Lately, I've been wanting to cook. All the time. I think it's because I'm not living in a dorm right now, and I have a kitchen and tons of ingredients at my disposal, plus marginally more free time than I had during the school year. I made some awesome guacamole the other day, which we ate on burgers my dad grilled. I've also been making increasingly elaborate lunches for my breaks at work; it saves so much money to bring my own food instead of eating at the food court.
My favorite thing to make at the moment is pizza. It's really easy, and the outcome is as tasty-if not tastier- than the frozen kind I normally make. Plus, I like to think it's at least a little healthier for me. The most time-consuming part is making the crust, but even that is still pretty easy. I've been using this recipe, except I substitute half the white flour for whole wheat, and add two teaspoons of diced garlic.
The whole wheat flour makes the crust a little difficult to roll out, so I couldn't get a perfect circular shape. (I can get behind the "rustic" look, though.) I used pre-made pizza sauce (note to self: learn how to make pizza sauce!) And added extra oregano, garlic powder, and minced onion to it.
Topped with mozzarella, parmesan, fresh chopped basil (which is so necessary; it tastes a thousand times better than the dried kind you may have in your spice cabinet), and
turkey pepperoni. I think I baked this for about 15 minutes at 425.
The finished product! The crust turned out kind of strange-looking, but whatever, I'm no professional. My family downed this in less than half an hour (when you live in a house with 4 other people, these things tend to happen). I think next on my pizza agenda I'd like to make something with barbecue and chicken. I'm going to look into this.