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A week ago, the girls and I went to Trader Joe’s to get some groceries.  We’ve really gotten into eating as fresh and clean as we can, so this is the perfect place.  One of the neatest things we bought was pizza dough that was flavored with garlic and rosemary that Emily picked out.  A theme soon developed as we found fresh mozzarella cheese and we decided to make homemade pizzas!  They’re so easy to make and the fresher the ingredients the better the taste and the less ingredients you use.   Becca also made us some homemade low fat mozzarella sticks! Here’s what we did…

First, take a little flour or cornstarch and sprinkle on a baking stone of sheet pan and spread out the dough.  Then pre-bake in the oven for about 10 minutes on 400 degrees if you want a crispy crust.  Isn’t her manicure pretty and fall-like?  Then warm up the sauce!  We used organic tomato sauce from Wild Oats that we bought at Wal-Mart and sprinkled in a little sea salt and Italian seasoning, onion and garlic powder.  That’s it!  Just warm it up on low heat and taste test and alter to how you like it.

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Now it’s cheese time!  Take the fresh mozzarella cheese and slice thin.  She decided to make little shreds out of it.  Next, spread the sauce and top with cheese and your favorite toppings.  Bake till cheese is bubbly.  How can you resist this pizza?

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Her pizza was amazing and the flavored crust has inspired us to think about all kinds of flavors to add to pizza dough!

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Next it was my pizza’s turn!  I cheated and used refrigerated dough from a can. Shhh!!!  I know it’s not fresh dough, but I decided at the last minute to make myself a pizza.  I sprinkled parmesan cheese and olive oil on mine and then pre-baked for a few minutes.  I like my pizza crispy!  While it was baking, I sliced a Roma tomato and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper and let them hang out for a few minutes.

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Then it was time to take out the pizza crust and spread with sauce, top with the tomatoes, cheese and even pepperoni and half of it.  Then baked till bubbly.

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Then Becca made mozzarella sticks!  She wrapped them with wonton wrappers and sautéed in olive oil on the stovetop till golden brown on about medium heat.  Serve with tomato sauce.  They were good! Enjoy!

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