Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dinner: Thursday, January 22

Homemade Pizza
Total Cost: $4 to 7 (depending on toppings)

Our secret to great homemade pizza is threefold:
  1. It's gotta have a great crust. My family prefers a round-shaped pizza cooked on a pizza stone on the bottom rack. We get the perfect crispy/chewy crust by using homemade dough. Recently we started using the dough from the book "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day." It made such a huge difference that we vowed to always use the artisan dough with pizza.
  2. It's gotta have real toppings (not canned 'shrooms). Real toppings, like sliced fresh tomatoes, onions, mushrooms. make all the difference. (We made a plain pepperoni pizza for the photo shoot) Fresh is always best.
  3. It's gotta have plenty o' cheese. One time I tried to scrimp on cheese and the whole family looked at me with sad, sad faces. I've never gone light on the cheese again.
Sure, you can find pizza for under $3 at the grocery store, but this isn't about money. It's about taste. It's about quality. It's about creating something in your kitchen that makes you happy.

This is about living well.


  1. Heather, glad you're liking our dough in the pizza! I'm Jeff Hertzberg, one of the co-authors of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I'm so glad our recipes are working well for you. Come visit us anytime at, where you can post questions into any "Comments" field, or click on "Bread Questions" on the left side of the homepage and choose among the options.

    Jeff Hertzberg

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  2. Holy Cow! I can't believe the actual author of the book I'm totally in love with just posted to my blog! This is so cool!

    Seriously, if you add one cookbook to your collection this year, buy "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" It will rock your kitchen...

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