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One dough, two pizzas a continent apart

By Lakshmi:

Home made pizza is a staple in our household.  We make it in a myriad of flavors, each one vanishing off the tray as soon as it comes out of the oven.  Last week, I had a bunch of kids come home from school and decided to do two pizzas with one dough.  The first was a good old Margarita and the second? A Mexican pizza with salsa, avocados and cheese!  Here are simple instructions to create both.  We’d love to hear about your favorite pizza making experiences as well!

Recipe and how to for dough

1 tbsp sugar

2.5 tsps dry yeast

1 cup warm water

2 tbsps olive oil

3 cups all purpose flour

Salt to taste

Dissolve the sugar in a cup of warm water, add the dry yeast and let bubble for five minutes.  Next add the 3 cups flour, salt and olive oil and knead the dough with your hand or Kitchen Aid with a dough hook till the dough is gathered and springy.  Set aside for 30 minutes till the dough doubles in size.  Divide into two balls for two pizzas.

Recipe and how to for Margarita pizza

Half a cup of tomato sauce

A cup of fresh mozzarella

A few basil leaves torn

Preheat over to 500 degrees F.  Roll out one ball of pizza dough and lay on a pizza tray.  Use a spoon to spread the sauce in a concentric circle around the dough.  Arrange fresh mozzarella and torn basil leaves on the sauced up pizza dough.  Bake in the top rack of the oven for 5-10 minutes (till the circumference bubbles and is brown).  Take out and serve!

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Recipe and how to for Mexican pizza

Half a cup of fresh or store bought salsa (I used fresh home-made chunky salsa made with two tomatoes, a garlic clove, half a red onion, a green chilly, two tbsps of cilantro pulsed in a blender with salt and pepper)

One avocado sliced into thin slices

A cup of Mexican cheese blend or queso fresco

A few tbsps of fresh cilantro

Preheat over to 500 degrees F.  Roll out one ball of pizza dough and lay on a pizza tray.  Use a spoon to spread the salsa in a concentric circle around the dough.  Arrange the sliced avocado, cheese and cilantro on the sauced up pizza dough.  Bake in the top rack of the oven for 5-10 minutes (till the circumference bubbles and is brown).  Take out and serve!

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I cannot begin to tell you how much the kids loved these pizzas.  And it really is not that much work!

 

A Small Photo Slice Of A Foodie’s Trip To Italy

Here is a photo journey through some of the food gazing and grazing we did on our last trip to Italy.  The sad part is that this is such a small microcosm of everything that Italy has to offer!  Roman Cacio e Pepe, Ligurian Pesto and Focaccia, Prosecco, Lambrusco, Fresh Mozzarella di Bufala, the list of things we love go on and on….what are your favorites from your travels to Italy?

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Joey Tomatoes Pizza: A Boardwalk Hit For All Ages

Joey Tomatoes Pizza in Pt. Pleasant
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By Rohan:

There are countless aspects of Point Pleasant, New Jersey that make us to want to come back every year. Maybe it’s the thrilling boardwalk rides or the fun but fierce games of mini golf. Wait, scratch that–it’s enjoying time with family and friends on the Jersey shore, while chomping on delicious thin crust pizza at Joey Tomatoes.

Joey Tomatoes is located in a charming yellow building and is the mix between a sports bar and your neighborhood pizzeria. With pies made to order or slices ready to hit the beach, Joey’s gives you plenty of ways to enjoy their always fresh pies. One of the main reasons why we return to Joey’s every time we’re at the shore is simply their exceptional service. You are welcomed with a smile and served by some of the nicest people on the boardwalk. The passion the cooks have for their pizza is endearing and it shows in how delicious each pie tastes when it comes out of the oven straight to your table. Whether you enjoy tons of toppings or prefer just cheese and basil, Joey Tomatoes knows how to bring New York-style pizza to one of New Jersey’s favorite beaches.

In the real estate world, location is everything, and Joey Tomatoes is perfectly situated on the Boardwalk adjacent to video arcades and fun houses. If you want to work up an appetite, challenge your family and friends to a pirate-themed mini golf course located ON TOP of the restaurant. This little perk makes Joey’s even more charming and keeps the kids entertained while you wait for your pizza to arrive.

The only real downside we see in Joey Tomatoes is that it is expensive. A pie will cost you 21 dollars, assuming you want plain cheese. However, we manage to work our way around it because when it comes to authentic New York pizza with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, Joey’s really can’t be beat.

Make sure to check out Joey Tomatoes at 300 Ocean Avenue in Point Pleasant, NJ.