It’s February, it’s Valentine’s Day week, it’s cold outside and there’s snow on the ground – pretty typical here in the Midwest. What’s not typical here in the Midwest, at least in this house, is that The Professor and I began a new exercise program in January and . . . I can’t believe I’m saying this but . . . we’re still at it. As in, getting up every day and actually doing a full exercise routine, sweating and everything. I know. Who are we?!! The truth of the matter is, we are actually enjoying the process. I know. Again, who are we?!!
As I’m certain is true for most of the U.S., we like pizza in this house and in fact, have pizza at least once a week at the old Smith Bites Homestead. And while we adore a sourdough or yeasted gluten-free crust, there are times when I don’t have dough ready to go when the mood strikes.
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Musical pairing – Anything You Want (Not That) by Belleruche
We traveled on vacation to Vermont last summer and had a fantastic time. I keep thinking we’ll get around to putting together a video with all the great photos we shot but alas, the summer project turned into a fall project that turned into winter project – you get the picture.
We are pretty big on pizza here at Smith Bites, who isn’t? And I would have to say that we’re pretty snobbish when it comes to good pizza – make that really good pizza – so most of the time that means we make it at home. About a month ago, we ventured out and tried a new pizza place in Carmel (pronounced like the candy) called ‘Pizzology‘ that was recommended in the Indianapolis Monthly magazine. We ordered a sausage & fennel pizza and enjoyed it so much we wanted to recreate it at home – but with our own twist!
Musical Pairing: I Run to You, Lady Antebellum
Contrary to what you might think, pizza in Italy is quite different from here in the States . . . sorry, but I speak the truth here. I was fortunate to spend some time in Italy in 1997 and like a lot of folks, thought that pizza only consisted of pepperoni, sausage, cheese – and lots of it. In fact, upon arriving in Rome, the first thing our group did was to find a restaurant and order pizza. Trouble was, no one but our guide spoke the language and the men-folk in our group weren’t going to ask for help, no-siree-bob, they could handle it all on their own, thank-you-very-much . . . so they ordered what they thought was an extra-large pepperoni pizza . . . but when the waiter brought it to the table . . . it was covered in spicy-hot ‘pepperoncini’ – HAH! What I learned on that trip is that when it comes to pizza, it’s no-holds-barred in Italy – including potato, peppers, fennel, olives, fish and everything in-between – fabulous!
Listen up people – making this pizza dough is ridiculously easy and much cheaper than ordering out! It really is ‘no-knead’ so you don’t have to own a stand mixer or spend half an hour doing upper arm exercises; all that to say, swimsuit season is just around the corner, so if you happen to need to tone those arms, you’ll need to find another recipe ‘cuz this one won’t get you a workout!