MOYP Night

We haven’t had a make-your-own-pizza night for a while, but we had a lot of fixins, so last night we made it happen!

I make the crust following this easy recipe:

  • 3 cups of unbleached flour
  • half a packet of yeast
  • tbsp of olive oil
  • tbsp of salt
  • water (about 1.5 cups)

Put the flour, yeast, salt and oil in a bowl. Add water a bit at a time, stirring constantly. I use a large dinner fork to stir, anything else just becomes too gooey. As far as consistency, I always eyeball it. The dough should keep its shape (for a little while), but still be very sticky to allow for perfect air bubbles.

Cover the bowl loosely with a damp cloth and leave it on the count. Let sit for as long as 4-5 hours. The yeast will do its thing, making the dough bubbly and perfect.

Preheat oven to 450. When ready, roll dough out on a well-floured counter (or toss in the air if you’ve got mad skills and want a round pizza). I also dust my pan with cornmeal, so the pizza doesn’t stick and has crisp morsels. Dry flour works as well, or get a non-stick pizza pan/stone. Put on toppings. You can also brush butter or olive oil on the crust. I personally put some garlic powder, paprika, and salt together, to make a buttery crust glaze, then brush it on. Bake on 450 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Mine (right): Homemade Pesto sauce, Mozz, marble jack and parm cheeses, fresh spinach, sliced tomato, mushrooms, artichoke hearts.

Wifes: Homemade Pesto sauce, Mozz and parm cheeses, fresh spinach, fresh zucchini, roasted butternut squash, ham.

 

holy coke

There’s a supermarrket here in Omaha that has easily become our favorite. They’ve got a lot of good things going for them, including their own tortillaria and smokehouse, as well as an impressive deli, meat, produce and beer department. Lots of strange hard-to-find items and local stuff.

As we walked in, we were greeted by this: the biggest wall of coke products i’ve ever seen. It’s like 20 feet tall. The diet boxs spell out “Super Saver Boystown” (plus i think thats a football on the far wall). I’d say that they have too many employees with free time on their hands, but the rest of the store was so impressive that I don’t know what to think now.

 

Another thing we saw was an entire section of vegetarian TVP (textured vegetable protein) canned ‘meat’. They appeared to be in the form of either soild masses that can be cut for burgers, or cans of hotdog-like things. They all had interesting names, like “Skallops”, “Choplets”, and “Prime Stake”. We had already bought a million-dollars worth of stuff by this point, so decided to give their veggie stake loaf a go next visit 😉 Here’s the company website that makes these canned meatish foods.