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Two Peas and Their Pod: French Bread Pizza and a GIVEAWAY!

Friday, February 20, 2009

French Bread Pizza and a GIVEAWAY!

Josh was begging for pizza AGAIN, he never gets sick of it. I was not in a creative or cooking mood, so I let him take charge in the kitchen.

He decided to make French Bread Pizza. This has to be the easiest meal ever! We bought a loaf of french bread from our local market. I recommend buying a big fat loaf instead of a little french baguette. The baguettes are a little too crusty and chewy for pizza!

We cut the loaf in half lengthwise and then into four portions. We tore some of the bread out of the middle so the pizza wouldn't be too bready! Then we toasted them under the broiler for a couple of minutes. While the bread was still warm, we took a fresh garlic clove and rubbed the bread down. I love this trick. It really add
s a lot of garlic flavor.

Luckily, we had leftover homemade pizza sauce in the freezer, so we used that for the first layer. Josh piled on the pepperoni for his pizza, but I stuck with lots of fresh veggies. We topped the bread with some mozzarella cheese too!! We baked them in the oven for about 15 minutes!

I actually liked this meal. It was quick and easy...and I liked the nice crunch of the bread. It was fun trying a different type of pizza!

And now for the big giveaway!! This is our first blog!! Cait, from Crabbybags, has donated on
e of her trendy bags to give to our readers! I adore her bags!! They are so fun! They are perfect to take to the grocery store. You can shop in style and save the environment!

Cait only uses high quality home decor weight fabric and reinforces them with thick interfacing, so these bags are very durable. They make wonderful reusable grocery bags, but of course they can be used for just about anything!!

To view Cait's other bags visit this site:
I am sure you will want one of each! Thanks for a fabulous giveaway!!

To enter the giveaway, please answer the following question, "
Where is your favorite vacation spot?" Please comment on this post, the deadline is Sunday at 12:00 a.m. (MST). We will announce the winner on Monday!! Thanks!!

French Bread Pizza

1 loaf of French bread
1 clove of garlic
Pizza sauce, of your choice
Mozzerella cheese
Italian seasoning

1. Slice the loaf of French bread in half, lengthwise. Then cut it into four pieces. Tear out some of the bread so the pizza isn't too bready:)
2. Place the bread on a cookie sheet and put it under the broiler for about 4-5 minutes.
3. Take the garlic clove and rub it all over the bread. This will add a nice garlic flavor.
4. Spread your sauce on all four pieces of bread.
5. Next, add your toppings. Josh used pepperoni, I used veggies.
6. Cover with cheese and Italian seasoning if you wish.
7. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, just until the cheese melts.

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Blogger Finla said...

I would say Egypt. Ywo years we went there for three weeks and we really enjoyed and after than i have been wanting to go back ever sincne.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Wow, those pizzas look so good!
I really, really want to go to Hawaii. But if I had to pick a vacation place I've been to, I'd say Florida. I really like tropical places :)

8:06 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Your pizzas look soo good. I love how much fresh veggie you pile on your pizza. ahh.

My favorite travel destination will be.... AUSTRALIA!
85 degrees right now... and the beaches... and diverse food... yes! Australia!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I can actually say I don't destroy french bread pizza and chicken noodle soup...I feel like a pro now!

My favorite vacation spot is Bear Lake. Boring I know but it reminds me of my grandparents because they have beach front property up there and I spent every summer growing up getting fried on the beach.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Risa said...

Your Pizzas look great! I have never made pizza this way and I definitely want to try.

I have never been too Greece, but I have built it up in my head to be my favorite vacation spot.

8:11 AM  
Blogger JoEllen said...

My favorite vacation spot is Springdale, UT....a small little town outside of Zion National Park. I grew up visiting my grandparents there when I was little. It was the perfect spot for kids to explore, have adventures, enjoy the simple life, and have fun. Zion is full of beauty and fun family hikes. I can't wait for my kids to love it as much as I do!

joellenzafacon at gmail dot com

8:13 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

anywhere there is mountains and a lake :) like my grandparents camp in the adirondacks... but maybe i should say cabo san lucas...

