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Smoked Salmon and Pesto Pizza

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So I’m currently writing this post from the comfort of the backseat of a rental car driving on the Western slope of the Rockies and into Utah. It’s been fun really. We have experienced almost every type of weather you can imagine. From snow, to rain, to sun and more…Well I guess we have yet to drive through a hail storm, a tornado or a hurricane, but you get the picture. If you were wondering, it is currently raining. Anyway, we decided to make pizza last night. It’s usually our go-to when we are getting ready to venture out for the weekend. It’s easy and filling and perfect when you’ve got a ton of other things on you mind. Little did we know, this pizza came out surprisingly better than we had hoped for! It was like magic! Except for the salmon part. I don’t like salmon, but we’ll get more into that in a minute…


Yup, there ya have it. I don’t like salmon. I so wish that I did. It LOOKS just so delicious, but I just can’t bring myself to eat it. It’s possible that I’ve never had a really GOOD piece of salmon, or I’ve never had it prepared the way I might enjoy it. I really don’t know the reasoning, I just really don’t like it. I know, Zach is usually the picky one. So, if you are like me, then just substitute out the salmon for something like prosciutto. I thought it was positively scrumptious!

So we are going to keep this short and sweet today. Unfortunately we don’t have a ton of time on our hands and the internet on Zach’s phone is so in and out that it’s only a matter of time where I lose all the content I’ve written so far! Let’s hope for the best! We decided to go with a special beer for this beer pairing. We’ve paired dishes with basil-inspired beers before and this pairing will be no different. The Bruery’s Trade Winds Tripel is absolutely spectacular. It was just released again here just recently and should be on your shelves soon so please please do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle. It was brewed with Thai basil that tends to be just a tad spicier than the Italian stuff we are so used to. Now some people claim to not really taste the subtle hints of the Thai basil. I disagree with this, although it could vary from bottle to bottle. I think the taste is spectacular and it is perfect with a basil pesto.

Okie doke. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. We will see you all on Monday!




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2 Responses

  1. This pizza looks amazing! I love the combination of smoked salmon and pesto, can’t wait to try it!

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Hello! I'm Justine.

I’m a blogger and web developer from the beautiful state of Oklahoma, where my loving husband, two adorable kids, and two mischievous dogs keep me on my toes 24/7. My idea of heaven includes endless summer days, getting lost in a good book, and whipping up some delicious homemade bread.


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