Tag: pizza

Homemade Pizza – Not Hard At All!

We love pizza, especially fresh out of the oven.  So, how better to impress your football-loving friends than with your own homemade pizza, fresh out of your oven? Making pizza at home is a lot easier than you might think.  The task requires only a few ingredients which can be prepared a day ahead.  And you can add whatever toppings you might want – and it will be a whole lot more fun than the local delivery joint. Our major revision to this post is the way we handle making pizza dough.  It’s super easy, and it is almost fool-proof.  We are using the method we saw on Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street show (click HERE to see the original post), which comes together in minutes. Our favorite party idea:  Have guests bring their favorite ingredients – then mix & match. Here’s a quick primer on what to do, with a few of our favorite recipes. What You’ll Need The tools you’ll need for homemade pizza can be found in some grocery stores, specialty kitchen ware stores (for example, Sur la Table), and Amazon.com. While you can use a sheet pan, a pizza stone is really the best for getting a […]

Easy Party Foods

We assembled a collection of quick & delicious appetizers for any party - tailgating, dinner party, pot-luck, etc. Our suggestions:  Have a theme, keep it simple, and have some fun.  We've combed the web to find some star-worthy recipes, along with some of our own originals.   Crostini Let's start with one of the easiest - and most versatile - appetizers:  crostini (or bruschetta; click HERE for an explanation about the differences).  We featured a crostini recipe with brie, arugula, and Serious Foodie Fig/Orange sauce, along with links to other websites for other crostini recipes.  Check out these cool crostini recipes: Kale & White Bean (click HERE), Sweet Potato & Feta (click HERE), Radish & Miso Butter (click HERE), and Smoked Trout & Apple (click HERE). Nachos And the cousin to crostini?  Nachos!  There’s nothing like piled-up chips with your favorite flavors, but you might want to add some twists.  We bought a bunch of flavors from the Better Chip company: Chipotle, Salsa Verde, Beet, and Spinach/Kale.  We dressed up the beet chips with diced veggies, then drizzled with a spicy Caesar dressing (regular Caesar with some hot sauce).  Next, we put some Serious Foodie Hatch Chile Sauce on the salsa [...]

Best Pizza – at the End of the World (Nearly)

We were wandering through the more touristy section of Key West FL, off of the north end of Duval Street, looking for some gelato. We ignored the typical island-type ice cream shops, trying to find something that had a bit charm and authenticity.  What we found was outstanding – true artisans, making fresh gelato daily, with flavors and textures that rival the best in Italy.  Servers Steve and Giancarlo walked us through their gelato selection, giving us a taste of whatever we wanted.  We had a nice talk with the Giancarlo, mostly in Italian, and appreciated his patience with our limited vocabulary.  The flavors of each gelato “popped” in our mouth – intense flavors, but somehow in balance with the cream/egg base. We did not taste their pizza on our first visit, but we know that folks are raving about it on TripAdvisor. Their dedication to the best fresh ingredients attests to their devoted followers. We had to find out if the buzz was warranted, so went back the next day for lunch, having slices of margarita pizza and a focaccia sandwich of proscuitto, arugula, fresh tomato, and cheese – all were top flight.   The crust was just right […]