8:16 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Ooooh! I have everything I need for these pizzas -- I think I know what's for dinner tonight!

Hawaii is probably my favorite vacation spot. When I went, I thought "how much better can this be that some of the other amazing tropical places we've been?" But it was -- there is just something magical about the place.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I'm going to keep this in mind next time I need a quick meal. I love Grand Cayman!

8:27 AM  
Blogger chris+amber said...

OOH! Pick me, please! That bag would be perfect for me to use to pick up my co-op produce basket! I LOVE this meal, but never thought to rub garlic on it! And I will also pull out some bread in the middle next time! Good suggestion! My favorite vacation spot is Tahiti, hands down! We went there for our honeymoon and are dying to go back for our 10th anniversary...2 more years! Time to save up! :o) I love this blog! Keep up the good work!

8:32 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

Fun pizza idea when you don't feel like making dough! My fav vacation spot would have to be Las Ventanas in Cabo, Mexico. It is the most amazing resort where they wait on you hand and foot. It's a splurge, but totally worth it! Hubby and I have traveled to lots of amazing places, but this resort is the best for relaxation.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Love the pizzas!!
Cute cute bag.
My fav vaca spot...The Smoky Mountains

8:44 AM  
Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

amazing pizza!!!!!!! delicioso!! :D
fav. vacation spot? anywhere with my family! :)

8:53 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

That is a really cute bag. I would have to say my fave vacation spot is the beach. Probably in Florida, but Georgia has got some great spots too. Oh, now I am totally missing the fact that we used to live by a beach!
I love the idea of French Bread Pizza. I don't know anyone who gets sick of pizza in my family.

8:55 AM  
Blogger April said...

Your pizza looks fantastic, and easy!!

So far, my favorite vacation spot is Rosemary Beach, FL.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Mmm, those pizzas look delicious! At my apt, we never tire of pizza either! It's so funny: my pizza would be the one with veggies on it, just like yours. But Todd would totally be the pepperoni guy. Is this a guy/girl thing?

As for my favorite vacation spot: when I was little, we used to go to Hilton Head, SC, and I always loved it (super easy get away). However, if I want a super awesome vacation, I'd have to say London. I love everything about that city!

8:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I heart Sedona, AZ... the red rocks look like castles to me. And they feel so old and wise. I love the energy of the whole area!

We are so going to make these pizzas!!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Amy Beatty said...

YUM. Way to go Josh. Both of your pizzas looked good!

Tahoe! baby.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I was planning on making pizza tonight! Thanks for the great idea!

At this moment, I would like to go anywhere warmer than Utah. It's too cold here. Two month vacation? Yes please.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Dragonlady said...

My favorite vacation spot is The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina...Hubby and I go every year and take our motorcycle and the scenery is always gorgeous, no matter what time of year it is....


9:19 AM  
Blogger crystalgrant84 said...

I don't have an actual favorite vacation "spot" per say... but my favorite vacation to take is a cruise! I love to go on cruises because you don't vacation in just one spot, you get to go to numerous spots.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the pizzas on French bread! My favorite vacation ever was on this tiny Caribbean island of Mustique. I would love to go back there some day!

9:24 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

Oh, those pizzas look like heaven! Right now my favorite vacation spot it Jackson Hole. We go there all the time and it is definitely our home away from home!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

You're right, quick very tasty meal!

Favorite vacation spot St. Kitts hands down! Great giveaway!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

Lets be honest anywhere it is hot especially during the cold winter months! But I love Hawaii!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

You're right, quick very tasty meal!

Favorite vacation spot St. Kitts hands down! Great giveaway!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I love your website and read it almost every day. My favorite vacation spot would be St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands!

10:08 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

your pizza is making me wicked hungry... time to go make some lunch! As for your giveaway, so cute! My favorite vacation spot is the Adirondacks NY, love it up there!

10:09 AM  
Blogger suzi said...

The pizzas look fab, I am making them tonight.
Best Vacation,BTW...
Gualala, California, hands down! No T.V. reception, No cell phone reception, Beautiful Ocean views, Redwood Trees to DIE for, and lots of time to COOK delicious meals for loved ones!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Tiff said...

