SweetJAMZ Quickie: Potato Pizza!

Ok, kids. It’s our first QUICKIE! This is beyond DEE-LISH. And pretty quick——>

Recipe (download the recipe here—> Quickie Potato Pizza):

1 Large Potato
1/3-2/3 Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese
4-6 Slices Prosciutto
1-4 eggs
Cup of Mushrooms
3 oz. Mozzarella Cheese (sliced or shredded)
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste


– Wash & cut the potato (unpeeled) into very thin slices. Heat a frying pan with olive oil. Arrange the potato slices in a ring pattern, overlapping. Sprinkle on the parmesan – cover and cook on lowish heat for 5 mins.
– Spread the tomato sauce onto potatoes. Add mozzarella & mushrooms, salt & pepper. Crack egg(s) on top. Cover & cook on medium heat for 5 mins or slightly longer.
– Divide into four & plate along with a slice of prosciutto.

No joke, this is DEE-LISH times ten & not heavy. Great breakfast for guests.



If Pizza On Fridays Is Wrong – I Don’t Want To be Right!

Looking for a low-budget fun Friday night date? Making pizza at home does the trick. Every. Time.


When I was a kid, my Dad did a lot of the cooking. And every once in a while around 10pm, suddenly, out of nowhere, the most beautiful scent would be in the air: a sweet tomato sauce & a fresh baking crust. Dad was making pizza – yippee! My Dad totally had a leg up on the fourth meal concept. And what kid doesn’t absolutely love pizza.

Now, it’s time for another confession. He would make the pizza from this:


Not kidding. And sure, it wasn’t great, but it was pizza for heaven’s sake. (We rarely got the take out pizza treat – take out pizza was for fancy nights!) Oddly enough, did you know you can STILL buy this Chef Boyardee mix? Hilarious. And yes, my old coworker, Josh, bought me one. Jason & I made it. And yes. It’s terrible. 🙂

So, no, I’m not suggesting you buy the box. I went rogue a couple years ago and went so far as growing my own yeast (a How-To guide is here). It’s quite tedious – you literally have to care for it weekly. We did end up getting one or two great pizza crusts from it, but it was definitely hit or miss. I couldn’t rely on it working out. But when it did. Wow.

This time we went super easy. We bought Fleishmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast:


We also bought a can of pizza sauce & our favorite toppings (mushrooms, mozzarella cheese & basil). The nice thing about this crust is there’s no waiting time for the dough to rise. You mix it up, knead it for four minutes, roll it out, add sauce & toppings & voila you’ve got a pizza ready for the oven.

There’s something so fun about making pizza with someone. And pizza just always brings me back to the joy of being a kid.

I’d like to work on making the bottom of the crust more crisp, but this really was delicious. Give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by SweetJamz – a Slater/Friday Production.


Some things are worth the wait – Jon & Vinny’s!

Ahhhh, so we’ve gone ‘n done it. Jason & I have started a blog. Well, we felt like we needed a place to put our love of food, booze, music & adventures. So why not the internets. We’re going to blog about places we go to, food we make & the drinkees we drinks, etc. I think you get the point 🙂

jon & vinny's

Let me start this one by telling you about my foodie friend, Pete. (You may need to sit down for this one.) He has traveled the world eating & drinking to his heart’s content. He is also a best friend to my brother (Chef Mark Grosz at Oceanique). I have seen these two eat multiple full meals within hours (insert indigestion here).

Pete and me 2014(Pete & me 2014)

Well, Pete told me Jon & Vinny’s on Fairfax in Los Angeles is, by far, the best food in town for the money. “The best bang for your buck” was probably the actual Pete lingo. Thee “BEST” food? This is coming from a man who spares no expense on eating (I witnessed him eat at Bazaar in Beverly Hills TWICE in one night. And, btw, those tabs added up to an entire month’s rent.). Let me also assure you he’s no snob either. I believe he was once spotted at a Subway sandwich shop, but let’s not talk about that. Bottom line: he knows his stuff. J&V’s is the best? You had me at…food.

Getting a reservation wasn’t so easy, but FINALLY, Pete, Jason & I (and a few others) ventured over. I mean, I had to see for myself. And wouldn’t you know it, they were CLOSED! due to a kitchen fire. Literally, fire trucks outside. Ah, the belly sadness. (Don’t worry, I was told no one was injured in said fire. <—I’m still human. Kinda.)

We talked about going back, but you know how life can be…the same group of friends never got it together (one of those friends returning to the Congo didn’t help). And that whole booking a reservation three weeks in advance thing seemed so daunting. Almost A YEAR later, I was having a not-so-good day and Jason (what a cutie) surprised me with reservations for THAT NIGHT – Me: “No Way!” Jason: “Way!!” (He got them day-of, btw, MIRACLES DO HAPPEN! THANK YOU, SANTA.)

There was a bit of a wait (cue Tom Petty’s “The Waiting..is the hardest part…”), but after about 30 minutes we got seated and immediately HAD to order the app that had been dancing by us all night {MARINARA BRAISED MEATBALLS, RICOTTA, GARLIC BREAD $16.25} :



This was TO-DIE-FOR. I don’t even care for garlic bread and this was a down right dream. Why did we have to share???!!

We also ordered the “LA Woman” pizza (when in Rome) {LOCAL BURRATA, TOMATO, BASIL, OLIVE OIL, SEA SALT $19.25 }:


When it came out, I actually was disappointed, thinking it really didn’t look that special. Note to self, another lesson learned in judging a pizza by its cover. The sauce, the crust, the basil, the BURRATA – an Olympic team to take all golds. Add more spoils with a dipping sauce – we went for Ranch {CRUST DIP – CHOICE OF – MARINARA, CREAMY ITALIAN, RANCH, E.V. OLIVE OIL 

And how about a lil pasta! {SPICY FUSILLI, VODKA, BASIL, PARMESAN $19.75}


We were told this was a bit spicy but not crazy (Jason LOOOOVES spice, I can handle a little), but this wasn’t spicy at all. It was melt in your mouth delicious, though.

And then the vino! In a very unique situation, J&V’s has a separately owned wine shop INSIDE the restaurant – Helen’s. It’s a little confusing to understand at first, but you can go in the wine room in the back of the restaurant and buy wine to go at street value to take with you or for a higher price get it to drink at the restaurant (note, corkage fees for your own wine at J&V’s is $35 per bottle).

We didn’t want to spend a crazy amount (prices in there can get pretty high) & we love full bodied reds. We were recommended this (approx. cost $55):


It was tasty but a bit dry – definitely a wine better with food. And, boy, did we have food 🙂

Everything was delicious and great for two people to split. I definitely recommend going with others so that you can try more. We didn’t leave over-stuffed either. The portions were just right. (I should mention we are OBSESSED with food.)

Overall? (I guess we need to come up with a ratings system here.) Jason & I give it a whole lotta love (9 out of 10 heart black…there’s always room for easier reservations and less wait time).

— julie slater