Homemade French Bread Pesto and Pepperoni Pizza!!!

Today I am sharing my Homemade French Pesto and Pepperoni Pizza that was feature on the hit cooking show The Chew!!! I hope you enjoy this recipe and tell me what you think about it, if you make it!!!


  1. Store bought French bread cut in half and spread with Ralphs Private Selection Basil Pesto, over both halves until covered.
  2. Sprinkle Kroger Pizza Blend Shredded Cheese over both sides. Cover the cheese with Boar’s Head Pepperoni.
  3. Then I sprinkled Bella Collina Italian Style 4 Cheese Blend and add Parmesan and Romano Grated Cheese over the Pepperoni.
  4. Baked on a foil covered cookie sheet on 375 for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Lastly, use the broiler to make it golden brown on top.

The Chew Website: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/homemade-french-bread-pesto-&-pepperoni-pizza-danaille-bark

Lindsay Ell: Q & A!!!


  1. What goes into naming your albums?

Naming an album is a much bigger process than figuring out the title for a song. You want to find a name that tells the full story of everything you’ve been trying to say on a record.  Sometimes one particular song sticks out as taking on a bigger identity, sometimes a song lyric feels like it needs to take a different role, or sometimes it’s something different altogether.

  1. What has been your favorite venue to play at so far in your music career?

The Ryman.  There is a special feeling when you walk on that stage. When you think of how many legends have gone before you, that you are following in their footsteps. You have big shoes to fill. It is the ‘Mother Church’ of country music…

  1. You played over a 100 shows this year, how do you spend your free while on the road?

I love to workout on the road, go find a yoga class, play guitar, or go find little local shops around the city we’re in….specifically shoes or guitar shops. And local restaurants are my fav!

  1. What you forward to in your music in 2017?

I look forward to releasing an album…something I feel like I’ve been preparing for over the past 15 years.  It’s time.  Getting to go on the road with Brad Paisley….watching Brad is such an inspiring experience to me.  His playing has such conviction and dynamics.  I can’t wait to start touring with him and getting to watch him every night!

  1. Have you learned anything from any musicians or groups that you have opened up for?

We most recently played Bobby Bones’ 2nd annual Million Dollar Show at the Ryman, and got to play on stage with Garth Brooks. It was so incredible getting to share the stage with him, and from a few feet away watch how he commands the crowd.  He never leaves a part of the audience out, and there is something huge about making an audience feel at home like he does so well.

  1. What is your songwriting process like when creating a new song?

I get most of my songwriting ideas from people watching, and bringing stories out of my own life and telling them in a way that people can relate to.  The most important thing to me while writing a song is describing a feeling that someone can be like…’I know what that feels like.”

  1. How did you decide you wanted to have a career in country music?

Being a country music artist was something I knew I wanted to do from a very young age.  I started playing in my church when I was really little, and from that point on was playing shows anywhere anyone would let me play.  I fell in love with the stage and with singing stories about my life to inspire people.  So I got hooked from about 10 on.

  1. When did you first start playing guitar and what was the first song you ever learned to play on it?

I started playing guitar when I was 8 years old.  My dad played guitar and so the first time I picked one up I asked him to show me something. It was the opening riff to Stairway To Heaven.

  1. Lindsay, thanks so much again for wanting to be a part of Dixiedee’s Blog, is there anything else you would like to share?

I am a huge social media fanatic.  I love getting to talk one on one with fans, teach them guitar lessons, and getting to feel like I have a part in inspiring them to follow their heart.  So come find me!! Snapchat, Insta, Twitter, Facebook…whatever you’re on, come say hello!


Lindsay~ Artist Spotlight!!!


Lindsay Elizabeth Ell was born on March 20, 1989. Ell is a country singer, songwriter and guitarist from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her music combines elements of rock, blues and pop within the country genre.

Ell started playing the piano at just six years old and her music abilities expanded from there. At the age of eight, Lindsay fell in love with the guitar after discovering her dad’s collection at her childhood home. She began writing her own songs at the age of ten. After graduating high school early she attended the University of Calgary where she studied business. She also attended Berklee College of Music.

Some of Ell’s musical icons include John Mayer, Keith Urban, Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix. Her favorite guitars to play are a custom Les Paul Goodness and Martin acoustic.

Lindsay was discovered by Randy Bachman when she was fifteen and signed with his label, Ranbach Music. Bachman co-wrote and produced her first album “Consider This” which came out in 2006. She then toured with blues guitarist Buddy Guy in 2008. Ell’s second album “Alone” was released in 2009 with a more acoustic sound.

Lindsay has said her first songwriting trip to Nashville brought her back to her country roots. She continued to travel back and forth from Calgary to Nashville for a few years to be part of different songwriting sessions. At the age of 21, she moved to Nashville and was signed with Stoney Creek Records.

In December 2013, her first official single, “Trippin on Us” debuted as the most added song for country music radio in both Canada and the U.S. Ell since has been named a “true triple threat” by Guitar World.

Ell made her Grand Ole Opry debut in April 2014 and has since made several appearances on the historic show. In 2015, she released her single “By the Way” which became quite popular on many country radio stations. Her latest album “All Alright” came out in late 2016 and is gathering more buzz this year.

In December 2016 I was lucky enough to see Ell at a local showcase in Los Angeles put on by Boots on Stage. When I met her she was happy to learn that I really enjoy her music and wanted her to be part of my blog. My favorite parts of Ell’s performance was when she covered Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” Each cover she did included some great guitar solos to highlight her instrumental talents. During her set, she shared how she played with her father in the start of her music career and how she was looking forward to having some time off for the holidays.

If you would like to listen to Ell’s music it is available on iTunes and Spotify. If you would like to find out more about Lindsay Ell then check out her website www.lindsayell.com.


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Boots on Stage~ Holiday Shindig!!!