2004-03-25 23:36:43 (UTC)

Little Trip and My Recipe for Homemade Pizza

John and I went to Eugene today. We filled the van with
gas; the line was long and it was more expensive than in
Albany. We brought in a water test and John bought some
cedar lumber for the raised garden beds. We also stopped at
Jerry's and I bought red geraniums, a catnip plant, an
oregano plant, snapdragons and alyssum.

Then we went to Junction City to see John's parents. Most
of their conversation was about a roofer which they had been
avoiding most of the morning but then he knocked at the
door. John's mother said they would come see him later as
they had guests.

John's mother also told John her microwave wasn't working so
John offered to give them an extra one we had. While he went
home to unload the van and get the microwave,John's parents
went out to lunch. We got back at about the same time as
John. He took out the broken microwave, set up the new one
and made sure it worked. By now it was almost 3 p.m. As we
were leaving he said he wanted to go out to eat and so we
went to Arby's for a very late lunch

I'm going to re-pot my plants this afternoon. I also need
to catch up on housework and do some knitting. Tonight is
the Lenten covenant dinner at church.
Pizza Recipe

I like this recipe because it's easy. I keep yeast,
shredded cheeses, pepperoni, hot sausages and thickened
tomato sauce on one shelf in my freezer.

4 cups sifted flour
1 cake yeast dissolved in 1 1/3 cup 85 degree water
2 tbls. olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

Add salt, oil and sugar to dissolved yeast. Gradually add
flour. When dough begins to leave the sides of the bowl,
turn it out onto a lightly floured board. Cover and let
rise for about 2 hours.

I use a heavy, dark jelly roll pan as a pizza pan. Oil pan
and sprinkle a little cornmeal on top. Pat and stretch the
dough into the pan, pinching up a collar around the edge to
hold the filling.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Brush pizza lightly with olive oil (this prevents the crust
from becoming soggy).

Spread pizza with
Thickened tomato sauce or high quality canned
Italian meat sauce for pasta
Shredded or sliced cheese (mozzarella, parmesan,
Arrange on top
Thinly sliced hot Italian sausage
Lightly sautéed sliced onion, mushrooms and
green pepper
Sliced black olives
Sprinkle with
Oregano, olive oil and romano cheese

Bake for 15-20 minutes.