Thursday, September 3, 2009

The One With the Three Thousand Dollar Pizza


I am perfectly aware that most of you are just stopping by for the recipes this week. But I am sure you are equally aware that I don’t just hand them over. First I have a story, or a song, or an opinion on some subject or other. If you are impatient, and want to ignore my story, I won’t try to stop you. Just scroll down and take your recipe. Today is slow typing. I am using four fingers on my right hand and only the pinkie finger on my left. But that is a story for tomorrow (more of a cautionary tale, really). For today, the story of the $3,000 pizza. Where do you buy such a pizza, you ask? Why, Costco of course.


It was the Pizza Margherita variety to be specific, with tomatoes and basil. Dillon is severely allergic to pine nuts, and he asked before he ate, if there were any pine nuts in the pizza. I assured him there were not, and he ate a slice. In my defense, pine nuts are usually only found in a pesto-type sauce, and as you can see from the photo above of an actual Costco Pizza Margherita, this is definitely a marinara-type sauce. He asked as he finished the slice, “Are you sure there are no pine nuts? I can taste something…” (as he started wheezing ang clutching his stomach). At that point, I dragged out the box, and guess what was in the sauce? You guessed it: pignolias… piñones… yes, pine nuts. Pine nuts are really interesting little things. A quarter cup of them has over 20 grams of fat. That is impressive, don’t you think?

So anyway, Dillon chugged some Benadryl, but the damage had been done. Hives, head to toe. Asthma. Vomiting. But the most shocking thing that happens to Dillon is facial swelling. Did you ever see Will Smith in the movie Hitch, when he had the seafood allergy? Dillon’s is much worse. Shocking, in fact. More like the Elephant Man. DK rushed him to the ER that night, and for several hours he had the whole ER staff working on him. He was in critical condition when he arrived. Scary. A friend of ours works in the ER, and she said she couldn’t even recognize him. The $3,000 was the ER bill from that night. Expensive pizza.

If you are still with me, you have earned your recipe. We are going vegetarian and healthy tonight, with one of my favorites: Three-Tomato Spaghetti. One of my readers, Aleta, asked if I had any easy-to-make, diabetic-friendly recipes. This is a quick, easy meal with few ingredients, and to make it diabetic-friendly, prepare it with whole wheat spaghetti. I actually like this pasta even better warmed up the second day… I like the way the spaghetti absorbs the flavors.


And unless you are inviting Dillon over to dinner (I can’t afford an ER trip right now…), try this side dish with your spaghetti… it really makes an easy, beautiful side dish with just about anything. I thought I didn’t like asparagus until a couple of years ago. Turns out I just don’t like bland or overcooked asparagus. This, I love. If you’re scared, just leave off the pine nuts. You big chicken…


And since these photos are of my actual dinner tonight, I am off to eat...

10 comments:

Debbie said...

That spegetti looks delicious. I love to put artichoke hearts in mine.

Debbie said...

Oh yeah, and that poor kid. My daughter loves pine nuts and will eat them by the handfuls if I let her.

Cherie said...

That is super scary Victoria. I don't think I have ever seen anyone with any allergy swell like that. It is hard to imagine. When it happened to Will Smith in the movie it was hilarious but thinking about it happening in real life....NOOOOO!
So glad he was OK but SO sorry it cost $3000...Yikes!
The pizza recipe looks yummy but I am a total asparagus lover - I will definately try that recipe!!

Have a GREAT Long weekend!

sad but true said...

I need a side dish or more vegetable recipes. Do you have any ideas?

Carolyn said...

I am glad my husband is coming home this weekend so I have an excuse to cook something non-kid friendly.

Hey that's a thought. Do you have any kid-friendly ideas?

howard17 said...

I am not sure you can appreciate how bad poor Dillon looks. It seems impossible for his face to swell up so much but it does. More than Hitch's!

Victoria said...

Yes... it is quite a thing to behold. And the swelling takes about two days to go down!

Somewhere in Colorado said...

So did you cook these with your injured hands???

Victoria said...

Cooked them with injured hands, in under 30 minutes... easy food. Although, the kids had to open cans and squeeze garlic through the press.

Victoria said...

Testing... which e-mail account do my comments come from?