Quick Update

Hey internets –

I know that my presence here is sort of inconsequential right now (which has worked out beautifully this week, what with all the not writing I’ve been doing), but I wanted to tell you three things.

No, four.

1) I have been astonished by your response to Ye Olde Christmas Tour. And y’all totally get the credit for the number of people who participated, because you are the ones who got the word out. You posted the button and told your readers and mentioned the tour on Twitter and who knows what else. Then you showed up and linked to your beautiful pictures and shared all your wonderful ideas. Thank you. I cannot say it enough.

2) Friday morning I’m going to close Mr. Linky to any new links. The list is huge, and once that post rolls over to a new page, it won’t be so easy to check and make sure the links are legitimate. So the current links will remain active, but you won’t be able to add a new link after about 10 AM central time tomorrow.

3) Also, I’m doing a random drawing from the comments on the tour post, and one of the commenters will win a personalized engraved tile from Engraved Euniques. I’ll post the winner sometime after lunch tomorrow.

4) After our unfortunate post-Thanksgiving run-in with Stomach Virus ’08 (I haven’t blogged about it because quite frankly I don’t want to think about it EVER AGAIN IN MY WHOLE LIFE), I’ve decided that there is absolutely no way I can cook cornbread dressing or sweet potato casserole for Christmas dinner. There’s really no good reason to share the specific details that led me to this decision, but suffice it to say that I HAVE MY REASONS.

Anyway, I’ve decided that I’m going to make homemade pizzas for Christmas dinner (it’ll be different! it’ll be fun! it won’t be anything like cornbread dressing!), then use the leftover marinara sauce to cook chicken parmesan the day after Christmas when my sister and her hubby come to town.

So. If you happen to have some good homemade pizza recipes and / or pizza ideas, would you let me know in the comments?


Or gratzi.

And, you know, thanks.

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  1. Sorry about the stomach virus! Those are the worst! I don’t blame you for having pizza, I would too in that situation!

    Thanks for hosting the tour. It was really fun and I loved seeing everyone’s different creative styles.

    Merry Christmas

  2. If you make your own crust or use Pillsbury’s pizza crust you can make stuff crust pizza but putting string cheese in the crust and then pinching the crust to ensure that the cheese stays in.

    We have five children under the age of 2.5 and they love it. Merry Christmas

  3. Living overseas, I learned to make my own pizza. It’s not incredible, but it’s good. Here’s a couple of hints:

    slice onions and green peppers as fine as you can

    make your own sauce: saute (finely chopped) onion and garlic in a little olive oil till they’re starting to brown; add tomato paste and water to right consistency; add italian type spices (oregano, basil) and sugar and s & p till it tastes just right

  4. Hey there. We make homemade pizza almost every Friday night and use 2 super easy recipes that we found on Food TV’s website. The first is for pizza sauce and the second is for the dough. Here they are:



    I highly recommend them both.

  5. Just a note about the 2nd link I posted in my previous comment. The recipe is a little confusing. You have to scroll all the way to the bottom for the pizza dough ingredients and then look back up the page for the directions. Seems a little backward to me, but it is a great recipe and well worth the confusing layout.

    Merry Christmas and happy pizza making!

  6. I do have to say the holiday tour has been so much fun, but wowers I’m not even half way through the list yet. I should get through it in time for next years tour. LOL

    I’m sorry to hear of your stomach virus. We had that last year and I can totally appreciate why you want to go a whole new direction with food now. My best pizza recipe is to call Pizza Hut.

  7. edj’s recipe for pizza sauce is right on the money. They don’t sell it premade here so we always have to make from scratch. If you need to make it quick – some thick tomato sauce mixed with garlic salt, pepper, dried oregano & basil to taste with a dash of red pepper flake works great too.

    And – because of you – Switzerland and the UK met yesterday. In the form of myself and Linds. Thank you!

  8. I’d go with edj’s sauce. If you like your sauce a little chunkier you could substitute crushed tomatoes for the tomato paste.

