Sunday, September 2, 2012

Little Tuscan Pizzas-Part 2

Our daughter was visiting us and so for a treat I thought we would revisit the individual little Tuscan pizzas that Mike and I had made a few weeks ago.  While the dough was rising I set out capers, anchovies, kalamata olives, sliced red onions, sliced tomatoes, some delicious smoked mozzarella, some regular mozzarella, Parmesan and fresh basil.  I divided the dough into four balls,  then rolled out each as thin as possible onto parchment paper that had been sprayed with olive oil spray and dusted with corn meal. 

The Toppings!

Then came the fun as we each chose our favorite toppings to design our own pizza.  I started with cheese and then added the other goodies that appealed to me.  The pizza stones had been heating in the oven at 425 for about 30 minutes; I carefully placed each pizza on a stone and then baked it for about 10 minutes. 
Over each pizza we drizzled either pizza oil or olive oil, depending on the level of heat we wanted.  When Mike told us the movie that evening was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the story of a young boy's search to understand his father's death on 9/11, our daughter commented that she didn't want to see a sad movie.  Mike assured us it was not a tear-jerker, but rather a feel-good movie.  Let's just say my husband was mistaken and had to take some heat for his choice.  To his credit though, it was an EXCELLENT movie.  It stars two of my favorite actors, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, but it is Thomas Horn as Oskar Schell that really carries this film.  He does an outstanding job taking the viewer through the thoughts and emotions of a young boy struggling to deal with the senselessness of his dad's untimely death.  Please don't let the heavy subject matter stop you from viewing this movie.  It is a definite must-see!

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