Dreaming Gangnam Style

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Dreaming Gangnam Style

Someone once said that creativeness comes from personal hardship.


Then I should be Mozart by now.

It’s mid-February and my main dream of financial stability is coming along. I am taking the necessary steps to get there, but I’m not saying it’s easy.

My dream of being healthy is in the works also– I’ve joined a pretty serious volleyball league which will either kill me, or, put me in great shape. I played volleyball in college and I’ve played in many competitive leagues throughout my adult life. I also joined a tennis league where there will be travel to other parts of California. We will play quite a bit in Palm Springs, California. It’s warm there and that’s something I can deal with.

I’ve had the hardest time completing this blog post because I feel like although I am actively working towards a few of my dreams, what do I have to tell you about my culinary dreams this week? I don’t want to tell you the same stuff over and over. I don’t want to whine about how winter is slow for my business and how I live on Pepto Bismol.

To tell you the truth, I’m tired of the ups and downs of my life while working so hard to just stay afloat. I decided that it was time to change my attitude.

I woke up the other day and I knew I had to look at my bank account. I planned to do it this time without a sedative. As I blankly stared at my finances, I had a vision of throwing caution to the wind and flying to the Island of Fiji.

But instead of looking at the small picture; I thought of the big picture. I thought, “Don’t let this crap get you down. You are cool and you are creative. People look up to you. Act the part.”

So I did.

I stopped thinking about not having a lot of work or the balance in my bank account. I just put on some great music and I began to work on several creative ideas. Ideas that are hip and could easily start a new trend.

Do you want to get attention and respect? Do you want to be thought of as cool?

Wear Chef clothes.

Ever since I’ve started cooking as a profession, I have been amused at the way people react to seeing someone in a chef coat.

I once received special attention at the Department of Motor Vehicles in California when I was having trouble getting my tags because of residual Louisiana bull shit. I told the man who helped me that I would make him some Gumbo for going out of his way to resolve my issues. I could tell he didn’t believe me. The day I walked in the DMV with a big container of Gumbo (which helped the odors in that big room) people’s heads were turning. I waited for him to look up and when he did, he had the biggest smile on his face. He received a delivery from a chef. A gift of appreciation. From a Chef.

I got my tags and he got his Gumbo.

The culinary industry is brutal so I’ve decided to take a different approach. I’m acting on my confidence. A dreamer’s life is not linear. It’s filled with surprises that are great often mixed in with stuff that’s not so great.

Disappointment can kill your dream confidence, but you only get back what you are willing to put out there, so you have to keep on putting it out there until you hit one out of the park. My attitude change is that I believe that I am capable and I am doing it Gangnam Style.

Pizza Gangnam Style

The other night I had the pleasure of hanging out with a few of my fellow 8 Women Dream ladies as part of the celebration of changing my attitude. We laughed. We drank wine. We played like teenagers. The girls bought ingredients to me and my job was to turn it all into something. I made us a pizza–Gangnam Style.

Here are the outtakes leading to the actual video.

Pizza and cheesecake Gangnam Style Take I

Pizza and cheesecake Gangnam Style Take II

Will you learn how to make pizza from the video?


But you will learn how to have fun with your passion and your dreams and to not waste time looking at the dark side of your life. You are cool enough to rock this dream world, so just go do it.

Gangnam Style.

Part of this is just to remind you to not take your dreams so seriously and take time to play and have fun.  Sometimes the best part of a movie are the outtakes.  The same can be said about living the dreamers life, so have fun and live it Gangnam Style, which means quit worrying so much about what other people think.



Serves 6-8 Californians
Or 1 New Orleanian

  • 1 pkg Trader Joes’s flatbread or foccacia bread
  • 1 jar Trader Joe’s marinara
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Finely chopped garlic
  • Tiny heirloom tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Heavy cream
  • 8 large shrimp
  • A big handful of arugula
  • Kalamata olives
  • Your favorite pesto
  • Black pepper

Heat about a half of a cup of marinara with heavy cream until the sauce looks light red. Add the garlic. Spoon the sauce on the flatbread then follow with the pesto, half of the mozzarella, arugula and olives. Put a little more marinara on top. Add another layer of mozzarella, arugula and olives. Add half sautéed shrimp, lots of heirlooms, fresh chopped basil and more arugula. Sprinkle with black pepper. Bake at 400 degrees until the bread is crispy and all is nice and melted together on top.

*This pizza is a very easy way to serve something awesome to your friends and family without a lot of work. I don’t do dough…

Making pizza Gangnam Style

  • kellyswanson1

    Maria, I think we are sisters from another mister. The world just doesn’t have enough fun women like you in it! I hope to one day meet you all in person – and maybe you’ll cook me one of these awesome pizzas! Cheers to the sisterhood!

  • I love that you put all the takes up… even the one’s you didn’t even know I was recording :) My snorting in the background is super classy! Thanks for the great laughs girl – looking forward to many more fun times to come!

  • It’s proof that you can do video in your kitchen… and that pizza was delicious.  I love hearing Heather’s laugh.  We all needed a good laugh.  Thanks for that.

    • maria

      i loved hearing everyone laugh and your wheezes… it would make me laugh.     i think i can do video just about anywhere…………     

      we have to do this on a regular basis.   we all need it.    love you and thank you for having my back with the food and wine.    

  • LOLedyLOL! How I wish I was there!!

    • maria

      honey, i wish you were there too!!   we were about 16 years old again and it was wonderful.   big hugs

  • Megan

    I love it Maria!!!
    Megan Perkins

    • maria

      hahahahaa.  thanks.   it was fun. 

  • maria

    Really?   LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.    the best part of this is that i am learning to laugh at myself and to think i was sober doing that video………..