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Monday, June 15, 2009


Last week, we made our own pizza (mostly) from scratch. And the result? We decided it was better than ordering delivery!! We did use store-bought sauce (although we'll be making our own to can or freeze this week) but my six year old made the crust for the 1st one, and I made the crust for the second. The picture above is the pizza she made.

Crust recipe:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. olive oil

couple of pinches sea salt
1 1/2 cups sourdough starter

Mix well. Form into a ball and let sit at room temperature f
or 30 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees. Roll out dough on floured surface until correct size. Crust can also be hand stretched at the edges to form to shape.

Brush pizza crust with olive oil, which will help keep it from soaking in sauce. Top with
marinara sauce, and your choice of toppings. For this one we used onions, pineapple, broccoli, turkey bacon (and she put okra on her slices), and cheese. We pre-sauteed the onions, frozen broccoli and turkey bacon until ALMOST done before putting on pizza. Bake pizza for about 12-15 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.

This made a slightly thin, very sourdoughy tasting crust.

For the pizza I made, I used the sam
e recipe as above, but added 1 1/2 cups of water in addition. This made flour soup! So I added more flour gradually until the dough was the right consistency. This made a much thicker crust. It had less sourdough flavor, but it was nice and filling and held up to the toppings better. We topped this one with leftover barbeque chicken, red onions, and banana peppers. Yum!

*Cost savings tip-- we bought a huge bag of shredded mozzarella at Sam's. We
keep it in the freezer and just grab out what we need per pizza. If you use leftovers for toppings (like the barbeque chicken pizza) and make your own crust, this is a huge money saving meal vs. takeout. Oh, and added plus-- kids will eat a variety of veggies on pizza if you sneak them in!

The theme for this week is Juliette Low. For the uninformed, Juliette Gordon Low was the founder of Girl Scouts in the United States. On Friday, we had a tea party with my mom, just like Juliette had with her friends back in h
er time. Just to share some of our goodies we had,
we had zucchini with greek yogurt and dill, fruit, strawberry sandwiches, pineapple cream cheese sandwiches, and smoked salmon open-faced sandwiches. We finished it all off with miniature chocolate cakes. But here's a few pics:

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