Monday, February 25, 2013

1 Alarm Pizza...

So believe it or not, I have not always been the best of cooks.  When I began "helping" out in the kitchen more and more often as a teen, I was known as the person in my family to most often set off the fire alarm.  In my defense, it was a very sensitive alarm.  If you didn't like your food burned beyond recognition, then I was not the cook for you.

There was an especially memorable time when I was making "no fail fudge" with my best friend Valentine's Day circa 1996.  Let me tell you-it failed.  It failed big time.  We scorched the condensed milk in the bottom of the pan.  My parents alarm system was hooked into the fire alarm and would automatically alert emergency services, so as soon as the smoke hit the ceiling those fire trucks were on their way.  That is one way to see some sexy firemen on an otherwise male free V-day.  PS I don't recall if any of them were actually sexy.

I've burnt toast, sent french fries into flames, and eaten my fair share of blackened cookies.  Thankfully, all of the experimentation and hard-headed perseverence led me on a path to be a somewhat decent cook.  My husband said that he does not recall me ever setting the fire alarm off in the time we've been together!  That is a 5-year streak!

That was all broken this weekend.  For this...
Thankfully, the Princess didn't even cry at the shrieking alarm.  She may have been stunned momentarily, but got over it really quick.  After one bite of this pizza, the fire alarm was well worth it!  The King's annoyance at holding a baby and having to turn off the alarm with the other hand quickly disappeared.  I'll have to work at keeping the fire alarm at bay, because there is a new pizza in our house and I'm afraid it may be the only way to eat it from now on!
In other news, the Princess tried some delicious cereal for the first time.  And by delicious, I mean it looked like sawdust.  I think she would have liked the pizza better...but alas, she'll have to learn life is not always fair.

Skillet Pizza
*adapted from How Sweet Eats

  • Pizza dough
  • Pizza toppings
  • Skillet
1.  Roll out dough to be skillet sized on a pizza peel or baking sheet.  Use lots of flour so that it will slide right into your sizzling skillet.
2.  Set up your oven rack in the middle of your oven and preheat your broiler on the highest setting.
3.  Put your skillet on the burner and crank the heat up to high for 10-minutes.  Smoking is normal.  Fire alarms are probably not.  You may want to open a window/turn on a vent fan at this time in preparation.
4.  While you wait for everything to get hot, add your toppings to the dough.
5.  Pop your pizza into the screaming hot skillet for 30 seconds.  Toppings may fall off and pizza may get misshapen.  But, don't worry!
6.  Turn off the burner and using a pot-holder put your skillet in the oven for 1 minute.  Rotate 180 degrees and cook for one more minute.
7.  Plate it up and allow your pizza to cool.  
8.  Turn off any fire alarms and enjoy the fruits of your labor!


  1. She does not look like she is enjoying the cereal very much! I got really excited at that picture though, because we have the same spoons!

    It is encouraging to hear that you were not always the best cook, because I consider myself to be a horrible cook, so at least now I know that there's hope!

  2. I'm pretty sure cereal is not her favorite. The spoons work great though! She loves to gnaw on them at the very least...

    And there are still times where I feel like I'm a terrible cook. This seemed like maybe it was going to be one of those times!

  3. That sounds really good - I feel like if I made it the fire alarm would be the least of my worries, I'd probably be in the ER with third degree burns. I forgot about that fire department story! Good times.