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Adventures in the Kitchen

Jun. 23, 2010 6:58 pm 
Updated: Jun. 26, 2010 1:34 am
Tonight I made Pizza for the first time.

What a challenge.

It looks so easy on TV ;)

I had to triple the dough recipe because I was making it for 6 people instead of 2 - so it was climbing up my stand mixer - so I had to rip it in half and do two batches. I might not have kneaded it long enough.

It kept ripping when I went to form the pizzas and they came out super thick - I wanted a thin crust.

Now I KNOW this is the kind of thing that takes A LOT of practice, but I still imagined it going perfectly the first time. Tell me I'm not that only one that does this!!! Things work so much better in my mind than in real life when it comes to cooking... lol.

Everyone loved the pizzas though, so that is good. I liked them the least, but that is normal for me - I'm the pickiest eater in general and I'm also my harshest critic (though my boyfriend is a very harsh critic and he really liked them).

I think I am going to try a new dough recipe next time.
Jun. 23, 2010 7:35 pm
This one is super easy. :D
Jun. 23, 2010 8:30 pm
LOL! That's how I am with cakes and cake decorating. In my mind, I'm a cake dec superstar, but in reality...well, reality bites. ;D I hear Jay's signature pizza crust from here is really good, but I haven't tried it. Not sure what the secret to thin crust is. I get a good crust but it's never thin. I'd like to go work for six months at Panago just to learn the tricks of throwing dough!
Jun. 23, 2010 8:34 pm
thanks AstAndrew. Glad I am not alone CC :o) I will check that dough out too! What is Panago? I was thinking about throwing the dough, but chickened out! Well - really - I was just getting too frustrated and I had 4 hungry people waiting for pizza (plus myself, who was also hungry lol) and I just wanted to get them in the oven - I was doing personal pizzas. My boyfriend told me I looked cute covered in flour, so that is a plus :o) hehe
Jun. 23, 2010 8:49 pm
We use the Valentinos recipe also. It doesn't need to rise and handles well :)
Jun. 23, 2010 8:57 pm
cool thanks! :o)
Jun. 23, 2010 9:20 pm
When it comes to dough, I can make it, but I can never bake it right. Regardless of pre-baking or rolling it super thin it always turns out way doughy. I gave up on pizza dough for a while and I am using some tandoor naan bread from Trader Joes and I make pizza on that.
Jun. 24, 2010 6:56 am
I always rip my pizza crust, can never get it to fit the pan. I stopped making pizza and just make calzones now. Much easier to just flop the crust over and press closed. :P
Jun. 26, 2010 1:34 am
Panago is a popular pizza chain in Canada. I would highly recommend trying Jay's Signature Pizza crust from this site, the first time I made pizza dough from scratch I used that recipe and it was amazing, and so easy. I didn't have any trouble making it into a thin crust pizza. I don't have a mixer so I was doing it all by hand, and I found the more time I spent kneading the dough the easier it was to roll out.
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I'm 25 years old, living at home with my parents and my sister who recently graduated from college. I have an amazing boyfriend who LOVES FOOD. I'm out of work right now, since the job market is rough right now I have decided that I will use this time to learn how to cook. My parents, sister, and sometimes my boyfriend are my guinea pigs for new recipes; they (usually) enjoy them and luckily we haven't had to throw any out and order pizza lol. I'm always looking for simple, but delicious dishes that I will still have time to make once I go back to work.
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I'm a very picky eater, so really anything that I actually end up liking!
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My mom is an excellent baker so most of them revolve around that (raisin bread for Thanksgiving/Christmas is one of my faves).
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Anything that everyone in my house enjoys (we all have very different tastes).
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In high school, my sister and I decided to cook dinner for ourselves one weekend when my parents weng away; we tried to make mashed potatoes. After we baked them (in the microwave probably, and probably not for long enough) we chopped them up and put them in a bowl with some milk and butter. We tried to mash them with the hand mixer, but they were so hard that they didn't mash very well. We ended up with what I would describe as a potato-soup like liquid with hard chunks of potatoes.
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