Monday, February 1, 2010

those cartoony legs sort of remind me of monty python

Remember when your mom would make pizza, or you would eat your friend's school lunch pizza (you didn't get school lunch because your dad liked to shop at discount grocers and bring home gallon jars of Spanish olives and past-due Twinkies for you to eat instead), and the crust just tasted like someone spread bread dough (I just accidentally typed "douche" instead, which shows you that I am wicked and gross) in the bottom of the pan? And then they'd spread on plain tomato paste, top it with browned hamburger and cheddar cheese and call it pizza? It was equal parts depressing and angering, right? Well, that's bullcrap. I can't imagine that there is anyone in the information age who does not have access to a good pizza dough recipe already, but here's one from the cookbook John bought me when he was in Boston a few years ago on business. It says North End right in the title, so you know it's totes legit.

Pizza Dough
(adapted/lifted almost whole cloth from The North End Italian Cookbook)
3/4 C lukewarm water
1 T yeast
1/8 t sugar
3 C unbleached flour
1 t salt
1/4 extra virgin olive oil

1. Sprinkle the yeast and sugar into the water and let it foam.
2. In a large bowl, combine 1 C of flour and the salt.
3. Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture. Pour into the flour.
4. Mix in the second cup of flour, then gradually add the rest of the flour and knead it until smooth (about 10 minutes). You may not need to use all the flour.
5. Put the dough into an oiled bowl, rolling the dough to coat it on all sides. Cover it and let it rise until doubled, about 45-60 minutes.

Or, if you have a good stand mixer and instant yeast you can just dump everything in all at once and mix it for 10 minutes, which is what I do.

My hair:

Back view. It's really poofy sometimes, which helps me fit into Utah's hair-farming culture.

Front view. You know how people diffuse tension with humor? I do that, which is why I often make inappropriate jokes at funerals, and why I once told a high school kid (a near-total stranger to me) that for his birthday we were going to buy him a big old fifty dollar whore. That is also why I make faces in pictures, because when I try to look pretty I just end up looking like I have a mustache and a lazy eye. 'CUZ I DO!


tipsybaker said...

GOOD haircut. I think you made the right choice.

Sarah said...

I'm not even kidding when I say I've checked your blog about 10 times today. But the wait was worth it - your hair looks killa' aweseome! So so so cute, and perfect on your face. If it's fast and easy, too, you've found a gold mine my friend.

Oh, and if I tell Daniel you posted this pizza dough recipe, we WILL be having pizza this week. Fo'sho'.

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All8 said...

It suits you, even with the funny face.

Jenny said...

Very cute! When are we gonna get together again and make dinner happen? Lets plan it sometime soon!