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Life's Little Moments: Nothing like a motorcycle ride and a slice of pizza! 
May 30, 2013 9:37 pm 
Updated: Jun. 6, 2013 11:31 am

Life's Little Moments, featuring Sargento Cheeses


I love riding  my motorcycle.  There is something freeing about it that gives me a closer connection to nature as the wind rushes alongside me and my bike.  Smells of the fresh-cut grass, flowers, and the lake are pushed up into my nose.  Traveling from point A to point B is enjoyable, whereas the car it is just a mode of transportation; I can hop on my motorcycle and go for a ride in the country for the pure fun of it, and that just doesn't sound quite so appealing in my car.  To pack my gear, swing my leg over my bike, and head on a camping trip...the ride becomes part of the whole adventure instead of just a means of getting to the campsite.  


This wasn't so when I was first learning to ride though.  Being on a motorcycle always demands extra caution, but when you are just learning to ride, you focus not only on the road and your surroundings, but on all of the mechanics of your motorcycle as you learn to operate it: timing the clutch, learning when to change gears, using the throttle, applying your front and rear brakes together safely, and so on.  Eventually these things come naturally to you and then it's just you and your bike on the open road.

I kind of liken learning to ride like learning to make pizza:  both riding a motorcycle and making pizza can be a bit intimidating until you give it a try and get comfortable with it.  And hey, there's nothing like stopping for a pizza after a nice motorcycle ride!  Pizza dough can be especially intimidating if you aren't familiar with cooking with yeast.  It involves specific temperatures, kneading, and dough rising.  Then there's trying to roll it out!  Ever see those guys on TV throwing a perfect circle of dough up in the air?  Never mind that, I've had enough problems getting it into a shape resembling a circle without getting the dough too thin and breaking in spots!

Practice will get you there in time and you'll be confident with pizza dough, just like riding a bike.

It helps to have a good recipe, and one that I turn to again and again is super easy to work with.  The dough is pre-baked before adding toppings and from that point, you can freeze additional rounds for quicker pizza nights in the future!  My go-to recipe for the dough is from Allrecipes.  I roll out my dough into 12" circles for medium-sized pizzas.

Crust ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, or more as needed
  • 1 envelope Fleischmann's® Pizza Crust Yeast or RapidRise Yeast 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 
  • 1 1/3 cups very warm water (120 degrees to 130 degrees F)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine 2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended, about 1 minute.

Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky. Knead on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Divide dough into 3 portions; cover. (If using RapidRise Yeast, let dough rise at this point for 10 minutes.)

Pat each portion of dough with floured hands into a 12-inch circle on a greased baking sheet. Form a rim by pinching the edge of the dough.

Bake for 6 to 7 minutes, dough will be just set and only lightly browned on the bottom. Remove crusts to a wire rack to cool. Continue with remaining pizza dough. (Works best to use several baking sheets.) May use crusts immediately or place in freezer bags and freeze for up to 1 month.

One of my favorite ways to make pizza is a white garlic chicken pizza.  You can also find my recipe on, as well as in the Sargento Online Cookbook along with other great recipes.




  • 12" prepared pre-baked pizza crust
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 small Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 head of garlic, minced
  • 4 oz jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons all purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cup heavy cream
  • 2.5 oz Sargento Artisan Blends Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley
  • 4 oz Sargento Off The Block Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 Cup cooked, cubed chicken

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Preheat pizza stone as well, if using.
Chop green onions, tomato, artichoke hearts, and mince the garlic. Set aside in little cups or ramekins.

Prepare the white sauce: Melt the butter in a saute pan. Saute the garlic in the butter for a few minutes to soften. Remove a little more than half the garlic and set aside in a cup or ramekin. Add the flour and stir to blend into the remaining garlic and butter. Add the cream and allow to bubble and thicken. Stir in the Parmesan and parsley. Continue stirring until cheese melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spread the white sauce on the prepared pizza crust. Top with the mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with the green onions, tomato, artichoke, chicken, and reserved garlic.
Place pizza on a bake sheet or directly on preheated pizza stone and cook for 8-10 minutes until heated through and mozzarella has melted. 

Slice with a pizza wheel and enjoy! 


