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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

As if the internet wasn't full of info then came blogs:)

I have been trying to blog more often. I was originally going to try and use this just for sewing but I like to create period and sometimes that is sewing sometimes it is gluing and sometimes it is cooking you never know so while I will continue to hide fabric in my pantry, I am definitely going to use this blog for life happenings.
I am finding that by blogging their are a lots of women who love being a SAHM. I thought I was born in the wrong generation because after a long retail career I started staying home. ( originally because of no child care)
My life changed for the better in so many ways that the few downfalls are worth it. Downfall is usually the tightness of funds the upside is a wonderful marriage and great kids. Not to say that working Mom's don't have great marriages and great kids. For me personally I work best at Home.
Now that I have found blogging my family is laughing at me because I want to blog food and I run around taking pictures of stuff I cook. Today's blog is a food post hope you enjoy.
Might I add whatever you do in or out of your home enjoy it and be happy know that God has a plan for all of us. God is never wrong and he knows what one can handle.

I found this recipe on "a fanciful twist" since the cost of a pizza has gone up considerably. I have been making french bread pizzas and Bisquick pizza's for a long time and while those are yummy and inexpensive I miss the pizza house crust.
You must try this recipe if you like pizza it is so delicious
4 cups all purp flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt (I used regular salt)
1 teaspoon fresh yeast (I used 1 package fast rising)
1 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

combine 3c flour and salt mix well,mix yeast and honey together then add water and oil pour this mix over flour mix then add additional flour 1/4 cup at a time. I have a Kitchen Aid mixer so it kneads for me if you don't have the KA hand knead on a floured service for 6-8 mins. Form into a ball cover with damp cloth and let rest for 30 min. then roll into 6 balls for small pizzas or one large ball as I did for one big pizza covered with oiled plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until double (about 1 hour) (check if it holds a finger indention).
I then cut up a onion and caramelized it in some butter, I always put onion on my pizzas but I have never caramelized them first -WOW- what a difference. After I cooked my onion I used the same pot to make my sauce do not wash it out then you get some flavor form the butter coating your pan plus one less pan to wash:)

I then made my own sauce and this is always fun playing mad scientist in the kitchen:)
My Sauce:
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
1 14.5 can whole tomato's in juice (mashed with a potato masher or blend them)
a couple of pinches of the following (about 2 tablespoons) (I don't measure sorry)
red pepper flake ( adds heat so more or less according to you heat desire)
onion and garlic powder ( about a teaspoon of each)
A couple of shakes of salt and pepper (again to taste)
about 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin olive oil
2 table spoons sugar
1 cap full of balsamic vinegar

put all this in pot and bring to boil then drop down to a simmer while you wait for your dough to rise also I cut up my other vegis at this time.
I find that a cooked sauce combines flavors better but this sauce would be fine cold then put on the pizza.
Here is my secret that no one has figured out with my red sauce and I use this on spaghetti too. ( I guess it isn't my secret any more haha)
Right before you pull your sauce off the fire whisk in a large dollop of sour cream (about a heaping table spoon)
This adds a nice creamy texture without changing the taste too much,
Let your sauce cool a bit then it is ready to ladle it onto your crust.
I sprinkled cornmeal to the bottom of my pan and then hand stretched the dough to fit my pan and rolled the sides up a bit for crust. I didn't try to make this too pretty I liked the homemade rustic look of this. The dough is so easy to work with and stretches easily.
Now go crazy with toppings
My DD and I don't like meat but hubby loves it so making it at home we can do what we want at no extra charge.
I put it together in this in this order:
thin layer of sharp Cheddar
caramelized onions
green bell pepper
DH's side pepperoni (lot's again something they charge so much more)
our side black olives
another layer of Cheddar then topped with mozzarella baked at 450 about 20 min.s

I know it may seem silly to go on and on about pizza but this was amazing and we can have so much fun my DH wants me to try a white sauce next maybe I will add chicken. DD says just bake the crust and move out of her way:)
Wow blogging is a lot of work, I am so inspired by so many blogs.I tried to be clear on these instructions but please feel free to ask any questions.
Make sure to check out " A Fanciful Twists post" I thank her again for giving my family a great recipe.


-go to the so much to share post -
P.S. I just nuked some for lunch and it reheated perfect and the taste is even better


http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

WOW WOW WOW!!!! Now that is what I like to hear!!!!! It looka amazing!!!!! Isn't it too fun???? I am sooo glad you loved it, and it is cheap and easy to make right??? YOu can make 20 pizza'a for the cost of one!!! Yippepepeppeeeeee and it is delicious!! I think it is the honey for certain!! xxox

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

I will have to try this one, it sounds so yummy! The last time I made pizza I remembered why I don't make pizza! Thank-you for visiting my blog it is alwasy nice to meet new blogging buddies. I am sorry about your dad.Life is hard sometimes.

Becky said...

Yum-- that looks so good. I absolutely love homemade pizza- I'd take it over delivery any day!

Also, thanks for the reminder that God does have a plan for everyone--often a tough thing to remember at my stage of life. So I need it beaten back into my thick skull on occasion. ;)

missy said...

Just wanted to pop by and thank you for visiting my blog! I always love to meet a kindred spirit...even though I don't sew (oh I want to, just never been taught!) and I am still struggling in the kitchen--even ten years into my marriage!! Well, I suppose it gives me something to shoot for, right? So nice to 'meet' you!!

nannykim said...

Trying to blog more often??? Man, this is the wrong time of the year to try to do that!!lol ...I am on a gluten free diet and I need to come up with a gluten free crust--I am dying for pizza!!