Wine & Pizza

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I spent way too much time picking out a bottle of wine for tonight. I really can’t help myself sometimes. I love the variety of pretty, colorful, and unique labels. They get me every time! And I’m always attracted to the same types of labels:

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Ones with pictures of dogs.

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References to cake.

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Clever humor.

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And just fun, vibrant colors.

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It doesn’t take much to get my attention sometimes! 😉

Luckily, I ended up picking a wonderful bottle of white wine. Even still, you’d think I’d learn my lesson by now: don’t judge a bottle by its label. There are so many great wines out there that have ugly labels and vice versa. More than once, I’ve been “tricked” by an attractive label on a bottle that has icky wine inside. It’s always such a bummer when that happens.

How do you select a new bottle of wine? Does the label influence your choice?

Spelt Pizza Crust

I’m so excited! I made my own pizza crust!!! :mrgreen:

I’ve always been afraid to make my own pizza dough– kneading, rising, and yeast? It sounded like a lot of work to me. Well, compared to buying a Boboli crust or Stop & Shop-brand dough at the grocery store, it is a lot of work. But, making pizza dough from scratch was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be!

I used this recipe for Amazing Whole Wheat Pizza Crust, but I substituted spelt flour for the whole wheat and all-purpose flour. I swear, making this pizza crust was not hard. It was just a bit time-consuming. Here’s what I did:

In a large bowl, I dissolved 1 teaspoon of sugar in 1.5 cups of warm water. I sprinkled in 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast (found in the baking section at the grocery store) and let it stand for about 10 minutes. Then, I stirred in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, and 2 tablespoons of Garlic Gold into the yeast mixture. Next, I slowly stirred in 3 cups of spelt flour.

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Once the dough started to come together, it tipped it out of the bowl onto the counter top, which was floured with the remaining 1/2 cup of spelt flour. I kneaded it until all of the flour was absorbed and the ball of dough became smooth, about 10 minutes.

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Next, I placed the dough in an oiled bowl (I coated it with cooking spray) and covered it loosely with a towel, and let it stand in a warm place until it doubled in size, about 1 hour. (I had a load of laundry in the dryer, so I put the covered bowl on top of it and closed the door to the laundry room.)

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When the dough doubled in size, I tipped it out of the bowl onto a lightly floured countertop and formed it into a tight ball.

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Then, I let it rise for about 45 minutes. It got much bigger!

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Time to cook the pizza! 😀

I preheated the oven to 425*F and rolled the dough out onto a greased baking sheet.

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Then, I topped it with pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, chopped green bell pepper, onions, and black olives. I baked the pizza for 20 minutes in the oven.

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While the pizza cooked, I poured myself a glass of wine! 😉

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The pizza was done when the crust was crisp and golden at the edges and the cheese was melted.

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Holy yum!!! I will probably never buy a pizza crust again!

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There’s so much good TV on tonight! My butt is glued to the couch for the rest of the evening.

Good night, folks! 😀

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79 Comments

  1. Your crust looks wonderful! We’re all about homemade pizza crust in my house–I use a simple recipe for whole wheat crust in my trusty (and old school!) “Better Homes and Gardens” cookbook. The page is wrinkled and a bit stained from all the use it gets 🙂

    Have a great night!

  2. A. That is my exact method for picking out wine… I’m a marketer’s dream.
    B. I LOVE homemade pizza… especially with homemade pizza crust! I started making my own pizza crust (with the help of my fabulous bread machine which does the kneading and rising for you) about 4 months ago and have not looked back! Seriously I have not bought a frozen pizza or ordered Papa John’s since. It’s AWESOME! Check out my recipe… it will make you want to slap your momma!
    http://cookiesncardio.blogspot.com/2010/09/pizza-pizza.html

  3. I’m a sucker for labels too. I think I tend to go with things recommended to me by others though. I can’t wait to have a glass of red with a meal again!

  4. I have trouble picking wine too…. I try to find something prominently dispalyed at Trader Joes or I rely on recommendations from friends. It doesn’t always work out for me!
    Your pizza crust looks delish. It’s so gratifying to make your own dough.

  5. Haha I definitely judge the wine by the cover. But then, if the bottle is really cool, I have a hard time brining myself to even open it. I feel like I should display it as more of a collectable.

    Wine and Pizza = perfect dinner.

  6. Oooh! O’Reilly Pinot Noir was one of our wedding wines. It’s very special to us – if you ever see it, I highly recommend:)

  7. I’m always drawn to wines by their labels too! When I see pink, vibrant colors, cute animals, or anything about a cupcake… I want to try it! I’ve learned the hard way that that’s definitely not the best way to select a wine. :/

    Homemade pizza dough really is the best. I’ve found Jenna’s recipe at Eat, Live, Run to be one of the easiest and fastest!

  8. That looks so good and surprisingly not that intimidating to make! I’m pretty sure my husband will be happy I found this recipe because I’m thinking it’s going to be a wine and pizza type of weekend 🙂 Oh and that Cupcake wine is very tasty.

  9. I LOVE Cupcake Chardonnay and I always think of you and this blog!!! The label is so happy and it is also within my “wine budget” – a win-win!!!

  10. I have been wanting to make my own pizza crust lately but haven’t because it just sounded so difficult. You make it look so easy. Have got to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Ahh picking out a new wine…I am ALWAYS drawn in by the label but from the wineries I have gone to and the wino friends I have met have told me that if a company is paying that much for a flashy label they are trying to cover up something. On my trip to CA I had the most wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon that I thought was some flashy brand (boring, regal label) but was actually just a popular wine at Trader Joe’s that happened to be inexpensive and really good! Redwood Creek is a great brand that I can almost always find locally 🙂 Enjoy the pizza and tv!

  12. I live in Michigan and a few of my friends here LOVE that Cupcake wine! I usually choose wine at Trader Joe’s or Costco, based on the pretty labels (and price). 🙂 P,S, Your pizza looks great.

  13. I ALWAYS choose my wine by the label!

    And I’m too intimidated to make my own pizza crust (or bread) also! Thanks for the encouragement…that looks better than the tortilla I used as my pizza base last night 😉

  14. I have to agree with some others that Cupcake wine is awesome!! The Malbec is my favorite red. Also, a great white is Ladybug. The label is cute 🙂 But it is also organic and very resonably priced. Keep an eye out for it!

  15. The pizza looks super tasty!

    I haven’t found a single wine that I have liked. I have never actually bought one, only tried them at tastings and I have no idea what their labels looked like!

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