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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pizza Night And There's A Bat In My Kitchen !

pizza is my FAVORITE FOOD...and i have been making it for 30 years here in my kitchen..it all started as a tradition for Monday Night Football... plus we always have it EVERY Halloween Night... this one is olive and canadian bacon...



i have made it so many times i think i could make it in my sleep...



sometimes i wonder is this my one millionth bowl of dough and i don't even know it....



on a warm day i walk into my kitchen and can smell that yeasty dough rising...



i know those pans look scary...i have gotten some strange looks when i whip them out...they are REALLY old..but they make the crispy kind of crust that we like...i either sprinkle them with cornmeal or line them with parchment...i go back and forth as to which method i like best...



i use a mixture of cheese...mozzarella, gruyere, provolone...this and that...whatever is around...



there is my breakfast for this morning..nothing could be better...



i couldn't help myself..i had to hang this little guy up the other night... whiskey and dande love it !








55 comments:

  1. breakfast looks yummy! and the bat cracked me up!

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  2. Your pizza looks delicious...have never made it. I have a fear of making anything with a dough that requires rising & kneading and such. Not a 'fear' fear, just convinced it's too hard. Your photo sure makes me want to give it a try. LOVE the bat...early Halloween?

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  3. Besides being super good, there is something rustic and therapeutic about making pizzas from scratch, isn't there. .and no, frozen pizzas don't count! lol
    Your pizzas look as beautiful, and yummy as the local pizza parlor. .and no, that isn't a put down.

    There is a small, Italian, multi-generational family owned restaurant & bar here locally, that has been making the most fantastic pizzas for years. .it was where I used to go with my friends back in the days when date night consisted of a movie AND pizza, without breaking the bank.

    My Hubs, who is not from around here, originally, had never eaten there, thinking that it was a hole in the wall type of place, and always getting his pizzas from the chain "restaurants" (BLEEACK!!)

    Finally, I couldn't stand it any longer, and when he was recovering from his first surgery 13 years ago, I ordered a pizza and of course, had to go pick it up. I took the whole pizza out of the box, and took it in to him. .needless to say, he loved it! And, I haven't had to endure a chain store pizza since!

    And yes! I LOVE your bat, and am so happy to see that other wise people are indulging in their love of Halloween too! Thank you for visiting my Halloween Blog1 I'm going to be posting more there soon. .when I have the time, I've been posting some recipes and things on my other blog, but it is time to sprinkle more dust and hang some more cobwebs!

    Give little Teddy a hug & kiss on the top of that cute little head, for me! And don't forget the kitties too!!

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  4. Hi Kary,your pizza looks delicious. I personally love a well worn pan. Somehow I thought it was going to be a real bat. YIKES!! This one is not so scary.

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  5. OOH yummy Kary! I adore cold pizza too, for breakfast or anytime. Really thin & crispy base is a must...goes a little chewy overnight. You've set up a real craving now...! So HOT here today, but Alice got a major haircut so feels much better now. Looks pretty cute too! xoxox Hugs

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  6. ooo, that does look good,, great dough,, I have a pan that looks just like that one,, butt ugly but cooks soooo good!I thought you were meaning a real bat!We have troubl;e with them coming in,,, yikes!!!!!

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  7. I have never made pizza from scratch..eeekkk! I know, what is the matter with me? I, for some reason, am afraid of the dough, which is totally rediculous because I have been a great cook for years, but not a bread maker, I am new to that. Anyway, I am impressed with you and your pizza making ways and it looks great!

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  8. Crispy crust homemade pizza is the best. I can buy whole wheat dough for just pennies from the guys who make Irani bread here (stone-baked bread). It makes a good crust; or I just use pita bread. My favorite is a bit of mascarpone cheese, a dab of tomato paste, smoked salmon, sprinkling of dill and then serve with a squeeze of lemon juice after it is done. Yummo!

    That bat is a hoot! Do the cats jump to get it? Is it on a string that jumps back up if the pull it? Funny!

    Have a terrific Thursday! Tammy

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  9. I LOVE the series of photos making the pizza and I JUST love that bat too! Wow ~ pizza for breakfast, I must do that one day, that is such a great idea!
    Karen

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  10. Your pizza look yummi:)
    Me and my family love pizza as well, I make it at least once a week.

