Yesterday 3B and I made homemade pizza. Dough and sauce, we made it all. The BCPF and I had gone to the store on Saturday and picked up all the stuff we needed. I didn’t realize it at the time but Thursday was National Pizza Day. I even reported it on The Man Who Ate the Town‘s podcast on Tuesday and it still didn’t click. But, anyway, it was by coincidence that I made my first homemade pie in about 20 years.
Thursdays, you see, are the days that The BCPF and I decided we were going to try something new. She needed more time with her mother and I needed more time with The Boy. One-on-one time that is. So, 3B and I cook on Thursdays and we usually watch something together. This time it was pizza.
I used the Kitchen-Aid stand mixer that I got The BCPF for Christmas about four years ago and that she’s used exactly once. I have used it about three. That’s unacceptable, I say, so I used it. Both the whisk and the dough hook. Amazing how that works! But, in addition to the flour, yeast, hot water, salt and olive oil, I also added honey and garlic salt to the mixture. I let it set around 40 minutes since it was rapid rise yeast. I punched it and it was good to go.
The only part of the sauce I cheated on was I used a 28oz can of crushed tomatoes instead of doing that myself. But, otherwise, adding in the fresh basil and garlic to the tomatoes and oil (pinch of salt and pepper) was fantastic enough, but I added a little fresh grated Parmesan to flavor it up a bit. It was better than any jarred store-bought sauce (and better for me). We heated that up and spread it along the pizza dough and topped with browned Italian sausage, bacon bits, a ton of mozzerella and pepperoni. I overbaked it just a bit but it was still quite tasty. I froze the extra sauce so I can do that again, soon. So happy day after National Pizza Day to you all. But wait, there’s more!
Over the last few weeks, 3B and I have been watching the Austin Powers film series. Yes, they’re corny, silly and over-the-top, but still a fun watch. I told 3B that we needed to start on the inspiration for these films, James Bond, and he was okay with that. So, last night we started with Dr. No. He said he liked it, so From Russia with Love will be next. I’m glad he liked it.
I have really been enjoying our Thursday night father/son time. His teachers say he does a better job in class on Fridays, too. I guess it does something to his school confidence and at this point, I’ll take it, for sure! I love that boy! And, a special thanks to The BCPF for working with me and allowing us this time. I love that woman! So, make your own pizza, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“You can’t go wrong with pizza, unless it’s terrible pizza.” – Andy Kindler