Saturday, August 16, 2008

Weekend Pizza Recipes & A Joke

Sunny’s Quick & Simple Thin Crust Pizza Recipe

2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
3/4 cup hot tap water (110 degree or so)
1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon saltpizza sauce
shredded cheese toppings
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Dissolve yeast and sugar in water then allow a few minutes for mixture to rise.

In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt.

Pour yeast mixture over flour mixture and mix well.

Slap dough onto floured surface and kneed.

Flatten dough to fit your cookie sheet or baking sheet.

Spread dough onto cookie sheet/baking sheet, and smooth dough to fit the edges.

Spread sauce, sprinkle toppings.Bake 425-450 degrees for 15 minutes or until pizza dough edges are a golden brown.

We like Chicken Alfredo Pizza using one of the Classico Alfredo sauces as our base then topping it with pre-cooked chicken breast chunks, spinach, mushrooms, and mozzarella. Recipe Zaar has a slew of recipes using Classico products, in case you’re interested. I think this one calls for me to try it.

Another of our favorites dishes uses Emeril’s Home Style Marinara Sauce as base and topping it with either beef and onion or pepperoni with shredded cheddar and mozzarella. Here’s a link that shows all of Emeril’s pasta sauces shelved at our local grocery.

If the adults in your family love spicy food, brush a coating of chili oil on the dough with a kitchen brush or an inexpensive brush picked up at your local dollar store (thoroughly clean it first, of course).

If they love artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes, brush on a little olive oil, bake the pizza dough five minutes, remove, then top with fresh veggies like the artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes, maybe a bit of onion, crispy bits of pre-cooked bacon, and some cheese, and once it’s baked about 10 minutes, let it cool then drizzle ranch dressing across the pizza and sprinkle on chopped up Roma tomatoes.

For what it’s worth, kids usually love helping out in the kitchen, and decorating pizzas is something fun to do with them. My son wasn’t a big fan of sweets, so every year for his birthday, the kids in his class looked forward to his birthday pizza, which usually spelled Happy Birthday in pepperoni.


Nun Golf Joke

(Okay, don't be hatin' on me - this was funny.)

A nun walks into Mother Superior's office and plunks down into a chair; she lets out a sigh heavy with frustration.

'What troubles you, Sister?' asked the Mother Superior, 'I thought this was the day you spent with your family.'

'It was,' sighed the Sister, 'and I went to play golf with my brother. We try to play golf as often as we can. You know I was quite a talented golfer before I devoted my life to Christ.'

'I seem to recall that,' the Mother Superior agreed. 'So I take it your day of recreation was not relaxing?'

'Far from it,' snorted the Sister. 'In fact, I even took the Lord's name in vain today!'

'Goodness, Sister!' gasped the Mother Superior, astonished. 'You must tell me all about it!'

'Well, we were on the fifth tee...and this hole is a monster, 540 yard Par 5, with a nasty dogleg left and a hidden green...and I hit the drive of my life. I creamed it. The sweetest swing I ever made. And it's flying straight and true, right along the line I wanted, and it hits a bird in mid-flight not 100 yards off the tee!'

'Oh my!' commiserated the Mother. 'How unfortunate! But surely that didn't make you blaspheme, Sister!'

'No, that wasn't it,' admitted Sister. 'While I was still trying to fathom what had happened, this squirrel runs out of the woods, grabs my ball and runs off down the fairway!'

'Oh, that would have made me blaspheme!' sympathized the Mother.

'But I didn't, Mother!' sobbed the Sister. 'And I was so proud of myself! And while I was pondering whether this was a sign from God, this hawk swoops out of the sky and grabs the squirrel and flies off, with my ball still clutched in his paws!'
'So that's when you cursed,' said the Mother with a knowing smile. 'Nope, that wasn't it either,' cried the Sister, anguished, 'because as the hawk started to fly out of sight, the squirrel started struggling, and the hawk dropped him right there on the green, and the ball popped out of his paws and rolled to about 18 inches from the cup!'

Mother Superior sat back in her chair, folded her arms across her chest, fixed the Sister with a baleful stare and said......'You missed the fucking 18 inch putt, didn't you?'



At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yum. Now I don't want the chicken I just put in a marinade. I want this artichoke pizza or the alfredo one. Maybe I'll make this tomorrow. Hungry now...

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

hey, girl - long time no see - hope all is well in your world (heard you've had a few bumps in the road - ugh)


At 11:10 PM, Blogger Kelly Kirch said...

Easier Pizza recipe.

1. Pick up phone.
2. Dial Papa Johns
3. Wait 30 minutes.


Good joke.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Dial Papa Johns


At 8:40 AM, Blogger Gretchen said...

A frenchman walks into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder. The bartender says "Wow, that's really cool. Where'd you get him?"
The parrot says "In France, they got millions of 'em."

Pizza recipe sounds really good. I'll have to give it a try.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

hehehe - that's so bad it's good, Gretchen.

At 10:02 PM, Blogger Bronwyn's Blog said...

I want someone to come to my house and cook for me...

The joke was brilliant - sending to hubby - recovering Catholic *and* golfer. ;)

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Rinda Elliott said...

The kids and I put in music and made these pizzas Saturday night. They were FANTASTIC!!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

Oh, I miss you, too. All my surgery stuff seems to finally be over. Been keeping up with you mostly on Bloglines due to long hours in a pay job--but that stopped this week, so I'm hoping to have more commenting time.

Congrats on the new release!


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