Thursday, September 27, 2012

Archer Farms Mediterrian Arugula & Tomato Pizza

While walking through Target's frozen food section, I saw that they made a Mediterranean Arugula Tomato pizza. Well, after my experience with the Trader Joe's Arugula pizza, I had to try the Target brand! Archer Farms is the Target brand of foods.  I like a lot of the items that Archer Farms makes.  One of them was a frozen Bruchetta Bread. Sadly, that has been discontinued, or at least I can't find it locally.
Front of the Box
The front of this box is very promising, with all of the tomatoes and cheese circles.  It got me excited about this pizza!
Plastic Wrapped Pizza
When I opened the box and looked at the pizza, I found the arrangement of the toppings kind of interesting.  The mozzarella was in gigantic slices on top of ever thing else. I couldn't tell if they were supposed to be on top of the other toppings, and they were just thrown on, or if they were supposed to be arranged in the manner they were.
Pizza on the Oven Rack
I cooked this pizza directly on the oven rack.  Maybe I should have used the pizza stone for this one.  The crust was so crisp, it was almost hard to chew. 
Cooked Arugula Pizza
This pizza's cheese browned up really nice, crust looked really nice.  The only problem is when I went to bite into it. It was almost to hard to bite into.  The tomatoes on this pizza were almost sour.  This was a sad comparison to the Arugula pizza from Trader Joe's. 
Slice of Arugula Pizza
This frozen pizza was a bit of a disappointment.  After the excitement of eating the Arugula pizza from Trader Joe's the week before, I expected more.  On it's own, even without the comparison, the pizza was just ok.  It needed more cheese and better tasting tomatoes.  I give this pizza 1 and a 1/2 pizza out of 4 pizza pies.  I just expected more from a frozen pizza. I will probably not be getting this one again.   

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Traders Joe's Arugula Pizza

I was standing in front of the frozen pizzas at Trader Joe's. I had the Trader Giotto's Arugula with Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella Pizza, grana padano, manchego, provolone, and pecorino in my hand,  reading the ingredients, when a woman next to me said, "You have too get that pizza!  It's my absolute favorite of the Trader Joes pizzas!"  So, I took her word for it and bought it!
 Front of the Box
Back of the Box
I think it's funny that, on the back of the box, they show pictures of Chefs making the pizzas.  I'm not sure if this is how Trader Joe's makes their food, but I almost believe it!  They try to make their stores have a more warm and cozy feeling about them.  All of the people that work at Trader Joe's are very helpful and always ask if you need anything.
Pizza Wrapped in Plastic
When I took this pizza out of the box, it looked very promising. It had a lot of cheese and really good looking toppings on it. 
Pizza on the Oven Rack
The only thing with frozen pizzas, is trying to decide if I should re-arrange the topping or not. Sometimes, they are too frozen on to move around.  This one, the toppings were frozen on, so, I didn't move the toppings around. I decided to cook this pizza on the oven rack and not use the pizza stone.
Trader Giotto's Arugula Pizza
This is how the Arugula pizza looked after I cooked it. This pizza from Trader Joe's tasted really good!  The mix of cheeses was amazing!  I thought eating arugula (basically salad...) would be really strange, but it was pretty tasty!  The crust was just crispy enough.  The cheeses browned nicely in the oven.  The best thing about this pizza, the cherry tomatoes!  They were so sweet and gave this pizza an awesome flavor! 
A Slice of Arugula Pizz
I'm really glad the woman at Trader Joe's suggested this pizza!  I give this pizza 3 1/2 pizza pies out of 4 pizza pies.  I'm going to be that strange customer that stands in the Trader Joe's frozen food section and recommends pizzas to random customers!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Taco Bell: The Mexican Pizza

These days, you can almost get pizza anywhere!  Even Taco Bell carries a Mexican pizza. This is a sad little tale of the Mexican pizza.
I get to the Taco Bell drive through, trying to quickly decide what I want.  I see the Mexican pizza on the sign and think, "It looks so good!" 
Then, I get the pizza, and it looks like this:
The Mexican Pizza from Taco Bell
When I get the Mexican pizza in the drive through, by the time I get to eating it, it usually looks like this, or something close!  It tastes OK, but it's not the best Mexican pizza I've ever had.  I don't know why I keep ordering it!  
There's also rumors that the ingredient list for the pizza includes sand! This says to me, I should not be eating this food item any more!  But every once in a while, I get in the Taco Bell drive through, and order this pizza!  
I give the pizza a half pizza pie out of four!  I need to stop eating it!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Jockamo: An Indianapolis Favorite