    I am too lazy to make my own dough, so I use a premade crust (I am a huge fan of Boboli thin crust wheat).

    For toppings, two of my favorite pizzas are: Smoked mozzarella and prosciutto. shred the prosciutto and grate the mozzarella. That’s it.

    The other: Prosciutto, mozzarella, and artichokes.

    I had already decided that I was going to make pizza this year for Christmas too (it’s just me this year, no trip home)! I’m going with the smoked mozzarella and prosciutto.

  9. We just had homemade pizza last night. I use the Martha White pizza dough mix and Ragu pizza quick sauce. That way I can put all my efforts into the “toppings”. That’s where we like to go crazy. The boys like the standard pepperoni and cheese, but Hubby and I like it little more gourmet. We add sauteed onions, fresh spinach, mushrooms, pineapple, etc. Just let your imagination run wild. I haven’t tried it yet, but I want to try making a “white” pizza with alfredo sauce.

    And PS – if you have any of the Pampered Chef baking stones, they make incredible pizzas! Merry Christmas, or as the Italians say “Buon Natale!”

  10. Good for you…changing it up a bit. We usually have sushi for Christmas eve and then a big dinner on Christmas day, but after almost catching my new oven on fire with pies at Thanksgiving we are doing soups and sandwhiches for Christmas day.

    BUT… I have some pizza ideas for you.
    Check on Roni’s page on Greenbitelites
    She lost 70ish pounds by cooking light (not much exercise) Anyway, she has a great “The don’t know what is in there” sauce recipe(on page 2) that uses pureed veggies. I do it all the time because my hubby and daughter don’t eat many veggies but will eat pizza, so it gives them some veggies in disguise. It makes pizza healthier! Enjoy and Merry Christmas

  11. i wanted to do something different for Christmas dinner this year too, but then my dad went and ordered a boston butt so now i am not sure how to do different with that!! thanks dad!

    got any ideas on some different sides rather than the same old same ole? keep in mind i will be feeding about 20 people here at my house. I know, i know…

  12. Hey BooMama!

    We’ve been doing the homemade pizza thing for Christmas for a few years now. I mean everyone is sick of turkey and ham by Christmas morning because it seems like we have them like 50 times between Thanksgiving week and Christmas. Pizza just hits the spot!

  13. A few years ago I started a new tradition with our family — homemade pizzas on Christmas Eve. Our church has a Christmas Eve communion service at 4:30 p.m. After the service, we come home and make our pizzas! I usually prepare the crusts ahead of time (using a mix). I also bake the crust for a few minutes before adding the toppings so that it will not be “doughy.” The kids have fun selecting their toppings and making their own creations. After the pizzas, we watch a Christmas movie together and then read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and then the REAL Christmas Story form Luke.

  14. Alfredo Sauce
    Grilled Chicken
    Feta Cheese
    Thinly Sliced Red Onion
    Minced Garlic


  15. How about putting the dough on the grill?

    Hopefully this link will work, but if not it’s through Food Network/Barefoot Contessa/ grilled california pizza.

    We’ve done it a few times, and it’s quite tasty.

    Merry Christmas!


  16. http://browneyedbasics.wordpress.com/2008/09/22/garlic-basil-pizza-dough/

    This recipe is from my old blog, but it’s the best homemade pizza dough I’ve ever tasted!

  17. Pizzas are a great idea! We will occasionally have make-your-own-pizza parties, which are a hit with all ages. I either make the dough (Basic Pizza Dough from Cooking Light, myrecipes.com) or buy it from the Publix Bakery (just ask at the counter; they will sell you dough balls for about $2 each). The dough from Publix is very tasty. We will then roll out the dough into individual sizes and then set out a bunch of toppings and sauces. For the last pizza party we had, the offerings included roasted chicken, bacon, baby spinach, roasted garlic, tomato sauce, pesto, chicken Italian sausage (I bought the sausage at Whole Foods), sliced plum tomatoes, shredded mozzarella cheese, sliced fresh mozzarella, and sliced provolone cheese. In the future, some roasted red peppers and goat cheese would be good to throw in the mix as well.

