As our family has been moving away from processed food, we have gladly learned (and are still learning) the art of cooking our food slowly. That means that most of the meat that that goes on our table at 6:00pm has likely been cooking for at least three hours or even sometimes since around 10:00am. This allows the meat to properly cook, while it takes on the flavor of the seasonings and gets tender.
Most of the time our dinners turn out delicious and on time (alright mom’s dinners) leaving everyone ready to dig in for seconds! Well, today, because of this thing called life, the morning sped away before I even realized it was gone and at three I decided my best bet was to start a chicken cooking on the stove for soup and hope that by six (that gave it three hours) we would be serving it with dumplings to the family.
All seemed well as five o’clock rolled around and Papa Dave (who is up from California visiting) was set to arrive at any time to share dinner with us. Just seconds before we heard the knock on the door mom lifted the lid of the pot of soup as I got the carrots out to slice up as she declared that our plans were flawed and our chicken was still frozen. Of course just as we started to to go through the options of what might be fixed up real fast for dinner Papa Dave arrived. Of course that postponed the dinner rescue efforts as he got stopped one step in the door by a bombardment of hugs!
Once he made it inside, after his exuberant welcome, we had to explain about how our dinner wasn’t going to be ready for quite some time and that we were working on plan B. Thankfully mom quickly got us working on our families version of “fast food” in the forum of homemade pizza. While dad saved the day and bought mozzarella cheese on his way home from work.
Happily, he also brought home some appetizers, including my favorite, brie cheese, to tide us over until our pizza was baked. Just as the appetizers disappeared, out our pizza came from the oven and in less time than is usually takes our family, we were gathered around the table to eat! The dinner was rescued by mom’s willingness to be flexible, aided by her wonderful pizza dough recipe! So, if you find yourself in a fix for dinner, try this delightful, delicious recipe!
Content and With a Full Tummy,
Easy (Gluten Free if You Want ) Pizza Crust
1 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Yeast
Mix, cover and set aside.
Combine in a separate bowl.
2 cups flour (or gluten free flour)
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Teaspoon Basil
If you are using the gluten free flour, make sure to also add 1 Teaspoon of Xanthan Gum.
Next, incorporate into the flour mix, 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and the yeast mixture! Once thoroughly combined, take your dough and press it on a greased cookie sheet. At this point, you will probably want to take a small rolling pin to finish smoothing it out until it is about 1/4 of an inch thick. You are now ready to add your toppings.
We covered our pizza with a bit of olive oil sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Then we put on petite diced canned tomatoes (that had been strained) and a thick layer of mozzarella cheese sprinkled to top it off. Although there are many other things you may want to add to your pizza. Once you are satisfied with your masterpiece, bake in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30 minute or until golden.