Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Pizza-- again!

For the past several years, Sunday night has been Pizza Night at our house. For most of these years I have used the same pizza crust recipe and we liked it enough that I didn't feel the need to mess around with finding a new recipe. Well, until this past Sunday!

I joined a group called "A Year In Bread", where founding-member Beth posted her pizza crust recipe. It's an unorthodox recipe, the ingredients are mixed while ice-cold and the dough rises slowly in the refrigerator for many hours. As an end result, I'm tossing the old recipe! This made a wonderful pizza dough. It was easy to work with (remember to bring it to room temperature, there's nothing more frustrating than fighting cold dough) and the flavor was excellent.

I made this one with my red pizza sauce, light mozzarella, sweet onions, spinach, roasted red pepper, grilled chicken breast, and grated Parmesan.

The pizza sauce recipe:

* Exported from MasterCook *

Pizza Sauce

Recipe By: Vicci

Servings : 8

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

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2 teaspoons olive oil
3 large garlic cloves -- minced

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 teaspoon dried oregano -- crumbled

1 teaspoon dried basil -- crumbled

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup tomato sauce

1 tablespoon tomato paste -- if needed

In olive oil, saute garlic and onion over low-medium heat until tender. Add dried oregano through black pepper and stir for another minute. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste, if the sauce is too thin. Mix w
ell, and cook at a simmer, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Cool before using.

"1 cup"
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Per serving: 26 Calories (kcal); 1g Total Fat; (38% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 269mg Sodium
Food Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates

How quickly weather changes here in early spring! I took this photo yesterday, and it was around 80F. Same time today, 35 degrees cooler. Ick. And , since the lows are to be in the low 20's (wind chill in the teens), I picked all of my hyacinths and daffodils. And several branches of forsythia, as well. If it's going to be Christmas outside, I'm gonna darn well have Easter inside! :) It's nice-- my house smells like a florist shop!