Party Pizza Friday!

I almost had another disaster for pizza party Friday!   You’ll see what I mean in a minute!

Breakfast was not photographed, because my battery was charging – it was my classic egg sammie!   Since I didn’t grocery shop and there were slim pickins, I did not bring a lunch for work.  I decided on Jimmy John’s – I got the Vito on whole wheat thinking that was a pretty good choice.  The bread was huge!  Luckily I checked the calories after I ate half – the whole sandwich would have been 700 calories!

I may have had a serving of salt and vinegar chips with this! :D

I may have had a serving of salt and vinegar chips with this! 😀

Lunch with the chips comes in at 490 calories, 23 fat, 37 protein, 50 carbs and 2.3 fiber.

So I made my whole wheat artisan dough last week, and although they say it can last in the fridge for two weeks, I am not quite convinced!  I’ve made probably 20,000 pizzas in my life (both at a restaurant and at my house!) and have never run into this problem.

it stuck to the pan!!

it stuck to the pan!!

I like a crispy crust, so I usually cook the dough for at least 5 minutes until it can shake off the pan, then add my toppings and slide it onto my oven rack.  This was not moving!! 

On to plan B!  My no rise pizza crust.  So simple!

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 package yeast (2 1/4 tsp. of you have loose yeast)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water

Mix the yeast and the water for 5 minutes, until it starts to puff.  Mix flour and salt.  Combine with a wooden spoon.  Then I usually dump it on my counter and add flour until everything holds together.  It’s good to go, no rising required!

our ingredients - banana peppers, red pepper, fresh basil, shredded zucchini and pepperoni

our ingredients - banana peppers, red pepper, fresh basil, shredded zucchini and pepperoni

all ready for the oven . . . except for the cheese!

all ready for the oven . . . except for the cheese!

Hannah wanted to know why her half didn’t have yellow pepper – I had to tell her that these were spicy peppers – so good!

I love baking he pizza like this for an extra crispy crust!

I love baking he pizza like this for an extra crispy crust!

Truth be told, I took this out before it got too crispy.  Hannah and Joe both like a chewy crust (I know, where did I go wrong!).  I cut the pizza in half, then returned my half to the bottom of the oven to crisp up nicely.

before I cut it in half (and Hannah doesn't like Italian seasoning so her side is naked!)

before I cut it in half (and Hannah doesn't like Italian seasoning so her side is naked!)

I really heart pizza!

I really heart pizza!

Going into dinner I had only had 788 calories, so I had about 660 to “spend.”  Not going to sweat the details on this one – but it was so delicious!

of course I added crushed red pepper and Tabasco - what else would you expect? :D

of course I added crushed red pepper and Tabasco - what else would you expect? 😀

So I think we pretty much cleared up a bunch of stuff on our DVR!  Seriously, I don’t know how I grew up with only 7 channels!  2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 32 and 50!   And to think that I now have 500+ channels and nothing is on! 

We caught up on Hell’s Kitchen – I have to seriously wonder if any of these people have ever worked in a restaurant – they kill me!  Can’t sear a scallop?  Can’t make two servings of mashed potatoes?!!

We watchd a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives – I may have to recreate one dish we saw – it was a potato encrusted salmon – and while I don’t like salmon, I may substitute with baramundi.

And we watched Jon & Kate plus 8.  Both still wearing their wedding rings (contractual obligation?).  The boys went with Kate on a ship while Jon went with the older twins for rock climbing and go-cart racing.  My favorite of all is Aiden – his cute little glasses!  I just want to scoop him up and give him kisses!

Hope everyone had a great Friday.  We have the farm tomorrow and hopefully get more tomatoes – its canning season and I need more produce!  I hope to make my homemade pickled jalapenos this weekend along with my death by chocolate zucchini muffins that will be healthy!  

See you tomorrow night! 😀