• Homemade pizza dough is something you can make with a few simple ingredients and a little time. It's an easy process and the end result yields the best pizza dough and a delicious, chewy hard-to-beat thin, class or thick crust!

    Easy Homemade Pizza Dough

    Homemade pizza dough is something you can make with a few simple ingredients and a little time. It’s an easy process and the end result yields the best pizza dough and a delicious, chewy hard-to-beat thin, classic or thick crust! We eat a lot of pizza in our house. Sometimes that pizza’s homemade and other times it’s delivery or pick-up. I even keep a Tombstone in the freezer for those times we want a late-night snack or an easy dinner that requires minimal effort. There’s no wrong way to do pizza. (Bad pizza exists, yes, but you know what I mean.) There is, however, one very right way to do…

  • This homemade gluten free pizza crust is really simple to make!

    Homemade Gluten Free Pizza Crust

    This homemade gluten free pizza crust is really simple to make! I’m finding myself in the position lately of having to create gluten free recipes on a fairly regular basis for friends and family. While I don’t eat a gluten free diet personally, I appreciate the fact that eliminating gluten has led to a better quality of life for so many people I know, and therefore, I’m game for cooking to meet their needs! Homemade pizza is a really fun menu item to feed a crowd because virtually everyone likes it and it’s simple to make individual or large pies, depending on preferences (dietary or otherwise). I have my go-to…

  • This rustic homemade pizza, loaded with yummy veggies like hearts of palm, sweet peppers, tender small artichoke hearts, fresh tomatoes, is the perfect dinner for summer!

    Rustic Homemade Pizza

    This post has been sponsored by Reese Specialty Foods®. All thoughts are my own. This rustic homemade pizza, loaded with yummy veggies like hearts of palm, sweet peppers, tender small artichoke hearts, and fresh tomatoes, is the perfect summer dinner! GO STRAIGHT TO THE RECIPE We have homemade pizza a few times a month for dinner. It’s so simple to make, especially when I take the time to prep dough ahead and have a few extra rounds leftover and stored in the fridge or freezer. Just pull out one (or a few), add sauce, cheese and toppings, and we’re good to go … even on a busy weeknight. To keep…

  • Easy Homemade Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce: use fresh tomatoes to make delicious and simple sauce at home!

    Homemade Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce

    Make and store homemade tomato sauce a different and simpler way with your slow cooker! This year’s tomato harvest was bountiful. My mother has spent countless hours boiling and canning what seems like endless amounts of tomatoes from their heirloom plants in the high tunnel, and down in the lower field. Friends are sharing photo after photo of tomatoes on Facebook and Instagram that just. keep. coming. Even the little cherry tomatoes growing in my container garden ended up huge, growing nearly to the tip of our house’s roof! In fact, here it is October, and I still have tomatoes ripening—hopefully they’ll ready to pick before we get our first frost. You…

  • Tips To Make Pizza A Healthier Option!

    Tips to Make Pizza a Healthier Option

    Chef Christopher is back with another guest post, and this time it’s about one of my favorites: PIZZA. Now, as you know, I’m not much of dieter (in fact, I don’t diet). That said, many of you are looking for ways to not only eat healthier (which I’m totally down with), but also to watch calories and such. Hopefully you can glean a takeaway or two from this post! It’s true that there are a large number of people out there who savor pizza. It’s a main source of nutrients and calories, as many people include it as a main part of their diets. Pizza is called “junk food” by…

  • Thin Crust Pizza - so easy to make at home!

    Thin Crust Pizza

    Homemade thin crust pizza is an easy and delicious weeknight meal! We’re BIG fans of pizza over here — delivery, restaurant, or homemade thin crust pizza. It doesn’t really matter to us, so long as the cheese-to-sauce ratio is adequate (meaning it needs to have lots and lots of cheese), and the crust is both chewy and a little crispy — it can’t be bland. Homemade pizza dough is really simple to make, super forgiving (I substitute whole wheat flour sometimes, or use a blend of both), and takes a mere five ingredients. I’ve even tried my hand at homemade gluten-free pizza crust! Keep yeast packets in your pantry, and…

  • Homemade Calzones

    Homemade Calzones

    We eat pizza a lot over here, so I thought it’d be fun to try my hand at making homemade calzones, which are pretty much just like little inside-out pizzas. Fun, right? I used my recipe for homemade pizza dough for the calzone crust, except with only all-purpose flour this time instead of wheat. I was worried about the stretchablity, but in hindsight I believe the wheat flour version would have been fine too. The fillings for these two homemade calzones were simple: mozzarella, ricotta and basil. (And a little spoonful of sauce for my husband’s, which some might say makes it a stromboli rather than a calzone….) You might say that the…

  • Easy homemade whole wheat pizza dough!

    Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

    After you make this homemade whole wheat pizza dough, you’ll never go back to store-bought again. It’s so easy! I started making all of my own pizza dough last year after watching my sister and soon-to-be brother-in-law make theirs the past few years during our family vacations at Smith Mountain Lake. Lemme tell ya, homemade pizza dough is crazy simple to make. EASY-PEASY. (Even though I know lots of people think otherwise.) While my usual recipe calls for all-purpose flour, this time I tried an easy homemade whole wheat pizza dough (with only 5 ingredients!) instead. After mixing the yeast with warm water (140°F to be precise, but I prefer to just…