“In Napoli where love is king
When boy meets girl here’s what they say
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you’ll sing “Vita Bella”…”
This may not be a holiday song, but to me a true family classic, and isn’t that what holidays are all about? Remembering special traditions and most importantly, special people, who add meaning to my life each and every day is what inspires me to want to savor each moment and put a little creativity into my wardrobe, meal planning and also into my gift giving.
This is one of my favorite dresses. It is Laundry by Shelli Segal from http://www.thredup.com. I love the cheerfulness of the bright red color and it’s so easy to dress up or down. I’ve worn it with sandals in the summer, a tweed blazer in the fall, and my new favorite way to wear it ( now that it is so cold) is with a blanket scarf from http://www.target.com.
My hat is from Target and I recently found the boots at http://www.burlingtonstyle.com.
Now back to the song… and that pizza pie! You must have a pizza lover in your life, right? What’s a better way to show them you care than to take the time to put together these fabulous and also extremely useful ( and stylish) items for them to create their own pizza ?
If the pizza lover you know is a child you can even prepare this gift and spend a few hours teaching him or her how to make their own pizza!
I was inspired by this gift basket found at http://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com to try to put together my own pizza lover’s gift, so I could design and cater it to the needs of the person or family I would present it to.
If you want to make your own, start with a reasonably priced basket set such as this one from http://www.worldmarket.com.
Look for special kitchen towels to match the style of the recipient for lining the basket such as this one from http://www.crateandbarrel.com.
You can have a personalized mixing bowl made at http://porch.com/gigglesgalore/personalized-mixing-bowls-gift-idea-bakers/
Add a pizza peel , which can also be personalized at lillianvernon.com and current.com.
There are lots to choose from online and also some organic versions on etsy.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 cans chopped tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
1. In a large saucepan or skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until onion is translucent, 5-7 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes; summer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Season sauce with salt, pepper and sugar, if desired. Continue cooking. Stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened, about 45 minutes.
3. Spoon off any clear liquid and discard; stir in thyme and cook about 10 minutes longer. Let sauce cool.
4. Using a funnel, pour cooled sauce into a decorative jar;refrigerate until ready to place in the basket.
Dry Dough Mix for No-Knead Deep Dish Pizza
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup semolina flour
2 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Write down on an index card the following instructions:
Add 1 1/4 cup warm water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the mix. Combine all ingredients until they form a slightly sticky soft dough. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes, then place in greased pizza pan and let it rest for 20 minutes. Pat it and stretch it to cover the bottom of the pan. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, add sauce and desired toppings. Bake for 15 minutes.
Enjoy ! Wait… the song says something about wine, right ?
Here are some great choices that are perfect for pairing with homemade Italian pizza :
There you have it. Fashion, Food, Wine. I couldn’t have said it better than the one and only Dean Martin. “That’s Amore.”
Thank you so much, for taking the time to read my little blog today. I hope you found it worthwhile and hope it made you smile.
Whatever you do, put your imagination and heart into it, and you will never go wrong. You will create your own special moments, memories, and traditions.
May this season bring you only the most delightful moments.