pizza http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5238/all en-US 15 Easy Fall Pizzas http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-fall-pizzas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-easy-fall-pizzas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade-pizza-479473563-small.jpg" alt="homemade pizza" title="homemade pizza" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you eat a lot of pizza? I know we do. So does the rest of America (roughly 93% of Americans eat pizza at least <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/216550/americas-pizza-obsession-by-the-numbers">once per month</a>).</p> <p>But I confess: I prefer more interesting, healthy pizza, rather than the greasy, fast-food-type. Also, being naturally frugal, my preference is to make my own. This is where using fall produce comes into play &mdash; it is always to your budget's benefit to use fruits and vegetables that are in season. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home?ref=seealso">This Is How You Make Restaurant Quality Pizza at Home</a>)</p> <p>However, dinner recipes have to be <em>easy</em>. These are.</p> <h2>Crusts and Sauces</h2> <p>First, though, let's talk easy crusts. I like Pillsbury's Artisan Whole Grain, Flatout Bread, or the whole-wheat Boboli brands of crusts. No mixing, kneading, or mess! Also easy, and kid-friendly, are whole-wheat English muffin halves. If you <em>must</em> make your own pizza crust, try this fairly <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/super-fast-and-easy-pizza-dough-crust-199332">uncomplicated recipe</a>. Many of the recipes I have featured below give instructions for crusts. Feel free to ignore them, and use a premade crust, to save time.</p> <p>Secondly, sauce. Since we are going with an &quot;easy&quot; theme here, let's not make sauce from scratch. Pasta sauces make great pizza sauces. Try Alfredo, Vodka, or Marinara. A tub of pesto also works wonders. You will notice that some of the pizzas I have tried out below do not even <em>have</em> sauce.</p> <p>Ready to make some easy, inexpensive, fall-themed pizzas?</p> <h2>1. Carb Heaven</h2> <p>If you are avoiding carbs, apologies, because this <a href="http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/nadia-g/potato-pizza.html">Potato Pizza</a> has them.</p> <p>I thought the whole idea was nuts until I saw one being made on TV, and then I had to try it. As mentioned above, I made an easy version, with a flatbread crust. This is a vegetarian pizza, but there is nothing to stop you from adding bacon. Nobody in my household has ever complained about the addition of bacon. I also threw on some gorgonzola. Because I don't own a mandolin for slicing, I used my ninja super-sharp knife and cut the potatoes very carefully and thinly. Yukon gold potatoes are very flavorful, and I recommend using those. This pizza is very good with (also easy) packaged kale salad.</p> <h2>2. Turnabout Is Fair Play</h2> <p>Since I was mean to the &quot;no carbs&quot; folks above, let's go carb-free with another fall vegetable, cauliflower. If you are new to the <a href="http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/17239_Cauliflower_Pizza_Dough/index.html">cauliflower crust</a> thing, well, it looks like a pizza crust, but tastes like cauliflower. That's not a problem to those of us who love cauliflower. This funny <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYjsqeLHS14">video</a> has excellent instructions, including the part about how to get the moisture out of the &quot;dough.&quot; Throw on some of that sauce from a jar, some salami and cheese, and bake. It's awesome and guilt-free pizza, in about an hour.</p> <h2>3. Traditional Fall Salad</h2> <p>Do you like that salad with arugula, bleu cheese, pears, and walnuts? Me, too. Turns out, I like it equally well when it is made into a <a href="http://2teaspoons.com/pear-walnut-blue-cheese-artisan-pizza/">pizza</a>. I substituted pecans because they were handy. The Pillsbury Artisan crust worked very well with this recipe, adding a nutty dimension. I think this is really nice with a bowl of butternut squash soup (the kind from a box, since we are keeping this easy).</p> <h2>4. Squash</h2> <p>If I were a contestant on &quot;Family Feud,&quot; and the category were &quot;Fall Vegetables,&quot; squash would be my first choice. So, if we want to make an easy fall pizza, why not <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Butternut-Squash-Spinach-and-Goat-Cheese-Pizza-367831">Butternut Squash, Spinach and Goat Cheese</a>? The whole-wheat Boboli crust was good and sturdy, supporting these delicious toppings.</p> <h2>5. Pot Roast</h2> <p>Well, not exactly, but <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/12/pulled-pork-pizza-with-maple-leeks-roasted-garlic-and-aged-cheddar/">roasted pork </a>on a pizza is pretty amazing. Pair it with other fall-type stuff like maple syrup and garlic, and you'll see what I mean. Garlic is another fall harvest item and although it takes a little while to prepare it, it's worth the time. Your neighbors will probably show up once you start roasting garlic. I used purchased kalua pork as I did not have leftover pork kicking around. The nuttiness of the Pillsbury crust was good, here. I served it with some fresh, sliced pears.</p> <h2>6. Fennel? Really?</h2> <p>Yes. <a href="http://www.loveandoliveoil.com/2011/03/caramelized-fennel-and-onion-pizza.html">Fennel pizza</a> is delicious, especially when paired with caramelized onions. This makes a great appetizer, too, if you want to cut it into small squares. Fennel has a bit of a licorice-y taste, so this is one for the adventurous eaters. With use of a purchased crust, you can cut down the prep time on this to about a half hour. The flatbread crust was a good bet, here. If you want some meat on it, try slicing some Italian sausage and adding that (that's what I did).</p> <h2>7. Almost Like Dessert</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/brie-and-cranberry-pizza/23127e83-29fc-452a-a6ec-ffb43eee033d">Cranberries</a>, a fall fruit, are paired with brie and pecans in this pizza recipe. There are variations online that add chicken; some have mozzarella. I like this on a crispy flatbread. Cream cheese is a cheaper substitution, if brie does not fit into the grocery budget. A good variation on this is to add thin slices of apples in addition to (or in place of) the cranberries.</p> <h2>8. Pass the Dip</h2> <p>You know that person who stands at the buffet table and eats all of the hot artichoke dip? Yeah, me, too, and <em>I'm sorry</em>. I get close to that dip and I sort of just lose all inhibitions.</p> <p>Putting the &quot;dip&quot; on a <a href="http://diethood.com/spinach-and-artichoke-dip-pizza-3/">pizza crust</a> is just a wonderful idea, don't you think? Any of the recommended pre-prepared crusts &quot;work&quot; with this pizza, because this one is really about the topping. In fact, cardboard would be fine. That was a joke, okay? The recipe's author uses canned artichoke hearts, but I found a good deal on fresh. Because they tend to be expensive, try cooking and using the leaves one night, and saving the hearts for this pizza, the next.</p> <h2>9. Roast 'Em</h2> <p>Talk about a seasonable, healthy <a href="http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/01/22/roasted-vegetable-whole-wheat-pizza/">pizza</a>! Eggplant is great on pizza, especially when roasted like this. I used artichokes out of a jar (in an olive oil-seasoned brine), and they added extra flavor. The Pillsbury whole-wheat crust works well with this, as did marinara sauce from a jar. If you thought you needed to salt and drain your eggplant before using it, no, don't bother. Just roast it; it comes out beautifully.</p> <h2>10. Love Your Sprouts</h2> <p>Being an acquired taste, this <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/brussels-sprout-pizza">brussels sprouts</a> pizza may not be one for the kids &mdash; but it is definitely a winner! Look for sprouts that are bright green and have tightly-closed heads. Also, the smaller, the better. The Pillsbury crust held up well. I served it with a spinach-egg salad dressed with balsamic vinegar.