  18. Hi there BooMama! Here is a link to a blog I regularly read – Mandajuice. Amanada’s recipe for homemade pizza is great!!!

  19. I am hooked on the pizza bites from this year’s Gooseberry Patch Christmas. They’re made with a mini muffin pan and flaky layers biscuits. Just spray your pan, tear the biscuits apart into two or three sections and press into pan. Top with pepperoni, a spoonful of sauce and cheese and bake at 350 for 10 or 15 min.
    I’m going to try some more froofy toppings to make an assortment of pizza bites for a party I’m having on Monday. And I think I’m going to try the flaky biscuits on a baking sheet instead of in the muffin pan to give them a more personal pan feel. Wish me luck!

  20. I so enjoyed peeking in on everyone’s homes! This was my first tour – maybe next year I’ll post pictures! Thanks for sharing!

    My in-laws have been doing pizza for Christmas for years! So fun! We use pizza crust mix, store-bought sauce and let everyone in on the toppings. (Some years we just break down and order Pizza Hut!) Either way, it’s a fun tradition!

  21. I like the dough recipe at Crystal’s blog:


    Very fast and easy. And for the 2 1/2 cups of flour that it calls for, I use 2 cups white and 1/2 cup wheat. The wheat gives it a little extra texture, and I figure the fiber is good for us all!

    This recipe makes one huge pizza or two medium ones. I’ll usually go ahead and make a double batch and make two huge ones (I’m blessed with two 17″ pans)and make two different pizzas. I just use jarred spaghetti sauce, like Ragu or something, and don’t bother with “pizza” sauce per se.

  22. Go to the bakery at Publix and purchase as many rounds of pizza dough as you need. It is YUMMY and easy! It’s as good as homemade – just someone else made it!

  23. Ooh, I have a great crust and sauce recipe. At least my husband and kiddos love it!

    The crust is
    2 T. olive oil
    1 t. sugar or honey
    1 t. salt
    2 1/2 c. flour
    1 c. warm water
    1 T yeast

    Put all the ingredients in the order given into a heavy duty mixer and knead for six minutes Then roll out dough on pan. Prebake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Then spread with sauce and toppings and bake again at 400 for 10-15 minutes.

    8 oz. can tomato sauce
    1 t. sugar or honey
    1/2 t. basil
    1/4 t. oregano
    1/4 t. garlic powder
    1 t. onion powder
    1 T. olive oil for flavoring (optional – I never add this).

    That’s it! :)

  24. Your tour of homes has been fantastic. SO many great ideas!

    We grill our pizza! I wrote all about it – the method, ingredients, and took some pics. One of our all-time favorite meals! Simply delicious! And, red and green, too. HO HO HO!


    Merry Christmas!

  25. I’m not sure if someone has mentioned this, but we love to make alfredo pizza (we call it “white pizza”). Instead of tomato sauce, use alfredo sauce–I suggest making your own because the jarred stuff is just plain wrong. We put grilled chicken and grilled onions and LOTS of mozz cheese. You could also add mushrooms.

    The process is all the same, you just don’t use the marinara or tomato sauce.

  26. We love BBQ chicken pizza. It’s super easy and we “cheat” with pizza crust from the store (Pillsbury or a Boboli crust, either work). Regardless of which one you use–pre-cook the crust (even the Boboli).

    For 1 pizza:

    2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed
    3/4 cup BBQ sauce
    1/2 of a red onion sliced
    1 cup shredded mozz. cheese
    1 cup shredded smoked gouda cheese

    Put the cubed chicken in a bowl, toss with a little bit of the BBQ sauce.

    Use rest of the sauce to coat the pre-browned pizza crust (OK to add more if you want too…).

    Top with chicken/BBQ mixture
    Top with onions
    Top with cheeses

    Bake at 375 (or whatever you had the oven set at before to pre-brown the crust) until cheese is melted and bubbles. Yum!

