Party Pizza Friday!

Believe it or not, I was up by 7:00 a.m. yesterday – on a day off!  That hardly ever happens, so I took advantage and did some laundry and chores.  Next thing I knew it was 9:30 and I was starting to get hungry.

I made breakfast tostadas – two eggs scrambled with spinach and a bit of cheese, topped on two tostadas (each tostada is only 35 calories!) and topped it with my salsa and cilantro.  Oh, and maybe a touch of hot sauce. Open-mouthed smile

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Tony?  He rarely eats breakfast.  Really the only time he’ll eat it is when we go out for breakfast, but it’s usually after 10:30.  He boiled some eggs the day before and asked if I could make him an egg salad sandwich.  I don’t like mayo, so I never eat it.  I looked up a “classic egg salad.”  Easy enough, eggs, mayo, celery, mustard, etc.

Sadly, the eggs were hard to peel – maybe because they were still cold?

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I brought a taste to Tony to see if it needed more salt or pepper, and he said “what’s the crunchy shit?”  Um, celery.  Turns out when Tony makes his egg salad, there is no celery, but he still liked it.

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And he likes it on white bread with lettuce.  I think it would be better on toasted bread, but that’s just me. Open-mouthed smile

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Me?  I had a Nathan’s hot dog – best hot dog on the market!

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I went to pick up my contacts at the eye doctor, then went to Walmart to have my eye brows threaded – ouch!  I always forget how much that hurts, but it’s short lived – it’s over in a few minutes.   I picked up some spray paint to spray my board for my pictures – they sell the generic brand of paint for only .97 cents a can!

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It was dry in a matter of minutes too!  When I came back inside, Tony called me into the living room.  He said “I read the blog  . . . I am okay with having pizza for dinner!”  Woop! 

You can find the step by step instructions here – it’s not as complicated as it looks.  It’s just an America’s Test Kitchen recipe so it’s super detailed.

I do weigh my flour out – 16.25 ounces to be exact.

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I suggest you buy loose yeast.  This jar cost $3.83 at Walmart, and it lasts forever in your fridge – 2 1/4 teaspoons is the equivalent to a package of yeast.

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The stand mixer does all the work – you’ll know when it’s ready when your bowl is clean on the sides.

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After the first rise, you roll out the dough, butter the dough (I reduced the butter to 2 tablespoons this time) and then roll it into an envelope and let it sit in the fridge for an hour.

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Tony’s side was mushroom and green olive, my side was baby spinach:

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That was kind of a mistake, I normally put the ingredients on top of the sliced cheese, but I got ahead of myself – I scooped off as much of the sauce as I could, then added the sauce and grated Parmesan cheese.  Ready for the oven!  This bakes on the lower third of your oven, at 425 for 25-30 minutes.  You need to let it sit for at least five minutes before cutting.

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I put a mushroom and piece of spinach on top of each side so I would know how to cut it.

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Holy yum.  I always forget how good this pizza is.  The sauce, the melty cheese, the buttery crust.  You don’t even need to make a trip to Chicago to have authentic deep dish pizza at home! Open-mouthed smile  And Mara has made this using whole wheat flour in the dough and had equally good results.

Today I have to grocery shop and meal plan – I’ll be cooking for people again!  My SIL and bosses will be back from spring break, and my Mom and nephew are coming over for Easter tomorrow.  I know we are having ham, but other than that, not sure what else I’ll have on the menu!

What’s on your Easter menu – I am looking for some different side dishes this year.  Maybe I will jump on Pinterest – I am becoming a Pinterest whore these days!  I still won’t get into Twitter, in fact I tweeted to Mara yesterday and it’s my 4th tweet ever!  Ha!

Enjoy your Easter if you celebrate it – make it a great day and I’ll “see you on Monday.”  I finally made granola clusters and can’t wait to share the recipe with you on Monday!

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20 thoughts on “Party Pizza Friday!

