Did you catch the reference to a certain children’s show we all know and love? Good. 🙂 I knew you would.

I’ve recently gotten hooked on the recipes of a young lady named Chef Chloe. Her work is genuinely inspired: unexpected yet familiar. From what I’ve seen, she specializes in comfort food — pad thai, fettuccine alfredo, pesto — but she adds a twist to her recipe that absolutely floors me. Lime, peppermint extract and rum (!!!) in a chocolate chip cookie recipe? Genius!

Last week,  I tried out her pizza and it did not disappoint. Where do I even begin? A photo is usually a good place to start.

vegan pizza

Literally, the best pizza I’ve ever tasted

The base is what stole the show. Rather than a tomato sauce (or my usual go-to: BBQ sauce), Chloe selects a white sauce — a white bean hummus with lots of thyme. The pizza is then topped with spinach, sauteed onions, roasted butternut squash and apples before you pop it back in the oven and pour yourself another glass of vino while you wait. And then, after the longest 10 minutes of your day… you finally taste it…

DIOS MIO.

It’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory: satisfying but not heavy and oh so flavorful. Aside from the sauce, I can’t pick a favorite ingredient. Is it the juicy apple? The crunchy crust? Or the sweet squash? Impossible to decide.

The only reservation I have about the recipe is that there’s about half a cup of oil in it: 1/4 cup in the sauce and another 1/4 cup for the topping.  Delicious though it is, oil adds a lot of calories and fat. According to nutritiondata.self.com, half a cup of olive oil contains 955 calories and 15g of fat.  Granted, the pizza is not meant for just one person — those calories would be spread between 2+ people — but I don’t like to take my chances. Next time, I’ll rethink how much oil is actually necessary.

Now (alas!) I find myself asking: where do I go from here? How can I ever top that?

Step number one: return to the kitchen!

Step number two: pick a country from which to choose the recipe!

Alas, that is the toughest of all: Italy? India? USA? Mexico? Dare I attempt: France?

Decisions decisions!

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