Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Princess Leah extends a Happy New Year greeting - and a pizza recipe

Princess Leah Remington
Since being named Rensselaer County Dairy Princess in July, Hoosic Valley High School junior Leah Remington has religiously emailed The Record every week with her dairy princess update. Between preparing her update and her personal appearances at places such as the Altamont Fair, the Washington County Fair, The New York State Fair, and the Schaghticoke Fair, as well as her duties on the family farm, she must be busy young lady.

We weren't able to publish her writing in the paper each week so we tried to get Leah to blog for us this fall to no avail .... but I have had so much fun getting to know her through her writing I thought it appropriate to end my blog for the year by recognizing her hard work and sharing her most recent dispatch and season's greetings.

From Princess Leah:

I hope you had a wonderful, safe New Year's Eve celebration. May 2011 bring you good health and happiness. I am sure your holidays were crazy, so take some time for yourself and relax. My mom and I love to go to stop for hot cocoa and then go shopping to use our gift cards. There is so much less pressure when you're not trying to buy the perfect gift for someone.

I hope all the little ones had a tremendous vacation and fun playing in all the snow from last week's storm. Good thing the kids were off of school so, hopefully, you didn't have to travel in bad weather. I stayed at my Uncle Matthew and Aunt Sue's house during the storm. We watched movies, baked cookies and watched the snow fall and blow around from our cozy couch in front of the fireplace. It doesn't get much better than that!

Now that the kids are back in school, you have to get back to a normal schedule. So here is a quick and easy dinner recipe. Who doesn't love pizza!? This recipe is packed with dairy products, helping you get your recommended 3-Every-Day of Dairy!

Four Cheese Margarita Pizza
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
8 Roma tomatoes, sliced
2 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crusts
8 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese
4 ounces shredded Fontina cheese
10 fresh basil leaves, washed, dried
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Stir together olive oil, garlic, and salt; toss with tomatoes, and allow to stand for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush each pizza crust with some of the tomato marinade. Sprinkle the pizzas evenly with Mozzarella and Fontina cheeses. Arrange tomatoes overtop, then sprinkle with shredded basil, Parmesan and feta cheese. Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown, about 10 minutes.

If you have an event that you would like Princess Leah to attend, or have any questions or comments, please contact her at rens_princess_leah@yahoo.com

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