the easiest pizza dough

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This recipe is so easy and tastes yummy! It’s a Bobby Flay recipe. You can buy one pizza for $20 or make two 12″ pizzas for around $5 total, depending on your ingredients.

Ingredients

3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling (Chef’s Note: Using bread flour will give you a much crisper crust. If you can’t find bread flour, you can substitute it with all-purpose flour which will give you a chewier crust.)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 envelope instant dry yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

Directions

Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.

Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.

My tips: Turn your oven to 500 degrees and bake the pizzas on pizza pans coated with olive oil and sprinkled with cornstarch. The cornstarch makes the pizza dough crispy and helps it to not stick.

Here are some ideas for pizza:

Use an alfredo sauce and top with grilled asparagus and mozzarella

Use a marinara sauce and top with ham, pineapple, crispy bacon, and cheddar/mozzarella cheese

Use a hummus spread and top with red peppers, mushrooms, and mozzarella

Top with mushrooms, red peppers, goat cheese, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar

Make your own creation and tell me about it!

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setting a table properly

Follow these simple steps:

Silverware

1 Place forks on the left side of the plate
2 Put knives on the right side of the plate with the cutting edge facing the plate
3 Place spoons to the right of the plate as well
4 Put butter knives directly on top of the bread plate

(Place silverware in the order it will be used, so that items farthest from the plate will be used first. For example, salad forks are placed on the outside of the dinner forks)

5 Place dessert silverware sideways about 1/2 inch above the plate, toward the center of the table. Lay the spoon with the mouthpiece facing left. Lay the fork above the spoon, with the mouthpiece facing right. If the guest were to pull the handles of the silverware down around the plate upon dessert service, the fork would still be on the left and the spoon on the right.

Plateware

1 Place the dinner plate directly in front of the seat and place the napkin on the plate
2 Place salad plates to the left above the fork
3 Place the bread above the forks
4 If you’re serving a soup course, place the soup bowl directly on top of the dinner plate
5 Clear dishes after each appropriate course

Glassware

1Put water glasses on the right, directly above the knife
2Place wine and other glasses to the right of the water glass
3Place napkins on top of the dinner plates

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Check out this book for a lot more information:

a guest-worthy home: 5 easy steps to being a hostess

Wondering how to make your guests comfortable when they come for a quick visit?  Here are 5 simple steps to make sure you are prepared anytime:

1.  Make cookie dough then roll it in a tube and always have a supply of it in the freezer.  All you do is pull it out, slice them, and bake.  Makes your house smell good as well.  Here is a recipe that I enjoy:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Best-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies/Detail.aspx”>

2.  Invest in an iced tea maker.  It makes quick, yummy iced tea in minutes.  Try a blend of tea bags to make it something special and add a sprig of mint, if you’d like.  Here is one that I like:

3.  Have instrumental music playing softly in the background and turn off the television, if it’s in the same room that you host.  I like this CD a lot: 

4.  Open all the curtains to make it bright and open in your home and declutter the main room.  To declutter, have a basket handy and collect everything that doesn’t belong in the room.  Store it in your room until the guest leaves and then put each item back where it goes.

5.  Wipe down the bathroom using a handy sanitizing wipe.  This will make it smell clean and fresh as well as make it sparkle.  I like to use these: 

Of course, if you have enough time, run a vacuum through the main areas as well.  And, if you have pets, make sure to use a lint brush or vacuum the furniture.  A lot of people don’t like pet hair on them.

a clean house

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Wondering how to keep your house clean?  I have often wondered this same thing and have finally concluded how to do this.  Here are my easy steps:

1.  Monday: Vacuum all floors

2. Tuesday: Dust all surfaces and wipe mirrors

3.  Wednesday: Clean the bathroom/s

4.  Thursday:  Vacuum all floors again and mop any hard floors

5.  Friday, Saturday, Sunday:  Free day!

Every day make sure the house is picked up before you go to bed and do one or two loads of laundry per day.  Also, every time you make a meal, clean up the counters and wipe everything down in the kitchen.