February 19, 2006

Pizza for Food Geeks


momchef said...

Those pizza's look great. I'm sorry you aren't in my kitchen making them for lunch today! What is that one item though that sort of resembles mushrooms? Can't quite figure out if that's what that is or not!

Jane said...

Would a part time chef make their own dough or is there a store bought one around to cheat? I think the items are sun dried tomatoes...?!?

momchef said...

Mal, I was speaking about the items in the white bowl. It looks to me like the sun dried tomatoes are below and to the right of that.

Here's a great idea if you are making your own dough, pizza or otherwise. It's not an original idea, I found it today in the April 2006 Cook's Illistrated, under Quick Tips.

"When a chilly house" (mine is always cold)"makes it hard to proof dough for bread or pizza, Carolyn Dadaby of Boise, Idaho, looks to her microwave for help."
"1. Place a coffee mug filled with 1/2 cup water in the microwave. Run the microwave on high power for about 1 minute.
2. Open the microwave. Push the cup to the back corner, and set the dough inside. Close the door and let the dough rise. (The warmed mug will keep the interior between 80 and 90 degrees for up to 90 minutes.) Remove the dough once it has doubled in size or reached the desired volume in your recipe."