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Perfect Pizza Dough

With the holidays coming, we have family visiting from out of town and out of state. We generally have a Christmas Eve buffet for the entire family and then a traditional Christmas ham dinner with folks who are able to attend. But with the hustle and bustle that comes with the season, add in the multiple family obligations, and things get a bit crazy. I’m sure you’re family is a lot like mine in this respect. Some nights, dinner can be a challenge.

People are tired of rich foods. People don’t have time to eat. People are in and out of the house for shopping and school programs. When I was a child, we often had homemade pizzas for a special treat meal. When I grew up, takeout pizza became a standard option when life got too busy for cooking. I’ll admit I prefer homemade pizza to takeout, since I can be more selective in the toppings I add. However, I’ve had real trouble finding a good crust recipe.

I’ve used all the pre-packaged dough mixes, and had varying degrees of success with those. I’ve used the pre-made refrigerated dough from the grocery, with better results. But I’ve finally found a made from scratch dough recipe that works for me! My husband even says that it’s “Better than takeout”!

Perfect Pizza Dough

1 teaspoon salt
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cup water
1 package yeast


Gather your ingredients

Using warm water, about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, fill a measuring cup to 1 and ¼ marking. Sprinkle yeast on top and stir to mix. Let yeast and water rest for about 5 minutes. Mix salt and 1 cup of flour in a large mixing bowl. Stir yeast and water into flour and salt mix. Use a large wooden spoon for stirring and add remaining flour, one cup at a time. Stir between additions so dough will form.

Mix Dough

Mix the ingredients, adding flour 1 cup at a time.

Lightly flour counter or kneading surface. Place dough on surface and knead for 10 minutes. Dough will become elastic with kneading. Place dough in oil coated bowl. Set in warm spot to rise for one hour. Punch dough down, and allow dough to rest for 5 minutes.

Kneaded Dough

Knead dough on floured surface for 10 minutes.

Spread on pizza stone or baking sheet. Bake in 415 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add toppings, return to oven and bake another 10 to 15 minutes.

Approximate Nutritional Information: Servings Per Recipe: 16, Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 145g, Total Carbs: 21g, Protein: 3g.

Topping suggestions:
Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms
Ham, pineapple and cheddar cheese
Barbecue sauce, chicken and onions with cheddar cheese
Mozzarella cheese, ham, bacon and sausage
Green peppers, red peppers, onions, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese
Alfredo sauce, broccoli and chicken with mozzarella cheese

Make it a Meal: serve with tossed salad for a fully balanced meal.

Variation: Add oregano or Italian spice mix to the flour while mixing the dough to bake in extra seasoning flavor. Bake the dough without traditional pizza topping, adding light coating of oil, spices and Parmesan cheese during the last 5 minutes of baking time. Serve this bread with pasta dishes.

This is a good recipe to use when the kids invite all their friends over and you want to give them some entertainment along with their meal. Divide the dough into individual portion sized balls and let each children top their own pizza.









Stuffed Dinner Loaf Finished

Quick & Easy Dinner Loaf

Need a quick and easy supper? Something filling but light? A recipe that only takes 5 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to bake? Easy to eat and appealing to all ages? This recipe is for you!

Using a packaged pizza crust, deli meats and cheeses, this stuffed loaf works well as a part of the meal when served with soup or salad. It will also stand alone supported by some chips and a cold drink.

Stuffed Dinner Loaf

Makes: About 4 servings

1 package refrigerated pizza dough
4 tablespoons Italian salad dressing
1/2 cup shredded cheddar/mozzarella cheese
6 slices Swiss cheese
12 slices of turkey
2 tablespoons Italian spices

Preheat oven to 350°F. Open pizza dough package and spread over 9×13-inch pan. Stretch the dough until you have a uniform rectangle.

Drizzle with 2 tablespoons Italian salad dressing and spread evenly over dough. Sprinkle the shredded cheese mixture evenly.

Layer half the slices of turkey on top the shredded cheese. Spread the Swiss cheese slices to cover the turkey. Finish layering with the remaining turkey slices.

Fold one third of the dough and layers toward the middle of the loaf. Fold the bottom third of the dough on top of the first fold. Seal the ends and along the edge of the top layer by pressing with your fingers.

Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of Italian dressing over and spread evenly. Shake the Italian spices over the dressing for additional flavor and color.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until crust is golden. Remove from the oven and let cool on rack for 10 minutes. Cut into serving portions and serve with ranch dressing for dipping sauce.


Approximate Nutritional Information:

Amount per serving: Calories:653, Total Fat: 34g, Cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 2391mg, Total Carbs: 49g, Protein: 39g.

Remember that the fillings you choose will affect the nutritional content, so if you’re restricting sodium or counting fat grams, you’ll want to pay attention to the labels of the items you select.


Italian – Tomato paste, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni
Ham & Cheese – Ham, cheddar cheese, mustard
Philly – Roast beef, provolone, mushrooms
Veggie – Mushroom, onion, green pepper, onions

If you’re trying to please children, you may find that traditional pizza type fillings more appealing to their palate. The beauty of this recipe is the flexibility and variety that can be adapted to suit your tastes or dinner theme.

