I'm sore. More specifically my butt's sore and my legs are sore and my hands have turned into BEAR CLAWS!!!! Thanks Joy Z for giving them such a sweet name! That's right kiddos, I've been training for the MS150! You'd never be able to tell with the way our new jerseys show all the curves of my belly, but I hammered out 45 miles yesterday and a whopping 77 today. Next weekend is the actual ride and I've only got to do 85 on day one and 65 on day two. Somehow I think I'll be alright. Also, after I laid down for a little bit when I got home I decided that the only thing I wanted for dinner was pizza and beer. I'm supposed to be making baked ziti for a friend, but everything I could find on it made it sound too easy, so I wanted to try something a little more time consuming. Try 5 hours time consuming. Here's the deal:
For the dough, check out this website: http://italianfood.about.com/od/breadspizza/a/aa042205_2.htm
In case (when) I want to make this again and don't feel like going to the website, here's the gist:
Dissolve a packet of Active Bread Yeast in 1.33 c. warm Water (between 100 and 110 degrees). Add one teaspoon of Sugar and let sit for about 10 minutes. Things should be looking a little bubbly. Mix in 3.5 c. Flour and a couple Tablespoons Olive Oil and knead with my nice KitchenAid for 10 minutes on low. Then let sit on your balcony in an Olive Oil greased bowl on a too hot spring day in Dallas for an hour or two while you do your grocery shopping. Break into four balls (hehe) and let sit while you...
Chop all these things:
1 Green Bell Pepper
2 c. Basil
1 lb. Mozzarella
5 Hot Italian Sausages
Make sure you have:
Two 12. oz. cans Tomato Paste
Cracked Red Pepper Flakes
Break the Sausage into small clumps and cook on your stove. Do NOT drain the grease. Rather, saute most of the Onion and all of the Shallots.
Now, grease a cast iron skillet and stretch out one of your balls (hehe) of dough. Layer half of one can of Tomato Paste, half of the Onion, Shallot, Green Bell, Basil, Mozzarella, Tomato, Sausage, and Spice to taste. Then put on the other half of one can of Tomato Paste and cover with a second ball (hehe) of dough. We're making two pizzas, baby! Cook at 425 for 35 minutes or until everything's done.
Enjoy the heck out of this outrageous meal!