My favorite vacation spot is any city on California Highway 1. I also adore visiting National Parks, what a great treasure!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Favorite place to vacation? Italy. Haven't been back in 12 years but am counting the days until I can go again!

10:22 AM  
Blogger aubrie said...

Yum. That pizza looks delicious. I've never had pizza with zucchini before, but I'm excited to try it now!

My favorite place to vacation is San Francisco. I love big cities and there is always something to do in San Francisco!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Thanks for reminding me how much I love French bread pizza. They both look delicious!

10:52 AM  
Blogger The Fat Dietitian said...

The zucchini squash pizza looks like the perfect combo of healthy and delicious!

My favorite vacation spot is one I've never been to...

10:54 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

I'll take anywhere on a beach with a frozen drink and a slice of your french bread pizza!

10:59 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

My favorite vacation spot has to be my bed...with a good book, a good movie and all the chocolate I can dream of. I know it's lousy, but I love my time alone to do whatever I want (as in watching movies and eating m&m's) no mommy or wife duties.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

That's a great idea! My three would get to make their pizza how ever they like it, no complaints. I bet it would work well with day old bread too as you're baking it anyway.

Sanibel Island is one of my fave vacations spots.

11:05 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Excellent pizzas. I remember when I was in grade school/middle school it became the in thing to make pizzas out of everything. French bread pizza was big. So were english muffin pizzas.

My favorite vacation destination is Chincoteague Island in Virgina. Sure I've been to more exotic places and more sophisticated places, but nothing compares to Chincoteague in terms of a relaxing vacation. You're there for a day and you forget what stress is. The natives are friendly. The endless stretches of blue water are beautiful. The beaches of Assateague are unspoiled. For the shoppers there are all kinds of artists and artisan shops to choose from. For the outdoor enthusiasts there is biking, walking, swimming, kayaking and canoeing, and some of the best bird watching imaginable.

Best of all are the ponies. Watching the wild ponies swim the channel every summer never gets old for me. I'm like a little kid at Pony Penning time. I'm happy I have a little piece of Chincoteague (my pony Riddle) at home.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I really want to make the pizza now, it looks so yummy.

My favorite vacation spot is actually my aunt and uncles house. They own a large piece of property in Norther California (near Redding) and it is so much fun. The beauty of the mountains and all of the wildlife. There are tons of great hikes around there.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like your quick pizzas! Vacation. What's vacation? haha

11:47 AM  
Blogger Carolyn G said...

I am so hungry now. My favorite vacation spot is in Costa Rica. There is a beach called Playa Hermosa and there is this little fabulous boutique hotel called El Velero. It's right on the beach and I could die there!!! It's heaven on earth.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Your pizzas always look so good and you inspired me last weekend to make one of my own (although the crust was store bought). It was delicious. Do you mind sharing your pizza sauce recipe?

My favorite place to travel is probably our family vacation every year to the coast of Maine. It's scenic, restful, has wonderful fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood, and lots of outdoor activities.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

The French bread pizza looks amazing!! Did you save any for me??!
Seriously it looks really good!
PS: My fav location has to be Greece - ANYWHERE!
I just love Greek food and the Greek islands are just the best! Also I know I'm in the UK and so I really don't expect to win the give away.
It isn't my reason for replying. Lovely bags tho I must say!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

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12:00 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Sorry about the deleted comment -- I accidentally commented using my husband's google account.

I love french bread pizza. Yours looks yummy with all the veggies!

That bag is really cute. I would love to go to Italy!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

All I need is a beach and a frozen cocktail and that's the best vacation :)

12:15 PM  
Blogger Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Great pizza and bag! My favorite vacation spot without the kiddos is Bermuda, with the kids is Disney.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Usha said...

Those pizzas look awesome I loved the idea of using french bread this way...Favorite vacation spot for me would be any place near a lake or sea where I can relax with my family !

12:37 PM  
Blogger jtr4511 said...

Love those pizzas - all those items are in my fridge waiting for a recipe/idea like this to come along. I'd love to win this bag - it's my b-day this weekend :-)

Favorite vacation place would have to be Mexico - I've been to Hawaii and Mexico wins hands down! My dream vacation would be Australia but that has to wait until the kids are out of school!
Thanks for the chance to win.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

What a great idea to use French bread for your pizza crust! Love it!

