Posts Tagged ‘homemade’

Baking a Pizza from Scratch!

It’s dinnertime in the Viesh Household and homemade pizza’s on the menu.  Originally, when I came up with this idea, I decided to get pre-made crusts, and Jack & Karen agreed:

premade

but then, Alex jumped up and down about making the crust from scratch, so we used this recipe:

Pizza Crust

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour (about 2-2 1/2 cups of flour per pizza)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (add one tbsp. at a time. You don’t want the dough to be sticky or too dry)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, olive oil, salt, white sugar and the yeast mixture; stir well to combine. Beat/kneed well until a stiff dough has formed. Cover and rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F (175°C).
  3. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Form dough into a round and roll out into a pizza crust shape. Drizzle olive oil on the dough and bake for 5-8 minutes until the dough is slightly golden brown.
  4. Cover with your favorite sauce and toppings and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 minutes.

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Pizza Toppings

  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Pizza Blend: Mozzarella & cheddar blend
  • Spinach leaves
  • Minced Garlic/Garlic Salt
  • Green peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Oregano
  • Basil leaves
  • Crushed Red Pepper

toppings

I topped the pizza half & half, because Jack couldn’t eat the real garlic and he didn’t want spinach or too many peppers, and I left out peppers on part of the pizza because Jason can’t stomach them.

topped

We baked the pizza for somewhere between 10-15 minutes with the oven preheated (for 12 minutes at least) to 425°F, until we got… DELICIOUS:

BAKED

It looked so good and smelled so delicious it got sliced before I could take a picture. Here’s Jason & Jack with their slices:

jason

jack

And I have leftovers for tomorrow! YAY!

  • Have you ever made pizza from scratch?
  • How did you make it?
  • What kinds of toppings did you put on it? What blend of cheese did you use?
  • Most importantly, have any of you made pizza sauce from scratch?
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Newbury St. & Mass. Ave: The OTHERSIDE Cafe

It’s no wonder that this restaurant, which has been consistently ranked the best vegetarian food in Boston ranks at the top of my choices for dining out.  I have a promise with myself – every time I go to The OTHERSIDE Cafe, I choose something different on the menu.  Now, I’ve been in Boston for 3 years, it took me 1 year to find The OTHERSIDE, and since I’ve gone several times a semester.

That’s approximately 12-15 trips to The OTHERSIDE, you’d think I’d have run out of options by now, right? Wrong.

Here’s my breakdown of what’s tasty on The OTHERSIDE’S menu:

Appetizers

  1. OTHERSIDE Nachos – If you know me, you know I absolutely LOVE nachos (there’s going to be a post on nachos coming soon… I can feel it). This plate of delicious starts with a bed of tortilla chips topped with melted cheddar, jalapeños, their homemade vegetarian chili and salsa. It’s $8.00 and it took the combined efforts of me and two friends to finish this for lunch.
  2. Hummus Platter – Homemade hummus.  Usually I don’t even bother reading the rest, since homemade hummus pretty much rocks my world, but what follows deserves fair mention.  Imagine a heaping plate of tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, carrots, sprouts, and lavash bread.

Soups & Stews

  1. Our Own Vegetarian Chili – I love my mom’s chili, and I tend to compare what I find in restaurants to my mother’s chili, but The OTHERSIDE doesn’t disappoint.  This chili includes two ingredients I don’t generally put in my chili: corn and bulghur wheat.  They serve their chili in two sizes, cups and bowls,  with tortilla chips on the side.

Sandwiches & Wraps

  1. Hummus Wrap – This is the dish that makes me want to break my “order – something – different – each – time” rule.  They roll up onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots, sprouts, lettuce, and the homemade hummus in a delicious honey wheat wrap.  You can add tofu or tempeh to this wrap if that’s what you’re into… can’t say I’ll follow that lead, though. Despite the number of times it’s cooked for me, I cannot bring myself to enjoy the texture of either tofu or tempeh.
  2. Veggie Burrito – Remember the delicious vegetarian chili from earlier?  Add brown rice and cheddar cheese and wrap up the trio in a tortilla, and serve it on a plate with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream on the side.  Again, adding tofu is an option.
  3. Pressed Greek – Finally, I had the chance to try this sandwich.  It combined the deliciousness of a Greek salad (spinach, feta, onions, tomatoes (eek, I forgot to ask them to hold the tomatoes!), black olives, and roasted red peppers with the magic of pesto all combined and pressed on sliced focaccia bread.

Dessert

Sadly, they were out of apple pie (pie is seasonal) by the time I and my friend Jack showed up for dinner, so instead I had a vegan cheesecake, which was made with what tasted like an oreo crust.  It was surprisingly delicious though I could definitely tell that it didn’t taste like regular cheesecake.

cake

So… even though I haven’t even gotten into the breakfast menu, you have ample incentive to meander over to Newbury & Mass Ave.  Hit up The OTHERSIDE for a Saturday brunch.  Post-lunch, you can go shopping on Newbury Street!

  • Have you been to The OTHERSIDE?
  • What’s your favorite menu item?
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