The Homeplace

Here you will find recipes that will remind you of years gone by. Families love to get together and these recipes are some samplings of our gatherings at 'The Homeplace'.

Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

Friday, February 09, 2007


Hangman is an interesting game in a house where not everyone is past the phonetic method of spelling. (That picture is from a real game. David probably won't get to pick the word again for a while.)

We had a big ol' 'peetsu' party a couple of weeks ago with the cousins, Grammie & Aunt Erin. As always, I was worried we wouldn't have enough. I made so much pizza I told Shannon to call Jenn and see if they wanted to come over. They did, we all ate our fill, and we still had lots of leftovers.

We love our homemade pizza, and here's how we make it. This recipe makes one large pizza. To double it for two large pizzas, increase the yeast to 4 tsp. and double all the other ingredients.

Pizza Crust:
1 tbsp. yeast
1 cup very warm water
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups flour

Dissolve the sugar in the water in a large bowl and sprinkle the yeast over top. Let sit for 10 minutes. Stir in the salt and oil. Add flour, kneading to make a smooth and not sticky dough. Let rest while you get the toppings ready. Roll out to desired size. I double the dough and make two huge pizzas. Sometimes I make a bunch of 6" rounds and let everyone top their own. Top with your favourite pizza sauce, lots of cheese (I use at least 600g for the two pizzas) and toppings, and bake at 425° for 20 minutes.

We like to do sauce, most of the cheese, toppings, and just a sprinkle on top with the rest of the cheese. That way it's easy to see what is on each pizza and for some reason the whole thing seems to hold together better.

To make garlic fingers, make the dough as directed. After rolling out, spread a tbsp or two of oil (olive oil is the best) over the crust, add a clove or two of minced fresh garlic and spread the garlic through the oil. Top with lots of cheese and bake as for pizza.

Here's a fun 'kid pizza' (just pepperoni & cheese) that we made for Valentine's Day a couple of years ago:

~ Charmin


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