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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Izza Pizza!

Sometimes only pizza will do, right? 
I have very few memories of my father in the kitchen.  I recall his making pancakes once or twice, but the main cooking memory I have of him is the occasional Sunday night when he would make pizza.  From the Chef Boyardee box mix.  Still, when my brother and I were kids, it seemed like a big deal—Dad cooking, making pizza!  Growing up in the South in the 1960s, pizza was still kind of exotic.  The only pizza restaurants were “on the Strip” near the university campus.  Today, the franchised pizza kings offer deals on every corner–carry-out, delivery, or eat-in.  The pizza dons will throw in breadsticks, soft drinks, and even cookies as part of the bargain.  And if the franchise pizza makers leave you cold (and greasy), then perhaps you have a local pizzeria that creates more authentic (and tastier) pies.  We have a couple of terrific pizza options in our neighborhood, but when we’re feeding Big, Middle, and Little, a few pies add up to a lot of dough!    The thrifty solution, of course, is the T&C Mom’s Kitchen Sink Pizza.IMG_3901
Crust is key.  If you have the time, a true homemade crust is easy enough to make.  Ready-made crusts are also available at the grocery store, and these are not bad if you are really in a time crunch.  To my mind, though, convenience and taste combine to make a great crust when you purchase dough from your local grocery’s bakery.   
Once the dough is rolled out and lightly coated with olive oil and cornmeal, it’s time to add the toppings.  Emptying the cheese drawer yielded this delicious four cheese pizza, topped with mozzarella, cheddar, feta, and parmesan.  We then sprinkled the pizza with salt and pepper and a very light drizzling of olive oil.  Other herbs, either dried or fresh, would make a wonderful addition, too.
IMG_3900 The true Kitchen Sink pizza was rubbed with chopped garlic and then topped with fresh spinach, leftover grilled chicken, sundried tomatoes, sliced artichoke hearts, feta cheese, parmesan cheese, and onion.  (Olives and peppers, bacon, really almost anything can be added to this pizza.)  Again a light drizzle of olive oil and a shake of salt and pepper finished the pie.IMG_3904
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is melted.  Serve with a salad of spring greens and toss those pizza coupons in the recycle bin.
What’s your favorite pizza?


  1. What no sauce? Looks delicious!

  2. just started following your blog-that pizza looks delicious!!!

  3. Yum yum!! Probably not wise that Iam looking at this on an empty stomach AND supposed to be on a diet:)
    Looks and sounds delicious and so agree crust is key!

  4. Oh yum!!! going to take the recipe!!! and by the way... Her Father's Eye's, always one of my very favorite songs that Amy sings....

  5. We're heading up to Kanuga on Sunday... Can't wait for a taste! ;)

  6. OH MY gosh that looks delish! I should not be reading this at bedtime.

  7. Yum! Loved the story about your dad making pizza! What a sweet memory! Xx

  8. my mouth is watering, because you just took pizza
    to the next level . . . to the beef bourguignon level.
    and i just had a delicious piece of pizza. :)

  9. looks sooo good! i love trader joes pizza dough too!! my favorite pizza is with caramelized red onions, proscuitto and gorgonzola, but my kids turn up their noses, so it's usually pepperoni! hope you are having a wonderful summer so far!!


  10. What is more delish than a home-made pizza!! Great memories of your Father.

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