Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!!!
I am so excited I’m actually giddy – and it has absolutely nothing to do with the Samuel Adams lager I’m polishing off at this very moment! It went quite well with the pizza you see in this photo. This, my very first homemade pizza! A very foreign admittance to many of you – especially Linda at Savoring Every Bite since she makes pizza every Friday night! It was her pizza dough recipe I used! It was so easy, Linda, I believe Friday night will be pizza night for us, too!
The directions for pizza dough can be found at Linda’s website. Her Roasted Cauliflower Pizza looks so very good, but I didn’t have the ingredients at home. So my pizza has a different look – but the same good crust on the bottom! Linda’s recipes always turn out exactly as the photos on her blog – I’ve tried many of them!
I used some of my frozen tomatoes to make my marinara sauce. In a sauce pan over medium heat I cooked the tomatoes until they thickened. A pinch of salt, a little black pepper, oregano and basil helped give it a good flavor. My other ingredients were thinly sliced red onion, slivers of red pepper, pepperoni, about 4 ounces of shredded mozzarella, 1-1/2 cups of finely shredded Pecorino and a sprinkle of parsley. The pizza was baked at 425 degrees for about 18 to 20 minutes. I can’t wait to try another one next week!
Now to my second reason for excitement! Cecilia at thekitchensgarden has nominated me for the Reader Appreciation Award! You can only imagine my surprise and delight! Cecilia has a lovely blog that is filled not only with lots of humor, recipes and farm animals, but many thought-provoking topics that make us stop and think – and realize ways in which we can share our blessings with those around us. Her lovely ideas of teaching children to cook and helping others grow their own gardens – even if it starts as one plant – truly speak to my heart.
Now comes the difficult part of nominating six readers for the award – but it cannot be anyone who has already received the award – including Cecilia. Very difficult since so many of you have received this award. So I give it out to all my readers – from me to you with a sincere thank you for going along with me on my cooking adventures and our little side trips to the garden or Shaker Village or a tea room. I started this blog with no idea I would meet such wonderful, interesting people – and that they would become my friends! I do heartily thank you for including me in this blogging world of food and fun! And since John at from the Bartolini kitchens has such faith in me, I may try homemade pasta tomorrow!