September 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm

These are brilliant pizza combos — especially the fig and brie! I need to do some homemade pizzas this year. Now you’re making me crave it, lol.

Happy long weekend!


25 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 5, 2010 at 8:39 pm

OH wow the fig pizza sounds delicious!!!


26 Heather September 5, 2010 at 8:42 pm

never thought to do that with coconut water. interesting!


27 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 5, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Yummm! I love homemade pizzas, especially when you play with the toppings :)


28 Bernadine September 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I LOVE reading your blog! I just wanted to let you know you are inspiring people all the way around the world…including here at the bottom of the south Pacific in New Zealand :) One thing keeps flitting through my mind in your last few posts with all this nausea…you’re not pregnant are you??? (sorry for being a bit inelegant and putting it out there…)
Thanks for sharing :)


29 Kath September 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Very cool how far my words reach :)

And I hope I’m not pregnant!


30 Wei-Wei September 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Your words reach to China, too. 😉


31 Anna Lee September 5, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Every time you say you’re not feeling that well…I hope to hear that you’re having a baby. It’s selfish of me, but I can’t help it!! We all we delight in that news, when you and Matt are ready for it.


32 Kath September 6, 2010 at 8:08 am

We won’t be ready until we get the bakery up and running …and it’s successful


33 Shannon, Tropical Eats September 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm

you two are so creative with your pizzas :) my screen name was mpotato ( mashed potatoes with gravy are my fave!)


34 Penny Lane September 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

ooooooo…fig on pizza! I am so excited to try this. Thanks for this addition to my my cookbook! Look forward to perusing your recipe book!


35 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Ohh my goodness! Love that cheesy shot!!!


36 Wei-Wei September 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Oh my gosh! You remind me – I NEED TO GET BRIE. Thank you. 😀


37 Liza @ Health Nutting September 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm

YUM! Nothing like homemade pizza– those look absolutely beautiful and delicious!


38 [email protected] September 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Those pizzas look so amazing! Homemade pizza is the best :)


39 Emmalinda September 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I agree that grating your own cheese makes for meltier, gooier pizza cheese. Often grated cheese is coated in powder (cellulose, I think) to keep it from clumping together. I’m a total grate-your-own convert!


40 Nicole September 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

oh my! figs and brie! I have to tell my dad that combo! When I go to Fresh Market tomorrow i’m totally picking up the figs i’ve been eyeing. I see a yummy pizza in my future!


41 Camille September 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Gorgeous pizzas! The fig one looks incredible!


42 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I was just thinking about Matt’s pizza dough recently! I am going to make it for the first time, it’s that time of year when it’s ok to put the oven on super high again. Your pizzas have me droooooooooooling!! :)

I still use my AIM screen name, lol. I’ve had several through the years, but my real word elite screen name is the only one I have used for the past 6+ years, lol.



43 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm

The pizzas look lovely! The figs are so adorable!

I agree, you have to grate the cheese by hand — storebought shredded cheese is not the same! ( I think Pioneer Woman comments on that on her blog as well — it must be hand grated cheese!)

I think you definitely need to change the name of your blog to Koopalicious Eats Real Food.


44 Kath September 6, 2010 at 8:08 am



45 Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) September 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I can’t tell you how many hours I spent on AIM talking to my “boyfriends” and crushes in middle school! Hilarious!!!

After being home for a few weeks from college, it is so funny how different the atmosphere is when I walk. At home, its peaceful and quiet and I think I walk slower because of that. On a college campus, it seems like everyone is power walking to their next destination and it makes me walk faster!


46 April @ Crazy Fabulous Life September 5, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I’ve never had fresh figs. I can’t imagine them on a pizza because in my mind they’d be very sweet! Are they?


47 Kath September 6, 2010 at 8:09 am

They’re not that sweet…but more sweet than savory


48 Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 5, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Whoa fig sweet pizza!?!? That is revolutionary. I am so impressed.


49 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly September 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Glad you’re feeling better!!! Your pizza looks like it would fix the day no matter what.


50 Cristina September 5, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I’m going to try your seltzer + coconut water + cherries combination!


51 Kate G. September 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Beautiful fig pizza! I moved to Northern California a year ago, and we’re blessed with beautiful figs :) Have you ever made fig pesto? I highly recommend it…


52 [email protected] September 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm

fig pizza?!? I just bought alot of fresh figs and been worrying about it going bad before I have a chance to finish it. I think this may be my solution to using it up quickly.


53 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm

The pizzas look great. Hope you feel better soon :)


54 Hannah September 5, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Oh holy bucket, that fig and cheese and honey and salt pizza….. I think I just visually died and went to heaven!


55 [email protected]'s Going The Distance September 5, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Passion fruit coconut water is my fav!!!

