Doughn’t You Love Pizza!?

Happy Hump Day! It’s been quite an insane week already, but I’m gearing up for my even insaner (apparently that IS a word, who knew?) weekend and the PHILADELPHIA MARATHON! Holy crap. I can’t believe it’s almost here.

Also, here is a random tidbit of wisdom for your day. This has been my life motto for the last few weeks:

Now onto the good stuff! I’ve made my love affair with pizza pretty apparent on my little space in the blogosphere already. But have I shared with you my theory on pizza soulmates? No? Well, allow me enlighten you with a little bit of AWESOME.

If you didn’t click on that link (which you should), pizza soulmates can be summed up as follows: that person who loves the exact same pizza toppings, in the exact same proportions as you do. Without prompt, you would both order the same pizza every single time. It’s hard to find. Some even may even say impossible, but I know it’s not because I found mine.

(yeah, feel the love. geez!)

Melodramatic intro aside, my co-worker, Pera, and I actually fit the definition of pizza soulmates to a tee. The first time we went out for pizza with our group of friends it was a pretty great moment that went something like this:

Pera: “Anyone want to split a pizza?”
Caitlin: “What kind of toppings?”
Pera: “Pepperoni and sausage?”
Caitlin: “And bacon?”
Pera: “Done.”

Easiest decision I’ve ever made.

So, it came as no surprise that as soon as I had the idea to start a blog one of the first things he said to me was, “We should cook our own pizza. Make our own dough and everything!” Done.

Second easiest decision I’ve ever made.

We were both excited to get started. The only problem: we are clueless in the kitchen.

If a picture could say a thousand words…

After a brief trip to the grocery store (yes, I braved the grocery store…I was shocked that we found the active dry yeast), we got to it. I’ve said this before, baking doesn’t intimidate me much. But making pizza dough? Well, that’s a realm I hadn’t quite stepped in to. I put my warface on:

The dough was no match for our culinary prowess. It was delicious and rose surprisingly well after about 10-15 minutes of kneading and an hour of letting it rise. We added garlic and basil to our crust for some extra flavor. It was a nice touch!

I was in charge of cooking up the toppings and may or may not have stolen a few niblet half pound of bacon in the process.

What can I say? Bacon is my kryptonite.

ANYWAY, our pizza was topped with pepperoni, sausage, bacon and a metric ton of cheese. You can seriously never have enough cheese on a pizza…but if such a thing were to exist, this would have been dangerously close.

For those of you following along at home, here’s a bit of recipe magic for your arsenal:

The Best Pizza Dough You Will Ever Make
adapted from allrecipes.com

  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 cup warm (110 degrees-ish) water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon basil

First combine the water and active yeast. Let that sit for 10 minutes to get those cultures active!
Then, combine that with the rest of the ingredients. Knead for 10-15 minutes. Let sit for an hour or more covered by a damp towel. Roll out. Bake by itself for 5-7 minutes, then add sauce and toppings and bake again 20-25 minutes.

OM NOM NOM!

The crust was flakey, the sauce was sweet, the cheese was gooey, and the toppings were spot on. Pizza success!

Have you found your pizza soulmate? What are your toppings of choice?

Photo Friday: Cake Bake!

(Thanks Jane!)

Also, of note: my army of minons has grown exponentially over the past 2 days since my last blog post. Here is what my cube looked like today:

Win.

Just another maniac Wednesday

Good afternoon and happy Wednesday!

I’d like to introduce you to my cubemate for the day:

His name is Tito the space monkey and he is awesome. Apparently Oprah is keeping a close eye on him, making sure that he doesn’t get up to mischief.

Obviously, I don’t have too much to talk about today. I’ve decided that it may be in my best interest to put my cooking aspirations on hold until after I return from vacation since if I go shopping now, all of my food will just go bad. Have I mentioned that I’m going to Hawaii next week? Well, I am. For a whole week. And I am CRAZY EXCITED.

But before that happens, I have baking to do! My best friend/c0-worker/partner in crime/ninja, Sarah, and I have entered into our company’s cake bake competition. The theme: any Discovery show. While I can’t disclose which show we’ve chosen for our masterpiece, I can assure you that it will be epic. Now, I wouldn’t classify myself as a baker – and I’m definitely no Duff Goldman – BUT I can bake up a pretty mean cake. The decorating could be where this gets interesting.

In my head I have this cake coming out looking something like this:

(Photo credz)

Although the last time Sarah and I attempted to bake a cake together it came out like this:

This could get messy.