Why Dogs and Food?

Why Dogs and Food?

It's simple. Write about what you love. And what is better than dogs and food? If you are anything like me - and millions of other people - you will relate to and understand the unwavering love I have for my dogs and my passion for cooking - and eating - great food. I hope you will enjoy reading about my day to day experiences with good food and a couple of very special dogs.

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Homemade Pizza

Delicious pizza at your fingertips

Here are two recipes for pizza dough.  If I am in rush, I make the no-yeast dough but if we have some time and patience, I make the (better) pizza dough the proper way -  using yeast.

No Yeast Pizza Dough – makes crust for one large pie or two small pies
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive or Vegetable Oil
  • 3/4 cup luke-warm water
  • Set bread machine on white dough cycle in bread for machine for first 15 minutes only and then remove
  • Dough will supple and smooth and easy for rolling out with a rolling pin
  • Roll dough out flat over a pizza stone*

Pizza Dough Using Yeast (and the better of the two) – makes a thin crust for two large pies
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour (Sometimes I use half bread flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup plus about 2 Tablespoons luke-warm water
  • Set bread machine to white dough and go thorugh the entire cycle (about 1 hour and 50 minutes)
  • When bread machine beeps and dough is done, divide into two halves and roll out on pizza stone*
*I brush about a teaspoon of olive oil on the pizza stone before rolling out the dough  for a beautifully browned crust.

Delicious, tangy pizza sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon shopped garlic
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 6-ounce can of tomato paste
  • 6 ounces of warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey or one Tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of anchovy paste (this is optional and does not have to be used)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjarom
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
Cooking Instructions:
In a medium sauté pan, cook onions and garlic in 1 TBS olive oil on medium heat until soft and fragrant
Turn the heat down to low and add tomato paste;
Fill the 6-0z can up with warm water and add water to the sauce and stir until combined
Add the honey and anchovy paste and stir in
Add the spices and parmesan cheese and stir in
Add the pat of butter and stir in until melted
Spread half of sauce on one pizza dough with a ladle, starting in the middle and out to the edges

Now put your pizza together – be creative!

Add you favorite toppings such as mozzarella cheese or any other cheeses you have in your frig. too.  Some dollops of ricotta cheese on top of shredded mozzarella is yummy.  Add sliced tomato, pepperoni, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms….whatever.  I love to roast a head of garlic until soft and sweet and squeeze the caramelized cloves on top of my pizza.  It’s so delicious!
Before - half pepperoni & sausage & half cheese and tomato
Bake your pizza in a preheated at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden.  Use a pizza cutter to slice.  Be careful not to burn the roof of your mouth if you eat it right away!  I can’t tell you how many times I have done that and end up with a nice blister the next day .  

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