    Enjoy! :)

  27. I use frozen bread dough from Kroger for the crust- thaw and roll it out with a rolling pin. And I usually make “stromboli” instead of plain old pizza… layer pizza toppings in a strip down the center of the dough (starting with cheese) and stack as many layers as you can, usually about 2 each. Fold the sides up and press the seam closed down the middle and ends. Flip onto a cookie sheet or baking stone, seam side down, and bake until bread is golden. I like it best when I don’t put sauce in the middle, but serve it on the side for dipping.
    Merry Christmas!!

  28. Wise choice about the meal and I cannot thank you enough for not going TMI on the reasons against certain foods! We have a tradition of Mexican food on Christmas Eve and this year will be having ham for “the Day” since got a loverly one from brother and SIL. Your pizzas sound splendid – DIY is a great idea with Howard getting so grown up and all. Maybe even do cookie or fruit pizzas for ‘zerts? The tour – she is a big ‘un – a bit overwhelming but what clever and creative people read your blog!

  29. Yummy… I love homemade pizzas :) I’m not sure if you have a Trader Joe’s around you, but they have excellent fresh pizza dough, and it’s super cheap! There’s a whole wheat one and a regular one, each near the veggies, and I think it’s like $2. A bargain! I tend to use that and make either pizzas or strombolis. If you don’t have a TJs, one lesson I’ve learned is to get some fresh dough from a local pizza place. We have a couple delicious, local pizza restaurants that will sell me their dough for literally… ONE DOLLAR. It’s totally worth a call to ask. Not only is it delicious, fresh dough… but it certainly saves the time it would take to make your own, and it’s better than the mess you buy in a box at the grocery store to make your own :)

    Have a Merry Christmas… or however, you might say that in Italy :)

  30. I just recently started following your blog…from the tour, but I had seen so many other bloggers comment on you, I just had to see for myself. Thanks for the tour, it was great.

  31. The dough recipe I’ve been using lately takes a little advance planning, but it’s so good.

  32. I know you’ve gotten many responses for homemade pizza recipes, but I had to send this to you. I have used this recipe a few times now and it always turns out great: http://tinyurl.com/2mxayc
    It’s from Simply Recipes. I think pizza and chicken parmesan are great ideas for Christmas dinners!

  33. We always have homemade pizza on Christmas Day in my family! It it so much fun for everyone to be in the kitchen building their own “perfect” pizza. We make lots and eat it for days. We started this tradition because by the time Christmas came around everyone was tired of traditional meat/potato/veggie. Hope ya’ll have as much fun in your family!

  34. Homemade pizzas are such fun for parties – you can let everyone make their own.

    I think you’ll start a great tradition.

    The dough recipe I use most is in Martha Stewart’s Hors d’oeuvres Cookbook. It really is easy AND can be made ahead, even frozen.

  35. Here’s my favorite: http://whatwouldmarthacook.blogspot.com/2008/05/vegetarian-gourmet-toppings-for-pizza.html

    It links to the dough recipe, too.

    Praying you have a wonderful Christmas, friend-with No visits to sickness!

  36. Here is our “make your own pizza” recipe.

    And we have the Holiday Stomach Bug of Aught Six story that we like to recall. Or shudder over. Ah, the memories.

  37. I make a mozzarella (hope I spelled that right) pizza with pepperonni,bacon, mushrooms, bell peppers and bananna peppers. I also make cheese sticks with garlic seasoning and sharp cheddar cheese. My hubby loves it! Have a Merry Christmas and hopefully no more stomach bugs.
    ~ Molly P

  38. Very wise maneuver! Here’s how we do pizza at our place: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/07/tgif-make-homemade-pizza.html

  39. I love the homemade pizza idea! We have friends (just another couple) coming over on Christmas eve and I’m already stressed about what to make. How easy that homemade pizzas would be!! I’m gonna steal your idea BooMama.