Have you ever heard of Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza?  Well, I hadn't heard of it until I moved to the Indianapolis area.  I have friends that would rave about this pizza place.  I went to Jockamo for the first time a couple years ago for my birthday.  It was really good, but it's not exactly close to me.  So, when a friend wanted to go out to eat, I recommended going there.  We ate at the Jockamo in the Irvington neighborhood.
 Ian in front of Jockamo
Jockamo doesn't disappoint!  This place is known for it's specialty pizzas, like Greek and Seven Layer. There were so many awesome choices in pizza, it was really hard to decide what to get!  We decided to go with appetizers first!
Front of Menu
Bread Sticks with Hummus
Our friends, Bryan and Andrew decided to go with the bread sticks and hummus.  Yes, at Jockamo, not only can you order cheese and tomato sauce to dip your bread sticks in, but you can also order hummus!  The bread sticks are a good size, and a small order comes with three with one sauce.  
Artichoke Spinach Cheese Bread
Ian and I decided to go with the Spinach Artichoke Cheese Bread for our appetizer. It came with a marinara to dip it in.  The spinach and artichoke are in a paste and spread on top of a bread, and then, cooked.  I loved that it had the fresh tomato on top of the bread! This appetizer was really tasty!  When we go back, we will definitely get this again.
Half 7 Layer and Half Cheese Louise
One really awesome thing about Jockamos is, you can get your pizza toppings on half of the pizza. So, we got a half 7 Layer and half Cheese Louise. 
The 7 Layer Pizza is a Mexican Style Pizza. The toppings of the 7 Layer pizza are: their homemade black bean dip, homemade salsa, tomato, black olive, green onion, and cheddar, served with sour cream.  This is the fist time I'll actually say, I didn't really like it!  It was a little bean heavy for my taste!  My boyfriend loved it! For me, it needed more salsa or something.
The ingredients on the Cheese Louise pizza are: cheddar, ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, gouda, red onion, and bacon. This pizza was amazing!  Not only do the combination of the cheeses with their fresh marinara that they use as sauce taste awesome, but it has the perfect combination of red onion and bacon! I pretty much like anything with bacon on it! The sauce that Jockamo uses has a nice spicy kick to it. 
   Bryan modeling his pizza!
Our friends Bryan and Andrew ordered half Greek and half Philly Jack.  The Greek has spinach, tomato, red onion, black olive, and feta cheese. The Philly Jack has Italian beef, green pepper, peppadew peppers, and pepper jack cheese.  They offered to let me taste their pizza, but by the time I had two pieces of our pizza and the spinach artichoke cheese bread, I was really full! 
Jockamo has a nice atmosphere.  It is a place you can have a nice night out with friends or even take your family for a night out!  If you don't want to try their specialty pizzas, you can choose from a long list of toppings to create your own favorite kind of pizza.  Even though I didn't like the 7 Layer pizza, Ian did. I did love the spinach artichoke cheese bread and the Cheese Louise pizza!  I give Jockamos three and a half pizza pies out of four.  This is definitely a pizza worth trying! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Three Bean Salad, or as Many Beans as You Want!

Have you ever eaten Three Bean Salad?  Have you ever realized, it probably has more than three types of beans in it? When I make a Three Bean Salad, I usually put in at least four kinds of beans, or it just doesn't seem complete! 

1 Can Green Beans
1 Can Wax Beans
1 Can Red/Kidney Beans
1 Can Black Beans
1/2 Chopped Small Onion
1/2-3/4 Cup White Vinegar
1-2 Tbs Sweetner
2-3 Tbs Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Ground Mustard Seed
1/2 tsp Celery Seed
1/2 Cup Water 
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Rinse and drain all of the beans to start.  I usually just dump all of mine in a colander, in the sink to start.  Then, I put all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
 Three Bean Ingredients
Then, I mix everything together.  I put everything in the fridge.  I usually taste it after about an hour to make sure I like the flavor. Most of the time, I end up adding extra sweetener to it.
There's a lot of tasting that goes on in this process. 
Mixed Three Bean Salad
This turns into a great healthy salad to take to events like family reunions and potlucks.  My family really loves this dish!  Three bean salad is essentially a "dump" recipe.  Aside from chopping the onion, you essentially "dump" all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix!  It's that easy!