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  11. oh yum! pizza and a glass of milk for me! NEVER apologize for worn cookware! it is a sign of a good cook. i am highly suspicious of the people that own cookware that looks new. did you ever see what cookware in a restaurant kitchen looks like? it never looks new!

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  12. Love homemade pizza and football! If there has to be a bat, that's the best kind:@)

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  13. Your pizza look nice!! gloria

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  14. Your homemade pizza looks oh so delicious!

    The bat! *giggles*
    (I read "a bar in my kitchen" *hehe*)

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  15. I'll have a piece please. Nothing better than pizza for breakfast. I wonder how many times I had that. For the moment I'm on a Piedmont Egg for breakfast kick.

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  16. Girl ~ do not get me started with the Halloween stuff!!! I'm so excited, you know I love halloween decorations. I've already got the dining all planned out.. It's going to be a little alfred hichcock!

    The pizza looks devine! I love love love black olives.

    Have a great end of the week.

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  17. What? You made that pizza for breakfast and forget to send for us?!?! I'm gonna make pizza like that when I grow up ... if I ever do.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  18. Hi Kary, I love how you always sound so organized and planned. Do you really make pizza every week - what an absolutely wonderful tradition!! That bat is quite cute - but not as cute as Teddy! Take care. Ciao, bella! xxoo

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  19. OH! I thought you meant a REAL bat! LOL!!! Canadian Bacon and olive pizza sounds perfect to me! I know what you mean about the delicious yeast bread smell when making pizza dough. We have Italian Nights and sometimes we make homemade pizza.

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  20. i love your old pans...I have a few like that myself
    the pizza looks delish...and yes..the smell of yeast rising...mmmmmmmmmm

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  21. Mmmm...your pizza looks so yummy,and I agree with you about pizza for breakfast.

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  22. My pans appear similar to your's, I find the darker the pan the better the crust! Pizza is one of our favorite foods, and I agree pizza for breakfast YUM! I spied Halloween decorations in a store yesterday!

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  23. Those pizzas look SO good! I made my own crust weekly for years and I don't even know why I stopped! I should start again...nothing like homemade pizza!

    Had to laugh at your old cookie sheets! I have some like that, too! I just call it patina. lol....

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  24. You are a girl after my own heart - pizza for breakfast is the best! For my birthday, my husband has gone out the night before to buy pizza to put in the fridge for my birthday breakfast - cold pizza the morning after - yummy!

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  25. Just caught up on your blog. Your pizza looks amazing, love the bat, am going to try the lemon curd, and love the lemon/blueberry tarts. I remember that issue and loved it! Beautiful photos.

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  26. We usually have homemade pizza on Fridays! Your's look fantastic, I'm going to have to try making one of yours! I have a pair of scary pans too, but they work so well, I like to think of them as seasoned!

    OMG, when you said "bat" I cringed! I burst out laughing when I saw your bat! Too funny!

    Have a great one, I've enjoyed my visit!

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  27. I'm still giggling here at that bat! Love it esp. in the kitchen! Those "spooky" pans make the best crust so don't ever get rid of them! I have a favorite crust recipe I should share on my blog one of these days too!
    Maybe when it cools down some!
    I wish I had some of your left overs in my fridge for breakfast tomorrow morning...... sheesh...... my mouth is watering!
    Great post!
    Cathy G

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  28. um... forget the bat... forget the Pizza (for now... it looks yummy) but hello fabulous Fisherman's Lamp!... I love it!

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  29. pizza for breakfast is my favourite! care to share your recipe for the dough? xox

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  30. That reminds me that I have not made pizza in a while - like you, I could make it in my sleep, even though I have only been making it for about 20 years, and I am certainly nowhere close to the millionth bowl of dough :-)
    But so early in the day... no, pizza is not quite my idea of breakfast, I prefer muesli for that. The pizza can come in later any time!

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  31. Kary i wish i knew how, would you believe i've never made it? well, with 5 children pizza night was the only night i didn't have to cook (even though i do love to, it was nice to have a break).
    i'd love to try now for chuck and i and of course owen LOVES cheese. is there a recipe you could recommend for me?

    thanks dear

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  32. Homemade pizza with all the goodies available fresh from the garden right now...divine.
    A bat you say, what we don't do to amuse our critters!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Susan x

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  33. That looks so very tasty. I love pizza. I haven't made it myself, so that is a good reason to try this. You can make it any way you like it.
    I love the bat. We have them flying around here all the time. I love bats !!!

