Hi! I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest. I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life. It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun. And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’m showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends.
Okay, true story: I was invited to a White Elephant party last weekend and, in the spirit of absurdity, I brought a giant cheese ball in the shape of a Christmas tree. It was rolled in parsley, with almond slivers as garland, and red bell peppers as ornaments. It was a hit. It also looked like it was ripped straight out of a Betty Crocker magazine from the 1950s–oddly reproduced (and incredibly unappetizing) colors and all. Continue Reading
If you’re a bit obsessive compulsive about divvying up your pizzas into equal slices, you need the Equalizer, a multi-blade rocker pizza knife. Available in 6″ to 20″ models, these babies aren’t cheap. They start at about $130 and climb to $245. If you haven’t guessed, they’re marketed to the restaurant biz, but can you imagine whipping one out at your next pizza party?! Go to Lloyd Pans for more info.
So you’ve just hauled your sorry behind home after a late night of partying and you’re STARVING! One of my brothers’ favorite after-kegger snacks was a piece of white bread with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt sprinkled over it. You could try that, but I wouldn’t advise it. Weissensteinburg’s 5 minute pita pizza on the other hand…. well, you don’t have to be lit up like a Christmas tree to find it tasty. To throw one together you’ll need the following:
- 1 pita bread
- a jar of pizza sauce
- mozzarella cheese
- other toppings you might have on hand, if desired
- a toaster oven, or regular oven
- a small cutting board
- a spoon
- a pizza cutter
To eat your slice with your hands or not to eat your slice with your hands, that is the question. Me, I use a fork. Not because I’m an etiquette freak or anything. It’s mostly due to the fact that I have a thing about germs, and hands, as we all know, are notorious harbingers of cooties. Plus, using a fork helps prevent mouth roof burnage. Anywho, for those of us who use forks, also known as ‘forkers’, this cool little gadget just might tempt everyone to abandon the bare hand technique. Continue Reading
Traditional bread and pizza ovens feature stone or brick floors (and walls), which retain heat and redistribute it evenly across the cooking surface. The intense and immediate heat from the preheated stone surface allows the dough to become crispy while maintaining a delightfully chewy texture.
To replicate this at home, one could spend $2,000-13,000 and buy a proper wood burning pizza oven, il forno di pizza. A more popular route is to purchase a “baking stone” or “pizza stone”, a flat, rectangular or circular slab of ceramic designed for the home oven. Continue Reading