Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Roasted Cauliflower Pizza

Roasted Cauliflower Pizza

           Pizza is one of my comfort foods because of the fabulous combination of dough, cheese and the freedom to top it with whatever you please! I found a great looking Vegetarian Pizza Recipe in an old December 2013 issue of Woman's Day Magazine and decided to try it out for you and for me :-).

           My version did not look like what was shown in the beautiful picture in Woman's Day Magazine and that go under my skin a bit. Hey.... I'm being honest LOL! I realized that the amount of parsley flakes I added caused my version to be darker than the perfectly styled picture in the magazine. When I couldn't find any fresh parsley in the grocery store, I settled for the dried parsley flakes. 1/2 cup of fresh parsley leaves DOES NOT equal 1/2 cup of dried parsley flakes. With that substitution, I should have only used a sprinkle of parsley flakes (OR) I could have just gone to another grocery store to look for the fresh parsley. So now that you have been informed on that little fact (that I learned the hard way) here it is!

Time: 40 minutes total
Yield: serves 4


Cornmeal for the baking sheet
1 lb Pizza Doughm thawed if frozen
1/2 medium head (about 1 lb) cauliflower, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced (I actually cheated and bought them already sliced & diced)
1/2 Cup fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
6 oz Shredded Cheese - Italian Pizza Blend


■ Heat oven to 425 Degrees F. Dust a baking sheet with cornmeal. 

■ Shape the dough into a 16 inch oval and place on the prepared baking sheet.

■ In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower, onion and parsley with the oil, red pepper and 1/2 tsp salt

■ Fold in the cheese to the mixture above

■ Scatter the vegetable mixture over the dough. Bake until the cauliflower is tender and the crust is golden brown and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes

--Dr. April

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Manship Restaurant

The Manship Restaurant in Jackson, MS

            I was recently back in my home state of Mississippi visiting my family during a much needed summer break (I when I say a "much needed break" you have no clue just how serious I am about that!!). The Jackson, MS metro area has some pretty cool restaurants popping up that I had to check out. One of them is The Manship!

        According to their website: "The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen is located in the historic Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson. The Manship, the brain child of Chef Alex Eaton and entrepreneur/sommelier Steven O’Neill , transforms the essence of Mediterranean food and southern classics. Eaton and O’Neill strive to capture the wonderful cuisine of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean, while maintaining a southern flair. The restaurant is as chic as it is rustic and will make you feel as though you have been transported out of Jackson. Eaton’s seasonal cooking style will make certain you are eating the freshest seasonal ingredients, sourced from local purveyors throughout the south. Eaton utilizes local European import companies to source authentic ingredients produced all over the Mediterranean. The menu designs are based off the relationship between the chef and the farmers and what foods are available at the moment. The craft cocktail program headed up by Steven O’Neill, follows suite with the kitchen philosophy. Hand crafted drinks show respect to the prohibition cocktail era and are made unique with The Manship’s twist. The top shelf at the bar is worth writing home about and promises to deliver the finest spirits in the state. There is also a notable wine and craft beer list for those less inclined to cocktails. The Manship is a neighborhood spot, with a big city feel and packed full of interesting and unique flavors fit for everyone’s palates."

            I knew I was in the place to be that day when I first walked through the door and caught a whiff of the cuisine cooking in the wood-fire kitchen! The experience was wonderful and will definitely be on list of restaurant to visit the next time I'm in the area! Check out my dining experience below:

The Manship Restaurant

List of local Farms and Vendors used in The Manship's Dishes
The Manship

Parmesan Reggiano Fries - Awesome!!
The Manship Restaurant

Smoked BB Wings with White BBQ Sauce
The Manship

Corn Maque Choux - This was so awesome that I could go back and have it all by itself. It's pretty filling
The Manship

Spit Fire Greek Chicken
The Manship

Fire Roasted Cauliflower
The Manship

Scallops & Grits
The Manship Restaurant

Peach Cobbler made with fresh local peaches - Fabulous!!!
The Manship

You can find The Manship at www.TheManshipJackson.com

1200 North State St.
Jackson, MS

- Dr. April