My favorite vacation spot is St. Thomas. It's SO gorgeous there!

1:30 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

The pizzas are mouth-watering gorgeous!! YUM!!! My favorite vacation spot is Las Vegas!!!!

1:45 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I love French Bread Pizza. I'm craving it so bad right now...

2:17 PM  
Blogger Camille said...

Cute bag. Hokitika, New Zealand. A little tiny place in the south island.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Brooke Hill said...

Pizza looks fabulous! I think I will make it for dinner on Sat for my boyfriend, he will LOVE it!
My fav vaction spot is somewhere local, I love going up above Heber to a place called Aspen Lakes. It is so green and peaceful and the birds are always singing and the air is so fresh! I love it!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

looks so good! i love the zucchini pizza!

my favorite vacation spot is anywhere in italy, so i can see my family!

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pizzas look great and the bag is adorable! Our favorite vacation spot is Sea Grove, Florida. It is a sleepy little town but close enough to Destin that if the kids want to do all the go-karts and rides we are able to go.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Marthe said...

Your pizzas look delicious!!
Funnily enough I just wrote a post on my blog about my favourite places.... They are: Canada and Paris, France.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

SOudns lame but he most fun we have had with the lil ones in the past 3 years in New Hamsphire.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

That is a hard question to answer. I have so many favorites. I'd have to say that all around, for many reasons, it would be Cape Cod, Mass. Alaska would be my second fav! I had to name two. I know you said one but I am being a little rebellious.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Rosemary T said...

I really enjoy your blog! The recipes all look delicious. It is motivating me to start cooking again because you make it sound so simple and easy.
My favorite vacation destination is Cinque Terre, Italy. A quiet, quaint Italian village on the coast. Beautiful aqua blue water, hills to hike, greenery, fabulous food, and quiet serenity. I can't wait to go back!

7:03 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Yummy pizza!

What a fun giveaway! My favorite vacation spot is Maui!

7:13 PM  
Blogger NKP said...

I love French bread pizzas! Perfect for a quickie dinner.
For vacation spot.. I would love to go to Italy.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

My favorite vacation place is San Francisco. I love going there but it could be replaced by Italy-whenever I get to go there.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I never get sick of pizza either and that looks delicious! My favorite spot would have to be Kauai. Of places I haven't been, I'm dying to go to New Zealand.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Stephanie :) said...

I loved Hawaii.

11:13 PM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Favorite vacation spot = Venice, Italy

4:24 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

The pizza looks fantastic and I do love those bags so count me in.

My favorite vacation spot is somewhat casual and sentimental - Key West where we got married and Destin, FL where we took our first family vacation last year. Haven't been out of the country to more exotic locales but I'm ok with that :) The U.S. is beautiful.

5:38 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Thanks for the tip about the baguette. My favorite vacation placec is Ocean City, NJ because my MOM has been going there every summer since SHE was a kid; so naturally so I have I. So many memories there and we always make new one!

5:38 AM  
Blogger Sophie said...

Pizza and a purse, this post is for me :)! My favorite vacation spot is...the woods! :P I've never been out of the country, sadly, but I love being outdoors.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Amy L said...

My favorite vacation spot is The Outer banks of NC. We've visited twice, and I could go there every year!(If our budget would allow it). The drive along the coast road is lovely, and there are many small communities with shops, restaurants, etc. It's very family oriented. Most peple rent a condo or beach house, rather than staying in a hotel. I just love it there.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Mila said...

OMG this is absolutely amazing! I love how chewy the bread looks and how melty the cheese is! YUM!

8:52 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Carr said...

Yummy! I think I'll head into the kitchen for some leftover pizza now!

My favorite vacation spot is Willamette Valley, OR. Locally grown Pinot Noir; beautiful landscapes; fantastic, natural & organic food; all against the backdrop of mountain views. Oh... did I mention the wine?

