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Friday Favorite: Rehash

May 1st, 2015

Last Friday I talked about homemade pizza and how I make it and freeze it. There were lots of questions in the comments so I decided to answer a few of them here. First off, I bake the pizzas before freezing, though not fully. I undertake them by a minute or two. The key is to get the crust fully cooked but not browned. Then I cut the pizzas in quarters and freeze them in ziploc bags. If I want to freeze them whole or in halves I use the 2 gallon ziploc bags.
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frozen pizza
When I want to reheat the pizza is usually pull it out and thaw it on the counter for 15 minutes or so. Then I warm it in a cast iron skillet – crazy I know. Pizza reheats much better in a skillet than it does in the oven, I think it doesn’t dry out as much and the crust gets much crispier.

So if you have any more questions about freezing and reheating homemade pizza let me know, I’ll be more than happy to answer them.

Friday Favorite: Homemade Pizza

April 24th, 2015

Mr Chiots loves pizza. There aren’t a ton of place that are close and convenient so we sometimes make our own. Last night I finally had time to make eight, one to eat and seven for the freezer. Now we have quick meals this summer that will pair perfectly with a salad.
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I used this sourdough pizza crust recipe and it turned out very well, definitely a dough I’ll be making over and over again! They were topped with fresh mushrooms, red onions from the garden, kalamata olives, and Italian sausage from our pigs. Perfectly delicious.

What’s your favorite pizza topping?

Books, Pizza and some ZZZZZ’s

September 29th, 2012

Yesterday we finally made it into Belfast and got a library card! We only get one library card and keep all our books on it because it makes things easier to manage. While there, I got 7 books! It certainly feels good to have lots of reading material on the coffee table. You can see what I got via my “What I’m Reading” in the sidebar (I’m sure you’ve noticed it hasn’t changed much in the last month). We also grabbed some pizza for supper to try out the local pizza shop.

I’m certainly looking forward to evenings of reading. Hopefully I can stay awake, this past week we’ve been getting tired early so we’ve been going to bed early (around 9). We’ve still been waking up at our normal time of 6 a.m. I think we’re just tired from everything that’s been going on over the past couple months. One of these days we can get back to our normal 10:30/11:00 bedtime so I can get some reading in before bed!

What’s your normal time to go to bed & get up in the morning?

Friday Favorite: Homemade Pizza

May 20th, 2011

There’s nothing quite like pulling a fresh homemade pizza out of the oven. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like pizza from a shop, that’s good in it’s own way. But a pizza made at home just the way you like it is hard to beat. And you don’t have to drive 20 min to pick it up, or pay the $25 either (one of the few bad things about living in a rural area)!

Until earlier this week it had been way too long since I’d made a pizza, many months. We’ve been missing the tangy sourdough crust, spicy tomato sauce, mushrooms, olives, caramelized onions, sun dried tomatoes and some delicious flavorful cheese. The drought is over and we enjoyed a PERFECTLY delicious homemade pizza with leftovers for a few days.
It’s not like we don’t ever eat pizza if we don’t make it at home, we have a standing dinner date every other week with friends for pizza. We spent months purchasing from all the different local shops and critiquing them. Yes we even had a scoring system and when we arrived at our favorite we’ve eaten it ever since.

If I had to choose my favorite pizza topping it would be mushrooms. Not the kind from the can, but real mushrooms, sliced thinly and tossed on top of the cheese. A good Hawaiian pizza comes in close behind made with caramelized pineapple and thinly sliced ham.

What’s your favorite pizza topping?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.