Date, Pecan, Blue Cheese Pizza*


Jorge has been gone for two weeks now and boy have I missed him been having fun. I have watched some classic chick flicks, season 2 of Sex & The City, and even broke out The Notebook (since Jorge absolutely abhors that movie). Last night I read magazines for hours in the bathtub till I had more wrinkles than Betty White. I have had cereal for dinner, opened multiple bottles of wine before finishing the first bottle I opened, and shopped online wayyyy too much.

But those aren’t the only things I do when he is gone. I also make sure and stuff my face with everything he doesn’t like! I have eaten a smorgasbord of pickles and olives over the last two weeks. I really think I may start sweating vinegar soon. I have eaten breakfast for dinner at least 8 times, which is something Jorge can not stand. And I have also made sure to eat as much bleu cheese as I can get my hands on. I have put it on top of burgers, on crackers with wine, and in every salad I made.

So as my last food celebration before Jorge comes home, I decided to make this Date, Pecan, & Blue Cheese Pizza. I loved it! OhMy-Bleu Cheese-God this is amazing. This little pizza has so much going on with it, you would worry that it might actually be too much. But somehow, all these strong flavors work together to provide a delicious dinner for a effing hot warm summer night.

P.S. So uhh…I try to sound all big and bad, but I will be so happy when Jorge is finally home! The life as a consultant’s wife is not always the easiest, but it sure does make the heart grow fonder. And it will be really nice to have someone else to help walk the dog all the time. :-)

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Date, Pecan, Blue Cheese Pizza

Yield: Serves 2

Recipe Note: Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran & Omega 3 Pita Bread is awesome! It is soft, delicious, and only 60 calories per Pita. It is also loaded with a ton of Omega-3's. I have found it at lots of grocery stores, even Walmart!
This particular pita bread is thinner than most pita and not as "doughy" and it is also whole wheat. If you can not find this pita bread at your grocery store, try finding one close to it. You really want the pita to be thin!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pecan halves
drizzle extra virgin olive oil, about 1 tablespoon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh, coarsely ground pepper
4 Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran & Omega 3 Pita Bread
4 tablespoons Smuckers (sugar free) peach preserves
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
5 sun-ripened dates, sliced
2 cups arugula

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine the pecan halves, a drizzle of olive oil, brown sugar, garlic salt, and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the brown sugar mixture has caramelized on top of the pecans. Transfer to a sheet of parchment and allow to cool completely.

Spread a thin layer of peach preserves atop your pita. Sprinkle a handful of bleu cheese on top. Add your candied pecans and sliced dates. Top with a ton of arugula. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Cheeky Kitchen

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33 Responses to “Date, Pecan, Blue Cheese Pizza”

  1. 1

    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — August 25, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    Yum I love pita pizzas. This one looks so light and refreshing! And not liking breakfast for dinner??? What is wrong with your husband? : )

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    Kathryn — August 25, 2011 @ 4:08 am

    I do exactly the same when my boyfriend’s away and I love the chance to get to eat exactly what I want (even if I do miss him too!)

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    The Cooking Teacher — August 25, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    Very funny and true, my husband is going away next week and the only that will be good about it is getting to eat meals that are usually on the no list! This looks delcious, I love anything that uses fruit in a non-dessert way. I will be posting this Peach Bourbon Butter recipe soon that would be great on this!! Cant wait to try it, thanks!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — August 25, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    My hubs travels tons for his work and although I used to hate it 10 years ago, and also when our daughter was first born it was so hard to have him gone, but dare I say, Real Housewives, Millionaire Matchmaker and not having to come up with a creative dinner is kinda a nice little break :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 25, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Sometimes it really is great to get some time by yourself to just do and eat what you want! I’d probably eat ice cream for dinner too many times:-)

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    Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups — August 25, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    I do the same thing when my boyfriend is away–just replace chick flicks with Army Wives! It helps to cut the loneliness when you’re surrounded by your favorite foods. This looks wonderful. I love bleu cheese.

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — August 25, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    As much as we love them, it is nice to have those little breaks and time to ourselves. Although I must admit, I definitely don’t sleep well when my hubby’s away.
    Love bleu cheese, and the combination of ingredients sounds so delicious!

