Picture perfect day for a bike ride in Minneapolis! #nordeast #mpls #minneapolis #ilovemycity ❤️ (at Stone Arch Bridge, Mississippi River)

Picture perfect day for a bike ride in Minneapolis! #nordeast #mpls #minneapolis #ilovemycity ❤️ (at Stone Arch Bridge, Mississippi River)

RAW VEGGIE PIZZA
This veggie pizza is so easy to make!  I remember my mother used to make it for parties as an appetizer when I was a kid.  I would sneak in the kitchen when she had her girlfriends over and I would steal pieces of this pizza.  Nowadays I like to make it a bit healthier!If you’re feeling really ambitious you can bake your own dough.  I was busy today, so I just bought raw dough from the local food co-op and baked it in the oven in a 9x12 glass dish for about 11 minutes. The “sauce” for this pizza is traditionally made with heavy cream cheese.  At 100 calories an ounce that is far too heavy for a healthy pizza.  My sauce still contains cheese cheese, but far less.  Ingredients:
4 oz silken or medium tofu (I use about a quarter of the blocks you can buy at the supermarket)4 oz cream cheese1/4 C cilantro1/8 C chopped green onionsadd spices of your choosing to taste.  I use a veggie spice that you can just pick up at the grocery store which contains sea salt, onion, garlic, basil, red bell pepper, black pepper, etc.  It’s an “all-spice” of sorts.  I also think cumin or curry would be a great spice to use.
Directions:1.  Blend tofu, cream cheese, cilantro, green onions, and spices in a food processor.  I always chop green onions before adding to my food processor because for some reason it has a tough time with green onions!  Since I rarely measure, sometimes I end up with TOO much sauce for the dough, but the leftover is great as a yummy dip for raw veggies!  2.  Spread over the cooked dough and top with chopped, raw veggies to your heart’s content.  I like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and more cilantro.  I can never get enough cilantro!  Another great herb is basil.  Feel free to sub basil for the cilantro.  If you don’t feel like chopping, you can usually buy fresh, chopped veggies at your local supermarket.  I also think peppers, cherry tomatoes or cubed avocado would be a nice addition, just add avocado only to the slices you’ll be eating immediately.  3.  Slice pizza into 8 pieces and top each with a tiny 1/4oz pinch of shredded cheese.  Delish!
Makes 8 servings.  Approximately 180 calories per slice (add more if using avocado)

RAW VEGGIE PIZZA

This veggie pizza is so easy to make!  I remember my mother used to make it for parties as an appetizer when I was a kid.  I would sneak in the kitchen when she had her girlfriends over and I would steal pieces of this pizza.  Nowadays I like to make it a bit healthier!

If you’re feeling really ambitious you can bake your own dough.  I was busy today, so I just bought raw dough from the local food co-op and baked it in the oven in a 9x12 glass dish for about 11 minutes. 

The “sauce” for this pizza is traditionally made with heavy cream cheese.  At 100 calories an ounce that is far too heavy for a healthy pizza.  My sauce still contains cheese cheese, but far less.  

Ingredients:

4 oz silken or medium tofu (I use about a quarter of the blocks you can buy at the supermarket)
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 C cilantro
1/8 C chopped green onions
add spices of your choosing to taste.  I use a veggie spice that you can just pick up at the grocery store which contains sea salt, onion, garlic, basil, red bell pepper, black pepper, etc.  It’s an “all-spice” of sorts.  I also think cumin or curry would be a great spice to use.

Directions:
1.  Blend tofu, cream cheese, cilantro, green onions, and spices in a food processor.  I always chop green onions before adding to my food processor because for some reason it has a tough time with green onions!  Since I rarely measure, sometimes I end up with TOO much sauce for the dough, but the leftover is great as a yummy dip for raw veggies!  
2.  Spread over the cooked dough and top with chopped, raw veggies to your heart’s content.  I like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and more cilantro.  I can never get enough cilantro!  Another great herb is basil.  Feel free to sub basil for the cilantro.  If you don’t feel like chopping, you can usually buy fresh, chopped veggies at your local supermarket.  I also think peppers, cherry tomatoes or cubed avocado would be a nice addition, just add avocado only to the slices you’ll be eating immediately.  
3.  Slice pizza into 8 pieces and top each with a tiny 1/4oz pinch of shredded cheese.  Delish!

Makes 8 servings.  Approximately 180 calories per slice (add more if using avocado)

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.
Paulo Coelho
Exploring the beautiful north shore of #minnesota en route to the #boundarywaters!  (at shovel point, tettegouche state park)

Exploring the beautiful north shore of #minnesota en route to the #boundarywaters! (at shovel point, tettegouche state park)

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Mae West
#concretejungle #mpls (at Foshay Museum and Observation Deck)

#concretejungle #mpls (at Foshay Museum and Observation Deck)

Terminal 4 at JFK may be one of my least favorite places on earth. Today I arrived early due to NYC public transit being unusually fast, and I found a quiet corner by a huge window.  A Delta pilot came and stood by me and we ended up chatting for quite a while. He lived in Minneapolis for almost 10 years while working for Northwest and we talked about life, our love for Minnesota (which no one can possibly understand unless they’ve lived there) and flying. He’s been a pilot for 30 years. It turned out to be an unexpectedly good conversation at Terminal 4 as we watched airplanes take off.  Those who know me know how much I love planes, so chatting up a pilot is my idea of a really good afternoon.  ❤️✈️ (at Delta Terminal - John F. Kennedy International Airport)

Terminal 4 at JFK may be one of my least favorite places on earth. Today I arrived early due to NYC public transit being unusually fast, and I found a quiet corner by a huge window. A Delta pilot came and stood by me and we ended up chatting for quite a while. He lived in Minneapolis for almost 10 years while working for Northwest and we talked about life, our love for Minnesota (which no one can possibly understand unless they’ve lived there) and flying. He’s been a pilot for 30 years. It turned out to be an unexpectedly good conversation at Terminal 4 as we watched airplanes take off. Those who know me know how much I love planes, so chatting up a pilot is my idea of a really good afternoon. ❤️✈️ (at Delta Terminal - John F. Kennedy International Airport)

Quick jaunt through St Petersburg at night… Can’t wait to explore for the next two days! (at Санкт-Петербург / Saint Petersburg)

Quick jaunt through St Petersburg at night… Can’t wait to explore for the next two days! (at Санкт-Петербург / Saint Petersburg)