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Happy Friday! This week went by quickly and it thankfully was not as crazy as the past few weeks have been. Nevertheless, I’m always ready for a relaxing weekend full of movies, late breakfasts, some shopping, some wedding planning, and possibly some GOLF! It’s been so nice out lately so we’re hoping to head to the driving range tomorrow.

As for dinner, I made some good eats this week but the highlight was definitely the four cheese pizza last night. As a Catholic, I try not to eat meat on Fridays during Lent (I don’t know how Cait goes 40 days without it!)

Four Cheese White Pizza

Turn the oven on lowest setting, probably about 250°F

Dissolve one packet of yeast in 1 cup warm water. Stir until dissolved

Add 1 1/2 cups flour and 2T of oil. Stir.

Add another 1 1/2 cups of flour – you’ll have to knead it in the end. Sprinkle flour on counter and knead the dough until soft. Turn oven off but keep door closed to keep warm.

Put in a bowl with a little oil in the bottom of the bowl, turn the dough over so that it’s covered in the oil.  Put in a warm oven with a cloth over the bowl until it rises – about 30 minutes.

Prepare toppings while dough rises, combine 1 TB olive oil with 3 cloves minced garlic and let marinate while dough rises. After dough rises, set the oven to 500°F.  flour surface again, flour a rolling pin and your hands. Knead the dough a few times then roll it out, fold it in half and place on pizza pan or baking sheet with a light coating of cooking spray. Pre-bake crust at 500°F for 8 minutes. Remove and top with light coating of garlic oil spread, cheeses, and tomatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided in half
  • One packet yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 TB vegetable oil
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ¾  cup provolone cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup romano cheese, grated
  • Sprinkling of Parmesan cheese on top of pizza and crust
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced

I’ve made pizza dough before but the first time I did it on my own, I was definitely really nervous! Surprisingly, the first time I made dough came out better than this time but a whole lot little flour goes a long way to making sticky, gummy dough into a workable pizza crust. Be patient and don’t freak if it takes longer than expected!

Wondering what else I whipped up in the kitchen this week? Here’s a little photo montage of some recipes I threw together. Nothing special besides the chicken curry (recipe to come) I did in my slow-cooker, but still yummy! Anyone else notice the salmon was extra good this week? Must be the warm weather..?

Salmon with roasted tomatoes, side salad, and root vegetables

Beef Stew in the slow-cooker with a pot roast, green beans, carrots, and potatoes. The base is beef broth, dry red wine, and various spices. Full recipe also to come!

I’m off to watch Dexter and indulge in another glass of wine, ever try Los Caballos from Stew Leonards? $10 for a huge bottle of Chardonnary, not bad!

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