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  34. I love pizza for breakfast and you've inspired me to make my own. I've always thought I would need a pizza stone, or some kind of special pans to make it. Your dough looks so light and easy to work with, can you post your recipe?

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  35. Scary pans make the very BEST food! Funny how that works, isn't it?

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  36. I go through spells of making pizza. Tonight we are going to a wood-fired pizza place to celebrate my friend's birthday. I will take my camera. I like your bat. I restrain myself, but I love autumn, too. Can hardly wait.

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  37. Love your old pans, I too choose to use 20 year old pizza pans instead of buying new. Something about them having history with me. Your pizza looks amazing. I also make my own along with sauce I make from tomatoes from our garden crushed with tomato paste adn italian seasoning (and a little sugar). It is so much fun and so many ways to make a pizza isn't there? Love your pictures too by the way.

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  38. I love cold pizza for breakfast also.

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  39. O.K. You've inspired me to make pizza tonight, even though I've been trying to keep the oven turned off during our 100 degree days.

    I love your blog. It seems like you mentioned getting apples at the farmer's market in one of your earlier posts. Do you know where they were from. We went to See Canyon on Monday, but no one was open:(

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  40. oh your homemade pizza looks sooo good. When you said 'bat in your kitchen' I wondered! lol.

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  41. I should send you an email instead of posting this in "comments," but my laptop won't let me use my macmail. Oooooh! I'm sad about Gopher Glen. That's our favorite place too, but I figured that since See Canyon Apples and a couple of other places were closed that they were too! I

    Here's another coincidence. We were at the Los Osos Farmer's marke ton Monday. We love Noi's the Thai place? My brother, who lives near Avila, suggested it to us years ago; we went there, and loved it!....and haven't been back since. How silly of us.

    I live in Taft, so you can understand why we spend a lot of time on the Central Coast.

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  42. Hi Kary,
    We make homemade pizza too. I have a pizza peal. I know that that is not the right spelling for peel but I don't know the right spelling. I use to make the crust my self but in the last few years we buy a crust that is very healthy and good tasting too!! I am an old women now a days and don't have the energy I use to have. With this new dog I am so tired. My Bambi was 13 and 8 months when I lost her so she had not wanted to walk far and but just 3 times a day. Tinker wants to walk 8 or 9 times a day and a lot longer walks too!! I am out of shape!!
    Thanks for your visit!!!!!
    xx, Tinker & Fern

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  43. mmmmm pizza good. The bat is great and as a strange coincidence I was out in the front garden last night talking to my neighbours when we noticed actual bats coming out of their loft which we all agreed was amazing. PS I love your house.

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  44. Yum. your dough looks perfect, as does the finished result.

    I'm inspired. This weekend on the grill.

    xo jane

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  45. Pizza is one of my very, very favorites!! It's very timely that you would post this because I have been thinking that it has been a long time since I made a pizza from scratch, and I need too!

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  46. I'm glad that wasn't a real bat! Your kitties would probably have liked one of those as well though. :) Your pizza looks delicious! I agree that the smell of yeast dough rising is heavenly. :)

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  47. Oh yum. I love making homemade pizza too although it has been awhile. Might have to remedy that today :). As a kid my dad worked out of town so every Friday this was my ritual, make homemade cheeseburger pizza complete with pickles (must try it!) to celebrate his return. I don't know if he liked it but I felt pretty darn important.

    Thanks for the memory. I just found your blog this morning while bloghopping.

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  48. Okay I'm coming over for pizza! It looks delicious.

    Th BAT! he heeeee!!!!!!

    xo Ro

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  49. Thank you for visiting my blog and for following! Your pizza looks absolutely delicious. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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  50. We just wrapped up "pizza week" on another site I blog for, I hope you will check it out, Kary, I think it would be right up your alley!! www.fromscratchclub.wordpress.com

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  51. and your pizzas look delicous. I used to do make pizza but for some time it is no longer good, so I gave up.

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  52. I thought you would tell us you had a REAL bat in your kitchen .. whew, I'm glad you don't. We have one that lives in our attic, and he made a midnight visit into our grandson's room the other night ... found where he got through and closed that spot up real quick in the morning, I assure you.

    Pizza day is the BEST day. Yours looks delicious.

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