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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

homemade pizza

there are things that give people a glimpse of the kind of person you are. for example, my home is jam packed with books. i used to dream of living in a bookstore or a library because i love books that much. i would say that about 95% of my shoe collection are high heels. i like wearing shoes that elongate my legs. my closet is full of slacks and blouses in shades of grey and black, not because i'm a maudlin kinda girl, but because they're shades that are easy to inter-match together. and when i eat, my food does not touch. i prefer my plate to be orderly, a slight wall between portions of food. anal maybe? or maybe, i just like my food to taste a certain way without anything else all intermingling. inevitably my plate is usually clean by the end of the meal. my cousin buulinh likes to mix it all up. she enjoys assaulting my eyes when we eat together and just piling it all on her plate. {gag}

when she came over this weekend for a visit, i gave her the ultimate pile up the food dish: Pizza. my sister pam was also visiting from boarding school and requested bbq chicken pizza. as a result, i decided to have them both play with the pizza dough and do the toppings. i thought of using the daring bakers pizza challenge recipe but good grief, the steps were not appealing to me. waiting for the dough to rise, i just didn't have the time. so i used food loves writing's recipe and it was much much more enjoyable this time around. :)

pizza pizza
(photo caption: this is buu tossing the pizza, i'm egging her on so i can get the picture...)

what made it so enjoyable for me: bossing my sous chefs around. i did the initial steps of the dough and after it had risen and we were ready for dinner, i halved the dough and had them both knead and stretch the dough. i bet pam is going to think twice when she demands pizza from me again! she balked at the whole topping process, not exactly sure how to proceed. i wanted her to think about how food is prepared, in particular foods she loves but expects others to make for her.

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buu, on the other hand, after i made her do the twirling thing, she got back at me. by basically taking everything in my fridge and putting it on the pizza. and her declaration: "I LIKE SUPREME PIZZAS! WHAT?!"

the toppings: spinach, leftover lasagna meat sauce, green onions, red peppers, tomato sauce, bbq chicken, minced garlic, and mozzarella cheese. i only had slight anxiety! :)



  1. You amaze me with your hand-tossing skills. How do you do it??

    PS - I saw this in my Reader this morning, but the crazy Internet filter kept blocking your site - BOO! Love that you tried the dough recipe. :)

  2. I've been a lurker for some time and can't remember, for the life of me, how I stumbled upon your blog. I absolutely admire the work you put into your work and completely enjoy reading your blog everyday. You have been a source of inspiration for me lately and I would like to say thank you. :)

  3. You're such a freak! :) You know the food gets all mixed up in your stomach anyway.

  4. I just thought I'd stop in to see if you'd updated your blog. Unfortunately, it's right before lunch, and I was already craving pizza. Both versions look delicious. Wish I had some!

  5. AA,
    Any kind of pizza is great to me!! This looks good, hope you saved us all a slice.

  6. buu - i heart it when i can use you as my cooking prop.

    shannalee - i should've captioned the pic at first, it's buu tossing the pizza and i had to coax her so i could get the action shot. not that it took a lot of encouragement! :) thanks for posting the recipe.

    phan-tabulous - thank you for your sweet comment, it really made my day! and thanks so much for coming out of lurkdom. i am glad that my blog is a source of entertainment and thought for you, and i hope you pop up more often. :)

    wc - oh i know it gets all mixed up, i can't tell you how often buu's called me a freak over my plate presentation, it's absolutely ridiculous how ocd i am about it all!

    kristen - the dough was so easy i just might have to make homemade pizzas more often, especially for crafternoons with the broads. :) too bad you can't make it this weekend, next time around, i'll whip up some for you.

    houstonwok - unfortunately it's all gone. what was leftover, i snacked on for lunch during the week. but trust me, this recipe is so easy, you should give it a try! :)