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Getting ready to go away for several weeks is always a challenge, when you are trying to use up the last of the harvest from the garden it is even more of a challenge! I had a few zucchini left so I made one more batch of Chocolate Zucchini Bread for the freezer and we used up the last of the tomatoes and basil on a homemade Tomato Basil Pizza.tomato basil pizza

 

I’ve posted before about my husbands wonderful gift of making pizza. His pizzas are better than anything we can buy around here. His Tomato Basil Pizza is a taste of summer with a delicious fresh tomato taste with a hint of basil. I used some of my oven roasted pizza sauce for the base. My husband then lightly covered the sauce with mozzarella and then topped the cheese with the tomatoes and the basil a little more basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan and the pizza was ready for the oven.

 

We were not disappointed, the Tomato Basil pizza was delicious and we even had a little leftover for lunch the next day.Tomato Basil Pizza I love the challenge of using up food from the fridge and the garden.

 

This is the crust recipe we use which we got from a King Arthur Pizza class we took several years ago. It’s an excellent, never fail recipe.

 

Pizza Dough

 

Ingredients:

 

2 cups all purpose flour
1 ¼tsp instant yeast
¾ tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ -¾ cup warm water

In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Stir in the olive oil.

 

Directions:

 

Stir in the water, add the lesser amount first as you may not need to add all of the water. Turn the shaggy mixture onto your work surface. Knead until smooth and shiny.dough, pizza Let the dough rise in an oiled, covered bowl until double in size.pizza, dough

Once the dough is risen, stretch the dough over your pizza pan. pizza, dough

 

It is now ready for the toppings! Once you have aded the toppings bake at 500 degrees for 14-15 minutes!
herbs, basil, pizzaI think our favorite is the tomato Basil Pizza. Other toppings include using a combination of cheeses, thinly sliced onions, pepperoni, sliced garden tomatoes or chopped steamed broccoli, but the combinations of meats, vegetables and fruits as toppings are endless! Do you make pizza in your house? What are your favorite toppings?tomato basil pizza

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If you live in a populated area, there are probably numerous places that serve or deliver cheap, fast takeout food. If you’re juggling a busy schedule, chances are you take advantage of these services at least a couple times a week.

However convenience comes at a price. Spending $10 on dinner may seem economical, but that one dish is worth a fraction of the cost in ingredients. The price tag of that one dinner can translate into hundreds of dollars over the course of a year. Not to mention the packaging and disposable containers, and the food is usually higher in fat, calories and salt than just about anything homemade!Don't worship money!

If you want to save money start with a time out on take out and make it yourself. What is your favorite take out? Is it pizza, stir-fry or curry? These are all easy meals to make even for a beginner cook. The key is to plan ahead and stock your pantry or freezer with the right ingredients. Before you make your regular trip to the grocery store check your pantry and stock up on what you need. An occasional trip to an ethnic market may be in order, but it will be worthwhile.

You can buy some wonderful jars of curry sauce. All you need to do is add some vegetables and meat and you have an instant dinner. Here are a few steps to get started on “make-in” dinners.

Chicken or Turkey Curry

Chicken or Turkey Curry

Think ahead about which dishes you eat out most often. Look up recipes for the foods you tend to order. Focus on recipes that are fast and easy.I love family recipes.

Stock your kitchen with the necessary ingredients. Do you need fish sauce? Coconut milk? Buy enough so you have them on hand for when you need them.pantry, prudent pantry, well stocked

Make the freezer your best friend. Slice up ingredients and tuck them away in a small freezer container so they are ready when you need them.

If you love Asian or Indian food consider purchasing a rice cooker. It will ensure perfect gains at practically zero effort.

Consider using your slow cooker. That way you can put the raw food in before you leave for work and come home at the end of the day with a delicious meal waiting.beef, stock

For a quick homemade pizza purchase a pre-baked pizza shell. Work with frozen pizza dough or learn to make pizza dough. Homemade pizza can be a very quick meal and fresh always tastes better than take out!

Sausage and Pepper Pizza

Sausage and Pepper Pizza

As the harvest season dies down an we get ready to head into fall one of the sauces I love to make is Roasted Tomato Sauce. We use it on our pizzas and it is a great way to use up the variety of tomatoes still coming in from the garden.

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End of the season tomatoes.