  40. I don’t know about for the grownups, but for the kiddos at my house, we make biscuit pizza. All you need is whop-em biscuits (you know, the ones in the can that POP when you hit the on the counter because you are physically incapable of opening them), the sauce, and whatever toppings. I just set everything out for my girls, and they make their own individual pizzas. A very popular idea!

  41. Good Morning!
    Pizza sound GREAT for Christmas eve! Here’s a super SIMPLE idea, and everyone can choose their own topping! http://sherrissouthernstyle.blogspot.com/2008/10/individual-french-bread-pizzas.html
    Merry Christmas!!

  42. No pizza recipes here, but I wanted to tell you this:

    I made your cornbread last night (for the second time) and man-oh-man, I think I’m in love. :) And now I can dazzle guests with my delicious cornbread! …because I’ll never tell it’s yours. Call me the credit bandit. :)

  43. Oh how I’m knowing the reason you’re not able to make the dressing and sweet potato casserole. It’s probably the same reason I won’t be able to eat at Chili’s again for a VERY LONG time! The Hubby suggested it for lunch, day before yesterday, and I do believe I started gagging!
    Why oh why did the Stomach Virus have to go and ruin such a good thing??!
    And I, too, want to NEVER again think about it or re-live it! THE WORST!!
    Hope your Christmas pizzas turn out well!
    We’ll be having some Italian for dinner that day, too. In the form of frozen lasagna! I’m sure yours’ will be much better. ;)
    Here’s to a Stomach Virus Free 2009!!!

  44. I have to echo the grilled pizza and the bbq chicken pizza. Grilled pizza is really yummy if you grill bacon and veggies and put them on top, too. I make 4 homemade pizzas every Saturday for our pizza and movie night, so we do all sorts of different things… ham & pineapple, spinach & feta cheese. It’s so much fun to come up with different toppings and combinations.

  45. Oh no…. I was planning to do my Christmas Tour post this weekend (so busy didn’t get a chance to do it this week). Sorry to hear Mr. Linky will close today :(

    Liza’s Eyeview
    A Maui Blog

  46. Unfortunately I don’t have any good pizza recipes. But I did want to thank you again for doing this…and for your generosity. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  47. I’ll say it again. Nothing worse than ruining good dressing. I hope you recover from the trauma before next year.

    I don’t have a specific recipe, but you could also make a fun dessert pizza that Alex could help with.

  48. I’m trying this recipe tomorrow:
    It looks quite tasty! I’m just planning on doing pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. But at a fancy pizza place, I had a pizza with red onions, bacon, a blend of cheeses, and dollops of ricotta cheese, and it was DELECTABLE! MMMMMMMMMMM!

  49. I love making homemade pizza. I use a mix of wheat and white flour, and add about 1/2 c. of cornmeal – it really makes the dough amazing. Homemade dough takes very little time, but is really delicious. And, you should totally cook your pizza on the grill. 1. It tastes WAY better.
    2. Your husband could be in charge of cooking.
    3. You can make lots of smaller pizzas and everyone could even make their own.

    Here’s a little post I did about it:

    I love pesto on pizza. And some olive oil, rosemary, and garlic also makes a nice sauce. And sauteed onions. And cheese. I’d suggest a little bar of ingredients and everyone could pick out what they want. Enjoy your virus-free Christmas!

  50. We take frozen Rhodes rolls. Spray a cookie sheet with Pam. Spread the rolls out to thaw with cellophane on top that has been sprayed as well. Once they are good and thawed (about 3 hours), use a rolling pin to roll each one out. Then, here’s the best part. Grill them! Grill one side. Flip & put on toppings. My favorite is sliced tomato (no sauce), cheese, and italian seasoning. Mmmm. So good. The rest of the fam does sauce on theirs.

