Sunday, September 14, 2008

Pizza and Football

I want to thank Mindy Wilson for interviewing me on her Groovy Inclinations blog. I received so many nice responses and the main comment was about the pizza cookbook that I have in the planning stages.

It's hard to concentrate on more than one project at the same time, but it looks like I may have to do just that. In the future, if you see a romance novel written by me and the characters are enjoying pizza, well you'll know what two books I was working on at that time.

Right before sitting down to write this entry, I was going through my all of my pizza recipes. You can't imagine how hungry that made me for pizza. And, what a perfect day to make some. There's football on all afternoon (Go Colts!) and a couple pizzas for my husband and I to munch on during the games would hit the spot. Yes, I know it's much easier to have pizza delivered, but it wouldn't have that great homemade taste, not to mention prepared just the way I like it.

Below are a couple simple recipes for dough and sauce. Now, if we just don't lose power today because Hurricane Ike has made his way to the Midwest.


Basic Pizza Crust

1 1/4 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. lukewarm water
1 T. yeast
1 t. salt
1 T. vegetable oil or melted margarine

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix the yeast with the lukewarm water until the yeast is dissolved. Set aside. Combine the salt and vegetable oil/melted margarine and gradually add the flour. Mix well.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough to desired size and thickness. Place it on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 5 minutes. Take it out and while still hot, spread the sauce and add choice of toppings and cheese. Bake for another 10-15 minutes. Slice and serve.

Very Basic Pizza Sauce

1 lg can tomato sauce
1/4 C. olive oil
1 t. oregano
1/8 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
1/8 t. garlic powder

Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and heat on top of stove until just warm. Spread on top of crust, add toppings, and bake. I tend to like extra oregano on my pizza and usually sprinkle a little on top after I add the mozzarella cheese.


Molly Daniels said...

Colts won:)

Carol said...

Yeah, but I had to listen to it on the radio because we did lose power AND I didn't get to make my pizza. :-(


Molly Daniels said...

You can always come to my house and make it:)

Molly Daniels said...

Did I mention I happen to be pizza-crust-rising challenged? Every time I have attempted to let the dough rise, I am left with flatbread pizza:)

Of course, have NO PROBLEM getting my bread dough to rise; maybe that's the trick; to let it rise for 4 hours??

See? I'm DESPERATE need of your cookbook:)