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Pizza Quesadillas!


Wednesday night is “Pizza Night” at our house! This tradition started years ago when the kids were younger. In those days we had at least two of the three, if not ALL three, busy with soccer, baseball, swimming, wrestling, marching band or water polo! It was far easier to pick up a pizza than figure out dinner on a weird time-table. For whatever reason, we’ve kept that tradition. Not so much that our favorite pizza place knows us by name, knows our order and feels free to harass us every time we come in on a night that ISN’T Wednesday. No. Not that much. That would be weird.


Earlier I made Garlic Tomato Marinara Sauce, and was trying to find something wonderful to pair with it.

We missed our usual pizza night this week and I knew this marinara would make a spectacular pizza sauce! I had all the ingredients in the refrigerator for pizza quesadillas, so I simply swapped out the pizza sauce for my wonderful homemade version. Lunch has never been more delicious!

Pizzadilla with Garlic Tomato Marinara Sauce!

Pizza Quesadillas
Inspired by Closet Cooking-Pizzadilla recipe

2 (10 inch) flour tortillas
1 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella, divided
3/4 cup Garlic Tomato Marinara Sauce, divided
pepperoni slices
sliced black olives
sliced mushrooms
OR a mixture of your own favorite pizza toppings!

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat an oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Place one tortilla in the pan. Sprinkle 3/4 cup cheese over tortilla, sprinkle 3 TBLS of the marinara sauce randomly over the cheese. place HALF the pepperoni, olives and mushrooms on top of the cheese. Top with second tortilla.
Cook quesadilla until light brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, approx 2-4 minutes per side.
Take the skillet off the heat. Spread 1/4 cup of the remaining marinara sauce across the top of the quesadilla. Sprinkle with all the remaining cheese and adorn with the other half of your pizza toppings!
Put the skillet in the oven and let it bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
While the pizza-dilla is baking, warm the remaining marinara in a small saucepan to use as dipping sauce.
Remove pizza-dilla from the oven and let it set for about 3-5 minutes. Cut into eight pieces and enjoy!

This is a quick and easy meal! It is very filling too! It has me thinking about other dishes I could turn into something-dillas! Hmmmm… Of course, it also has me thinking we might be seeing less of Bob, Frankie, Adam and Chris. Not that I know the names of the owner or the rest of the guys at our pizza place. I’m just sayin’. ūüôā

Enjoy Foodie Friends!

Review: IE Food Truck Festival

Yesterday was the IE Food Truck and Brew Festival. ¬†The event was held at the Citizens Bank Arena¬†and we had tickets for the Food Festival AND the Ontario Reign Hockey game afterward. ¬†Dubbed as “Truck & Puck!” ¬†we were excited to spend the afternoon wandering (and eating) and then going to a hockey game. ¬†They started the event at 11 a.m. ¬†We didn’t arrive until after 1:30 p.m. Did I mention we had tickets to the Hockey game? ¬†Did I mention my husband is a big Hockey fan? ¬†No? ¬†We were watching the LA Kings Game before we came to the Arena. ¬†So our priorities for the day were: hockey, food and more hockey! ¬†ūüôā By the time we were there it was a “Food Truck Festival” and not a “Brew Fest”. ¬†Apparently several of the breweries who were in attendance mis-calculated the demand and simply packed up and left when their supplies ran out. ¬†As I am not much of a Bud Light Fan (that was all that was left when we arrived), this was a bit saddening. ¬†I was looking forward to sampling some of Stone Brewery offerings.

Among the 58 listed Food Trucks were Nom Nom,







White Rabbit Рcomplete with their own DJ!








and making its first appearance with their new truck, My Delight Cupcakery!







Isn’t the cupcake cute?











And if you think the truck is cute, you should try their cupcakes!  Seriously, they are life changing.  Hands down, my favorite is their Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake, but my Starbucks friends who work next to their shop, will tell you to try their Breakfast Cupcake too.

I shamelessly waited for two hours for a grilled cheese sandwich from The Grilled Cheese Truck.









We actually had two sandwiches from the Grilled Cheese Truck…









The first was their Signature Sandwich with Pulled Pork, Mac & Cheese and Caramelized Onions.  The second was their Caprese Sandwich with fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil.  In addition to their sandwiches, the Grilled Cheese Truck makes their own Aoli sauces!  We got the bacon and the roasted garlic.  Both very, very good!

We also ate from Mun-Chee5.  They had their Tri-Tip Fries, with the works on top!









Our niece Erin, was there supporting Gavin’s Foundation as one of “Gavin’s Groupies”










She ate from The Rolling Sushi Van!







This was her plate








After all that food, we needed something sweet, so we stopped for some shaved ice!









Careful of the blue ones, they do strange things to your tongue!









Having never been to a Truck Festival before, this was a lot of fun.  There were a few radio stations there, some live bands, a motorcycle riding demonstration and a Kidzone, with a rock climbing wall, roller hockey area and face painting and video games!

Speaking of games, here is the proof we were at the Hockey Game too!









If they do this again next year, we will definitely be going! ¬†It was a fun day – full of good food, family and hockey. ¬†Can’t get much better than that!

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