</p> <h2>11. Mexican Flavors</h2> <p>Tomatillos are technically a fruit, but they are a fall fruit, so they fit into this fall pizza category. Have you tried tomatillos? They look like green tomatoes with husks, and have a very bright, lemony flavor. They pair very well with cilantro in this <a href="http://www.growntocook.com/?p=2808">tomatillo pizza</a>. I opted for queso fresco, a white Mexican cheese, over the cheddar. The Boboli crust was good with this.</p> <h2>12. Use Up That Zucchini</h2> <p>I know, I know&hellip; you are sick of zucchini, and why did you plant so much of it? So you could eat this <a href="http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/zucchini-goat-cheese-pizza/">Zucchini-Goat Cheese Pizza,</a> that's why. This is perfect on a Boboli crust, along with another fall vegetable, the red pepper. The zucchini looks better and bakes faster in the strips, but you can just cut it into thin slices, too.</p> <h2>13. Ever-Popular Kale</h2> <p>Kale is sweeter in the fall, because it likes cooler weather. That makes it extra-delicious on <a href="http://francesjanisch.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/homemade-pizza-with-kale-caramelized-red-onion-bacon-and-gorgonzola/">pizza,</a> especially when paired with&hellip; bacon. (I use Applegate Naturals, which is uncured.) Onions are also being harvested in the fall, so you may start to see some bargains. I liked this on the Pillsbury crust, along with some corn chowder.</p> <h2>14. Fresh Herb</h2> <p>Having overplanted basil and parsley in my garden, I went hunting for a pizza recipe to use some up. Whew! The Pioneer Woman came to the rescue with this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/fresh-herb-pizza-recipe.html">Fresh Herb</a> pizza. I used a Boboli crust, which was sturdy enough for all that fresh mozzarella. This was very fast and easy to put together. I added some cooked chicken breast to the toppings, too.</p> <h2>15. Rapini, Raab, Rabe, Whatever</h2> <p>Often called Broccoli Rabe, too&hellip; the leaves of this fall vegetable are nutty and bitter, and great when paired with caramelized onions. Who knew it would be so yummy on <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/12/pizza-with-broccoli-rabe-and-roasted-onions/">pizza?</a> The flatbread is great for this pizza, and a cup of tomato soup makes a perfect accompaniment.</p> <p><em>Convinced? You can serve your family easy, healthy pizza in about an hour using these ideas. Let us know how it comes out!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-fall-pizzas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives">Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home">This Is How You Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-easy-pizza-crust">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Easy Pizza Crust</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-and-delicious-ways-to-use-tortillas">10 Fun and Delicious Ways to Use Tortillas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gourmet-pizza-for-less-than-a-buck">Gourmet Pizza for Less than a Buck</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink easy pizza fall vegetables harvest vegetables pizza Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:00:03 +0000 Marla Walters 1202833 at http://www.wisebread.com This Is How You Grill Pizza at Home http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-grill-pizza-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-is-how-you-grill-pizza-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grilled-pizza-153160329-small.jpg" alt="grilled pizza" title="grilled pizza" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="726" height="397" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that summer is in full swing, you might be getting bored of standard hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill. Spice up your next party by trying something new and different &mdash; grilled pizza! I live near an old Italian restaurant that has built its reputation on its flavorful grilled pies. After eating many myself, I have spent years replicating them at home. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home?ref=related">This Is How You Make Restaurant Quality Pizza at Home</a>)</p> <p>If you make your own pizzas on the regular, you probably know the drill. Grilling pies outdoors, though, requires a bit more foresight and a slightly different method. Below are the points you should consider before you get started &mdash; as well as detailed instructions for the grilling process from start to finish.</p> <h2>Build Your Crust</h2> <p>A great, grill-able pizza crust is one that is stretchy, but also firm enough to withstand some extra transport. Really, though, any dough recipe should work. I like using <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/04/pumpkin-garlic-knots.html">my own recipe</a>, which contains pumpkin puree for extra flavor. You'll want a hearty dough from the start that isn't too wet or sticky. I use all white flour versus mixing with any whole wheat to ensure the most gluten production and avoid tears in the crust's surface.</p> <p>Once your batch is mixed together and set to rise for at least a few hours, you can start in with the rest of the ingredients. I often make my pizza dough the night before I bake it, whether grilling or oven baking, as I feel it helps the flavor develop better.</p> <h2>Choose Your Sauce</h2> <p>One of the tweaks that has worked best for me is to put down a layer of cheese before placing any sauce on your grilled pizza. This way, there's less chance your dough will become soggy. As a result, I've modified the type of &quot;sauce&quot; I use over the years to include bulked up versions versus smoother purees.</p> <p>The Italian restaurant near me tops its grilled pies with coarsely crushed tomatoes and roasted garlic. At home, think diced tomatoes or salsa or even dabs of homemade pesto. The chunkier the better. However, you may also wish to try using spoonfuls of thick barbecue sauce to fit your BBQ theme. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives?ref=related">Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Sauce Alternatives</a>)</p> <h2>Prepare Your Toppings</h2> <p>Perhaps the most important part of grilled pizza prep is getting your toppings out and ready for action. I like to make a toppings station with pinch bowls for cheese and sauce. If I want something more complicated, like veggies or meat, I prepare these ingredients ahead of time. Cooking pizza atop fire is a rapid process, so toppings should already be cooked before you toss them into the mix or you risk burning the crust waiting for them to heat fully.</p> <p>Here are some ideas:</p> <ul> <li>Cheese (shredded mozzarella, Jack, cheddar, really any melty block cheese will do)</li> <li>Sauce (I often just use canned crushed tomatoes that contain garlic)</li> <li>Grilled veggies, like zucchini, onions, peppers, and mushrooms</li> <li>Protein, like prosciutto, pepperoni, and grilled sausage</li> <li>Olive oil (for brushing)</li> <li>Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and other herbs/spices</li> </ul> <p>Summer is also a wonderful season to experiment with using cold toppings (once the pizza is cooked) to compliment the hot. I love sliced avocado, balsamic reduction, ranch dressing, and even grilled romaine lettuce, just to name a few additions you might want to include.</p> <h2>Grill</h2> <p>On a gas grill, you'll want to turn the heat all the way up to high before starting. Let your grill get hot and then turn it down to medium heat when you are ready to begin. You'll start by making sure the grill grates are clean and then brush them with a little olive oil. Stretch out your dough on a flat surface and brush with additional olive oil (around two teaspoons). Then carefully place the oiled side of your dough on the grill and cook for just 1 minute before flipping onto the next side and oiling. It should bubble considerably.