  51. Here are some awesome pizza combos I’ve had:

    for the grown-ups:
    -apples and bacon
    -white pizza (ala mellow mushroom): mozzarella, ricotta, feta, parmesan cheeses with olive oil and garlic
    -pesto instead of marinara sauce topped with any or all of the above mentioned cheeses
    -italian meats and cheese: capicola, prosciutto, pepperoni, dollops of ricotta

    for all:
    -mexican pizza: salsa instead of marinara, topped with shredded mozzarella, ground beef cooked with taco seasoning, black olives. when it comes out of the oven, top with shredded lettuce and dollop with sour cream.
    -christmas pizza: heavy on the red and green bell peppers.
    -dessert pizza: roll out sugar cookie dough (slice and bake dough or homemade) into a pizza pan and bake until cooked through. set aside to cool. make a sauce with vanilla pudding mix, cream cheese, and lemon juice. spread the sauce onto the cooled crust and arrange your favorite fruits on top. (i think sliced kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries look nice.)

    merry christmas!

  52. Pioneer Woman’s Pesto Tomato Pizza is AWESOME. I made it three or four times this summer when our basil was fresh and the sisters LOVED it. I am sure canned pesto would work just as well. Bascially – spread a thin layer of pesto over the crust. Top with very thinly sliced tomatoes red peppers and cheese – bake til done! So so so yummy – if you have to have meat – maybe some chicken or italian sausage.

  53. My favorite thing to do on “Homemade Pizza Night” (and sounds WONDERFUL for Christmas) is make smaller crusts – get everyone’s favorite ingredients – and then let them put together their own pizzas. Everyone gets what they want and can go a little crazy with it!

  54. BooMama,
    Thanks so much for the Christmas Tour of Homes…so much fun! Enjoy your Christmas pizza. May you and your loved ones have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

  55. I quickly glanced through comments and didn’t see this recipe…but I could have missed it, so my apologies if someone already posted this.

    Papa John’s Pizza Sauce

    1 can tomato puree (or substitute crushed tomatoes)
    1/4 cup water
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1 teaspoon olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon oregano
    1/8 teaspoon basil
    1/8 teaspoon thyme
    1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

    Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat & simmer for fifteen to twenty minutes.

    Yield: 1 cup

    Yes, seriously–lemon juice. :) My family loves this recipe! Please let us know what you end up using, and how it all turns out.

    Merry Christmas!

  56. Well, that clinches it. If there’s no sweet potato casserole, I’m just going to have to go to my MIL’s instead. Sorry, Boo. Maybe next year.

  57. my most favorite pizza to make at home is BLT. you can find some great recipes for it online.

  58. Good call on the pizza for Christmas dinner. We had the same unfortunate series of events after Thanksgiving and for that reason we too are passing on the turkey and stuffing for Christmas. For us it will be tenderloin roast and yorkshire pudding. Homemade pizza for Christmas dinner and my mama would have a fit and fall in it. But that idea sounds lovely, and much less work! My favorite part of homemade pizza is the crust in the bread machine. And our favorite homemade pizza is BBQ chicken – yuuummmm!

  59. I love this idea! I’m so tired of the same stuff each year and this is perfect! I’m totally lovin that Papa John’s sauce comment!! Sounds yummy!

  60. i LOVE this idea…we may just adopt it.

    Have a wonderful stomach-bug free Christmas week!!!

  61. My easiest best homemade pizza recipe is to buy a oven roasted chicken and tear it into pieces, coat with bar-b-que sauce(Sweet Baby Rays, whew its good!) place it on top of a store bought pizza shell, that has been rubbed with olive oil all over, top with a blend of any cheeses you like, add some onion powder, little garlic salt, black pepper, bake according to directions on pizza shell. This is a great quick dinner at our house. May not be what you are thinking for Christmas Dinner but I definitely recommend the bar-b-que chicken as a topping.

    Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas. I have enjoyed finding and reading your blog so much this year!

    Love and Blessings, Debbie in Tennessee

  62. Our family tradition is homemade pizza’s on Christmas Eve. The kiddos love picking all their own toppings. Last year I had alot of people so I went with the pillsbury refrig pizza dough. Quick, easy and not bad.

