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Homemade Pizza – Take One

Homemade Pizza – Take One

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Kristina @ spabettie

    oh WOW this looks fabulous.

    Jason is the dough maker in our house, too… he makes some fabulous pizza crust! In the summer we grill the pizzas outside on the grill – oh MY so good! my favorite things in my garden are also my favorite pizza toppings – fresh roma tomatoes and fresh basil… lots of it. sometimes we’ll make a dough and that will be IT – some olive oil, maybe a clove of garlic, and tomato + basil… perfect.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I LOVE the idea of olive oil, garlic and basil. That might be our next try at pizza. Last night’s pizza was so good. I fell asleep thinking of it. 🙂

  2. Brie @ Brie Fit

    We make homemade pizza every week!

    A tip about rising dough: put a measuring cup of water in the microwave for about a minute or two until it’s boiling and steaming. Then cover your dough with a damp cloth and stick it in the microwave to rise. The steam from the water and the heat will make it rise perfectly!

    We have a bread machine and make a double batch of dough every time. It freezes really well and is a big time saver!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the tip! We’ll try that next time we do the dough. I love the idea of freezing some too.

  3. Rae

    Hi there – I just found your blog. You had me at ‘pizza’, LOL. Looks like you’ve been doing great things around here. I have a lot to learn! I look forward to following you.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Hi Rae, thanks for reading! I’m slowing learning how to cook new things. It’s been fun. 🙂

  4. Rachel

    That looks SO good. I’ve never made home made pizza with actual home made dough, that’s pretty neat! Also I’m lovin’ your lightbox. Jealous!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Rachel-the lightbox was so much fun to play with. Now I want to take tons of photos of random things just to play with it. 😉

  5. Lori

    Fresh Mozz is da bomb! I love it on pizza. We do cheese and sundried tomatoes. I like to sprinkle feta on there as well.

    Another awesome pizza is a pesto pizza. Just use pesto for the sauce and use fresh mozzarella. Delicious!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      OH GOOD CALL! I got a jar of some fancy feta cheese that I’m dying to try.

      Plus we just bought a jar of Pesto at Costco. I think that will be our next pizza….

  6. lisa

    We have had a tradition of homemade pizza on Thursday nights. The crust recipe I use is the same as yours, but I don’t bother with the cornmeal on the pan. We also bake pizza in 3 stages – crust only for about 10 minutes, crust and toppings for about 7 minutes and then put on the cheese until it is melted to our liking.

    We’ve made the normal supreme pizza and sausage and pepperoni for the kids, but we also make BBQ chicken pizza (chicken, BBQ sauce and slivers of sweet onions, topped with extra sharp cheddar) and Buffalo Chicken pizza (ranch or bleu cheese dressing, chicken with wing sauce, celery, and mozzarella).

    I’d also recommend making your own sauce since it’s so easy, tastes so much better and could save some calories. I use tomato sauce, garlic powder and Italian seasoning plus extra basil (because I like it). Sorry, but I go by taste and don’t measure the amounts of seasonings. Heat it to simmering then turn it down to keep it warm and it should be thick. You can make a large quantity and freeze it.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I think once this jar of pizza sauce is gone we’ll be making everything from scratch. And once we have our veggie and herb garden this summer the pizza will be amazing!

      Interesting idea on cooking the pizza in stages. We might have to try that!

  7. Ashley

    OK, I am totally obsessed with making my own pizza. Fiance got me a pizza stone for Christmas, but we can seem to get it right — I was rolling it out on a round pizza tin before, and it was perfect, but with the stone, you have to preheat the stone and transfer the pizza on to it. I’ve had two botched attempts and can’t even bear to ruin another pizza!

    Do you guys use a stone? TIPS, PLEASE?!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Let me ask Michael because he used a stone last night I think!

    2. Michael


      You need to get a pizza peel —

      Before you put your dough on the peel, you need to coat the peel with some corn meal which will prevent it from sticking and help it slide from the peel onto the stone that’s in the oven.

      If doing the transfer to the oven has you freaked out, you could just take the stone out of the oven long enough to transfer the pizza to the stone. It shouldn’t be a problem to do it that way.

      1. Ashley

        Hey Michael!

        Thanks for replying! We did invest in a pizza peel and got some corn meal, and it still seemed to stick. Do you actually roll it out? Or do you toss it until it’s thin and round? I don’t think I am talented enough for that.

        1. Michael

          Yes, I rolled my dough out on the counter with a rolling pin. I found it to be much much easier than I have in the past when I have previously when I’ve purchased a pre-made raw dough from a store. Those had far more elasticity than the dough I made did. I cannot comfortably attempt to even toss the dough as our ceilings are only 8′ high.

          In the interest of full disclosure, I actually built the pizza on the stone this week as I was unable to locate my pizza peel. This might be a good option for you going forward.

  8. Alan (Pounds Off Playoff)

    Mmm! Looks great. Homemade pizza is a great support to a realistic healthy eating plan. You can make it relatively healthy, very tasty, and with as much variety as your imagination will allow.

  9. Shrinkella

    I LOVE making homemade pizza. I have been trying to perfect a 100% whole wheat pizza crust that tastes as good as the white stuff. Your pizza looks SO good. The basil and fresh tomatoes have my mouth watering! I have a really good and super easy homemade pizza sauce recipe that is AMAZING!! E-mail me if you’re interested.

  10. Jess

    My partner got a home pizza oven for xmas. It sits on the counter and has a pizza stone in it. Make kick ass pizzas. As for toppings, I like bacon, and prawns marinated in a little olive oil and garlic. We usually use pitas as bases so that we can have our own personal pizza, they are the perfect size!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I like the idea of making smaller pizzas. I think that will definitely be something I try in the future.

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