Spinach and Ricotta Calzone

I’m behind in my daily January art challenge but I’m still following along at my own pace. One of the prompts last week was “Food” and so I decided to do an illustrated recipe of a family favorite, Spinach and Ricotta Calzone. Would it be annoying to add that I make my own pizza dough for this? Probably. Sorry. I just have a really great pixxa dough recipe and I can’t go back to store bought. If you don’t have time to make your own dough, then just buy it at the store. I remember Trader Joe’s carrying ready made pizza dough balls. I did like Whole Foods pizza dough better, but that was years ago, so not sure if it’s as good as I remember.

I found this recipe online, so please be sure to visit there if you want to read more about the recipe. I pretty much followed the recipe except I put the oven lower at 450 degrees. 500 just seemed really high!

When I sat down to do this drawing challenge I also wanted to do it in the style of The Enchanted Broccoli Forest by Mollie Katzen, which was one of the very first cookbooks that I ever bought- which was in high school! The ink drawings, most of them drawing with dots, plus the handwritten recipes just imbued the book with a sense of love and care and nourishment. Drawing using the pointillism is not my forte. I found it somewhere between meditative and maddening. But fun to pay homage to this longtime cookbook companion.

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