I said sure...because it would be irresponsible to have argued otherwise. 'No...let's go drop $50-60 a pop to eat out once a week instead of finishing paying off the F-150 in the next 6 months'.
Fast forward now to NFL Divisional Play Off Saturday, with my Patriots playing the evening game. Seems like the perfect time to order pizza and kick back watching the game. But...does ordering pizza for pick-up count as eating out? I decided that while it might not violate the letter of the agreement, it would bend the spirit. Instead, I felt it was time to attempt something I had never done before...home made pizza.
Oh, we have done home made French bread/English Muffin/Boboli crust pizza, but I have never tackled making home made pizza crust before. I think I've said it on here more than 6 times, but, while I have always felt I was a decent cook...baking has always been outside my comfort zone. It requires much more precision than cooking a tasty burger.
After doing some sorting, I settled on this basic looking dough recipe. I started early, because I wanted all the hard work done before the Patriots came on, and I'm glad I did, because the first batch of dough went in the garbage disposal. It just wouldn't tighten up, no matter how much extra flour I added. I finally just put in the warmed oven to rise, hoping some magic would happen, but no luck, other than the luck I made for myself by starting at noon.
The 2nd batch, I made entirely by hand, ditching the dough hook, and hand mixing and kneading. It came out sooooooo much better. I don't know if I was using the dough hook at too high of a speed, or what...but the old fashioned way got the job done.
Now I just need to work on the whole 'round' thing. The one of the left for the girls is half cheese/olive, and the other half is salami/bacon/chicken. The larger, more irregularly shaped one is chicken/bacon/artichoke/spinach and olives.
With my crust issues being worked through, I expect more home made pizza will pop up on the menu, especially since the combo of pizza and Iron Horse Mocha Death helped the Patriots win.