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Sunday Summary 3/28 – 4/9

Sunday! So it is time, yet again, to do a summary. I missed it last Sunday- because I entirely forgot about the whole summary thing I was going to do. The list will be long, but it’s going to feature some delicious recipes. The featured recipe from this summary is most definitely the Homemade Pizza. Everyone should give this a try! There is a nice mixture of successes, failures, dinner, and dessert.

  • No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

    This was the best homemade cheesecake I have ever had. It is a featured recipe from a dear friend of mine- DL Dzioba. It’s rather simple- but makes a huge pie. Get two pie crusts to make it most effective. Maybe a chocolate drizzle or some sort of whipped topping would be great too!

  • Homemade Pizza (crust & sauce)

    This pizza was amazingly delicious! The crust is better if you fold in some garlic and then butter the edges and dust it with garlic salt- which I did the second time that I used this recipe. It’s time consuming, but it is definitely worth the time and the effort.

  • Failure: S’mores Pie

    Don’t waste your time on this one ladies and gents! The pie was basically fudge in a crust, and eventually had to be microwaved to even cut it. If you figure out how to make it work- let me know. Be careful not to set it aflame like I did!

  • Moon Pies!

    These moon pies were amazing! The recipe worked well and they were all devoured. They were very rich, and you need more marshmallow than you might expect. I would also like to try them mixing some peanutbutter in with the filling on some. Chocolate + Peanut Butter = Amazing!

  • Cinnamon Rolls

    This is my first recipe that is totally mine. I made it up as I went along, and it turned out about a million times better than I had expected. Great for breakfast. Cream cheese icing would make them even better.

  • Toffee Bars

    These were a semi-success. They were goodish… but not the best. They could be great with proper tweaking and if my recipe had worked how it was supposed to work.

  • Vanilla Wafers (Banana Pudding Part 1

    This is the first half of my banana pudding experiment. These wafers were great- use pure vanilla if you have it. I prefer them softer so that they get soggy, so I’m not sure if they’re as good when cooked crispy. Recipe from Alton Brown.

  • Vanilla Pudding & Assembling the Banana Pudding

    This is homemade vanilla pudding that goes into the banana pudding. Again, from Alton Brown. This banana pudding was gone within 2 days my family liked it so much. If you don’t like bananas, you can substitute pineapples or just leave them out all together.

  • Fried Squash

    This was a rather simple recipe. Can be boiled down to: slice squash, flour squash, fry squash, eat squash. Really great way to fix this vegetable. I haven’t tried fried zucchini, but I bet it’s just as great. Maybe I’ll do that soon…


Extraordinary Pizza! (So good it will make you sing Dean Martin!)

On 3-25, the same night that my friend made the chocolate cheesecake featured yesterday, we also made pizza. The pizza turned out amazing- with homemade crust and sauce. We ended up making three, because all of us like different types of pizza. Although it certainly was a hell of a lot of trouble, I believe that it was definitely worth it. I was thrilled to use the pizza stones that we got. The deep dish pizza was most exciting. I cannot wait to do this one again so that I can share it with my family. The sauce was absolutely sublime- and between three different sets of tastebuds, we added a lot of little things here and there to make it better. This post will have two recipes and a huge set of pictures- so get ready!!

Pizza Crust (2 pizzas)


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • .5 oz active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of Italian seasoning


  1. Sift the flour and yeast into a large bowl. (Again, I use yeast that doesn’t have to be dissolved in warm water first.)
  2. Make a well in the center of the flour. Pour the water, olive oil, salt, and seasoning into the well.
  3. Use a spatula to mix the water into the flour.
  4. After you can no longer mix it, turn the dough out onto a floured surface or pastry mat.
  5. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes then gather it into a ball.
  6. Spread some olive oil in a bowl.  Place the ball of dough into the bowl. Cut a slit in the top of the dough.
  7. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise for about 2 hours.
  8. After rising, turn out the dough again and knead briefly. Separate the dough into two halves.
  9. Shape each half of the dough into a round crust using your hands and a rolling pin.
  10. Top the dough with sauce, cheese, and whatever toppings. (Will need to bake 20-25 minutes.)

Pizza Sauce (2-3 pizzas)

Ingredients (everything but the kitchen sink!)

  • Crushed Tomatoes (about 2 cups)
  • 1 6oz can of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup of red wine
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • some minced garlic clove
  • a few sundried tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pizza Seasoning (to taste)
  • sugar to taste


  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a sauce pan (except for the last two)
  2. Cook over low for about 15 minutes. (Make sure the wine has time to reduce.)
  3. After cooking for 15 minutes, taste the sauce. Then add Pizza Seasoning and sugar until you find the taste satisfactory.
  4. Use as much or as little sauce as you prefer- freeze the rest to use for later!

Assembling The Pizza


  1. Make the crusts.
  2. Make the pizza sauce.
  3. Pour about 1/2-1cup of sauce onto the crust.
  4. Add cheese and whatever other toppings you like.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350┬░.
  6. Remove from oven, cool, cut, eat.

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