Family pizza night from scratch

Family pizza night from scratch By Tara Duggan February 20, 2015 Updated: February 25, 2015 11:40am     0     It’s a toss-up: Nine-year-old Elsie (left) and Dahlia Gustafson, 12, make pizza from scratch under the tutelage of their mom, Chronicle writer Tara Duggan. Dahlia’s dough goes airborne before being tricked out with toppings. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle / ONLINE_YES It’s a toss-up: My daughters, Elsie (left) and Dahlia, make pizza from scratch. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle

It’s a toss-up: My daughters, Elsie (left) and Dahlia, make pizza from scratch. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle

Despite all the noise out there in the gluten-free and paleo worlds, pizza night is still sacrosanct at our house. Click here for recipe.

Once a month or so, we make a batch of dough, crank up the oven and put out all the components for Friday or Saturday pizza-making. The toppings are a mix of the expected, like mozzarella and basil, plus whatever we may have from the previous week’s eating, whether it’s a lone Italian sausage, some cooked greens or half a bell pepper for slivering.

My girls love to form the dough, spread on the sauce and artfully apply the toppings, so much so that a few of their birthday parties have revolved around the activity. On nights when it’s just the four of us, there’s always dough left over, which I used to put in the freezer for another time. Then, one night when I realized we had enough sauce and other toppings to use on all the dough, I assembled two extra pizzas, placed them on individual pans to freeze until firm and then wrapped them up tightly to store in the freezer. A couple weeks later, we had homemade pizza on a busy Wednesday night.(read more)

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