Monday, March 28, 2011

Recipes: easy does it.

Recipe for pizza: I'm a thin crust girl (unless I'm visiting Chicago, and then I'll have deep dish). I should have made homemade dough (next time!), but this time I used Martha White Thin & Crispy Mix. I used the recipe on the back of the Martha White package. You will need: 1/2 cup HOT water and 1 teaspoon olive oil. 1. Place oven rack in lowest position. Heat oven to 475 degrees. Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Combine pizza crust mix and hot water in medium bowl; stir about 30 strokes with fork or until well blended. Shape dough into ball. (If dough is too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour.) Brush with oil. Cover; let stand 5 minutes.

3. Press dough in prepared pan. Generously prick dough with fork.

4. Bake at 475 degrees on lowest rack for 5 minutes. Remove from oven.

5. Top crust as desired. Bake an additional 9 to 11 minutes or until crust is golden brown and toppings are thoroughly heated.

The pizza I made included Chef Boyardee pizza sauce with cheese, tomato & basil feta cheese, an unmeasured yet satisfying amount of roasted garlic, a sprinkle of bacon bits, salt, and pepper.

Additional optional directions: rock out to Mumford & Sons and Zooey Deschanel while pizza is in the oven, do a finger swipe or five on the lid of the pizza sauce can, and contemplate baking caramel popcorn for dessert.

Recipe for caramel popcorn:I picked this recipe for caramel popcorn on (Link to recipe is "caramel popcorn".) The recipe makes 20 servings, which I reduced to 5 servings, so all ingredient measurements are different than the measurements listed on the original recipe. The next time I make this I will add cayenne pepper and almonds for a little kick.

Give a bowl to your roommate, prepare a bowl for yourself, kick back, and guiltlessly (is that a word?) watch instant queue documentaries on Netflix. I chose Dad's in Heaven with Nixon and No Impact Man. Random fact: I love documentaries! Some of my favorites are Babies and The September Issue.

So there you have it. Two easy and delicious recipes: perfect for a rainy Saturday stuck inside.

I don't know why the spacing/formatting is so awkward on this post?

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