What will command the attention of the kids faster than a pizza with a spiced cheese-stuffed crust? No more left over crusts piled on the plate… they’ll eat every bit.
There are scores of pizza recipes out there. This is the one that has evolved in our house to the point where the kids look forward to homemade pizza more than delivery.
|Camp Friendly:||Advanced skills (raising yeast dough)|
|Yield:||Two 12″ thin crust pizzas|
|Ovens Needed:||Two 12″ dutch oven|
|Thin Crust||Thick Crust|
|1 cup||1½ cups||warm water|
|1 tbsp||1½ tbsp||yeast|
|1 tsp||1½ tsp||sugar|
|2-½ cups||3-3/4 cups||flour|
|1 tsp||1½ tsp||salt|
|½ tsp||½ tsp||garlic powder|
|4 tbsp||4 tbsp||olive oil|
|2 tsp||2 tsp||basil|
|½ pound||½ pound||block of mozzarella cheese, not semicircle or non-block shape (I buy one-pound blocks and save half until the next pizza.)|
|1||8 ounce can tomato sauce|
|½ tsp||garlic salt|
With toppings, let your imagination go wild. The only constant that we count on is a pound of cheese and a 6 or 8 ounce bag of sliced pepperoni.
The following ingredient list is typical for our house, where we ordinarily make a double pepperoni pizza, and a multi-item pizza.
|1 pound||shredded mozzarella|
|1||8-oz. bag of pepperoni|
|½ pound||hot Italian-style sausage, cooked|
|8 or 10||black olives, sliced|
|2 or 3||sliced mushrooms|
This is personal preference. Experiment to determine whether you like to put the shredded cheese
Personally, I like to put the cheese on top of the pepperoni pizza because some pepperonis have a tendency to curl. Turkey pepperoni that’s been in the refrigerator is notorious for this.
On the other hand, I find cheese underneath is more aesthetically pleasing with other toppings. You can play with making patterns or designs so it looks nice.
The verdict is suus quique… each to his own.
Cook at 400°F for 30 minutes using ⅔ timing.
If you cook in dutch ovens in a conventional oven, leave the lids off. I also stack them in the oven by putting a cooling rack on top of the lower dutch oven, and placing the upper dutch oven on the cooling rack.
Some people suggest cooking with the dutch oven upside down. In other words, prepare the crust on the lid, then putting the oven on top (upside down). Unless you have a fancy dutch oven lid with its own legs, you’ll need to set the lid on a trivet to keep the whole assembly from tipping over.
The advantage to doing this is that you don’t have to monkey with getting the pizza out of the dutch oven. I’ve not tried this, personally.
If you cook this at home, cook in a cast iron skillet since the edges of an ordinary dutch oven are a little tall for easy extraction. With a dutch oven, I work a fork under one edge, then (using gloves) tip the dutch oven to let the pizza slide out onto a pizza pan or other large cutting surface to slice the pizza. After slicing, I slide the pizza to a cooling rack.
Others suggest leaving in the cast iron to keep it hot as people come back for more.
Yes, I’ve made all the mistakes and lived to tell the tale.
Why should you care about the Fifth Amendment if you’re not guilty? Find out in this interesting lecture by Professor Duane and Officer George Bruch of the Virginia Beach Police Department.
We’ve seen high-profile cases where otherwise not guilty people — people for whom there was no evidence of wrongdoing — who have gone to prison for years, merely for talking to the police and saying something innocuous that they didn’t know would end up being used against them.
There’s an interesting point made in the lecture, that the things you say to the police, which can help your case can not be used in court. But those that can hurt your case can be used in court.
Beware those “that make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him”
This is not a hot chile recipe. It has a rich and tasty sauce.
This can be served a number of ways, such as over rice, on flatbread, or in tortillas. It goes good in the large “soup bowl” style rolls.
|Camp Friendly:||Yes with preparation|
|Ovens Needed:||One 12″ dutch oven|
|1 large||sweet onion (e.g. Walla Walla)|
|1½ cups||chicken broth|
|2-4 large||green or yellow chiles. I prefer mild yellow chiles for their flavour. Note that in my opinion Jalapeño is the wrong flavour for this recipe.|
|3 cups||Colby Jack or mild cheddar, grated|
|8||skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ cubes|
Serve over rice, with flat bread or tortillas, or try putting in “soup bowl” rolls.
Some people have wondered whether it’s appropriate to teach “girl” skills like cooking, cleaning, and sewing to boys. To me, this is not about politically correct notions that men and women are completely interchangeable with the exception of some “plumbing”. It’s about survival skills and self-respect.
I’m not pleased with the low number of kids entering their years of majority not being able to fend for themselves on a basic level. Yes, diets of cold cereal and microwave pizza are expensive and unhealthy — that’s a given — but on a deeper level I see it as a manifestation of an uneducated human. Acquiring food, clothing, and shelter are foundational skills for a person to be able to lay claim to some degree of independence. Take away the luxuries of modern convenient living, and they’d grow desperate.
Some have argued that modern conveniences make these skills obsolete, but what are the results of not knowing one’s way around the kitchen? Reliance on pre-packaged foods. Not knowing how to clean or do laundry? Living in filth and chaos. How, then, is this progress of the human over the previous millennia? Our ancestors would be dumbfounded at our collective ignorance.
The good news is that these skills can be acquired with a little effort. Cooking is the trickiest, but with a few basic principles one can become competent, even pretty good. The key is to find the inner strength to fail through one’s ignorance. Mastering new skills opens up new worlds of understanding and self-respect. This self-education process, when made a habit, allows one to grow out of dependence into an adult mentally.
I feel grateful and fortunate that my mother taught me to cook, clean, and sew. Cleaning can be a grind, and sewing is something one does in an emergency — but I can do it just as willingly as I can shoot a gun, paint a building, paddle a canoe, program a computer, or chop wood. It didn’t throw me into “gender confusion”.
I can’t force my children to learn, or obtain wisdom, but they’ve been eagerly soaking up these skills by associating with my wife and me. When they’re adults we’ll see how much sticks. 🙂
Update 2008-12-08: Fixed typos.