</p> <p>This is where all the prep ahead of time will start to make sense. You'll immediately need to lay down a thin layer of shredded cheese and then dabs of your sauce and other toppings before closing the lid of the grill to let everything melt. Believe me: This all needs to happen quickly so you don't burn the bottom of your pizza in the process. You will only cook on this side for another minute or two maximum, so be sure to make the time count.</p> <h2>Cool, Slice, and Serve</h2> <p>Remove your pizza from the grill and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. The crust texture should be crunchy and chewy all at the same time. Don't worry if your burn your first pizza a little, you will eventually get the hang.</p> <p><strong>Note</strong>: I have made grilled pizza on both charcoal and gas grills. If you have a charcoal grill, the process is much the same as outlined above with the exception of the heat control. Likely your grill and coals we be quite hot, so after cooking on the first side and flipping onto the other for topping (and an initial searing), you may wish to transfer to a metal pan to finish up melting the cheese without burning while the cover is closed. Alternatively, if your grill has cooled off, you may wish to cook up to three minutes on each side.</p> <p><em>Have you ever grilled pizza? What tips do you have to share?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-grill-pizza-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives">Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home">This Is How You Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-easy-pizza-crust">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Easy Pizza Crust</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-and-delicious-ways-to-use-tortillas">10 Fun and Delicious Ways to Use Tortillas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-fall-pizzas">15 Easy Fall Pizzas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink grilled pizza homemade pizza pizza Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1157257 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Fun and Delicious Ways to Use Tortillas http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-and-delicious-ways-to-use-tortillas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-fun-and-delicious-ways-to-use-tortillas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-160352484.jpg" alt="tortillas" title="tortillas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the most versatile food items in your pantry is not a spice or vegetable &mdash; it's a tortilla. Whether you stock your kitchen with flour tortillas or corn, you can expand your menu with these low cost, readily available products. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great?ref=seealso">Homemade Gluten-Free Flour Tortillas</a>)</p> <p>The many uses include substitutions for bread, pizza crust, and even dessert. Read on for 10 surprising ways to use tortillas in your kitchen.</p> <h2>1. Pizza Crust</h2> <p>Flour tortillas work great for a pizza crust. Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on the tortilla and then load on your favorite toppings. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. These can even be prepared ahead of time, frozen while laying on a cookie sheet, and stored for later use. You'll never need to buy a quick frozen pizza again. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives?ref=seealso">30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives</a>)</p> <h2>2. Chips</h2> <p>Making your own tortilla chips is very easy to do. You can deep fry them for a restaurant-style taste or bake them up in the oven for a healthier alternative. Cut the tortillas into triangles. Lay on a baking sheet, and spritz with cooking spray (or skip the oil altogether). Sprinkle with salt and any spices you may like to try. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.</p> <h2>3. Bread Crumbs</h2> <p>Pulse in your food processor until tortillas are a fine consistency. Use in place of bread crumbs in recipes like meatloaf, meatballs, or as a breading for chicken tenders.</p> <h2>4. Dessert</h2> <p>Tortillas can be used in many ways to make a delicious dessert. They can be fried like chips and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar; or they can be spread with Nutella, bananas, or other fruits for a tasty treat. You can also create a wonderfully decadent crepe using tortillas that you fry in butter and spread with cream cheese and fruit before rolling up and enjoying! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ultra-quick-homemade-desserts?ref=seealso">Ultra-Quick Homemade Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>5. Sandwiches</h2> <p>Tortillas can be used to replace bread almost anywhere. You can use tortillas for a cheeseburger bun, for PB&amp;J sandwiches in your kid's lunches, with lettuce, tomato, and bacon for a great lunch, or even to make grilled cheese sandwiches.</p> <h2>6. Croutons</h2> <p>Tortillas can be cut into strips and baked or fried to be added to tortilla soup, salads, or on top of chili. Spices can be added to the strips (before baking or after they have been fried and are draining) to add extra flavor to your meal.</p> <h2>7. Lasagna</h2> <p>In the mood for lasagna but don't have any noodles? Tortillas can be layered instead of noodles to make a tasty meal. You can also change up the ingredients to make it a Mexican lasagna using salsa instead of pasta sauce, plus black beans, vegetables, and sharp cheddar cheese.</p> <h2>8. Rollups</h2> <p>Tortillas can change what was a boring sandwich into something fun and appetizing. Rollups can be made with lunch meat, lettuce, and a spread like hummus, mayonnaise, or cream cheese. Roll up really tight and slice into bite-sized pieces. Rollups are great for picnics, entertaining, school lunches, or any time you need a lunch on-the-go. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches?ref=seealso">Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</a>)</p> <h2>9. Wraps</h2> <p>Breakfast burritos are a family favorite in my house. Use flour tortillas to wrap up scrambled eggs, sauteed veggies, and cheese. In addition, tortillas can be used to wrap up chicken, lettuce, and cheese; or chicken salad. Tortillas also hold roasted veggies and shrimp that has been drizzled with a bit of a Thai peanut sauce, balsamic vinegar, or even a light vinaigrette. The ingredients that you can wrap together in a tortilla are endless. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes?ref=seealso">10 Freeze-Ahead Burrito Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>10. Soup Thickener</h2> <p>Whether ground up like bread crumbs or cut into pieces and strips, tortillas can be used to thicken things like soups, stews, and even gravies.</p> <p>Tortillas are a great frugal food that can be used with virtually any meal. With these unique ways that tortillas can be used in your kitchen, your menu will never feel dull again.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to enjoy tortillas? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-and-delicious-ways-to-use-tortillas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives">Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes pizza tortilla recipes tortillas Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:24:43 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1126636 at http://www.wisebread.com Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-178408059.jpg" alt="pizza sauce" title="pizza sauce" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all love homemade pizza, but sometimes plain ol&#39; marinara sauce can get boring. It&#39;s easy to bring a little variety to your pizza night by swapping out your pizza sauce with one of these flavorful alternatives. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home?ref=seealso">How to Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza</a>)</p> <h2>1. Pesto</h2> <p>One of the easiest pizza sauce alternative is jarred pesto (or homemade). Just spread it straight on the pizza crust and top with your normal toppings.