Also, I made a fig and chicken pizza once and yeah, it was soooo good! :)


56 Mallory@ Untie the Ribbons September 6, 2010 at 12:20 am

Ooh, fig on pizza. Definitely need to try that.


57 Ariffa September 6, 2010 at 12:30 am

eep i had a sandwich for dinner that had brie and fig jam! dinner twinish xo
killer combo though


58 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 6, 2010 at 12:36 am

Uh oh. Nausea. Is Kath Eats preggers?

Love the fig pizza. My husband wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole, though. Boo.


59 Marina September 6, 2010 at 1:25 am

Figs on a pizza, with brie, just an awesome combo!
They looks amazing


60 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 6, 2010 at 2:01 am

That 2nd pizza sounds SO good!


61 Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean September 6, 2010 at 2:57 am

WOW those pizzas look amazing! your walk sounds lovely too


62 Ed Brandt September 6, 2010 at 3:10 am

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Have a great day.

Best regards Ed


63 Alissa @ Not Just Apples September 6, 2010 at 4:25 am

pizza #2 looks so delicious! i must try it, it sounds so perfectly italian.


64 notyet100 September 6, 2010 at 5:02 am

ur post makes me drool


65 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 6, 2010 at 6:12 am

yum those look so good!


66 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 6, 2010 at 6:22 am

Your pizza looks like something from a super-expensive Italian restaurant!! Very impressive!

American Wife– I totally agree! I loved it until the last fifty pages, and then I was like, “Yeah, yeah– get on with it!!!”

Her book Man of My Dreams was one of my favorites, if you’re looking for another.


67 Heidi - apples under my bed September 6, 2010 at 6:41 am

Those pizzas look amazing. major dinner envy. mine was great but im now wishing i had pizza! homemade dough is the only way…:)
Heidi xo


68 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 6, 2010 at 6:44 am

I had figs w/honey last night too! I made crepes, though. Pizza would have been good too! Have a great day today!


69 [email protected] September 6, 2010 at 6:53 am

Yum yum those pizzas look amazing! My AIM screenname was Sopranogirl. I was really into chorus in middle and high school :-)


70 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 6, 2010 at 7:05 am

The fig pizza looks fantastic – I’m getting a case of figs next week from a contest I won, I’ll have to try that pizza!!!


71 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 6, 2010 at 7:05 am

I have never tried a fresh fig, but I’ve already decided that this is the way I want to try my first one. 😀 The pizza looks ah-mazing!

I was planning on reading that book next, but I’m not sure I’m up for a slow-paced, long read. Hmm..


72 Sara @ September 6, 2010 at 7:24 am

I’ve been wanting to try fig pizza for forever and a day!! They just don’t make pizzas with slightly unorthodox pizza toppings around here – I think they’re just getting used to tofu! The pizzas look great, though! And I love being on a college campus, too – it’s always picturesque because someone has to keep it looking nice 24/7!


73 CaSaundra September 6, 2010 at 7:26 am

Pizza always seems to make everyone feel better–yours look delicious!!


74 Greg September 6, 2010 at 7:30 am

Figs on pizza! That sounds delicious. Creative too!


75 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 6, 2010 at 7:42 am

spent a few hours last night reading – i love it. are you almost done? curious to hear what you think, since i LOVED the first part and just liked the last. not a HUGE fan of brie, but i’m sure i would’ve loved it. how can i not love fig pizza?!?


76 Kath September 6, 2010 at 8:10 am

I also loved the beginning….hated part II, liked part III ok. Just started part IV


77 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 6, 2010 at 8:12 am

I’ve always wanted to try fig on pizza! It looks amazing!

I love walking through my university campus. It’s nice to feel like I’m a part of something. :)


78 Kathleen September 6, 2010 at 9:05 am

Oh no! I think I screwed up the pizza dough. I added the olive oil and honey to the preferment that is sitting in the bowl covered. Should I throw it out and start it again? I was going to make it for dinner tonight.


79 Matt September 6, 2010 at 9:09 am

Nah, you’ll be fine.


80 Katie @ peacebeme September 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I get sick when I sit around too long inside too! Everything thinks I am weird for saying that but its true – nice to know someone else experiences it so I’m not crazy! Love the idea of the mocktail with a cherry in the seltzer, going to try that soon.


81 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy September 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

I love your glowing mocktail picture!

And pizza — oh how I miss homemade pizza crust! We recently moved into an apartment with a really small oven and the pizza stone doesn’t fit! I’m still really upset about it!


82 whitney September 7, 2010 at 8:11 am

wow. Those pizza’s should be on the cover of a magazine. I don’t think either of you ever need to eat out because the food you create is impeccable.

UVA is a beautiful campus and the atmosphere is always wonderful. Enjoy


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