My Mom’s Pizza!

January 18th, 2009

My mom’s pizza is the best ever! When I was home for Christmas, I asked her to make it. Delicious! My mom wrote up the recipe for me…so, here you go! Enjoy!

PIZZA (by Ginny’s Mom)

1 pk yeast
1 cup very warm water
½ tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp sugar
2 & ½ to 3 cups bread flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in salt, sugar, and olive oil. Stir in 2 cups of flour and knead in the rest. ( I just knead it directly in the bowl). Cover dough and allow to rise in a warm place until double. Punch dough down and divide into 2 portions. Roll out on a floured surface. ( I use wax paper that I put flour on and flour the rolling pin.)

If you have a baking stone then put it on the lowest rack of the oven and preheat to 500. Otherwise, use a pizza pan and the oven temperature should be 450. Pizza in a pan should also be baked on the lowest rack. This helps the crust get crispy on the bottom. Pizza bakes in 8-10 minutes.

I use Don Pepino canned pizza sauce but add chopped fresh rosemary to it. I roll the dough and then transfer it directly to the stone. Put a few spoonfuls of olive oil on the dough and spread it around. Then add the sauce and top with grated mozzarella and a sprinkle of grated romano or parmesan.
For “white” pizza. I crush a few garlic cloves in about 3 tablespoonfuls of olive oil. Then spread that on the dough and top with a mixture of mozzarella, crumbled feta , and romano or paremsan cheeses.

My New Home!

August 19th, 2008

And that is the view from my new apartment! I’ve officially moved to Chicago!

The past couple days, I’ve been trying to organize and unpack. It is still a disaster. My kitchen was not quite ready for me so all my kitchen stuff is strewn all over the dining room table. This of course makes it very hard to cook. Last night I made a simple Tomato Caprese Salad and then played with my new camera…
This is the view from my bed. Yep! I’m not kidding…I look out onto Lake Michigan. This will make law school better, right?
This is Elmer my roommate. He shares the dining room with his wife, Bernadette. She was not feeling very photogenic this evening. I also have a neighboring spider, named Charlotte. She refused to sit still for a picture!

I took this shot of one of the buildings next door in the late afternoon light. It reminded me of the Dancing House in Prague, a favorite building of mine. I love the way the lines are refracted by the windows.

P.S. I promise, as soon as my kitchen is ready, I will make some absolutely delicious! So stay tuned!

I’m going to Carolina…

March 20th, 2008

In my mind I’m goin’ to Carolina
Can’t you see the sunshine
Can’t you just feel the moonshine
Ain’t it just like a friend of mine
It hit me from behind
Yes I’m gone to Carolina in my mind
-James Taylor

Tomorrow morning, I’m heading down to the good ole’ Carolina to spend Easter with my family. After college, I never moved back. Regardless, I am still a Carolina girl. I love my Heels (and they will be winning the tournament)! I crave real southern sweet tea, biscuits and Carolina BBQ! I sometimes slip into a southern accent! My roommate gets a kick out of the way I say, “I am going to be a laaaw-yer”, drawling out those last few syllables. I’m looking forward to going home tomorrow, watching the Heels’ game with my family and basking in the sunshine!

This recipe has nothing to do with Carolina but I’ll get one up here soon. Instead this one hearkens back to my Italian roots. This week I did not do much cooking, as I knew I was going out of town for the weekend and had some dinner plans. I threw these bruschetta together with leftovers from the fridge. My roommate loved them and she even took a bite to show you.

Ginny’s Leftover Bruschetta

4 slices French bread
1 garlic clove

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

4 teaspoons grated Parmesan
4 tablespoon Mozzarella

1. Toast the slices of bread in the toaster oven (or under the broiler) until slightly brown.
2. Rub the toast with the garlic clove.
3. In a frying pan over medium, heat the olive oil.
4. Add the mushrooms, red pepper and green onions. Cook until softened.
5. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning and add the tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Cook for a minute or two longer until the vinegar evaporates off.
7. Spread the vegetable mix among the toast and sprinkle with the cheeses.
8. Put back into the toaster oven (or under the broiler) until the cheese is melted.

P.S. The key to making good bruschetta (and I learned this from an Italian friend) is to rub the bread with a garlic clove when it is first toasted. This makes the bruschetta all evenly garlicky and you do not have to worry about chopping the garlic super fine.