</p> <h2>2. Bechamel</h2> <p>Make a white pizza with an easy <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/341290/bechamel-sauce">bechamel</a> (or white) sauce. Make a roux with flour and butter and cook it with milk and seasonings to make a delicious white sauce that&#39;s perfect for people who aren&#39;t a fan of tomato sauce.</p> <h2>3. Salsa</h2> <p>Salsa is another easy jarred alternative to pizza sauce and works especially well if you add chorizo, corn, beans, and other Latin-influenced toppings. Go for a tomato-based salsa if you don&#39;t want to stray too far from traditional pizza, or try a salsa verde made of tomatillos and cilantro.</p> <h2>4. BBQ Sauce</h2> <p>If you fancy a BBQ chicken pizza, subbing BBQ sauce (jarred or homemade) for the tomato sauce is a great idea. If you don&#39;t have time to grill the chicken, just use rotisserie and add a drop of liquid smoke to the sauce. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken?ref=seealso">20+ Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken</a>)</p> <h2>5. Hummus</h2> <p>It&#39;s delicious on pita bread so you can&#39;t go wrong with it on pizza &mdash; hummus is an easy way to jazz up your pie while adding protein and nutrients, too. Top it with onions, olives, peppers, and feta cheese.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/psauce-156250405-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>6. Pumpkin Pizza Sauce</h2> <p>Adding some <a href="http://wheelsupmama.com/2013/10/18/pumpkin-pizza-sauce/">pureed pumpkin</a> into a tomato-based sauce helps to tone down the acidity while adding vitamins and flavor. Just mix canned pumpkin with some tomato sauce and seasonings and use like regular sauce.</p> <h2>7. Pumpkin and Beet &quot;Marinara&quot;</h2> <p>For people who can&#39;t eat plants in the nightshade family (which includes tomatoes and peppers), but still crave a red sauce on their pizza, a good alternative is a sauce made of <a href="http://www.livingwithout.com/recipes/gluten_free_tomato_free_marinara_sauce-1771-1.html">pumpkin and beet</a> puree. The beets add both sweetness and a red color to the sauce, and with garlic, basil, and other spices, it tastes almost like the real thing.</p> <h2>8. Tapenade</h2> <p>Tapenade, a spread made of olives, is super-flavorful and the perfect condiment for pizza. Add grilled vegetables and olive oil, and you&#39;re set.</p> <h2>9. Carrot-Harissa Sauce</h2> <p><a href="http://topoftheapple.com/2011/11/23/carrot-harissa-dip/">Carrots and harissa</a> (a North African chili paste) are a natural pair and are another great substitute for pizza sauce. Cook and puree the carrots, and blend them with harissa, garlic, and spices for a flavorful pizza base. (Note: If you&#39;re sensitive to nightshades, omit the harissa.)</p> <h2>10. Ranch Sauce</h2> <p>A ranch pizza is sure to be a hit with the kids! Spread ranch dressing on the crust and top it with all sorts of healthy toppings. The creaminess of the dressing means you can go easy on the cheese if you like.</p> <h2>11. Garlic and Oil</h2> <p>Mince garlic up fine and spread it on your pizza crust with olive oil and salt. Add your toppings and enjoy &mdash; but beware of garlic breath afterwards! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-uses-for-garlic-that-deserve-a-round-of-applause?ref=seealso">15 Uses for Garlic</a>)</p> <h2>12. Pepper Jelly</h2> <p>Sweet and spicy red pepper jelly is a delicious condiment on cheese by itself, so why not on a cheese pizza, too? Add sausage and sweet peppers to pump up the flavor on this unique pie.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/psauce-91941117-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>13. Caramelized Onions</h2> <p>Onions, slow-cooked and caramelized until they are meltingly brown, sweet, and savory, are a delicious base for almost anything. Spread the onions on the pizza and top with feta cheese, prosciutto, mushrooms, arugula or spinach, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.</p> <h2>14. Ricotta Cheese</h2> <p>Spread a thin layer of ricotta cheese on your pizza crust and add a squeeze of lemon and ribbons of basil &mdash; then top with grilled vegetables, chopped tomatoes, and other toppings of your choice. Can&#39;t have dairy? Try this <a href="http://keepinitkind.com/roasted-garlic-white-pizza-with-macadamia-ricotta-salata-spinach/">macadamia-nut &quot;ricotta&quot;</a>.</p> <h2>15. Romesco Sauce</h2> <p>This Spanish sauce of tomatoes, roasted peppers, paprika, and almonds makes for an amazing variation on pizza sauce. Top the pizza with chicken, shrimp, or vegetables &mdash; this sauce is extremely versatile and goes well with almost anything.</p> <h2>16. Chimichurri Sauce</h2> <p>Argentine chimichurri sauce is a potent blend of parsley, oregano, garlic, and olive oil. Although it is traditionally used on meats, it is sure to be delicious on pizza as well. Try topping the pizza with thinly sliced steak as a nod to tradition.</p> <h2>17. Soy-Miso Sauce</h2> <p>If you like &quot;Hawaiian&quot; pizza with ham and pineapple, you might want to try replacing the tomato sauce with a more complementary soy-miso sauce. Just mix 2 tablespoons of white miso with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Spread the mixture over the pizza crust and top with cheese, ham and pineapple. Try sprinkling furikake (a seaweed/sesame condiment) over the cooked pizza just before eating. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-use-pineapple?ref=seealso">Delicious Ways to Use Pineapple</a>)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/psauce-464272513-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>18. Balsamic Glaze</h2> <p>Boil down &frac14; cup of balsamic vinegar until it is thick and syrupy. Brush this over your pizza and top with cheese, mushrooms, onions, sausage, and more.</p> <h2>19. Hoisin Sauce</h2> <p>Sweet Asian hoisin sauce gives an Asian flair to your pizza and appeals especially to those who love Peking duck. Try topping it with cooked salmon, <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/crossing-culture-chinese-hoisin-pizza-202877">chicken</a>, or duck. After cooking, top it with chopped green onions and cucumber.</p> <h2>20. Thai Chili Sauce</h2> <p>Sweet and spicy Thai chili sauce is a great base for an Asian-themed pizza. Top it with plenty of vegetables and some cooked chicken, tofu, or shrimp. You can even omit the cheese to keep it tasting fresh.</p> <h2>21. Curry Sauce</h2> <p>With so many varieties of jarred curry sauce available, a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Curry-Paneer-Pizza/">curry pizza</a> can be a convenient weekday meal, especially when paired with premade naan bread (I like to buy mine frozen). Spread the curry sauce on the naan and top it with chicken and paneer, a mild Indian cheese.</p> <h2>22. Alfredo Sauce</h2> <p>Alfredo sauce is similar to bechamel but is made of heavy cream and parmesan cheese instead of milk. You can <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/alfredo-sauce-2/">make your own</a> or use one of the convenient jarred versions.</p> <h2>23. Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce</h2> <p>Sun-dried tomatoes pack an extra-concentrated punch of flavor. You can make a simple <a href="http://www.laurenslatest.com/spinach-bacon-feta-pizza-with-sun-dried-tomato-sauce/">sun-dried tomato pesto</a> by pulsing sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, parmesan, and olive oil in a food processor. Use it like regular pesto or marinara sauce. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-food-processors?ref=seealso">Best Food Processors</a>)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/psauce-466283255-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>24. Garlic Aioli Pizza Sauce</h2> <p>Aioli is a garlic-flavored mayonnaise that makes a terrific condiment for vegetables and seafood. For example, this <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/tuna-and-tomato-pizza-with-aioli">tuna and tomato pizza</a> with garlic aioli sounds delicious. Use high-quality mayonnaise for the best results, or you can even <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Aioli-107026">make your own</a>.