So we've gotten pretty good at stocking up on grocery items in the bigger cities and learning to make everything from scratch: bread, hummus, granola, spaghetti sauce...you name it, I've probably tried it at least once.
But one of the golden standards that we turn to nearly every week is homemade pizza sauce and crust. There is just something about a saucy piece of bread piled high with cheese that gives me comfort. Luckily, my mother had put together a cookbook for my 21st birthday, and it included her recipe for homemade pizza.
I don't really remember making pizza a lot growing up - why would you, when you could buy Tostino's for $2 a piece on sale and have it ready in 15 minutes? Although a few restaurants in the casinos make pizza, it's just not the American style we love so much. I mean seriously, who wants curried basil chicken on your pizza?
So, for the past year, we've made homemade pizza at least a few times a month. Initially we had a supply of pepperoni, but as that ran out, we branched out into making veggie pizzas, like mushroom, pepper, zucchini, and recently, broccoli and roasted eggplant.
Sometimes I honestly get tired of making anything I want from scratch. I just want to wander into Trader Joe's and pull what I want off the shelf, pop it in the microwave or oven, and eat it, without really having to work for it. In America, choosing to make something from scratch is a choice you can make with a bit of pride. Here, it's simply a choice borne out of desperation.
But pizza really isn't that difficult. It probably rates on one of the easiest meals ever, once you get the knack of it. My mom's recipe is super easy, too. So I want to challenge you - if you've never made homemade pizza before, do it. And try to be a bit adventurous with the toppings - pepperoni is for sissies (but it is, oh, so delicious).
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