Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pizza... Pizza Dadio

New traditions! 

We are trying to incorporate new little family traditions, hopefully ones that the boys will enjoy :) A friend sent me the link to a food blog and I love it! Not just because this mom happens to have 4 little boys (yes, this could possibly be us come January?!?!) but because she's got great meal planning menu's and makes a lot from scratch, tries to be healthy, and excludes most recipes that take forever and have a million ingredients. Time is of essence when 60% of the time you have meltdown city at your house from 4-6ish.

Here's her blog Mel's Kitchen Cafe and the link the the Homemade Pizza and Sauce Recipe (also at the bottom of this post)

So hopefully we can make a pizza every Friday or Saturday night, which ever is less busy... and we can all make it together and try new ideas and change it up.

As you can see Adrian stuffed his face most of the time :)

Things I think that made the biggest difference to other homemade pizza's we've made:

  • new cooking stone
  • fresh mozz cheese we grated, melts amazingly
  • homemade sauce recipe (really good and John approved, he's picky about sauce)
  • homemade dough (there's a fast one you can make in 20min or one you can make the night b4)
  • 1/2 wheat and 1/2 regular unbleached flour we used for the dough recipe (we are trying to incorporate more wheat and whole grains... "trying" being the keyword :)

    We started our new tradition last night and it was an absolute success with the kids!! They loved helping and EVERYONE ate all of their dinner and loved it! A mom's dream :)

    Pizza Sauce
    *Makes enough for 2 16-18 inch pizzas
    1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
    1 small can tomato paste
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    1 teaspoon garlic salt
    pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
    Fast and Easy Pizza Dough
    3 cups flour, more or less (incorporate a little whole wheat flour if you'd like)
    1 tablespoon honey, heaping
    1 tablespoon oil, heaping
    1 cup warm water
    1 tablespoon yeast
    1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
    Put your pizza stone in the oven about 20-30 min. at 475 degrees before cooking the pizza. Then cook pizza about 9-12 minutes. 


    yomaida said...

    love this tradition of pizza making. How cute are your boys? Loved catching up! Hope you are feeling well!:)

    Parents of a Dozen said...

    That pizza looks great! I use to make everything from scratch, but that was before we moved about 6 years and 2 kids ago. Then when my husband lost his job 2 years ago due to outsourcing, I worked with him flipping houses. He just started a new job so I am going to have TRY and get my house reorganized and some day do everything from scratch again.

    Adam, Melissa, Blake and Karson said...

    AWESOME!!!! I need to get the link to this blog! So impressed!!!

    Anna said...

    I love Mel's dough recipe! Definitely prefer grating my own cheese over buying pre-shredded. They add weird things to the pre-shredded type so that it doesn't stick together in the package, and that prevents it from melting as well. Looks like you guys had a great time!