    I make the kids each their own little one and for the adults I usually make a big square one and ask each person what they want and we have TONS of toppings to pick from. Have fun!

  63. You’ve got plenty of great suggestions above, but just in case, here’s my tried-n-true thick and chewy, fast and easy pizza crust recipe.

    However, maybe you’d like something a little more special for this occasion…in which case, pay more attention to the true cooks above.


  64. Sorry about the sickness, it has taken me years to cook ham for the very same reason.
    We love BLT Pizza, I found it on Food Network. Have a Marry Christmas.

    3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cooked and cubed
    2 tablespoons butter, melted
    1 (2 ounce) bottle hot sauce
    1 (8 ounce) bottle blue cheese salad dressing
    1 (16 inch) prepared pizza crust
    1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese
    Add to Recipe Box
    My folders:

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
    In a medium bowl combine the cubed chicken, melted butter and hot sauce. Mix well. Spread whole bottle of salad dressing over crust, then top with chicken mixture and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
    Bake in preheated oven until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly, about 5 to 10 minutes. Let set a few minutes before slicing, and serve.

  66. The ONLY way to do homemade pizza is via Trader Joe’s. They have the very best crust that comes in little bags and is found in the refrigerated section. Then go to the pasta sauce section and get a jar or two of their pizza sauce–the best! Top it off with TJ’s Quatro Formagia blend of cheeses, some sun dried tomatoes, and maybe a little ham if you’re feeling lucky. Oh, the glory of a TJ’s homemade pizza.

    Oh, I just remembered . . . you’re somewhere down South where they may not even have a Trader Joe’s. If that’s the case, I am truly very sorry for you. You’re on your own.

  67. Because I always want to keep my responsibility to a minimum… wait. No…

    Because my husband is such a great barbeque-r (Bar-B-Que-R? Griller. However you’re supposed to say it.) we do steaks Christmas day. Fast and yummy. Even when we’ve lived in snowy climates! BBQing = less time I spend slaving over an oven. Mwahaha. (But it IS a fun tradition.)

  68. I’m so sorry you were sick, Boomama. I totally understand not wanting to ever cook the things that you, ah…violently revisited.

    Thank you for hosting the house tour! It was lots of fun!


  69. My KitchenAid mixer came with a great easy recipe for pizza dough and you can make it in there in no time (assuming you have one, which I do!) : )

    P.S. 11 out of 13 of us got the Thanksgiving PLAGUE back in 2003. I. am. SO. Sorry.

  70. Is it weird that our family all got stomach-bug after Thanksgiving? I escaped unscathed but 5 others did not. Could it have been something on the store shelves? Yikes!

  71. ok, I’m too lazy to see if anyone has posted this….and, this pizza is a Pesto pizza…so, it kinda kills the “use the marinara sauce the next day” idea. But, my family, even the kids(though I do leave the peppers and onions off 1/2 a pizza for them), like this and its different and super easy.

    So as to not get sued for plagarism, this recipe is “Dave’s Fave Pizza” on pg 202 on the Jr League’s Tables of Content and was submitted by Leslie Berry McLeod.

    1 red bell pepper
    1 yellow bell pepper
    1 onion, sliced
    3 TBS olive oil
    1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed (if I feel like being a little healthier one night–I use Italian turkey sausage, which they carry at Publix)
    2 10 oz pkgs whole wheat pizza crusts (I’ve used Boboli–again, got at Publix)
    1 (7 oz) jar pesto sauce
    1 cup shredded mozzerella cheese
    2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
    Grated parmesan cheese to taste

    Preheat oven to 450. Toss bell peppers and onions in olive oil until coated and cook on a baking sheet for about 10 min, turning occasionally. Let stand until cool. Cut bell peppers into strips.

    Brown the sausage, stirring until crumbly and then drain.