It’s a simple recipe. The recipe calls for 4 pounds of tomatoes, and I have to admit I just cut up enough tomatoes to fill my 11×14 pan. Remove the core from the tomato and chop them up. You can use any type from Roma to cherry tomatoes.

To the cut up tomatoes add one coarsely chopped onion, ¼ cup of fresh herbs of choice or a smaller amount of dried herbs. I’ve been adding a mixture of dried Italian herbs to the tomatoes. I also add 3 large garlic cloves, chopped. To the mixture add 1/8 cup of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Stir the whole mixture and place it in a preheated 450 degree oven. Roast for 70 minutes without opening the oven door.

pizza sauce, prudent pantry

Cooked tomato mixture

Remove from the oven, let cool and run through a food mill.

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Food mill

Sometimes I cook the sauce down to thicken it.

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

This recipe I do not can, instead I place 2 cups of sauce in freezer containers and it is ready for our homemade pizza! 2 cups is just enough for 2 pizzas.

pizza, tomato sauce

Homemade pizza with homemade sauce!

You may remember my recent post about cooking sausage and pepper pizza on the grill.

Sausage and Pepper Pizza

Sausage and Pepper Pizza

I mentioned using the Kettle Pizza to cook our pizza. Well Lauri Bradshaw, General Manager at Kettle Pizza also noticed my post and contacted me. She noticed that we were using their older version of the Kettle Pizza and told me they’d like to send me their newer Pro Kit version. I couldn’t imagine how they would improve an already awesome product but I said sure!

They also agreed to give one of my lucky readers their own Kettle Pizza Deluxe Kit. Enter at the bottom of this post!

Very quickly a large package arrived containing their newer version. It’s incredible. We decided to re make our Bacon and Clam Pizza but this time cook it on the grill.Kettle Pizza Box

In case you don’t remember here is the recipe we use.

Clam and Bacon Pizza

Prepare pizza dough. We use our regular pizza dough recipe. While the pizza dough is rising prepare the clam and bacon topping.

Clam and Bacon Topping

4 oz sliced bacon, diced
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp oregano
Pinch of dried red pepper flakes
1 ½ cups of minced clams, fresh is best
1 ½ Tbsp parsley
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Sauté the bacon in a skillet under-cooked but not crisp.

Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Add the olive oil to the bacon grease in the skillet. Stir in the garlic, oregano and the pepper flakes and sauté for 2 minutes.

Add the clams and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Removed from the heat and stir in the parsley and bacon.

Set aside. Punch the dough down and form your pizza crust. Thankfully my husband makes the best pizza dough!Form pizza dough.

Spread the clam topping evenly over the dough.clam toppings

While the dough was rising my husband prepared the Kettle Pizza. No longer do you have to place the pizza stone on the grill.Kettle PizzaInstead it is a separate unit with a place in the back to place wood or charcoal so you can actually see the flame while cooking.Cooking Pizza

The thermostat is also set to the side now which makes much more sense. When the temperature is between 600-700 it is time to put the pizza in the oven.

Since the oven is so hot the pizza cooks rather quickly, 5-6 minutes. The trick is keeping an eye on it and occasionally giving it a spin so it cooks evenly.

Pizza cooking

Pizza cooking

The pizza was amazing and the dough was perfect. Can’t wait to try another pizza.Clam Pizza on the Grill

Maybe a Clam and Bacon Pizza or maybe a Tomato Basil. So many choices!

Here is the simple recipe we use for the crust.

2 cups flour
1 ¼ tsp instant yeast
¾ tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
About ½ to ¾ cup warm water

Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in the olive oil. Stir in the warm water, you may not need all of the water so add slowly. Turn the dough onto your work surface and knead until smooth and shiny. Place the dough in a covered, oiled bowl to rise until double in bulk.

Turn dough onto a floured surface to shape your pizza.

If your dough doesn’t want to stretch let it rest a few moments and try again. Once the dough is shaped, add a little sauce, spread lightly. Add your cheese and toppings. Bake in the oven or in your Kettle Pizza Oven and enjoy!Cook in a Kettle Pizza

A big thanks to Kettle Pizza for sending me their updated version of the Kettle Pizza. It’s amazing. Even more wonderful is that Kettle Pizza agreed to give one of my lucky readers a Kettle Pizza Deluxe Kit (valued at $199.95!).