  1. yeah for Party Pizza Friday!!! I still haven’t made your deep dish yet, but will soon! enjoy the warm temps out today!!! Call you later

  2. Yayy for getting things done early! I’m a no mayo girl either- ick. Haha “whats the crunchy shit” too funny. The pizza looks just perfect. I”m only bringing hummus guac and veggies to our Easter. Other good sides- broccoli salad, roasted potato salad , etc

  3. I eat hard boiled eggs every day, the key to an easy peel is old eggs. I don’t know the science behind it but it works 🙂 Now I want pizza and its 9am here 🙂

  4. Breakfast looks good!! Was just reading that when an egg is hard to peel it is because “With eggs that are just a day or two old, the membrane beneath the shell sticks tightly to the shell making peeling the egg almost impossible. After a few days in the refrigerator the egg becomes easier to peel.” (I typed in “why are eggs hard to peel”) I always wondered that too.

    Pizza looks delicious. Looking forward to your granola cluster recipe. Might be something good to add to the husbands lunch.

    Our plans for Easter….we are going to the Shanghi Buffet for Easter dinner…..something different. Then JP can have whatever he wants. 😉 Buying a ham was too expensive then all the trimmings…..so we opted for going out to eat….this way no dishes to do either.

    Oh btw…..I have 8 miles to go to reach my goal of 145 miles on my stationary bike for the month of March. Didn’t do too good with a green smoothie every day. walking 5000 to 10,000 stepes a day did not happen…….on some days I would be close to 5,000 steps but never 10,000. Maybe with spring and summer on the rise….I might attain my goals.

    Have a blessed Easter!!

  5. Mmmm, those breakfast tostadas look amazing! I love Mexican food for breakfast! 🙂
    Happy Easter!

  6. I love the plate you have your breakfast on – so cute! And I’m all about the Twitter, not so much about Pinterest. I love Twitter for quick news updates and sharing articles, etc. Pinterest doesn’t do it for me.

    • I figure if nothing is growing in my back yard because its been so damn snowy and cold, I might as well look at a plate with stuff growing! 😀

  7. My hubby would agree with you on the Nathan’s Hot Dogs. He is currently obsessed with their frozen Beef Franks in a Blanket.

  8. Weighting For 50

    Happy Easter Vat and Tony! Dennis and I will be down for Easter dinner on Sunday! Please make pizza, we’ll bring wine!! HA!!!! Kidding of course, but really do wish you both a wonderful Easter weekend. Hugs

  9. findingradiance

    I don’t like any relish or celery in my egg salad. Just eggs, mayo and mustard. Simple and classic 😀

    We don’t celebrate Easter per se, but we do get together at the family’s for dinner with ham and German potato salad 😀

    Have a great day!

  10. I put celery in egg salad too. Is the cluster recipe from Cooks? I love that one. Btw, I don’t twitter either, I never have and I doubt I will.

    • Hey Randi! Nope, I adapted a recipe I saw on Pinterest. I think my problem was stirring the granola during cooking!

      This time I used 1/3 cup honey, 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/3 cup olive oil for the “glue.” I used my hands to make sure every oat was covered, then when I put it in my jelly roll pan, I pressed it down. Baked it, then let it cool completely, and I was able to get the clusters – so happy!

  11. I love your eats Biz! Pizza sounds wonderful. Have a great weekend.

  12. Everything looks great, but the breakfast looks amazing! I agree with the others, old eggs are much easier to peel for some scientific reason that also currently escapes me.

  13. I love when I end up getting up early! I am so much more productive!
    Eyebrow threading kills!! But yes, the pain is short lived. 🙂
    Those breakfast tostadas look delicious! I have those ingredients so now I know what I will be having for breakfast tomorrow. 😉

  14. Can I just say how impressed I am with all your breakfast ideas? I drool over every one! I eat the EXACT. SAME. THING for breakfast every single day and while I really love it, I would also love to explore some of your tastier options. Those tosdatas look divine!

    Oh, and SO glad you got your pizza! 🙂

  15. Looks like a great egg salad sandwich and I have plenty of Easter eggs in my fridge. Nathan hot dogs are the best!

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