Pizza Night

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I was inspired by Cari's 5 Favorites post and tried a new toppings combination on my pizza for our weekly pizza night.  My usual?  Red peppers, onions, black olives, fresh mozzarella.  YUM!

So this week I tried caramelized onions, goat cheese, & fresh mozzarella (I had time to make caramelized onions, I did NOT have enough balsamic vinegar on had to make a reduction...).  SO delicious!  But I didn't get a picture...

I did, however, get a picture of the children's pizza creations.

I would like to preface this with a bit of parenting advice:

Never leave your 3-year-old unattended with a bottle of oregano with a pouring side to the lid.

Can you guess what happened?

I got the kids set up with their cute little mini pitas (because they don't eat the crust half the time so no way am I wasting my delicious homemade crust on them!), added sauce, and let them add toppings:  Mozzarella, roasted peppers & onions, shredded chicken, and some oregano and basil for sprinkling.



I had to go to the kitchen to make pizzas for grown-ups and when I went back to check on them, this is what I found:

Cecilia's pizza is on the right.  John Paul's is on the left.  And yes, she is wearing a rash guard from her swimsuit.  And plaid shorts because she wants to be "Just wike Maggie!"  Fashion plate, that kid.

Need a close-up?

Yup, John Paul dumped almost an entire bottle of dried oregano on his pizza.  And then spent quite a while eating the dried oregano (because he begs me to sprinkle some on his empty plate every time I cook from it.  Flour, salt, oregano, garlic powder...  Whatever, I let him have it because 1/32 of a teaspoon of dried whatever is totally worth getting him away from the hot stove!

After they added the veggies, I cooked it for them.  And boy, the smell of toasting dried oregano? 


Never again.

He picked the cheese & chicken off his pizza and tried to eat it, but kept making an awful face so I gave him some of my precious gourmet pizza.

THAT he ate happily.

I'm glad I raise kids with good palates, but I don't always like that it means I have to share!


  1. Your play room is amazing!!!!

    You are also an awesome mom for letting kids "help" create their own food. Braver than me.

    1. I agree with Emily on both counts! I hate letting my kids help cook. They love it, so I do it as often as I can handle it, but are they ever inefficient helpers!

    2. The nice thing was it got them out of the kitchen - that's generally the kind of "helping" I allow, the kind that keeps them out of my hair! But I've learned that "herbs on demand" is probably a bad idea!

  2. Hmmmm. Maybe somebody could *gently* tell John Paul that tons of oregano smells bad and doesn't taste great, either? I'm not entirely sure that he would learn that without formal instruction.

  3. LOL! THey are so cute! Cecilia's fashion sense reminds me of Mae's. At the moment she wants to wear a sleeper with a cardigan and cowboy boots... I love seeing toddler outfits that they picked out themselves!

  4. Hahahaha! That is awesome! Oh, kids. All mine are members of FWA: Food Wasters Anonymous.

    1. It's the worst! Usually I can get John Paul to eat anything, but I wasn't going to force that disgusting oregano monstrosity on him!

  5. Ha...I've done the accidentally dump an entire bottle of oregano on the pizza myself! My's usually the cheese in quantities large enough to feed a third world country that they dump on themselves.

    1. They ate most of the cheese, I'm surprised any made it onto the pizzas!

  6. I guess someone has sworn off oregano for the time being. Or is he still insisting that you add them into the pizzas you make for them?

    I have to agree with the cheese thing. It either gets dumped all over their small dough or it doesn’t make it to the pizza at all. Something about kids and cheese. Haha!

    Carlene @ Incredible Pizza


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