</p> <h2>25. Wasabi Sauce</h2> <p>Chef Jean-Georges created a unique fusion of Asian and French cuisine with his <a href="http://justinmoorescott.com/barry-wines-ahi-pizza/1199">raw Ahi tuna pizza</a> with wasabi creme fraiche sauce. You could create your own less-fancy version with raw or cooked salmon (if raw, buy from a reputable fishmonger) on top of a precooked crust, wasabi mixed with good mayonnaise, and topped with sesame seeds and micro-greens. As an appetizer, this dish could be quite affordable.</p> <h2>26. Fig Jam</h2> <p>Fig jam would be a delicious foundation for a slightly sweet pizza. Use pre-made fig jam or <a href="http://seattleseedling.com/2013/09/blue-ribbon-fig-and-thyme-jam/">make your own</a>, and top it with goat cheese, prosciutto, parmesan, arugula, caramelized onions, or whatever your heart desires. This <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/09/fig-prosciutto-pizza-with-arugula/">fig, prosciutto, and arugula pizza</a> sounds amazing.</p> <h2>27. Tandoori Pizza</h2> <p>This <a href="http://bevcooks.com/2012/04/simple-tandoori-chicken-naan-pizza/">tandoori chicken pizza</a> is easy and delicious. Marinate chunks of chicken with tandoori seasoning and yogurt and then cook them with onions. Put the seasoned cooked chicken on some naan bread and top it with shredded cheese.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/psauce-176907192-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>28. Thai Peanut Sauce</h2> <p>Using a <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/california-pizza-kitchen-thai-chicken-pizza-62778">Thai peanut sauce</a> as a base for bean sprouts, chicken, scallions, and other veggies makes for a unique Thai-themed pizza.</p> <h2>29. Nutella</h2> <p>Who says pizza has to be savory? Make a dessert pizza with Nutella (or other chocolate spread), mascarpone cheese, and berries. Sprinkle some brown sugar over the top and bake at 500 F until the sugar is caramelized, the crust is puffed, and the chocolate, cheese, and berries are warm and gooey. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-easy-and-scrumptious-microwaveable-desserts?ref=seealso">Easy Microwaveable Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>30. Zaatar</h2> <p>Zaatar is a tangy Middle Eastern spice blend that includes sumac and thyme. When mixed with olive oil, it makes a delicious pizza sauce. This <a href="http://honestcooking.com/zaatar-pizza-inspiration-from-the-middle-east/">zaatar pizza recipe</a> uses zaatar and tops the pizza with tomatoes, feta, and mint.</p> <p>With so many alternatives, it&#39;s not that hard to look beyond the tried and true tomato marinara pizza sauce. Spice up your pizza with one of these less traditional sauces and exercise your sense of creativity to make a unique and memorable meal.</p> <p><em>What&#39;s your favorite alternative pizza sauce?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home">This Is How You Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-and-delicious-ways-to-use-tortillas">10 Fun and Delicious Ways to Use Tortillas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-grill-pizza-at-home">This Is How You Grill Pizza at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes homemade pizza pizza pizza sauce sauce Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:28:38 +0000 Camilla Cheung 63623 at http://www.wisebread.com This Is How You Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-178885423.jpg" alt="homemade pizza" title="homemade pizza" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the quickest and least painful ways to save money is by cooking more meals at home. I&#39;m pretty good with this practice during the workweek, but on weekends &mdash; those childhood memories of Friday night takeout pizza take over my mind and, well, empty out my wallet. A to-go pie, with average prices ranging from $9 to $16, isn&#39;t the worst culinary budget buster, that&#39;s for sure. Thing is, it&#39;s entirely possible to create restaurant-quality pizza at home for a fraction of that cost. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-restaurant-dishes-you-can-make-at-home?ref=seealso">Restaurant Dishes You Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <p>Now, I know what you might be thinking: <em>It&#39;s never the same!</em> Homemade pizza is too limp or too crunchy or too flavorless. Perfecting the craft can seem like an epic undertaking. Don&#39;t worry, though. I&#39;m here to help. I may not have an Italian bone in my body, but after various failed attempts and many more successful ones, I&#39;ve picked up a few tips that have transformed my pizza making skills.</p> <h2>Think Ahead</h2> <p>If you need pizza immediately, you can mix together just about any dough recipe and roll it out after a modest &quot;rise&quot; a half hour later. The resulting crust won&#39;t be anything impressive, but it will work. An extra 18 to 24 hours can make a world of difference, however. Not only will extra time allow dough to rise fully, which creates all those delicious bubble pockets, but it will also allow a more complex flavor to develop. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread?ref=seealso">Homemade Bread for Beginners</a>)</p> <p>So, after mixing together a basic dough recipe (Jim Lahey&#39;s <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/03/jim-laheys-no-knead-pizza-dough-recipe.html">no-knead</a> is my favorite), let it be. To avoid a hard skin from forming on the top of your round, be sure to keep dough in a warm place and cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap or a damp towel. Set your timer, and relax.</p> <h2>Use High-Quality or Homemade Ingredients</h2> <p>I love making my own sauce from scratch in the summer months when my CSA is basically throwing fresh local tomatoes at me by the barrel. Even when I use store-bought tomatoes, I get creative. My favorite recipe is this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/03/boozy-bold-chunky-tomato-sauce.html">simple-but-boozy blend</a> flavored by Pinot Grigio. I also like making my own <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/06/garlic-scape-swiss-chard-pesto-2-ways.html">pesto</a> from whatever is fresh and local, and I would love to make <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/milking-it-5-easy-homemade-cheeses">homemade cheeses</a>.</p> <p>That all requires time, so if you&#39;re short on that, it&#39;s simple: better ingredients equal a better tasting pizza. You&#39;re already saving by staying in and cooking, so sinking funds in a slightly pricier mozzarella or some fresh basil is still the savvier option. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flavorful-foods-worth-splurging-on?ref=seealso">Flavorful Foods Worth Splurging On</a>)</p> <h2>Invest in a Stone</h2> <p>If you crave pizza as often as I do, an inexpensive <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000E1FDA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0000E1FDA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">pizza stone</a> might be a worthy investment. The stone absorbs and distributes heat more uniformly, creating a crisper crust. It&#39;s closer to the tricks and tools the pros use, therefore turning out a pie that&#39;s closer to what you&#39;d order out versus take out of your own oven.</p> <p>And if you want to try something wild, you can snag two pizza stones and attempt <a href="http://lifehacker.com/make-the-ultimate-pizza-at-home-with-a-5-diy-brick-ove-1171778006">creating a brick oven</a> without the construction costs! I&#39;ve never tried this method, but it sure looks like it would work well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-kitchen-luxuries-that-are-worth-it-and-5-that-arent?ref=seealso">5 Kitchen Luxuries That Are Worth It</a>)</p> <h2>Set Your Oven on High</h2> <p>If you think about it, those ovens at the corner parlor are really hot. Over the years, I&#39;ve cranked my oven temperature higher and higher to achieve better results. More recently, I stumbled across a somewhat <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/tomato-and-stracciatella-pizzas">radical home method</a> of turning your oven up to its highest setting (usually around 500 degrees F), preheating your stone for an hour, and then baking the pizza using the broil setting for 5-7 minutes.