Sunday, November 30, 2008

Let the Holiday Season Begin

I'm home for Thanksgiving and was looking at some old family pictures. Check out this picture of my dad celebrating Christmas 1960! (Bill is wearing cowboy boots)

And we can't forget Marge. Here is a picture of her family.

Let the Holiday season begin! Only 24 days until the BIG day!!!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Best Pizza Ever

Nick and I love to cook. One of our favorite meals is homemade pizza.

The secret to an AMAZING pizza is homemade pizza dough.

Here is the best recipe:
1 Cup Warm Water
1 Packet of Active Dry Yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 1/4 Teaspoons Sugar
3 1/4 Cups Flour
1 3/4 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
1/4 Cup Olive Oil, Plus More As Needed

Pour the warm water into a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast and sugar over the water and stir. Let stand until the yeast dissolves or swell, about 5 minutes.

Combine 3 cups of flour and the kosher salt into a large bowl Add the yeast mixture and olive oil. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 15 minutes. If the dough is sticky, add the remaining flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is no longer sticky.

Put the dough in an oiled bowl and turn it at least once to cover all sides with oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours.

New York, New York

Who doesn't love New York in the Fall? I was in the city for work last week and had to take a few pictures. Emily this is for you. My NY trips are not the same now that you and GC are gone! Who else can I share a rum-a-rita with or crash a Fordham alumni event?

Enjoy the pictures.