I received products from Sargento Foods Inc. as part of my participation in this campaign.   All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

[I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for my experienced-based reviews. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of *~Lissa~*.]
May 31, 2013 7:28 am
Love your blog! Making dough is about touch and feel - as I am sure that riding a motorcycle is. Practice does make perfect but I still can't toss the dough into a round!
May 31, 2013 7:39 am
Yum! Homemade white garlic chicken pizza is one of my faves!
May 31, 2013 9:23 am
Great blog. Who wouldn't want to come home to a good pizza with some wine/beer after a long ride in the mountains and around the lake?
May 31, 2013 9:30 am
May 31, 2013 11:40 am
Thanks Baking Nana. As long as I get get my dough into a round and it tastes good, I don't care if it's been "hand-tossed!"
May 31, 2013 11:40 am
Isn't it yummy, Cat Hill? Thanks for reading!
May 31, 2013 11:41 am
You got it bd.weld! It's some beautiful riding up here! :)
May 31, 2013 11:42 am
So glad you stopped by, mauigirl!
May 31, 2013 12:54 pm
Nice pictures, great blog.
May 31, 2013 1:35 pm
I love white pies. To me they let you enjoy the taste of the crust as well as the toppings.
Jun. 1, 2013 7:17 am
Lissa, I can identify with your love of the feel of a motorcycle---just not the motorcycle itself! I'll look forward to the time when you can pack little baby girl to your back and take her on a picnic! In your part of the country that must be sensational! If I were your mother, however, I'd worry like crazy! Thanks for the blog!
Jun. 1, 2013 3:48 pm
Looks yummy, Lissa!
Jun. 1, 2013 4:04 pm
Sounds delicious!!! (Saved!) thanks for sharing!
Jun. 3, 2013 2:20 am
hmm ymmly, :) thanks for sharing, nice blog
Jun. 3, 2013 7:08 pm
Nice blog! Will have to give that recipe a whirl. Oh wait, that sounds like I'm going to toss the dough. Ummm, I don't think so...
Jun. 5, 2013 4:18 pm
I can actually see you on a motorcycle Lissa. I always did love riding BEHIND my husband on one our younger years. Chicken and garlic were meant to b e together. This is one pizza recipe I think I'll try. Great blog and photos. Oh, and congratulations too on your baby girl! I know she is beautiful just like you.
Jun. 6, 2013 11:25 am
Thanks for reading, manella!
Jun. 6, 2013 11:26 am
Hi BSM, I agree, white pies have this awesomeness that you can't meet with red sauce!
Jun. 6, 2013 11:28 am
Marianne, people keep joking with me, when am I getting aside car to take the little one along, lol. I don't think Daddy wants her on a bike until she's old enough to move out! Bike aside, I can't wait to picnic with her though-it is beautiful here!
Jun. 6, 2013 11:28 am
Thank you Bibi, I find it quite tasty!
Jun. 6, 2013 11:28 am
Staci, do try it! It's yummers!
Jun. 6, 2013 11:29 am
Hi Jeeya, glad you enjoyed the read!
Jun. 6, 2013 11:29 am
lol Magnolia Blossom! Maybe you're a natural!
Jun. 6, 2013 11:31 am
Candice, I couldn't stand to ride on my husband's bike any longer-I HAD to get my own! I think garlic is meant to be with everything :) And thank you, this little girl is the most precious thing I've ever laid eyes on!
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I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 2 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
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My parents have always had lots of food at family get-togethers! Such a selection of food that there's hardly room for plates at the table: nuts, cheeses, wings, beans, meats, veggies and many other side dishes, cakes, cookies, pies, etc-there's something for everyone! There's no excuse if you go hungry at one of our family functions. There's always good food, drinks, people and laughs :D
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It's nice to be able to throw things together on the fly without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Learning the methods of cooking have made it easier and my food tastes better. I never have dry chicken breasts, pork chops or burgers anymore! Dec 2012: I finally made fudge that set properly!
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Trying out new recipes that don't taste right or I don't care for. Or turning my back to do 10 things at once and burning something. Mistakes = lessons learned. Sometimes you have to do a little trial-and-error to get something how you like it. I'm still trying to perfect French loaf.
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