</p> <p>Verdict? Perfection. I don&#39;t, rather, I <em>won&#39;t</em> make my pizza any other way. The crust turns out crisp and lightly browned, yet just the right touch of doughy and delicious. The toppings bubble and sizzle &mdash; and it&#39;s all done in less than 10 minutes.</p> <h2>Don&#39;t Give Up</h2> <p>I&#39;ve been making pizza at home for over 10 years. Many of my early attempts were failed, sometimes horribly. Now? I&#39;m a seasoned pro and often prefer my own pizza creations to the options we get out at restaurants. If at first you don&#39;t succeed, try again and again. By experimenting with some of the methods above, you&#39;ll be on the right path and eventually reach your destination&nbsp;&mdash; pizza nirvana.</p> <p><em>Do you bake pizza at home? What are your tricks?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives">Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-grill-pizza-at-home">This Is How You Grill Pizza at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-easy-pizza-crust">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Easy Pizza Crust</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-fall-pizzas">15 Easy Fall Pizzas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-and-delicious-ways-to-use-tortillas">10 Fun and Delicious Ways to Use Tortillas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink homemade pizza pizza pizza stone Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:36:17 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1119566 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Easy Pizza Crust http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-easy-pizza-crust <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-gluten-free-living-easy-pizza-crust" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/calzone.jpg" alt="Calzone" title="Calzone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This dish rarely has any leftovers at my house. It's the only thing, except when I make <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">gluten free noodles</a>, everyone eats voraciously. From my husband down to my 15 month old, pizza, or calzones are always a hit. Once you get familiar with the recipe, imagine, bread sticks, flat breads, garlic knots... You'll almost feel like you're eating gluten again, (without all those unmentionable nasty side effects). Have fun experimenting. At less than a few bucks a pizza, you'll be able to save up for a wood fired brick oven. Alright, maybe just a toaster oven. Still, it beats the $9 alternative in the grocery stores.</p> <p>(I'll throw in my favorite sauce recipe because I like your face.)</p> <p>Thanks, as always, to the <a href="http://www.glutenfreecookingschool.com/archives/rolling-in-dough-homemade-pizza-crust/">gluten free cooking school</a>, for giving me the base to this recipe.</p> <h3>Pizza Crust</h3> <ul> <li>1 Tbsp yeast</li> <li>1 1/3 cup milk</li> <li>1 tsp. sugar</li> <li>2 1/3 cup <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">gluten-free all purpose flour mix</a></li> <li>2 tsp xanthan gum</li> <li>1 tsp salt</li> <li>2 tsp. olive oil</li> <li>2 tsp. cider vinegar</li> <li>1/3 cup (more or less) gluten free corn meal. (I use Bob's Red Mill.)</li> </ul> <p>Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.</p> <p>Heat the milk using your microwave or a small saucepan, to just above room temperature. Make sure it isn't so hot to burn the yeast. Remember you want it hot, but you should be able to touch it slightly with your finger. Mix in the yeast, sugar and milk in a medium bowl and set it aside.</p> <p>In your mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt and xanthan gum well. Your yeast mixture should be foaming by now. Add the apple cider vinegar and olive oil to the yeast mixture and then throw it into the flour blend. Mix it well.</p> <p >I like to use parchment paper because it's easy to roll out and transfer onto the baking sheet. However, it isn't needed. Drop your dough out onto a well floured surface (like parchment paper) and add corn meal. Sprinkle the corn meal liberally as you roll out. Sprinkle it out on the top as well. Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Transfer the dough onto your baking sheet and cook it until the dough has a slight touch of golden brown. Throw the sauce on the crust, add cheese and toppings, then throw it back in the oven until the cheese is melted.</p> <h3>Calzone</h3> <p>Follow the directions the same as you would for a pizza crust, except lower the temperature of the oven to 375 degrees. Roll out the dough, in a rectangular shape on your cookie sheet. Add the toppings on half, without the sauce. Fold over the dough and seal the edges by folding them up and over twice. Place the calzone in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes or until the color is an even golden all around. Cut and serve with sauce on the side as a dipping condiment. (My favorite ingredients for this is just mozzarella cheese and prosciutto. Delicious!)</p> <h3>The Sauce</h3> <ul> <li>1 Tbsp olive oil</li> <li>1 can tomato sauce</li> <li>1 tbsp tomato paste</li> <li>&frac14; tsp oregano</li> <li>&frac14; tsp dried basil</li> <li>&frac14; tsp paprika</li> <li>salt and pepper to taste</li> </ul> <p>In a small sauce pan, heat the olive oil and then add your tomato sauce, paste, and all your spices. Slowly simmer until heated through. If you're brave, add some red pepper flakes. Serve as a base for pizzas or a dipping sauce for calzones and bread sticks. Enjoy!</p> <p<em>Check out my other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/frugal-gluten-free">frugal gluten-free living recipes</a></p<em> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sonja-stewart">Sonja Stewart</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-easy-pizza-crust">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-gluten-free-desserts">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Gluten-Free Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-gluten-free-oreo-cookies">Homemade Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Lifestyle bread sticks frugal gluten free gluten free pizza recipes Tue, 30 Mar 2010 13:00:05 +0000 Sonja Stewart 6101 at http://www.wisebread.com Coupon Coups http://www.wisebread.com/coupon-coups <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/coupon-coups" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Coupon Graphic.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="85" height="126" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Utility is always more important than usefulness. Let that marinate.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m not a fan of coupons as a way to save money because I&rsquo;m a big opportunity cost type guy. Time spent clipping coupons and scouring the aisles of a store for products that may or may not be there just seems like another pastime that produces silver hairs in the curly black crop.</p> <p>There is also the social stigma, which is mostly self-imposed. You know, the vision of the old lady taking all day, unfurling coupons for cat food as if she has a royal flush &mdash; the checker reads them and weeps &mdash; placing them down on the counter. Maybe the person will even ignite an argument that usually starts with &ldquo;well the coupon says&hellip;..&rdquo;</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s the archetypal old lady that got me to thinking. Coupons actually do have a purpose, after all. According to NCH &ldquo;Coupon Facts,&rdquo; each year on average, coupons that provide savings for consumer packaged goods generate nearly $3 billion in America alone. Self-consciousness aside, there is something to be said for the coupon, especially in this economic climate, but it&rsquo;s important to understand, well, what the coupon says &mdash; to you.