Pizza Night

While I am certainly not one to turn down a night on the town, sometimes you just want to stay in and have some delicious warm crisp homemade pizza. Who has the energy, you might ask. The truth of the matter is it isn’t hard or very time-consuming. Let me show you what I mean.

First mix one package of active yeast, a tablespoon of honey, and one cup of warm water. What is warm? Put a finger in the water it should be almost too hot to hold it there. Leave it for about 14 minutes and watch it rise. It should look something like this.

while you’re waiting mix 2 1/2 cups of flour with 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt. You might as well get your olive oil ready as well, all 3 tablespoons of it.Now comes the fun part, makes the olive oil into the yeast and then makes your liquid ingredients with your dry ingredients.

at this point for the mixture out onto well floured surface and knead it by hand until smooth.

after three or four minutes it should look something like this.no rub some olive oil on the base of a large mixing bowl cover with a towel and put in a warm place.

Make sure your bowl is large enough because the dough should rise to twice its original size.

At this point your door was ready to be made into whatever you want to make it. You can do pizza, Stromboli, call zone, flatbread or even pick it up and turned it into regular bread. Me? Definitely going to be pizza. So next step is to put the pizza stone into the ovenand crank up the heat as high as your pizza stone can handle. In my case it’s only 415°

Don’t have a pizza stone? Don’t worry about it. While the pizza stone does add to the texture of the pizza you’ll still have a great pizza on your hands without it.

This mound of dirt will make two large pizzas or four medium ones. I’m going to make medium ones because they’re easier to handle. However this is the point where I freeze the dough I’m not using today, so take half of it though and stick it in the freezer!

The next big question is how do you roll it out into this perfect little circles? The answer is I don’t. We like weird shapes and make pizza fun and we don’t sweat it too much.

So let the Stonerise another 10 minutes or so and then put it into the oven to prebake. This makes it a lot easier to handle.

Pick your favorite toppings and and put it back in the oven to melt the cheese!

After about seven minutes in the oven this is what you get crispy gooey perfection. 



And yes, I like egg on my pizza. Don’t know it ’till you try it! What are your favorite toppings?

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

As I started writing this post I suddenly realized how far behind I am in these posts! You see February is a big birthday month and to celebrate my brother turning 31 we went to Carrabba’s Italian Grill. I was curious since I’ve had a couple good comments about it and I wanted to see how much of it was true. We started off the evening with a Sangria. I wouldn’t say that it was something that would compel me to rush back but it was a decent enough accompaniment to our meal.

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Fantastic Meals Both Home and Out

Hello everyone! I feel like I missed a post but I’m not sure what happened there. This Morning The Housewife Wannabe was kind enough to open up her blog and have me guest write a blog post on her site (you can read it here). As for me, it’s been an exciting time! We got published in Publinews, here’s the front page.Aaaaand that’s me stuffing my face with delicious mango. Yeah, that’s some good fruit! Continue reading

Cooking In and Eating Out

This week has been an interesting one for meals. We tried some new things at Café Saúl, had some AMAZING pizza and dug in at Pans & Company. So let’s start if off with our visit to one of our favorite places, Café Saúl. Check out the insane Campari Soda lightshades. One of the things I like is seeing how they use non-decorative items to make something new!

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La Taberna Culinaria

Last weekend we had our first visit to this great little place called La Taberna Culinaria which translates to The Culinary Tavern. When you first walk in you are greeted by a blackboard with the specials written in chalk. Things like Duck with orange and cinnamon, Octopus and Mango, Steak Tartare and a variety of interesting pizzas woke our curiosity.

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