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Friday’s Five

img_0998— getting used to making myself an office anywhere I go–


— finding a Chicken of the Woods on my daily walk through the forest with Freddy —


— a weekend drive up North to enjoy peak foliage season–


— being selected to be in 2 different movies filming in Boston — actors sure do work long days! 14+ hours, I was drained!–


–and enjoying some poutine pizza (from CheeseBoard SO GOOD!) in Windsor,Vermont at Oktoberfest with Harpoon Brewery

Happy Friday everyone! I am just (more…)

Wine and Pizza Night

Nico and I started a little routine of when we don’t feel like making dinner (uh clean up), we just put in a store-bought frozen pizza and open a bottle of wine and call it a night! Def not a bad thing – but how much better would it be if that frozen pizza was actually homemade by you — topped with ingredients that you personally put on it, with no hidden fillers?

So — I had my girlfriends over for Wine Wednesday and we did just that. We popped open some wine bottles (& beers) and made pizzas from scratch! My friend’s dad owns a pizza shop, called Amici’s and he was sweet enough to let his daughter bring over all the ingredients we needed – including a pizza stone for my oven! (I need to get one of those)

We had homemade dough, homemade sauce – and all the toppings you could want.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetGrowing up with a father who makes pizzas for a living, the girl sure knew how to toss that pizza dough!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe learned how to make the perfect circle – because to be honest, whenever I make a pizza, it is usually in some weird shape that’s not presentation worthy.

Here is what you do:

  • Start with a ball of dough
  • Place the ball of dough into flour to keep it from sticking to your hands (I used to only flour the surface and not the dough so I would get pieces of the dough that would still stick)
  • Place your hand over the dough and work with your knuckles or the palm of your hand from the inside out while turning the dough 1/4 – the rotating creates a ridge, and will also flatten the ball.
  • Toss it! {watch some You-tube videos before you do}

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After the dough was prepped, we loaded up the ingredients, (as Freddy watched closely in case something might casually fall down …ohh that little cutie!) used some of the pizza cardboard box to slide it into the oven on the preheated pizza stone and 10-15 mins later.. a cheesy-bubbly-DELICIOUS pizza was ready.


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetServe with a side salad and avocados if you’re extra hungry.

*I was able to freeze one of the pizzas we made, so next time Nico and I don’t feel like cooking dinner, we can put in a home-made pizza!! Now I just need to learn how to make my own wine…

 **If you live in the Boston area – head north to North Andover and try out Amici’s Pizzeria! Tell Leo that Karina sent you =)


Basic Pizza Dough
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 2 packets (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for bowl and brushing
  4. 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  5. 4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for work surface
  1. Pour 1 1/2 cups warm water into a large bowl; sprinkle with yeast and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk sugar, oil, and salt into yeast mixture. Add flour and stir until a sticky dough forms. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl and brush top with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until dough has doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead 1 or 2 times before using.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Adapted from Martha Stewart
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