9:02 AM  
Blogger grace said...

you know you have a good pizza on your hands when you can't see the toppings for the cheese. :)

favorite vacation spot? truth be told, right now i'd love to vacation in my hometown. :)

11:13 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

MY goodness that looks yummy. We make pizza all the time. why have we not make it this way? We will now!
Vacation pick would have to be the FL Keys. I love the water, birds and all the fresh seafood.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Probably Hawaii, although I can't say for sure since I've never been there.

1:23 PM  
Blogger test it comm said...

French bread pizza is a great idea! They look really good!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Aggie said...

We had french bread pizza for the first time in forever the other night!! I forgot how much I loved it!

My fave vacation spot has to be anywhere with a recent favorite (and soon to be yearly favorite I hope!) is Sanibel Island. If it's part of your timeshare options go there!!

1:57 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

My favorite vacation spot is Tahiti. My dad served his mission there and my parents took me there when I was a freshman in college. I'm saving up $$ now to take DH there for our 20th anniversary in 6 years. He loves to surf and I love to relax on the beach. Bora Bora is the best island, I think.

Thanks for all of the fabulous recipes!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

Hawaii, hands down. Pizza looks like perfect weeknight meal and fun to make for kids.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The absolute most wonderful place on earth is Switzerland! It's so underrated! Talk about some major outdoor rec and incredible and diverse scenery!

8:33 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Pizza looks yummy! I guess, so far, my favorite vaca place has been NYC, though it's not much of a relaxing vacation when you go there! My dream place is Greece.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Beautiful bag! My favorite vacation spot is the coast of South Carolina but I'd really like to visit Japan.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Brittanie said...

Best place I have been... Hawaii. Would LOVE to go many many more times and plan to take Marcus some day. Place I would love to go... New Zealand. Love the accent, the people, the history, and the location.

By the way, I LOVE french bread pizza. Really is such a great meal and so easy!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Love the bag! My favorite vacation spot is Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole is where my husband and I went on our first vacation together.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I think I'm too late for the giveaway, but I'll answer the question anyway. My favorite place to vacation is San Diego- so much to do, so much good food! And there's a great place called The Lighthouse on one of the beaches (can't remember which one) where you can get these great waffle ice cream sandwiches. I dream about them.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Brailsford said...

Maria-It looks like the bag you are giving away is really popular because there are a lot of comments. Great idea!!! By the way you are one of my cooking sources when I need a recipe. When is the restaurant coming?

So for my favorite vacation spot...There are many by us but our favorite is Catalina Island. There is swimming, boating, hiking, whale watching, golfing, a marathon occurs there, horseback riding, and you can see some of the most protected buffalo on the island.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

I love Florida....I have been to Paris, New York, Tampa, Miami, Malaysia(recently), China, Hong Kong, and ofcourse India (home country), but I love gave me my hub! We met there. (blush blush)....

N btw I simple adore that yellow cute funky tote bag. :)

5:23 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

My favorite vacation spot is Duluth, MN... perfect for a quick trip for us - only 2 1/2 hours away!

5:55 PM  
Blogger Deeba PAB said...

A fun pizza indeed...& my fave travel destination - Sydney!!

9:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

wow, the meal is simple, delicious, and just perfect... the bag looks really cool, i love the color... good luck to your readers... :)

11:35 PM  
Blogger C and H Romenesko said...

Great site. Love the recipes and I've tried several. Thanks much!

I love, love, love to travel. My favorite getaway is St. Thomas,, beach, sites, culture, variety. The most beautiful place has been Lucerne, Switzerland.

Thanks again for the wonderful recipes. The one pot choc chip cookies are fab out of the freezer, too.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Tanya said...

The bread looks delicious and the bag is beautiful!

4:27 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I LOVE french bread pizza!!

12:26 PM  
Blogger Kymmie's Cakes said...

Holy cow! Those pizza's look fabulous! And how easy! I am definitely going to try it!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Maria‚ô• said...

My dream holiday destination would be the Maldives!! But if I had to pick somewhere I have been, it would be Spain. You can't beat the culture, food, weather and history.

Your French Bread Pizza is absolutely scrummy!


8:08 AM  
Blogger Monica H said...

I'm a day late and a dollar short,but that bag is so cute!

11:15 PM  

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