Get in the kitchen

Hubby is always saying, "you make the best recipes and then you never make them again". Well, that's the nature of putting dinner on the table in 30 minutes. It's the kitchen raid to figure out what you've got and what will go together. Although these dinners tend to get more praise then my planned menus, menu making has saved me time, stress and money. In effort to keep everyone happy with more variety in the menu, I will blog my crazy night recipe creations (if I can remember after the dishes are done).

One of the most favorite nights in our house is FRIDAY PIZZA MOVIE NIGHT. We (I) make homemade pizza and we all gather in the den for a movie. The kids look forward to it all week. So here is recipe number 1 in my repertoire:

This recipes makes enough for two - 16"-20" pizzas, depending on how thin you roll the crust. We tend to make 4 -6 smaller sizes and let everyone "fix" their own.

2 cups of warm water
1 packet of active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon of your favorite Italian herbs
4-6 cups of flour

Sprinkle the packet of yeast over the warm water and let sit for about 10 minutes. Add salt, herbs, oil and flour one cup at a time until the dough forms a ball and is no longer sticky. Transfer the dough into a bowl that has been lightly coated with olive oil, let the dough rise until doubled in size. Knock the dough down and knead until a smooth ball is formed but not until it is tough. Separate dough and form individuals balls for smaller individual size pizzas. The dough can sit at room temperature for a damn tea towel draped over them until you are ready to roll it out.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, roll the dough on a floured surface to your desired thickness. Place on a cookie sheet or preheated pizza stone, topped with your favorite toppings and cook 10-15 minutes to your desired doneness! Enjoy! Bon Appetito!

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