Weekend Recap and Winning!

Let’s start out by finding out who won the Rocco DiSpirito’s Now Eat This Diet Books!  I had to throw in the “Winning” Charlie Sheen reference – that guy is anything but a winner.

First winner:

I’m all about mushrooms so this recipe is a must try for me!

What’s my motivation to lose weight?
I would have to say my motivation to lose weight is hands down to be there for my family. I started a blog myself a couple of months ago to record my progress & failures. My first post briefly explains how I became an orphan – aka no Mom, Dad or even Brother at the age of 32. I see myself following in my Dad’s footsteps – he passed away due to complications of his weight – which included heart failure, high blood pressure & type 2 diabetes. Most, if not all could have been preventable if he took control, but it seemed like he never tried. I was 20 weeks pregnant with my Son when my Dad died. It was the day before we found out he was a boy. At the time I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes, so I knew I was at an even higher risk for type 2. Now that my Son is here…all I can think about is making sure he & my husband have me in their lives for a long time. I would hate for my son to watch his Mommy sit on the sidelines instead of running & playing alongside of him. So with this I joined WW and started running. Hoping to be a better example and be around for a long, long time to come.

Second winner:

Sharon Kramer says:

I want to lose weight cause I am tired of being overweight. I started 2 years ago and have lost 54 pounds and kept it off through portion control and changing my habits a little. I have recently incorporated chair yoga (I have knee problems) and walking.
I saw your book but could not afford it. I found the website and have been using the receipes there for about a week. My husband is diabetic so the receipes are friendly to his diet too. Some I adapted a little to accomodate our family but everyone has been raving! I intend to keep cooking, losing and walking until I reach my goal. I have about 120 ponds to go but I am sure that I can do it!

Third Winner:

As a I motivation to lose weight I want to stay healthy and look good. The older you get the harder it is to lose weight, especially for women. Also I don’t want to get diabetes. We cook too good and our food taste so wonderful, so it’s hard to stop eating. Perhaps if we didn’t cook so good………

Fun question and great give-away.

And the final winner:

Shirley says:

This sounds like a great giveaway.

My motivation for losing weight is primarily that I’m diabetic and need to be more health consious. I also have joint issues that losing a few(many) pounds would help take some of the pressure off of.

Congratulations! Please send me your mailing address to mybizzykitchen@gmail.com and I will forward it to the publisher so you’ll get your books.  😀

So remember how Tony sent me an email with a suggestion for dinner Friday night?  Um, pretty sure he had an ulterior motive – i.e., if he suggested a different dinner . . . he wouldn’t have to have party pizza Friday.   I am sure Helen’s husband is saying “WTF?” as he would enjoy party pizza Friday every day of the week!

But don’t worry!  I still got my pizza on. 😀  Saturday Tony and I went to lunch and a movie!  We saw Win Win, which was excellent – if you have a chance to see it, we highly recommend it.  So there was no grocery shopping on Saturday.  What do I always have on hand?  Flour, yeast, salt . . . i.e. PIZZA DOUGH!

But I made it a bit differently.  I made another batch of Schiacciata and decided to use the 00 flour in my pizza dough.  I thought it was delicious!!

  • 2 cups 00 flour
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup warm tap water
  • Mix well and knead for a few minutes – this was enough dough to make three individual pizzas

My pizza:  kind of “leftover” pizza – I had two meatballs, jalapeno, yellow peppers and a blend of colby jack and cheddar cheese on top.  My pizza comes in at 18 points – totally worth it – thanks flex points! 😀

So I’ve decided that I am going to do an Italian themed Easter this year.  I am going to be doing a wedge salad with brushetta and balsamic dressing, a soup course, homemade bread and pasta and braciole.  I wanted to do a test run of the braciole beforehand though.

First I started out with a simple tomato sauce:

  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 (28) oz. cans of Italian plum tomatoes
  • 4 basil leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter (you add this at the very end to even out the sauce)

I pureed it after the vegetables cooked down after 30 minutes

The filling:

  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped

Mix the bread crumbs through olive oil and spread across your 1.5 pound round steak.

Then layer the chopped eggs:

Then roll up and tie to hold it together.  Heat a tsp. of olive oil and Pam over medium-high heat.  Sear the meat on all sides.

Preheat the oven to 350.  Add the seared meat to the tomato sauce, and cook for 90 minutes, turning the meat every 30 minutes.

The meat is so tender, and the sauce thickened up while it cooked down.  The only thing I would do differently is season the meat more liberally with salt and pepper.

My dinner comes in at 12 points 😀

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  • Errign
    April 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    That meat dish looks really interesting – your Italian themed Easter should be fun!

  • erintakescontrol
    April 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats to all the winners. I’ve never even heard of braciole! It looks fun!

  • Weighting For 50
    April 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Congrats to all the winners!!!! Have a great Monday Biz!

  • fittingbackin
    April 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    That meat looks INSANE! And of course your pizza has jalapenos on it. 🙂

    Congrats to the winners – what great stories and reasons to be fit and healthy. Broke my heart about her becoming an orphan at 32. 🙁

    I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
    April 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Nothing says Easter better than Italian food! 🙂

  • julia
    April 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    That meat looks interesting with the egg in it 🙂 Did you taste the egg?

    Your Pizza always looks good, Tony should be loving it!!

