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Food kids will love

Posted: April 18, 2012 - 4:21pm

Kids of all ages love pizza, and our three grandsons are no exception. One day last week when Gary and I spent the day with them, they asked if we could make homemade pizza. We first made our homemade crust, stirred up the sauce and made personal size pizzas. Each pizza was topped with their favorite ingredients to suit their tastes. It was a fun way to get the grandkids into the kitchen assembling their own pizzas. Papa made orange drink in the blender to serve with their pizzas.

Karla’s Quick & Easy Pizza Dough

2 13-inch pizza pans

1 scant tablespoon dry yeast

1 cup warm water

Add:

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 1/2 cups flour

In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add oil, salt, sugar and flour. Whip with a fork. Cover and let dough rest about 30 minutes. Turn out onto a lightly sprinkled surface with cornmeal. Grease fingers and pat into a pizza pan or form into individual size pan pizzas building up edges slightly. Transfer to greased pizza pans. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Spread sauce over hot crusts; sprinkle with toppings. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Pizza Sauce

15 ounce can tomato sauce

1/2 cup chopped onion

3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Combine sauce ingredients; set aside until ready to use.

Light and Crispy Belgian Waffles

2 egg yolks

2 cups milk

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup oil

2 egg whites, beaten stiff

Preheat waffle maker. Put all ingredients except egg whites in a large mixing bowl. Beat on low until moistened. Increase to medium, and mix until smooth. Gently fold egg whites in by hand. Pour 1/2 cup batter over center of grids. Clove waffle maker and bake until golden, 2-2 1/2 minutes. Serve hot with your favorite toppings. Try: sweetened berries, berries and whipped cream, ice cream, powdered sugar, chopped nuts, sundae sauce, fruit yogurt, or syrup and butter. Delicious for breakfast, lunch or a light supper.

GARY’S TIP: A wonderful window cleaner: Combine 1/2 gallon water, 1/2 cup ammonia, one teaspoon Dawn dish washing detergent and 16 ounces rubbing alcohol in a gallon milk jug.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If you wish to be perfect, follow the advice you give to others.