Friday, October 20, 2017

Roasted Garlic & Basil Pizza


THE GAME: Yankees vs Astros (Game 6)

The Astros won the first two games in Houston. The Yankees won the next three in New York. Now it's back in Houston. If the Astros win, we get a Game 7 tomorrow. If the Yankees win, they're going to face the Dodgers in the World Series.

Luis Severino vs. Justin Verlander. This is... pretty damn cool.

NOTES ON THE FOOD: 
  • What's your go-to pizza? Pepperoni? That was mine when I was a kid. Then for more than a decade it was BBQ chicken. Around 15 years ago, I discovered the combination of roasted garlic and basil, and now that's my favorite - something that I do not see changing. 
  • I roasted two cloves of garlic in the oven for 45 minutes, wrapped in foil with a drizzle of olive oil. There may be a better smell in the world than roasting garlic, but I haven't experienced it yet.
  • A local Italian market sells multiple kinds of containers of shredded cheeses and sauces. I picked up a container of mozzarella and Romano, as well as smooth pizza sauce (they also offer a chunky variety).  
  • I slathered a generous helping of sauce on rolled out dough - I've always enjoyed my pizzas heavy on the sauce - and then dotted it with the roasted garlic. Next I covered with the cheese blend and cooked it in the oven for roughly 12 minutes. (I started checking it at the 8 minute mark - I dislike undercooked dough, but I HATE overcooked dough.)
  • And then I covered it with two handfuls of chopped fresh basil. 
  • It was wonderful. 
  • Just for the hell of it, I sluiced garlic peri-peri sauce onto one slice. It was good but did not add anything.

NOTES ON THE GAME: 
  • So many fans behind home plate are wearing orange that it took me a while to spot Marlins Man. I bet that drives him crazy. 
  • The Yankees led off each of the first two innings with a hit but couldn't advance the runner to 2nd either time. 
  • Although the Astros don't even have a hit through two innings so they probably aren't gloating. 
  • Commercial Note: That's the first commercial I've seen for The Commuter. Which shouldn't be surprising, since it's not being released until January 12th. When is Liam Neeson officially too old for these action movies? He's 65 fucking years old. My dad is only a few years older than that and he takes three naps per day. Also, this is from the Wikipedia summary of the plot: "Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger before the train makes its last stop." So it's Non-Stop on a commuter train? Maybe they can remake Taken, but with a son instead of a daughter and London instead of Paris.  
  • At the halfway point there is still no score. Houston has 1 hit; New York has 3. Both pitchers look great. I hope this goes to extra innings scoreless.
  • We need more plays that result in Kate Upton jumping up and down repeatedly. 
  • Houston's bats finally show up and they get 3 runs - though it feels like maybe they should have gotten 1 or 2 more.  
  • We're at the point now where Joe Buck is gushing over the way Aaron Judge swings and misses at pitches. "Ooh, look at that cut... on that ball he missed by six inches." [I added the second part.]      
  • Verlander escapes sticky situations in two straight innings. He's pitched 7 with 0 runs. You can't ask for anything more. He appears to be done for the night. 
  • Josh Reddick is 0-21 in this series. That's historically bad. (If this goes to Game 7, who wants to bet he hits the winning double or home run? Because baseball.) 
  • Aaron Judge hits a homer off of Brad Peacock in the top of the 8th, and Joe Buck calmly says: "Watch this one fly... out of here for a home run." He was literally three times more excited to gush over Judge's strikeout two innings ago than Judge's home run just now. I don't dislike Joe Buck... he's just weird, man. 
  • 7:59. My cable box just reminded me that I have a program scheduled for 8:00: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. I have never seen the show; until 30 seconds ago, I had never heard of the show.
  • Houston adds on four more runs and it's 7-1 going to the 9th. 
  • At halftime tonight, Lonzo Ball already has better numbers than he did in the whole game last night. If he repeats them in the second half, he'll have a triple-double. 
  • Woah - Houston is using their closer with a six-run lead. Remember when the Cubs used Chapman last year in Game 6 of the World Series with a five-run lead... and then he sucked in Game 7? 
  • Astros win 7-1. 
  • Game 7 at 5PM tomorrow. Will CC Sabathia continue his dominant postseason? Will the Yankees be able to beat the Astros away from that Little League park known as Yankee Stadium? We will find out.  

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