Monday, July 21, 2008

Homemaking Tip: Deep Dish Pizza

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Something that strikes fear into the heart of men (actually, just mostly women) is the first time your daughter asks you if she can cook a meal. You want to teach her to be the perfect homemaker, like you are, but your mind starts to wander to what will actually take place during this first lesson. There will be the confusion about what kind of utensils to use, what kind of bowls and pots, where you have the cream of tartar (what IS that, anyway?), and complicated mathematical fractions will have to be solved as the measuring cups and spoons come out. And the mess....the mess....Need I say more?

Let me assure you, faithful readers, if you can try to get through this most difficult of homemaking challenges, you WILL see the fruits of your labors. The following is a chronicle of how my thirteen-year-old created a deep dish pizza completely unassisted...and it was the BEST pizza I've EVER had in ALL my life!

Disclaimer: Kyla and I take absolutely NO credit for creating this recipe. She found it on The Food Network, one of her favorite places to find good ideas. Here is the link.

Disclaimer 2: I haven't read enough of these kinds of cooking posts to know what I'm doing, so bear with me.

Okay, I just looked at the recipe again and it says it's copyrighted, so I will just post pictures of my daughter creating this meal without telling you the exact ingredients. Just click the link above, where it says "here". Okay, fine, you can click here, too. Hopefully the pictures will serve their purpose in causing your mouth to water and encouraging you to teach your kids to do this, too!

The dough, mentally preparing to rise (and I can say that because the yeast is truly a living organism)...



The onions, garlic and bell peppers...



The onions, garlic and bell peppers sauteing. This smelled unbelievably good.



The cornmeal, just because it's in a cute bag. Actually, you sprinkle this on the greased cookie sheet to make for easy removal of the pizza.


The pizza right before it's entrance into the flaming inferno. Actually, it was an electric oven, so there were no flames.



An action shot of Kyla introducing the pizza into the oven. For some reason, the 12-year-old is about to eat a spoon of the corn meal and the two-year-old is about to open Grandpa's jar of jalapenos. I JUST realized that just now as I was looking closely at the photo. Now, I can tell you that he never did get the jar opened because I don't remember any forlorn screaming that night. It was a good night.



Kyla reviewing her recipe to make sure she got it right...Reid actually eating the cornmeal, and Johnny moving onto the the Vlasic pickle jar. Thank goodness for pickle distraction or there could have been a jalapeno fiasco.



Reid's face after trying the cornmeal...Johnny giving up on opening jars altogether and I don't know what Kyla is doing.



Here is what this baby looked like when it was finally finished. It was to die for. While it was cooking, Kyla also made a fresh peach pie for dessert. All of this took three hours, and we didn't actually sit down to eat until 8:30 at night, but it was a night to remember!



And since she worked so hard, I cleaned up the mess...and that was okay.

24 comments:

Laurie said...

Will you please call me the next time Kyla makes such a masterpiece?! I'm sure you had enough to share with poor little 'ol me, and I would have even helped clean up the kitchen! That pizza looks fabulous - way to go Kyla!!! It's a good thing you didn't post pictures of the peach pie because I would just start hanging out on your porch.

Jen said...

Laurie, I wish you would get a blog so I could respond! Oh well. I'll just do it here. You can come hang out on our porch anytime. As long as you come with some OFF. Just the thought of you standing on our porch getting bitten up makes me sad. You wouldn't have to stand long...

Melinda Pink said...

yum! That looks really good.
Tell Kyla good job!

Rae said...

I giggled my way through this whole post. Such fun! Great pictures, great food, great lessons learned!!

the singer family said...

that looks so good. I may try it tonight.

Derrick & Laurice said...

Go Kyla...she really does a great job! At mutual we cooked a little and she knew a lot more than I did...I found myself asking her questions. To my defense I never said I could cook and never tried until we moved here. I miss her....class isn't the same without her!

Troy the Marathon Man said...

A bunch of us had to get a Tdap for our clinicals and all of us got sick in some way. Fevers, fatigue, etc.....no big deal, it happens, but it sucks when it does. Probably a bad batch. I fully support all immunizations, though, even when there are side effects. I'd rather have those than diptheria, tetanus or pertussis.

Bobbi said...

Kyla, will you come over here and make a pizza for us? That looked REALLY yummy!! So it's wasn't so bad after all, huh Mom??

Dejah said...

Just as an FYI you can print a copyrighted recipie as long as you give credit due. After she is done with the Farnsworths, can she stay at my house for a week?

Cambria, Greg, Alan and Molly said...

yummm-o! I love pizza and I am TYRING to start a Friday night pizza/movie/cookie tradition so I always need new pizza ideas. Have you ever had a pizza stone? I LOVE mine, it makes the crust so good. We always had to make meals in the summer when we were growing up and it really does help you when you get out on your own and have to actually feed yourself.

Amanda B. said...

That pizza looks divine!!!! Your daughter seems to be an incredible cook already!

Rach =o) said...

Looks DELICIOUS! I just printed the recipe. I also added you to my friends list. Hope thats ok.

The Farmer's Wife said...

Way to go Jen and Kyla! cute pictures and that pizza looks amazing! Any chance you can come down and give PreShie some tips? My friends Jen...I have made you an apron..I need to come to the far away land of Juarez for a haircut...I will bring it by! Hugs!

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

WOW...this looks amazing! I would love for someone to come and make me a pizza like that! So glad you got to reap the rewards for her efforts!

the dutson five said...

Looks yummy! We'll have to try that one!

Jan Turley said...

You are a good mom! Patience is a virtue, right?:) And then you got to reap the rewards of your patience! I have an 8 yr. old that LOVES to help cook...I too fear the day when she wants to make her first meal. Hope her 1st meal looks as great as Kyla's! And I hope her mom is as patient as Jen and lets her experiment!:)

Rach =o) said...

Hey Jen. We have the same van I think. A chevy 15 passenger. What other kinda car is there?? hehe

Krissy said...

DUDE. That pizza FO SHO looks awesome. Must look into that pizza dough recipe. And a fresh peach pie for dessert? WHAT??? Ok, I need all your secrets, cause when Natalie is 13, I fully expect her to take over my role. lol Okay, just kidding... but it would be nice ... or wait. I was cooking like that at 13. Hmm... I need to go think. lol

Pedaling said...

yum! looks like it was worth the wait!

HDMac said...

I agree = that is a MASTERPIECE! GREAT job!!!

mom_of2boys said...

This looks great! We love deep dish pizza and this would be a lot cheaper than going out to buy it.

Thanks for sharing!!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

She did a great job--mmmm, that melty cheese looks so yummy!

~ Sarah

Mrs. Organic said...

Looks good - pretty soon she'll be regular chef.

(I love the bricks in your kitchen)

Cindy said...

Oh this looks so good! I have had so much fun looking through your recipes!

Thanks for sharing!
Cindy
www.skiptomylou.org