</p> <p>So I came up with five things &mdash; five seems like a shopper&rsquo;s number, either that or I&rsquo;m lazy, or both. Okay so yeah, five things to look for or at least consider when integrating coupons into your purchasing experience.These are the top five coupon coups.</p> <h3>Not their/there type</h3> <p>Nothing vindicates a cynic by being proven right that coupons can often be used as a marketing tool for the old bait and switch. This became all too clear when I clipped a coupon for free Thomas the Tank Engine toys for my all-things-transportation-addict toddler son (he&rsquo;s a good kid but he joneses for trains and buses, choppers and planes what&rsquo;dya gonna do?). So I get to the store before the so-called sale is even scheduled to start and every Toys &lsquo;R Us within 24 miles is conveniently out of the particular trains listed on the coupon. The rationale is that having made the trip, you&rsquo;ll buy Bertie, Gordon, Mighty Mac or Harold anyway because you&rsquo;re there. They didn&rsquo;t get my dough though.</p> <p>When it comes to coupons, read the fine print carefully, call ahead and/or perhaps hold out for storewide coupons rather than individual items. After all, a store coupon is not the same as a manufacturer's coupon, which is not the same as a brand coupon, which is not the same as special promotions coupon. Also I find that coupons for important services &mdash; auto, grooming etc. &mdash; actually work better and can be leveraged with more pen-point accuracy than products that could be purposely or coincidentally out of stock.</p> <h3>Necessity</h3> <p>The first thing to ponder is whether you need four Swiffers for $4 even if it seems like a good deal. If you&rsquo;re gonna spend time actually clipping coupons, be meticulous. Cross reference them with your needs. Something along the order of a <a href="http://www.grocerysavingtips.com/printgrocerypricelog.htm">price log</a> with your grocery or essentials list. Plus nothing is more confusing or infuriating than finding out you bought those four swiffers when you could have got eight frozen French Bread Pizzas for the same price. You might be on some: &ldquo;My kitchen is clean as the dickens but damn I&rsquo;m hungry.&rdquo;</p> <h3>Stick to the Code</h3> <p>Coupon discounts themselves come and go and you could get caught doing the old-school thing with scissors when you can simply hunt for <a href="http://www.couponcodes4u.com/">discount codes</a> that either correspond with the paper coupons or offer even more savings.</p> <h3>Consider the source</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re brand conscious (read baptized by marketing, maniac colors and powers of suggestion &mdash; say it with me WySssse-Brrrr-eaaad) consider going directly to the website of the brand you want for a one-stop shop on items you&rsquo;re looking for.</p> <h3>Wait it out</h3> <p>For the particularly anal retentive coupon craver, keep a record. Whether you like index cards, a binder, laminated compartments in a leather bound book or chaotic coupon wall paper like an obsessed money-saver with a beautiful mind, track your most common purchases.</p> <p>Coupons have come a long way since C.W. Post tried to slang his cereal with little pieces of paper to draw consumers in but with so many ways to educate ourselves about our wants and needs, you can save time and money as well as develop a system. Once you&rsquo;ve stacked enough mozzarella on your monetary pizza you can elevate your status from clipper to connoisseur.</p> <p>So ummm Pizza. Now that you have something to think about, how &lsquo;bout you pick a brotha up some French bread pizza at the store? I&rsquo;ll hit you back next Tuesday. Come on, you know I&rsquo;m good for it. It says right here on this blogger&rsquo;s coupon, matter of fact, read this post again for and get two more for free.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jabulani-leffall">Jabulani Leffall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/coupon-coups">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/forget-saving25-place-to-look-for-spare-change">Forget Saving...25 Places to Look for Spare Change</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-grocery-budgeting-a-game-the-price-is-right-style">Make Grocery Budgeting A Game, The Price Is Right Style</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-innovative-but-obscure-sites-that-put-money-in-your-pocket">10 Innovative But Obscure Sites That Put Money In Your Pocket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-more-gas-by-safely-following-trucks">Save More Gas by Safely Following Trucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/barter-explained-why-its-wise-to-barter">Barter Explained: Why It&#039;s Wise to Barter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance grocery online coupons personal finance blogs pizza saving money Tue, 13 Jan 2009 00:09:09 +0000 Jabulani Leffall 2742 at http://www.wisebread.com Papa John’s Offers 23-cent Pizzas to Cleveland Cavs Fans http://www.wisebread.com/papa-john-s-offers-23-cent-pizzas-to-cleveland-cavs-fans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/papa-john-s-offers-23-cent-pizzas-to-cleveland-cavs-fans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lebron.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="375" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did Papa John&rsquo;s go overboard with its T-shirts calling Lebron James a &ldquo;Crybaby?&rdquo;<span> </span>Regardless of how you feel about it, this cheap price on pizza might help to make amends.<span> </span>Check out more on this Thursday&rsquo;s promotion!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/05/05/ap/strange/main4069510.shtml">Associated Press recently reported</a> that <a href="http://www.papajohns.com/">Papa John&rsquo;s</a> newest (and unadvertised) pizza promotion was inspired by an apology to Lebron James, who was reportedly insulted by a recent T-shirt made by the popular pizza chain.<span> </span>The shirts, which featured the number 23 (Lebron&rsquo;s number) and the word &ldquo;crybaby,&rdquo; were worn during a game against the Washington Wizards.<span> </span>(A comment from Wizards&rsquo; center Brendan Haywood prompted the &ldquo;crybaby&rdquo; catch word.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We all know that you just can&rsquo;t throw around a big, bad word like &ldquo;crybaby&rdquo; and get away with it.<span> </span>To prove the point, <strong>Papa John&rsquo;s is offering a large, one-topping pizza to Cleveland residents for only 23 cents (this Thursday only.)<span> </span></strong>The best part of the public apology to Lebron and his fanbase &ndash; a $10,000 donation to the Cavaliers Youth Fund &ndash; should also help to smooth things over with the Cleveland crowd.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just when we thought our own Paul Michael was getting a <a href="/papa-murphy-s-update-nice-save">good return</a> on his bad investment at <a href="/great-idea-for-papa-murphy-s-make-the-pizzas-in-order">another Papa</a> we know, good ol&rsquo; Papa John&rsquo;s gives Cleveland a reason to celebrate.<span> </span>And while we don&rsquo;t have pro basketball here where I live, my number in high school was 03, and I really hate being called &ldquo;cheap.&rdquo;<span> </span><strong><em>You hear that, Olive Garden?!?!</em></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><strong>UPDATE:</strong></em>&nbsp; According to <a href="http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=88755">WKYC</a> , this offer has been expanded to include some stores in NE Ohio (Toledo and Youngstown): &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Papa Johns &quot;<strong>will provide one large, one-topping pizza for carry-out/pick-up only, for customers. No on-line orders are included in this offer. </strong></p> <p>The 50 shops, including the ones in Akron, Barberton, Cleveland, Massillon, Toledo, Youngstown, Hudson, Wadsworth, Kent, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Euclid, Mentor, Barberton, Alliance, Macedonia, Shaker Heights, and Lakewood, will honor the 23-cent deal. <strong>The stores open at 11 a.m. and customers can call or come in to a shop to get the deal. However, no home delivery or on-line orders of the special &quot;apology&quot; pizzas will be made on Thursday. </strong></p> <p>The 23-cent deal is <strong>limited to one per household or one per person</strong> and all proceeds from the 23-cent pizzas are going to the LeBron James Family Fund and the Cavaliers Youth Fund.