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    serena @bigapplenosh — August 25, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    Sounds delicious and so simple as well!

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    Bev Weidner — August 25, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    Seriously, that pizza made me faint.

    AND I love that you’re doing it up with the chick flicks! and wine.

    WINE.

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    Cubicle.com — August 25, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    Wow, that looks great! I like the addition of the arugula too. Yum!!!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — August 25, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    #1 In season 2 of S&tC, the scene where Big gives Carrie that sparkly purse thing she hates, and they go to the party of that bitchy woman, in the background when Carrie is having a conversation at the party, one of my friends/producers is a background extra RIGHT behind SJP. For real!

    #2 When you’re up here, you really MUST try some of our local Kenny’s Cheese bleu cheese! They have multiple varieties, and they’re all good!

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    Joanne — August 25, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    I wonder if I could even marry someone who doesn’t like blue cheese. Hmm.

    Fabulous pizza! I love how easy it is!

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local — August 25, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    First, I love that pita bread, it’s a staple in this house. Second, I love the idea of blue cheese and arugula and dates. Third, I do the same things when my husband is away. Sometimes a girl just needs some wine, online shopping, and a yummy pizza.

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — August 25, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    This looks fantastic! One of my favorite flavor combinations is blue cheese with honey. Give it a try…there’s no looking back :)

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    #thechad — August 25, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    that looks super, a little nutty, but you put together pizza and blue cheese, you cant go wrong

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    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — August 25, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    I love the toppings on this pizza! Great combination of flavors. I can completely commiserate with you – when my husband’s out of town for work, I eat all of my favorite foods that I know he doesn’t like. I should make this pizza the next time he’s away!

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    Vinna — August 25, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

    Too funny! I’m exactly the same when my husband’s away and I’m glad I’m not alone. I watch too many chick flicks and pig out on food he doesn’t like. Some nights I go all out and just have a tub of hummus (which he hates) with carrot sticks or a slab of cheese with wine. Not having to cook a proper meal is sometimes a bonus!

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    Jessica — August 26, 2011 @ 1:04 am

    You are too funny! I do the same thing when cody is gone, eating everything he hates IE Chinese food, Olive Garden and Peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches. PS did I mention I am having a withdrawl from all of those things because he has been home for the last 3 months. <3 you and miss you!

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    Katrina — August 26, 2011 @ 2:07 am

    Love alone time! I like watching a few too many girlie movies as well. This pizza looks so tasty. Yum!

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    Chiara @ The Wandering Cook — August 26, 2011 @ 5:18 am

    That looks very, very good. I love dates and blue cheese!

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    prenatal — August 26, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    It’s look delicious. ^ ^

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    Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty — August 26, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    anything that is topped with pecans and arugula is a good idea. this is gorgeous.

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    Rachel — August 26, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    HAHA! I do the same thing when my hubs is out of town. I do my craftiness projects, read smut magazines, and eat all the stuff he hates. p.s. I love this blog.

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    Kim — August 26, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    Mmm breakfast for dinner…I think that’s what I’ll have tonight while my husband is at his first (of three, haha) fantasy football drafts. Yes, it’s decided: breakfast for dinner and my DVR’d episodes of “What Not to Wear” are on my agenda for the night! :)

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    Paula — August 26, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    You may be a little rebel when your husband is away but you sure come up with beautiful ideas for pizza.

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    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — August 26, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    The pizza looks amazing. I do the same thing when Hubby is gone. He was out this week and I ate breakfast for dinner almost every night!

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    trouble — August 27, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    I like pizza. ^ ^

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    Cynthia — August 27, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    My husband just left on a month long trip overseas for work too. It is so weird not having someone to cook for. But yes it is a great time to whip up the things he can’t stand like fish. Breakfast for dinner sounds amazing. I will do that this week :)

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    Russell van Kraayenburg — August 28, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    This pizza looks scrumptious! I love all the flavors in this. Sounds like you’ve been eating up a delicious storm.

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    The Newlywed Chefs — August 28, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    This blog is awesome! The pictures, recipes, and writing are all great. Looking forward to spending more time here soon!

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    Anne — September 12, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    Hi, this looks amazing. Do you think it could also go in the oven for a bit?

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