Would you like to have a Kettle Pizza of your own? For your chance to win one enter below! Sorry but this contest is only open to residents of the United States and Canada.
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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may remember the awesome gift I gave my husband one year. It was an attachment for the Weber grill that turned your grill into a pizza oven. It’s called a Kettle Pizza. I’ve always wanted an outdoor pizza oven and I figured this was the next best thing.

kettle pizza, grilling

Kettle Pizza Oven

Every summer we put it to good use. We haven’t perfected the pizzas on the grill yet but we’re getting close. My husband is an expert pizza maker, he’s got the crust down to a science. First he makes the dough and allows it to rise. While it’s rising he gets all the other ingredients ready.

Pizza ingredients

Pizza ingredients

While the dough was rising we followed the directions and built a fire in the grill. Adding some wood to the charcoal gives you a very hot fire.

Building a fire in the Weber

Building a fire in the Weber

Eventually the thermostat registered hot!

grilling, pizza

Thermostat on the grill.

As soon as the pizza “oven” was ready the pizza was formed.

Forming the dough.

Forming the dough.

First a little homemade pizza sauce.

pizza, recipe

Add sauce to the pizza.

Followed by sausage, fresh red peppers, a few roasted red peppers and a couple of hot peppers.

Sausage and Pepper Pizza

Sausage and Pepper Pizza

Then some mozzarella cheese, a little Parmesan and the pizza was ready to go in the oven.

Into the oven!

Into the oven!

Since the oven is so hot the pizza cooks rather quickly, 5-6 minutes. The trick is keeping an eye on it and occasionally giving it a spin so it cooks evenly.

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!

It was delicious and we’re already thinking of which pizza we’ll try next.

Sausage and Pepper Pizza

Sausage and Pepper Pizza

Maybe a Clam and Bacon Pizza or maybe a Tomato Basil. So many choices!

Here is the simple recipe we use for the crust.

2 cups flour
1 ¼ tsp instant yeast
¾ tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
About ½ to ¾ cup warm water

Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in the olive oil. Stir in the warm water, you may not need all of the water so add slowly. Turn the dough onto your work surface and knead until smooth and shiny. Place the dough in a covered, oiled bowl to rise until double in bulk.

pizza, recipe box, prudent living

Pizza dough rising

Turn dough onto a floured surface to shape your pizza.Form pizza dough.

If your dough doesn’t want to stretch let it rest a few moments and try again. Once the dough is shaped, add a little sauce, spread lightly. Add your cheese and toppings. Bake in the oven or in your Kettle Pizza Oven and enjoy!

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I grew up near New Haven, CT, home of Pepe’s Pizza!

Pepe's Pizza, worth the wait!

Pepe’s Pizza, worth the wait!

They make the best pizza anywhere and one of their specialty pizzas is a scrumptious white clam pizza.Pepe's Pizza We visit Pepe’s whenever we can but don’t get there very often. My husband and I decided to recreate their white clam pizza at home. The bacon is not found on Pepe’s Pizza but it’s a delicious addition. This pizza would be excellent cut into small squares and served as an appetizer. It also makes a very satisfying Sunday supper!

Clam and Bacon Pizza

Prepare pizza dough. We use our regular pizza dough recipe. While the pizza dough is rising prepare the clam and bacon topping.

Clam and Bacon Toping

4 oz sliced bacon, diced
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp oregano
Pinch of dried red pepper flakes
1 ½ cups of minced clams, fresh is best
1 ½ Tbsp parsley
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Sauté the bacon in a skillet under-cooked but not crisp.Saute bacon. Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Add the olive oil to the bacon grease in the skillet. Stir in the garlic, oregano and the pepper flakes and sauté for 2 minutes.Saute garlic, oregano and pepper flakes. Add the clams and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Removed from the heat and stir in the parsley and bacon.Clam pizza topping. Set aside. Punch the dough down and form your pizza crust. Thankfully my husband makes the best pizza dough!Form pizza dough. Spread the clam topping evenly over the dough.Spread clam topping on top. Scatter the Parmesan cheese over the top.Sprinkle Parmesan on top. Bake at 500 for 15 minutes.Clam Bacon Pizza When done, cut into slices and serve.Cut into slices.Best eaten hot.Clam Bacon Pizza

If there is any left it is delicious for lunch the next day.

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