Red Pepper and Olive Mini Pizzas; help, please

First the food, then the plea for help.

I may have complained about our cold spring but I have not complained about the abundance of cold weather vegetables the spring produced.

It’s been an incredible year for artichokes, both colors of asparagus and green garlic.

Other years I have had to be careful and somewhat sparing in my use of green garlic. This year I’m using it in everything.

Red Pepper and Olive Mini Pizzas

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 squares of puff pastry, 5″ (13cm) each
  • 1 small red pepper, roughly chopped (or half of a large pepper)
  • 3 green garlic, sliced, including green tops (or green onions)
  • 1/4 cup Greek olives, pitted and chopped (or your favorite)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese

Red Pepper Mini Pizza


  • Thaw the puff pastry
  • Sauté pepper and green garlic in olive oil until tender, 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Cut squares of pastry if needed.
  • Lay the pastry on a baking sheet. With a dull knife (butter knife) lightly etch around the pastry, 1/3″ (.75cm) from the edge.
  • Divide the ricotta and spread evenly within the etched lines.
  • Divide and add the pepper / green garlic mixture.
  • Top with olives
  • Bake, 425F (215C) for 12 – 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Remove and serve.

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Now for the help….

I have ads on my blog – you may have noticed.

The ads are not making me rich or even coming close to supporting me in the lifestyle to which I would like to become accustomed.

But they do help to offset the costs of this blog.

I limit the number and style of ads – one across the top and two on the side, although I have toyed with others from time to time.

I have changed ad providers when I learned that the ads weren’t (ahem) appropriate to a food blog (naked Russian brides?).

I’m in the process of making another change. It’s always a challenge for me to make these changes as I can’t see them and have no idea how they look or work….

I live in France. My IP address is in France. US advertisers don’t send their ads to France. I see French ads when I look at my blog, not US ads. Sometimes I see no ads at all.

My ad provider has suggested that I put a video ad on my blog. They assure me that it’s appropriate and not irritating. They also tell me it’s only for people in the US.

I have avoided pop-up ads and ads that block my content and, basically, anything that I, myself, find irritating on other sites.


For those of you in the US, when this ad starts showing up in the next few days, could you please tell me if it’s acceptable, mildly irritating or extremely irritating?

I really like the idea of making a bit of money on this blog.

But I really hate the idea of irritating you, my readers.

Please let me know…. Don’t just go away.

Last update on May 8, 2016

8 thoughts on “Red Pepper and Olive Mini Pizzas; help, please”

  1. I don’t know what the problem with Russian brides is, but I’m going to email you screenshots of what I see from the U.S. Perhaps that can help you out a bit. Signed, Ludmilla.

  2. On my iPhone, which is my usual way of accessing your blog, I don’t see ads at all unless I scroll ‘way down past your content. I’ll let you know if anything changes. And couldn’t you see your blog if you logged in from someone else’s computer, say, the public library, to confirm that your ads are appropriate?

  3. I’m seeing 4 Stages to a Heart Attack and a lot of ads from Gourmet Ads. I have to tell you, I use an ad blocking program on most sites, more because I’m sick of the 20 or so pop-up and in your face ads I see before I can uncover the content. Not so here, but just letting you know what I do see.

  4. Dan, I get some very strange ads here – often the ad provider in the US has no clue.They just sell the space for ‘overseas’ ads.

    Thanks, Elle. I hate it that I can’t see them.

    Thanks, Phoenicia, much appreciated.

    Amy, I get lingerie here in France, too. Why I haven’t a clue. It’s supposed to be all food reltated.

    Zoomie, I have it set (or did) for mobile ads to come at the end. It’s being in France that limits what I can see. Advertisers decide where to show the ads and most US advertisers only show in the US. VPN’s don’t work, either. So I only get to see them when I’m actually in the US

    Kate, you, of course, will only get ads for North Africa lol Maybe you can find a prince?

    nighstmusic, on my blog there should be 1 from Google and 1 from Gourmet ads on the right and 1 from Gourmet on the top. The new one is supposed to be in the middle of the blog post itself but ‘easy to get by’ That;s the one I’m a little worried about.. So…. let me know. Thanks

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