    • biz319
      April 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      You do taste the egg – it’s just kind of creamy in the middle 😀

  • Tyler
    April 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the eggs in there too! Does it taste strange? I’m guessing not since you are making it for Easter! Shoot, I don’t even know when Easter is…

  • Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds
    April 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Congrats to the winners!

    I made braciole years ago when I first heard of it on Everybody Loves Raymond. I wasn’t too impressed, but it could be my recipe, expectations and I was still figuring out my way around the kitchen.

    Pizza’s on the menu this week! With your super fast crust of course!

  • Erica
    April 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Congrats to the winners!!! Glad you were still able to get your pizza on. It looks perfect. Josh loves jalapenos on top of pizza. I’m sort of a jalapeno wuss ! I can only handle a few 😉

  • katecooks
    April 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    i read an article this weekend about mario batali discussing his favorite pizza methods and apparently he swears by 00 flour! i’m not even sure what that is?! look at you, cooking like a celeb chef 🙂

    • biz319
      April 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      Kate, its just a super fine flour – we had no problem finding it in our ethnic grocery store, but not sure if you can find it in a regular store 🙁

  • Heather
    April 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    That pizza looks awesome!!
    And a themed Easter sounds so fun. Maybe I can convince my mom to do something similar!

  • Natasha
    April 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Hey Biz! Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting 🙂 Nice to “meet” you too! Your recipes look delicious! You can have me over for pizza anytime!

  • Helen
    April 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Well, guess what we had for dinner on Friday? Pizza! Friend invited us to go to an ‘upscale’ pizza place with them. Usually on Friday when he has to be up and at his special black belt class for 7 am on Saturday, Mr. Helen would have said no, but he never says no to pizza! He was a meat pizza eating happy fool.

    We’re doing the twin thing again Biz – I made braciole yesterday for us to have for dinner tonight! Your filling is interesting. When I make mine, I make individual size braciole and they have the breadcrumb filling (but no eggs) and each one is wrapped around a stick of sharp provolone. Yum.

    • biz319
      April 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      That’s so crazy Helen! It’s like we are twins!! 😀

  • whatkateiscooking
    April 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Everything looks delicious! I need to start thinking about Easter meals. I know for sure quiche will be involved 🙂

  • Shelley B
    April 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Jeff wants to go see Win Win – it’s not in our theater yet, but glad to know it’s worth the wait. Between you and Helen, now I want to try braciole! Of course, you KNOW it will have to be in a restaurant as I’m too lazy to actually make it myself! Still, it looks really good. 🙂

  • Leslie
    April 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I’m watching the mailbox for our Easter invite! Just 3 of us – so surely you can squeeze us in:) That looks great and so does your pizza. I do a sort of similar filling and rolling with pork tenderloin.

    • biz319
      April 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      I’ll set up an extra table for you! 😀

  • My Carolina Kitchen
    April 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Hot dog. I can’t believe I’ve won. That’s great news and that is one fine looking pizza. My address is in your email. Thanks again for the book.

  • Sam
    April 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    An Italian themed Easter sounds awesome, I have no idea what I’m making for Easter. I’m guessing my husband will be working a 12 hour shift that day, so I can cook all day 🙂

  • Jenn@slim-shoppin
    April 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve never even heard of that last dish you made with eggs in the middle!

    Tony – glad you were able to get out and enjoy lunch and a movie – I want to see that movie too!

  • Marisa @ Loser for Life
    April 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    My husband is with Helen’s husband! He would want pizza party every Friday. And pretty much gets it :

    I have a different recipe for braciole if you want it, Biz. Mine is without the egg, too.

    • biz319
      April 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      Love to have it – I am going to send you an email because I am still looking for an Italian soup for one of our Easter courses – 😀

  • Jen@jensdaily
    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    The meat dish looks so freaking good, my mouth is watering!!!

  • Tami@nutmegnotebook
    April 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Congrats to the winners! When are you going to open a restaurant? Seriously I think your calling is to be a chef!

  • Shannon
    April 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    ooh, an italian-themed easter, how fun!! that dish looks amazing 🙂

    congrats to the winners!

  • renee@mykitchenadventures
    April 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    congrats to the winners!

    Italian themed Easter sounds amazing. I am doing a plain old brunch menu. 🙂

  • teresa
    April 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    congrats to the winners!

    pizza night sounds so great, i love the way you made yours. we might have to do the same thing tonight, but with as lazy as i’m feeling, it might be a take out pizza!

  • Autumn @ Good Eats Girl
    April 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Oh, goodness! That pizza looks amazing! And the meat in the sauce is something that I need to try soon!

  • Simply Life
    April 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    wow, these stories are so inspiring -congrats to the winners!

  • Judy
    April 5, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I haven’t made braciole in years, and this brought back memories. My hubby is always telling me I’m depriving him of his heritage because I don’t make spaghetti often enough. Guess I’ll make him happy this week.

  • Nicole, RD
    April 5, 2011 at 11:30 am

    You are a meat-cooking genius. I wish I had half of your skill with meats….they intimidate me!

    Congrats to all of the winners! Their motivation is so inspiring! Hope weigh-in goes alright tonight…just hoping to not have a big gain after my weekend in Vegas! A maintain would be awesome 🙂

  • Dinner at Christina's
    April 6, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    LOVE the hard boiled eggs in the meat stuffing!!!!!!!!!!!! Why don’t I ever think of things like this!????

  • Satu
    April 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog the other day, Biz.

    You must have chosen your pizza’s toppings on the basis of color! I love the green/orange combination. 🙂