Pizza Night

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Cate and Eden’s favorite pizza- cheese with salami or ham.

Our good friend Steve Young is an American citizen who grew up in Argentina. His family had a tradition of eating popcorn, hot dogs, and coke on Friday nights. This was such a regular part of their week, that when Steve came to the states for college, he asked his friends, “It’s Friday night. Why aren’t we having hot dogs?” To him, that menu meant “America,” and he assumed that was what all Americans ate at the end of the week.

We’ve instituted Friday nights as pizza night around here, complete with the treat of Fanta or Orange Squash. Everytime I make the dough, which is easier than you’d think and so much less expensive than order out. (In Seattle, whenever I ordered pizza it was $40!) Whenever Friday nights roll around, I think fondly of Steve and I wonder; what kind of third culture kid stories will my children tell someday?(Love ya, Steve. Will you sing the stick song for us now? 🙂 )

Easy Pizza Dough
makes two medium pizzas

1 tsp sugar
3/4 c warm water
1 pkg active yeast
2c flour
1 tsp salt
3 T olive oil

In a small bowl, mix yeast and sugar into warm water. Set aside. If the yeast is working properly, it will get sort of foamy in about 5-7 minutes.

In a larger bowl mix flour and salt. Add oil and proofed yeast mixture. Mix until it comes together. Dump dough out onto floured surface and knead until it gets smooth and elastic.

Wipe bowl with olive oil. Return dough to  bowl and turn over once to coat with oil. Cover and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour.

Punch down risen dough. Divide in half. Place on floured surface and knead briefly, the roll out to desired thicknes. Put on your favorite toppings and bake on a cookie sheet in a 375 degree oven until the crust toasts up nicely and the cheese is bubbly. (Mabye 15 minutes?)

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