Musings of a Museum Fanatic

2.16.2018

Super Simple Veggie Pizza


Everyone has their go to recipe for nights at home, bringing to potlucks and other fun events. Mine is this Super Simple Veggie Pizza! It's a great dish that can be customized to whatever veggies you like. The best part is that you can make it the night before it will still be fantastic and it stays delicious for several days after.  Enjoy!

Super Simple Veggie Pizza

Ingredients:
1 can Pillsbury regular pizza crust
1 package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayo
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
1/2 tsp. dill
Small shred cheddar cheese
Veggies, diced tiny
- I used baby carrots, broccoli, cucumber (seeds removed)
- you can also use green peppers, black olives and whatever other vegetables you'd like


Directions:



1. Full bake the pizza crust according to the package directions. Cooks tip - be sure to poke the dough all over with a fork so the crust doesn't puff up too much!



2. While crust is cooking mix together cream cheese, mayo, ranch dressing mix and dill.


3. Cool the crust then spread the spread evenly over the entire crust leaving edge. 


4. Sprinkle the different veggies all over the pizza. 


 5. Cut pizza into squares. 



6. Sprinkle cheese all over cut slices & enjoy!



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2.14.2018

Brunch at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

When the end of January hits Chicago everyone gets excited for Chicago Restaurant Week. This year I got the chance to try out a new meal at an old favorite! My friend Jackie invited myself and other friends to brunch at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba has long been one of my favorite tapas places in the Chicago area but I'd never been there for brunch. 

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

As part of the set menu we all got to kick of our meal with two pinxtos or bites. I picked the chicken and waffle bite (on the left & below) along with the deviled egg. I could have eaten three more of the chicken and waffle pinxtos. It was savory chicken sausage wrapped in a delicious sweet waffle batter.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

The other ladies enjoyed the multi bite pinxtos of citrus french toast sticks and short stacks of pancakes. We couldn't believe how much we got with just our little appetizer bites. Deviled eggs with bacon are anything but evil!

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Our main course tapas were all delicious. From the Spanish Cubano (above) to the waffles and bacon mac n cheese below. Everything was rich, filling and just as good as we expected.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

The bacon mac n' cheese was probably my favorite of the tapas. It was so deliciously gooey and cheesy. I know that's what you expect from mac n' cheese but it was definitely one of the better ones I've had. It originally came with a poached egg but I abstained from that. The whole runny yolk thing still weirds me out.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

My other pick for my tapas with their Spanish shrimp and grits which was actually fried shrimp with chorizo polenta. Grits and polenta isn't something I usually go for but I'm glad I did. With the flavor of the chorizo and the shrimp I really enjoyed this dish.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

I enjoyed the food so much I almost forgot to share the amazing drinks. For their brunch Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba hosts a bloody Mary bar. I'm not a fan of bloody Marys but if I was I'd definitely indulge here. With add ins from bacon to olives and all sorts of goodies in between it's a bloody Mary heaven. What I love to indulge in at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is their sangria! My favorite is the bright sunny yellow passion fruit sangria. You can enjoy it by yourself or get a pitcher for everyone. Just be careful it can be on the strong side!

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a fresh take on brunch. Check out my experience on Musings of a Museum Fanatic.

It's kind of amazing that we could actually eat any of our desserts after that spread! Especially with them being so incredibly rich. I never thought of Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba as a good place for brunch but now thanks to our Restaurant Week visit it's tops of my list!

Thanks so much for stopping by! You can also join me on InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest. In addition to life-capades and doing it for yourself, I love all things 'real life' so use the hashtag #museumfanatic on social media so I can see your beautiful unstaged life. Oh and on the top of the side bar to your right, you can follow me on Bloglovin or on social media to be alerted to each new post!