Memphis Pizza Cafe

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I can’t even walk through my apartment without tripping over a box or stepping on some bubble wrap. It’s a damn mess up in here. Luckily, I have yet to break anything & I’ve only cried like 3 times. Success!

Greg (daddy) came over to bring me more boxes. I swindled him into buying me dinner also (help me, I’m poor). Meal criteria: Rachey needs a drink.

 

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Yes, that’s a Woodchuck – I’m a bitch, I know. Anyways, Memphis Pizza Cafe is comfort to me. Always a warm, satisfying meal with a laid-back atmosphere and reasonable prices.

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My favorite thing on the menu is their meatball sub. Few things I love more in this world than juicy balls of meat on a warm hoagie with cheese oozing everywhere. Like, I need to stop typing about this. Obviously, I did not order that. You see, I’ve recently given up most meats. I will come back one day. I am just testing myself.

Enter, MPC’s Alternative Pizza. This pie has no sauce & no meats. Before you yell at me for ordering the most boring pizza in the history of man, I must say, it’s decadent. Olive oil, mozz, basil, garlic and tomatoes make up this little heavenly creation. All working harmoniously to provide my mouth with a fresh, flavorful and fulfilling bite.

Daddy ordered the Hey Meat! pizza. You can guess what that’s about.

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If you’re ever in the mid-south and craving a slice, head over to one of the several MPC locations. I dare say you will not be disappointed.

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Here’s me about to masticate.

Caprese Pizza

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Mondays are my favorite day of the week. I love them more than Zumba Wednesdays, Fun Fridays, Shopping Saturdays and Serenity Sundays. Why? Simple & obvious. THE BACHELORETTE. It’s comedic genius and one of the greatest shows ever created. I will stand by this statement until my dying breath.

I only ever order pizza on Monday nights. Chowing down on Papa John’s and guzzling wine while lounging in my yoga pants watching good looking twenty somethings search for reality television love? Euphoria.

I wanted pizza again tonight, but I spent a wee bit too much cash-ola this weekend. Whoops! I wanted a simple, fresh pie that didn’t require too many ingredients. Caprese (mozzarella, tomatoes, basil) things are super in currently. Some say overplayed, I say delectable!

roasted

 

Susan came over to watch Bach & we devoured the whole thing. (I, 6 six squares, she, a mere 4).

 

mozz

 

Fresh, simple & fairly quick. I made a balsamic reduction to drizzle over. (Literally, just reduce some balsamic vinegar). It really elevated the flavor. Now I’m sounding pretentious. Here’s the recipe.

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Time: 40 (prep + cooking)

Feeds: two females

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups of grape tomatoes
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella,
  • 8 – 10 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped or julienned
  • Pizza dough, (I had store bought in the fridge, but make your own if you must outshine me)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Balsamic Vinegar, reduced + cooled

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Arrange tomatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil + S+P
  • Roast for 20 minutes
  • Remove tomatoes and let cool
  • Roll out dough and cook according to package instructions
  • Once dough is done, drizzle with olive oil + garlic
  • Place mozzarella evenly around dough, add tomatoes, sprinkle with S+P
  • Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees and cook pizza for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted
  • Remove pizza from heat and sprinkle basil
  • Drizzle with balsamic reduction
  • Serve with a glass of wine & join me for the best part of the week – Bachelor Monday.