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.

Waste not…

October 5th, 2008

A challenge to living alone is the inevitable problem of leftovers. It seems that no matter how hard I try to half, third, or fourth recipes, I always end up with too much food. Not wanting to waste any food, I find that I am eating the same thing for the next couple days. It gets so boring! This quiche was born out of this problem…

Last week, I had some italian parsely going bad in the fridge so I made some pesto. For those “How I Met Your Mother” fans out there, you will notice that I added peanuts just like Ted did a few episodes ago. It is a really different and interesting twist. I liked it alot. After having pasta and pesto for three days, I still had so much pesto left. What was I going to do?

I decided upon this Italian inspired quiche using more leftovers from my fridge…onions, cheese and tomatoes. Overall, I liked it. The pesto and cheese worked well together without being too over powering. Next time, I would add more vegetables. Of course, now I have an entire quiche to eat…and I still have more pesto! Ah, so this is why freezers were invented?

Ginny’s Pesto Quiche
(based on a recipe from Joy of Cooking)

1 pie crust
3 tablespoon pesto (see below for a recipe)
8 oz. of cherry tomatoes, sliced in fourths
1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cup Five Italian Cheese mix, Shredded (or you cheese of choice)
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. In a prepared pie crust, spread the pesto on the bottom of the crust.
3. Sprinkle with the tomatoes, onions and cheese.
4. In bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together.
5. Pour over the other ingredients in the pie pan.
6. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the center is set.

Italian Parsley Pesto
1 bunch of Italian Parsley (about 3 cups)
3 garlic cloves
1/2 cup Peanuts
1 cup Parmesan
3 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

1. Place all ingredients in the food processor and mix until smooth.
2. Add more olive oil as needed.

Taste and Create Part 1: Rocket Mousselines!

May 22nd, 2008


Don’t you just hate it when real life gets in way of your blogging? This past week has been very hectic and busy…I have barely had a chance to read a few blogs here and there let alone do something for my own.

Last weekend, my sister graduated from college. I met my family in Boston for a long weekend of eating, drinking, and some more eating. It was a really fun weekend but when I got back late Monday evening, I was exhausted and sick of eating so many large meals. I decided to take a couple more days off. Tonight, I finally found my desire to cook again and just in time for the event Taste and Create IV. This month I was paired with Veronica of La Recette du Jour. My job was to look over this beautiful blog, pick some recipes to try and report back. After much reading and deliberating, I decided upon two…the Rocket Mousselines and Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

When I was living in Rome, my friends and I would see Rocket on the menu but, showing our American ignorance, had no idea what it was. Eventually, we ordered some pizza with Rocket and discovered that Rocket is Arugula!

I really liked this recipe because it seemed like a perfect light dinner. I struggled a little bit with converting the gram measurements (I really do need to invest in a scale) but I think it turned out great. Also, I halved the recipe and it made two ramekins. I took Veronica’s suggestion pairing it with a salad and drizzled with a lemon vinaigrette. Delicious! Exactly what I was craving!

Check out La Racette du Jour‘s recipe for Rocket Mousselines

Arugula Mousselines

1 cup arugula leaves
1/2 cup soft cheese such as ricotta or goat’s cheese
2 tablespoons crème fraîche
1 egg
1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan
fresh basil (about 6 large leaves)
salt, pepper, nutmeg

1. Preheat the oven to 320 F.
2. Bring a pan of water to the boil and have ready a bowl of iced water.
3. Throw the rocket into the boiling water, blanch for 30 seconds, drain, and immediately tip into the bowl of iced water.
4. Food process the eggs, cream, and cheese with the seasonings.
5. Squeeze out the rocket, add to the liquidizer with the basil and parmesan, and mix again.
6. Pour the mixture into buttered muffin tins or ramekins and bake for 25-30 minutes until set.
7. Turn out onto plates and serve warm.

P.S. Check out my post on Saturday for Veronica’s Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.