Archive | October, 2012

Home-Made Pizza Dough

8 Oct

Did you know that Pizza is the number one favorite food in America?  You can never go wrong by serving pizza to a whole crowd of picky eaters!  It is so easy to make and you can freeze portion sizes for future use. This same recipe can be used for bread and rolls.  Enjoy!

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

  • 1 yeast pkt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 6 cups of flour (healthier version – 3 cups unbleached 3 cups whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups warm water

In large mixing bowl, add yeast to warm water, combine flour , salt, and oil.  Mix well, and add more water or flour if needed.

  1. Sprinkle flour on clean counter and Knead the dough into a ball for Approx 10 minutes. Add flour if too sticky.
  2. Grease sides of a bowl and place your dough ball in it.
  3. Cover with a clean dish towel and place in a warm place for 1/2 hour.
  4. Knead again cover  and place in warm place for 3 hours until dough ball doubles in size.
  5. Sprinkle counter or large cutting board with flour
  6. Punch your dough down, and with a floured rolling-pin roll your dough flat into a large circle. You can stretch by gently pulling all around.
  7. Lightly sprinkle pizza pan with flour and place your dough on the pizza pan and stretch to fit.
  8. Add pizza sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings. Bake at 350 for 1/2 hour or until crust is slightly brown.
  • Make in advance – double or triple this recipe.  Knead and roll into 2-4 balls.  Coat with oil, place each dough ball  into freezer bag or plastic wrap and place into the freezer.    When needed, remove from freezer and thaw at room temperature place in a greased bowl.  Follow Steps 3-9.

Grow Some Italian Basil

2 Oct

Basil is one herb that should be in every garden and it is so easy to grow!  I keep mine in a pot and move it around from outside to inside.  Always available when I want to use some in my cooking. Keep it well watered and out of direct sun.  Clip the leaves as needed for your Italian Meals or any meal that needs some flavor.

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

2 Oct

Susan T's Kitchen

I have such fond memories of my mother’s kitchen every time I make tomato sauce.  Growing up in my family, my mother Julia would make a wonderful Italian Meal every Sunday. It could be Spaghetti and Meatballs, with a Salad and a loaf of Italian bread or home-made Lasagna or gnocchi. Oh, and did I mention pizza?  First thing in the morning us kids and mom would walk  to church and on our way home we would stop at Memmi & Sons Bakery for a fresh loaf of Italian Bread. Mom would then start the traditional meal and us little ones would watch old movies on TV and waiting in anticipation for our big Italian meal.  Mom always made a huge pot of  tomato sauce and any leftovers went straight to the fridge or frozen for future meals.

Many people think that making tomato sauce  is a complicated process, but really it is very easy.  All you need is huge pot, canned tomato sauce, canned tomato…

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