• September 5 | National Cheese Pizza Day

    Making your own pizza seems daunting. And, well, it is kind of daunting. But not impossible. Here’s a secret: I’ve never made my own pizza. But I love it when we’re on vacation and my sister’s boyfriend Shawn makes his homemade pizza. Seriously. It’s life changing. And being that today’s National Cheese Pizza Day, a big hat tip to artisanbreadinfive.com for this photo that caught my eye the other day. YUM! Source: artisanbreadinfive.com via Liza on Pinterest What about you, do you make your own pizza?  

  • Wood Fired Pizza | #WordlessWednesday

    Warm spring evenings bring out the lure of outdoor dining, and one of my favorite places to sit and watch the downtown hustle is at Brewer’s Alley in Frederick, Md. If you’ve never tried one of their wood fired pizzas, now’s the time:                                                                           Source: amusingfoodie.com via Liza on Pinterest

  • Liza Hawkins, As Seen In…. "Woman’s World" Magazine!

    Woman’s World magazine emailed me about a month ago.  Ironically, said email came from an editor at Woman’s World just moments after a co-worker and I settled down at lunchtime to peruse a copy of the magazine she bought at lunchtime. I glanced at my phone, snickered and then said to her, “Look at this. Really. This can’t truly be a Woman’s World editor. I mean, I’m a little food blogger in Maryland.” So what’d we do? We flipped to the front of her copy of Woman’s World, and looked down the list of editors to see if the woman’s name was listed. And, gasp! It was the real deal.…

  • New York Style Grilled Pizza

    New York Style Grilled Pizza

    When you’re on vacation, there’s always one meal you look forward to – right? My side of the family goes away late-July/early-August every year, and regardless of whether or not we’re at the beach or the lake my absolute favorite meal is when my brother-in-law makes grilled pizza. Homemade crust and sauce, lots of veggies and fresh mozzarella! …but that crust; it’s what makes the pizza. A little char on the outside, and a thin chewy bite to the inside. Perfection. So, I asked Shawn for his New York style pizza dough recipe – and he was kind enough to share it. Lucky you! Just remember, although Shawn doesn’t mention it…

  • I Love Brewer’s Alley For Their Pizza And Beer.

    There are certain restaurants considered to be staples in a town like Frederick. Privately owned, with a local devoted following, they are never empty. Ever. Brewer’s Alley is one of those restaurants; I’ve written about it once or twice here. And for me, when you go to Brewer’s, you go for one of two things (or both together):  Pizza or Beer. OR PizzaAndBeer. Sure, Brewer’s has a lengthy menu, which includes “lobster Thursday” and a macaroni and cheese that’s pretty awesome, but nothing matches their wood-fired pizza. And their self-brewed beer. And, as beloved as Brewer’s is among locals, I hear grumblings from people now and again. I do. But never…

  • Out and About: Olives

    The other day a friend of mine said, “If you’ve never tried the pizza at Olives, then you’re missing out. Their pizza rocks!”  So, on Saturday, my sister and I decided to try it out – and yes, it was awesome. Tomato, Basil, Fresh Mozzarella This 10″ round of hand-tossed gooey deliciousness melted in our mouths, with fresh doughy crust – crispy on the outside as though it was wood-fired. I’m so glad the leftovers made it into MY fridge last night. Lunch leftovers are sounding pretty good…. But we figured since the pizza only cost $10 we could afford to add a few accouterments to our order, in the form of…

  • Toppings Pizza Co – WWYD?

    On Twitter last night I stumbled upon a tweet by Beth Schillaci that talked about a local, family owned pizza place in Frederick struggling with a lawsuit regarding faxes they’ve sent to other local business to market their pizza. Two hundred thousand dollars – that’s right $200K – is on the line, as well as this well-being of this proud family of six, who’s livelihood is being threatened. I get it – you’re not supposed to send unsolicited advertising faxes per the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991. But this seems different than those scammer-esque faxes we receive at MY office every other day, boasting of eight day cruises for only…

  • Out and About: Pizza Blitz

    Some nights even 15 minutes of cooking is 15 minutes too much.   It took me two hours and fifteen minutes to get home from work last night. Normal commute from that part of my territory? One and a half hours, sometimes a little less if the traffic lights cooperate. Thankfully my one year old, who was in the car for 45 minutes of the commute, was an absolute doll.   So, when I got home and realized we were just three quarters of a baby bottle away from an empty gallon of milk, my heart sank. I need milk for my coffee in the morning. NEED milk. And the…