Poor planning 101

Okay, so by now, if I have any regular readers, you know it is homemade pizza party Friday night at my house.  Tony was looking for something to fix for lunch, and realized there was still deep dish pizza from last week, and thought it would be delicious reheated in the toaster oven. 

But after first bite. . . NO!  This means he would be having pizza for LUNCH AND DINNER! 

So when I come home, I’m making the pizza dough, I go to the living room and ask Tony “how does bacon, sausage, mushrooms and olives sound on your pizza?”  I get a mumbly “that’s fine.”  So I think, maybe I should have picked him up a steak on the way home (which I would have if anything had been at a half decent price!)

So as he is eating his pizza:

  • Tony:  “poor planning.” 
  • Biz: “what?”
  • Tony: “guess what I had for lunch today?”
  • Biz: “Taco Bell?”
  • Tony: “No, it’s something we had in the house.”
  • Biz: “Roast beef sandwich?”
  • Hannah: “Hot dogs?”
  • Tony: “No to you both!”
  • Biz & Hannah: “we give up!”
  • Tony: “it was in the downstairs fridge.”
  • Biz: “Aha – pizza!”

Hence, poor planning since he already gets pizza once a week, today he had it twice!  But still, it was so good!  Happily I came home and the accessories were already in place, thanks to Hannah, my chef!


I got two additional ingredients on the way home, 1/4 pound pepperoni and 1 cheese and herb sausage link – nice prices!


diced green pepper, bacon, pepperoni, sausage, yellow pepper and spinach

my toppings: diced green pepper, bacon, pepperoni, sausage, yellow pepper and spinach

Tony’s pizza: sausage, bacon, mushroom, green and black olive:


Hannah had: bacon, yellow pepper, pepperoni, garlic and spinach


Just so you know, when I add sausage, its usually raw, so I add it to the top so it cooks all the way through:

Before going in the oven:


My finished product:


So its the end of yet another great pizza party Friday.  Hopefully Tony learned his lesson to plan ahead!

See you at breakfast!

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  • Meghann
    November 8, 2008 at 4:38 am

    Those Pizzas look great, I would have had no problem eating it twice in one day 🙂

  • Christina
    November 8, 2008 at 5:55 am

    One of Chicagoland-transplant confusions — everybody here puts the toppings on the sauce and then covers everything with cheese. I have never had pizza like this anywhere else. It’s always dough, sauce, cheese, toppings on TOP -hence- “toppings!” :)hahaha It just tastes better when the toppings are on the top, I think. Gives them a more “baked” flavor.

    Your pizzas look GOOD, though. I like pizzas cooked until they’re crisp and the cheese starts to color, like in your pics. And Chef Hannah lining up all the ingredients is too cute!! We used to have “make your own” pizza nights growing up with the little boboli crusts. The homemade one looks tons better (and probably a lot healthier).

  • Sharon
    November 8, 2008 at 6:14 am

    I wouldn’t have too much of a problem having pizza twice either! Hahah! Oh well, Tony survived it!

    All the pizzas look great! Delicious!

  • maggieapril
    November 8, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Your pizzas look DELICIOUS!!

    I love homemade pizza as well but I have to stick to veggie with a little cheese to keep the fat and calories down. I do one with artichoke hearts/mushrooms/spinach/roasted red pepper/goat cheese and mozzerella that I love.

    Your chef is doing a great job on prep!!

  • Elina (Healthy and Sane)
    November 8, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    I’m a new reader so I didn’t know about your Friday night pizza party. What a great idea!!! I have a feeling my husband would LOVE that!
    Do you make the dough from scratch? How do you bake it? Sorry if you’ve already said it a million times 🙂

  • biz319
    November 8, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Elina – the dough is so easy – its no rise!

    2 1/2 cups flour
    1 package yeast
    1 cup warm water
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon olive oil

    Put 2 cups of flour in food processor. Add salt. Heat water to warm (about 110 degrees) and mix with yeast in a separate bowl until foamy. Add olive oil to the yeast mixture.

    Turn on processor and add water/yeast mixture. Now add up to about 1/2 additional flour until it no longer sticks to the side. This dough is enough for the three pizzas you saw in this past – about 7 ounces of dough per pizza.

    Now for a crispy crust, I pre-bake the crust for about 5 to 7 minutes before adding the toppings, then remove, add toppings and the shake the pizza off the pan so it cooks directly on the oven rack.

    If you have kids who like Domino’s pizza, I keep the pizza on the pan the whole time and don’t prebake the crust. I cook the pizza at 425 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until mozzarella cheese bubbles.

    Hope that helps! 😀

  • Elina (Healthy and Sane)
    November 11, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks so much! Those are great tips! 🙂