Grilled Pizza — A New American Tradition

What could be more American than cooking on the grill and pizza? Who doesn’t like pizza? Who doesn’t like grilling? This is the best of both worlds!

I’ve been talking to some friends and family members about creative ways to use our grill and somebody mentioned grilling pizza. That sounded interesting to me and the more I thought about it, I decided I had to try it.

Since the people in my house all prefer different toppings, I thought of a way to let them each have their favorite topping on a personal pizza. We used pita bread as the crust.

Grilled Pizza Ingredients
Sliced pepperoni
Diced red onion
Grilled diced chicken
Bacon bits
Tomato slices
Mozzarella cheese
Cheddar cheese
Pesto and/or pizza sauce
Flat bread/pita

Slice, dice, chop and prep your toppings to preference.

Preheat the grill.

Prepare a pita slice with pesto sauce, spread lightly.

Layer tomato slices, chicken and bacon bits, then top with mozzarella cheese slices.

Prepare another pita slice with pizza sauce, pepperoni slices, tomato, bacon bits and cheddar cheese.


Place pizzas on aluminum perforated pan.

Set grill on low and place pan on lower shelf.

Close grill cover and leave for 5 minutes. No peeking!

Using hot pads, remove pan from grill.

Slice pizza and serve.

Make It A Meal: Serve with a salad and cold soda or iced tea.

This simple recipe leaves a world of opportunity for you and your family. It’s a great way to use up those tidbit left overs. (I seem to have an endless supply of 1 cup servings of all sorts of foods.)


Meat Lovers – pepperoni, ham, bacon, sausage
Vegetarian – mushroom, onions, olives, green, red peppers
Cheese Burger – browned hamburger, cheddar cheese, American cheese
4 Cheese – Mozzarella, Parmesan, cheddar, Swiss
Ham & Cheese – ham, Swiss, mushrooms
White – Alfredo sauce, Mozzarella, grilled chicken
Tex-Mex – jalapeno, taco meat, refried beans, cheddar cheese

This is a nice light supper, great for those evenings when the weather heats up and you don’t want to spend your evening in the kitchen. It’s a good way to get your nutritional balance when you really just want to eat something cool.

This would be a great patio party idea. Have a selection of toppings prepared and the grill hot. Let guests fix their own pizza! The host may have to mind the grill, if someone doesn’t volunteer. 

This menu item is on the rotation at my house for the summer! We’ll be making these little grilled pizzas often. I like them for the simplicity and convenience cooking factor.

My family likes them for the variety and personalization of their own pizzas. Grilled pizzas are on their way to becoming a new tradition!

Cake Batter White Chocolate Fudge-4

Cake Batter White Chocolate Fudge

Hi everyone! I’m so excited today.  Not only is this my very first post as a Culinary.net contributing writer, but I made fudge.  Not any ordinary type of fudge. Cake Batter Fudge. Yes. The ooey, gooey, sweet, sinful taste of yellow cake batter in fudge form.  Chocolate fudge…. you’ve met your competition.

Raise your hand if you’re guilty for licking that giant wooden spoon after mixing up some cake batter. C’mon. You know you do it! I am certain that the only thing better than the actual finished cake is wiping my finger around the sides of the mixing bowl after I pour that silky, creamy batter into the baking pan.

Mmmm. Raw cake batter.  Heaven on earth.  Then I remember those raw eggs…ugh. Life is so hard.

But wait!  I’ve found a way around the samonella, people.  FIVE ways to be exact.  First, there were my very popular cake batter blondies.  Then, my cake batter chocolate chip cookies. Then, my funfetti granola bites + cake batter rice krispie treats. And now? A sprinkled, no bake masterpiece I’d like to call Cake Batter Fudge. 

5 minutes of prep, 1 hour of chilling, and you’re done.  No oven, no mixer, no sweat, no fret!

This cake batter fudge combines yellow cake mix from a box, powdered sugar, butter, milk, white chocolate chips, and a ton of sprinkles.

Life…is just better with sprinkles.

This fudge is so easy and delicious, you’ll want to make it time and time again.  It’s also a fun treat to make with the kids! Add in different colored sprinkles for different holidays.  It’s my birthday this month, so I threw in rainbow sprinkles. :)

PS: don’t forget to come see me + all my recipes over at Sally’s Baking Addiction. I love connecting with new readers!



  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp Betty Crocker Supermoist yellow cake mix (or any brand yellow cake mix)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles


  1. Spray 8×8 baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Mix together cake mix + powdered sugar in a large bowl. Add milk + butter (do not stir them in) and microwave for 2 minutes.  Once done, immediately begin mixing everything together.  The batter will be very thick. Fold in white chocolate + sprinkles. Stir gently.  You do not want the sprinkles to leak their color too much!
  3. Spoon into prepared baking pan, making sure it is level and smooth at the top.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.  Cut into squares and enjoy!

Note: Store fudge in the refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from girl meets life.