Apr 17, 2010

Who needs take out (or even frozen for that matter)?

Tonight was pizza night! Yay! Mike really really loves homemade pizza and it's way cheaper than take out and even the nicer frozen pizzas. Tonights choice was half mushroom, half spinach, but all sliced olives:
My base is a homemade dough made without yeast or eggs (sometimes I make a yeast based dough, but I like the flat bread taste of this one better).
The recipe for the dough is:
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup milk (I normally use skim)
1/4 cup oil (I normally use olive)
This dough is fairly sticky, so you may need to add a bit more flour to pick it up and roll it out on your pizza stone or whatever. If you are using a pizza stone, I do not pre-heat it since I have to roll the dough out on it. Then I top it with my homemade pizza sauce. I don't normally measure when I make the sauce, but I will give you the ingredients. It's one can of tomato paste, olive oil, minced garlic, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, and sometimes onion powder. I normally make it before I do anything else so it has time to sit and absorb all the flavors. Then I use whole milk mozzarella and slices of tomatoes. You can top it how you like from there. This pizza had fresh mushrooms (but I have used canned and they are awesome), canned, rinsed olives (I have used fresh and they are also awesome), and canned, rinsed spinach (I have not used fresh and I need to try it!). I have done chicken before, just make sure you saute it a so it's not completely raw when you put it on the pizza. I have also done a chorizo pizza too. Once you top it, bake your pizza at 425 F for about 20-25 minutes.

Alright, enough about pizza. Let me show you what Mike made for himself last night while I was at work:
 Sorry the picture is sort of blurry. Mike went fishing last weekend and ended up coming home with a ton of mackerel. I don't know what exactly he cooked it in or what spices he used, but he pan seared it and then ate it:

He said it came out really good and wasn't too fishy. Now I need to convince him to cook for me one of these nights :)

Guess who has a new cookbook? I found this at TJ Maxx for $13:
It's the Better Homes and Gardens Limited Edition Celebrating the Promise cookbook. I have not gotten a chance to look through it yet since it came plastic bound from the store. I did see it has a slower cooker section so I am pretty excited about that since mine needs some hardcore use.

Until next time, check out this photo of me from sometime back in 2007. I had dyed my hair black and cut it fairly short for me. Do you like it? Do you think I should try it again? I know Mike didn't care for it much, but I thought it was quite fun:


  1. Love the pizza pics & recipe-gonna try it. About those Mackerel-"fin"ishing? OK-this Sunday-April 25th-weather permitting-come "finishing" so that we can catch some more fish for Mike to cook :)

  2. Yes we love "finishing".....fixed that