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pizza night

pizza night

March 19, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

One of my favorite rainy day activities for the family is homemade pizza day. The kids love everything about it: watching the dough rise, sprinkling on the toppings, and watching it bubble in the oven. The dough takes mere minutes to mix and only about 2 hours for both risings. I already had some sauce in the freezer from M’s last birthday party where all the kids made their own pie, so the only thing left was to slice the toppings – pepperoni and mushrooms – and grate the cheese. I like to use the pizza dough recipe from The New Basics Cookbook for two reasons: it’s fast and easy and it’s sturdy enough for little kids to pick up… CONTINUE READING

spinach and tomato lasagna

spinach and tomato lasagna

March 18, 2008 |  Category:   cooking

For whatever reason our local supermarket has been out of the no-boil lasagna sheets for weeks. I admit that I have used them almost exclusively for the past few years. They save time and they turn out OK, but when faced with a shortage, I decided to dust off the pasta maker and make my own pasta sheets. Sure, making pasta dough requires a little planning ahead and a lot of kneading (my wrists are still sore!), but making lasagna with freshly made pasta yields a more delicate dish than one made with any store bought brand. It’s definitely worth it. Any lasagna recipe should work with fresh pasta as a substitute: just roll the dough to the thinnest setting… CONTINUE READING

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