    Take pizza crusts and do the following evenly between the 2 crusts: Spread pesto. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Then, top with sausage, peppers and onion. Finally, sprinkle goat cheese and parmesan. Make for 7-8 minutes or until cheese melts.


  72. So I must know. Do you visit every one of the entrants in the Christmas tour? I don’t know how you could!

    And also. You want pizza? 1-800-dominoes. You’re welcome. *grin*

  73. Oh, I am SO GLAD that you posed this question! :)

    We’re having a Pizza Cooking Party for our son’s 4th birthday, I even designed his birthday party invites myself, and I’m reading through all your comments getting some great ideas!

    I intend to make dough in advance and have it ready for all of the kids coming to the party so that they can roll out individual sized pizzas. I’ll have bowls of various toppings prepped and ready for them to use to build their own personal pizzas.

    I found cute kids aprons at Oriental Trading Company and chef hats too! I’m going to have the kids decorate them with fabric paints before they start baking.

    I found small, kid-sized rolling pins at Michael’s and each kid is getting one to use and take home, along with their apron and chef hat.

    I’m excited! I think it’ll be a fun party! :)

  74. Hi BooMama,

    We usually buy either, refrigerator pizza dough or in the frozen section loaves of bread dough, we knead into the dough or sprinkle and press into the pizza dough the minced dried garlic(in your spice cabinet) and I also around the edges sprinkle sesame and poppy seeds. The toppings of course unlimited ideas, I usually do a veggie pizza with spinach, tomatoes, roasted garlic,fresh slices of mozzarella cheese, you could add other veggies maybe mushrooms. I also love chicken, bell peppers, spinach, red onions. Of course a great cheese blend as well. I guess it also depends on what sauce red, white, pesto, mexican pizza. I think it sounds yummy, I may even suggest it to my family.
    Happy holidays,

  75. I think pizzas are a great idea. A new family tradition perhaps!

    Unless you have your heart set on making your own dough – you know you can go down to your local pizzeria and buy the uncooked dough the day before, (it’s not very expensive) and pop it in the frig. Then you’re all set on Christmas day – just roll it or stretch it out, top it, cook it. Eat!

    Hope your Christmas is wonderful BooMama!

  76. I make a Tiki Tike pizza that we love and adore, but there is no marinara sauce on it. However, it is green, so it’s festive!


    Here are another couple of family fav’s – but in looking at them, no marinara sauce. Hmm, must be a theme!



    Pizza for Christmas dinner sounds like so much fun! Hmmm, might have borrow that for next year.

    Cheers, Kiy

  77. Mary Helen says:

    We have a great recipe for Pizza Dough/Foccacia Bread. Just put fresh sliced mozzarella, vegetables, olive oil, spices, meat, etc. on top and bake. Your whole family will love it! It is actually our Valentine’s Day tradition to make heart-shaped pizzas at home.

    ¼ cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
    1 envelope active dry yeast or 2 tsp of active dry yeast
    1 teaspoon sugar
    4 cups bread flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 ¼ cups water
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Parchment paper

    In a bowl, combine warm water, yeast and sugar. Stir to combine. In a food processor, combine flour and salt, then pulse. Add the yeast mixture, water and oil. Pulse until a ball is formed: this will happen quickly; be careful not to overwork the dough. Scrape the dough out into an oiled bowl and let rise at room temperature for about 1 hour.

    Punch dough down and divide into 2 to 4 balls. Make pizza on parchment paper.

    Heat up pizza stone in a 500 degree oven and cook for 11 to 12 minutes. You should be able to tap on the crust (and it will be hard enough so that it does not sink in) when it is done.

    Note: If you do not have a pizza stone, you can always use a cookie sheet turned upside down!

  78. I’m afraid I didn’t read through all 80 comments to see if someone already suggested this, but…

    Our new favorite pizza is a tostada pizza. Take your dough of choice, slather with refried black beans and bake. Top with chopped lettuce, salsa, cheese, and maybe sourcream or ranch dressing. Very very very delicious…AND, the upside down cookie sheet really works!