Chef Jim Makes Pizza!

It had been around 3 years since I actually made a pizza (see YouTube video “The Path to Pizza.”)  rather than just sticking a frozen one into the oven. Yesterday, Sena and I put together a video of me (with more than a little coaching from the boss) making a whopper pizza.

Sena bought a new pizza pan for the occasion. In fact, she got a few new cooking pans, saying firmly it was high time for a change. We used to call the old pizza pan “well-seasoned.” But it was out with the old and in with the new.

Because I’m a guy, it was safer to let me use a ready-made pizza crust mix. I was sort of used to that, anyway. It’s a Great Value brand and it was pretty good—after Sena jazzed it up with a few things like a little sugar, sea salt, garlic powder, and Himalayan Pink Salt preferred by all the Yeti chefs.

We used Classico Spicy Tomato & Basil spaghetti sauce, which I understand is legal.The spices we used were garlic powder, basil, fennel, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, along with a couple dozen other things. You use what you like.

Sena also “suggested” different kinds of cheeses (“I woke up feeling the cheesiest!”) There was a shredded Italian variety made up of 3 different cheeses including parmesan, mozzarella, provolone, romano, and asiago. and we topped that with a different brand of provolone. Sena really likes added provolone.

Author: James Amos

I'm a retired consult-liaison psychiatrist. I navigated the path in a phased retirement program through the hospital where I was employed. I was fully retired as of June 30, 2020. This blog chronicles my journey.

3 thoughts on “Chef Jim Makes Pizza!”

  1. Have started cooking pizzas myself after encountering a fig/provolone/mozzarella flatbread pizza at a restaurant that closed recently. Flatbread is an ideal ready made crust and the only real question is how well done you like the crust and to what extent do the ingredients affect the crust cooking. Have since also made standard pizza with the same platform and it works very well. Much healthier than store bought – I just use a 1 second spritz of olive oil on the bottom of the flatbread.

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    1. Hi George! Putting figs on pizza made me run to the internet! I tend to confuse figs, prunes, and dates, so I’m not sure if I’ve ever had figs. I read they’re actually inverted flowers and that wasps lay their eggs in them. I figured out that’s not what makes them crunchy. Sena made snacks a long time ago that involved wrapping prosciutto around dates. I wouldn’t touch them, but she liked them. Some people think cheese can cause nightmares. That reminded me of the old 1960’s TV Show, Gomer Pyle, USMC. In one episode, Gomer ate Welsh Rarebit (which I made a few years ago) and it changed his personality. Would eating fig pizza make you have an out-of-body experience?

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      1. LOL – no OBE but I do remember eating Welsh Rarebit when I was in Kenya back in the 1970s. For some reason I misread it on the menu and was worried that it was a rabbit dish. I did not realize it was a grilled cheese using a cheese that defied my Wisconsin sensibilities at the time.

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