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Pizza Stories (Part 1) 
May 21, 2012 8:34 am 
Updated: May 23, 2012 6:33 am
Part 1 because as you will soon discover, I am a pizza nut. Fanatic. Crazed. Use whatever term you wish, anyone and everyone who knows me knows I love pizza. It was one of the first things I learned to cook because my mother didn't like pizza so her attitude was "You want it, you cook it". OK...done.

Through the years, I have pursued homemade pizza perfection with zeal. I've pretty much perfected my sauce and was prepping last night when my son offered to help me. (OK, I told him to help me but that doesn't sound as nice, now does it?).

I tasked him with cooking up the Italian sausage while I chopped up veggies for our salad.  When I mentioned he needed to remove the casings before cooking them, he asked me how I knew to do that. This took me back to the first time I cooked Italian sausage. I laughed as I explained the first time I ever made dinner for a beau was spaghetti with Italian sausage. My roommate called me 20 minutes into my cooking to tell me about the casings- I had no idea and had just thrown them in.  Yes, my son, it was ruined and I won't let you go down the same path.

We had fun making dinner together last night and considering two pies are completely gone, the meal was a success.  And not a bit of cooked sausage casing in sight..
May 21, 2012 11:02 am
Why Do you Need To Remove The casings? If you make your own dough I would be interested in your dough recipe.
May 21, 2012 11:28 am
I do make my own dough! I'll post it separately in another blog. Technically, you don't have to remove them but the recipes I use call for it be cooked to crumble, so the casings would need to be removed. If you were just grilling them as is, then you could leave the casings on. I don't like the flavor of the cooked casing, myself, so I've always gone without.
May 21, 2012 12:08 pm
Oh, ok thought there was some reason for doing it. I tent to like the casings when cooking sausage, and natural casing hot dogs just have that snap that skinless hot dogs just don't have.
May 21, 2012 12:19 pm
So funny- true story. We only like real beef hotdogs.. once you have them you just can't eat the other kind. So I bought Nathan's one time, figuring my husband would be over the moon about them. He HATED the snap! It put too much hot juice in his mouth. I thought they were good but we meet in the middle and get Hebrew Nationals when we can.
May 22, 2012 6:42 am
Mrs.Wolfie-the trials and tribulations of cooking. My son's favorite food is pizza. Thanks for sharing.
May 22, 2012 10:46 am
You are welcome! My blog will focus on recipes tied into life stories of cooking and raising teens. Hope you enjoy !
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Running at top speed mama to two, I love to write and cook. My blog focuses on cooking stories tied into life with my wild ones. I'm passionate about my wonderful children, husband, Siamese cat and coming soon puppy. I'm also an avid deleter of spam so enjoy!!
My favorite things to cook
PIZZA! Macaroni and Cheese, pesto carbonara, homemade wontons, egg rolls, spaghetti, tuna croquettes and PIZZA!.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year when we decorate our Christmas tree, I serve fried rice balls with marinara sauce. Over the last couple of years, I've developed a tradition of serving a taco bar on New Years eve night.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made bulgogi marinade for my husband. He'd not had it before and raved about the meat after he grilled it.
My cooking tragedies
The night I was making homemade wontons and due to humidity, they all decided to stick to each other. Wonton balls, anyone?
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