&quot;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/papa-john-s-offers-23-cent-pizzas-to-cleveland-cavs-fans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-places-to-find-deals-at-the-mall">The 8 Best Places to Find Deals at the Mall</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/safeway-savings-rally-how-i-got-9-bags-of-groceries-for-13">Safeway Savings Rally - How I got 9 bags of groceries for $13</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4lb-box-of-sees-chocolates-for-1-plus-free-shipping-deal-ended">4lb box of See&#039;s chocolates for $1, plus FREE shipping. DEAL ENDED.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-bowling-balls-just-pay-shipping">FREE bowling balls - just pay shipping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bing-double-savings-days-currently-paying-up-to-50-cashback">Bing Double Savings Days Currently Paying up to 50% Cashback</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals deals pizza Mon, 05 May 2008 20:39:24 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2070 at http://www.wisebread.com Papa Murphy’s update: nice save. http://www.wisebread.com/papa-murphy-s-update-nice-save <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/papa-murphy-s-update-nice-save" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/359791913_5ae3fccd1c.jpg" alt="Thumb Up" title="Thumb Up" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="217" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As some of you are aware, I experienced the wait of all waits at Papa Murphy’s recently. Over one hour for a phone order, which left me fuming (partly at my own politeness for not having said something sooner). Anyway, I informed Papa Murphy’s of my story and got a nice result.</p> <p>The response came from the owner of the Papa Murphy’s franchise, Larry Luttrell. Not only was he incredibly polite and apologetic, he was also genuinely concerned at the debacle that happened. From Larry:</p> <blockquote><p><em>Our goal is to provide &quot;door-to-door&quot; visits in less than 6 minutes. We often even time our stores to make sure this happens. So you can see why an hour plus visit concerns me. I am outraged by this happening and will take whatever steps necessary to improve our operations. Chances are, that we might not have had anyone over 20 working at the store. 95%<br />of our employees are under 20, but that doesn&#39;t change my expectations of those people.</em></p> <p>I would love to mail you some free pizza cards, to encourage you to give us another chance, and hopefully win back your business. Hopefully, this was not your last visit, but if it was, I&#39;d like to refund your money, as you definitely did not get what you paid for. </p> </blockquote> <p>And in a follow-up email:</p> <blockquote><p><em>My regret is that I lost other customers that same night, most of whom, I&#39;ll never have the chance to win back. </em></p> <p>We really do strive for perfection. I will personally be spending time with our relatively new manager at that store. On a different note, I will be installing an additional POS unit in that store this summer, which should help with our &quot;speed of service&quot; issues. Although I cannot guarantee a six-minute service time each and every Friday night, I feel pretty safe telling you you&#39;ll never again wait an hour. If I cannot make that happen, I truly deserve any &quot;bad press&quot; I get.</p> </blockquote> <p>So, what happened? Well, I received my free pizza cards in the mail and placed the order. Then, I arrived at the store 15 minutes later, which was once again as busy as it had been before. This time, however, the phone orders line was much, much shorter than the walk-in orders line. &quot;Ah-ha&quot; I thought, &quot;this looks promising.&quot;</p> <p>A very polite member of staff took my name, grabbed my freshly-made pizzas from the shelf and I paid with my two free coupons. I was in and out in 3 minutes and 48 seconds (yes, I timed it).</p> <p>Rarely do I get this level of response from a company. Usually a complaint is greeted with silence. Sometimes I get a “gee, sorry about that” and nothing is done. This was one of those occasions where a store genuinely wanted to fix the problem, win back customers and revive their reputation. And they did it with style.</p> <p>So, fair is fair. And that’s why I am writing to let everyone out there know that Papa Murphy’s did good. Very good. And the pizzas were first class; in fact, I’ve never tasted a cheese pizza quite as good as the one I ate last night. Something tells me they’re gunning for pizza chain of the year…again.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/papa-murphy-s-update-nice-save">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-idea-for-papa-murphy-s-make-the-pizzas-in-order">Great idea for Papa Murphy’s – make the pizzas in order.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives">Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-there-be-a-fat-tax-on-junk-food">Should There Be a &quot;Fat Tax&quot; on Junk Food?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/concession-stand-treats-a-license-to-print-money">Concession stand treats – a license to print money.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home">This Is How You Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Food and Drink coupons customer care Papa Murphy's pizza response service Thu, 14 Feb 2008 23:29:17 +0000 Paul Michael 1799 at http://www.wisebread.com Great idea for Papa Murphy’s – make the pizzas in order. http://www.wisebread.com/great-idea-for-papa-murphy-s-make-the-pizzas-in-order <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/great-idea-for-papa-murphy-s-make-the-pizzas-in-order" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pepperoni.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What do you get if you cross a bunch of hungry people with an ineffective ordering system? You get the riot that almost happened at my local Papa Murphy&rsquo;s on Friday. And if they don&rsquo;t do something about it, blood will be shed next time&hellip;I&rsquo;m sure of it.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve always had issues with Papa Murphy&rsquo;s. My biggest gripe is cost; they don&rsquo;t have the same overheads as any other pizza chain and yet the pizzas cost the same, if not more. A large specialty pizza from Pizza Hut, in my area, is $3 cheaper than the same one at Papa Murphy&rsquo;s. But they have won Pizza Chain of the year for the last 5 years, so they&rsquo;re clearly doing something right&hellip;somewhere.</p> <p>However, one thing they&rsquo;ve got dead wrong, at least at my local store, is the ordering system. Or should that be ordering nightmare?</p> <p>It works something like this &ndash;</p> <blockquote><p>1. Call ahead and order your pizza.<br /> 2. Turn up 20 minutes later and pay.<br /> 3. Be told &ldquo;that&rsquo;ll be just a few minutes.&rdquo;<br /> 4. Wait a few minutes.<br /> 5. Watch some guy come into the store and order.<br /> 6. Wait a few more minutes.<br /> 7. Watch more people come in with phone orders.<br /> 8. Watch them pay.<br /> 9. Watch the guy who just came in get his pizza.<br /> 10. Scratch your head and wonder why.<br /> 11. Wait a few more minutes.<br /> 12. Watch some lady wander into the store and place an order.<br /> 13. Watch more people come in with phone orders.<br /> 14. Try not to laugh at them.<br /> 15. Wait a few more minutes. <br /> 16. Watch lady who just came in get her pizza.<br /> 17. Start getting really annoyed.<br /> 18. Watch other people with phone orders get annoyed.<br /> 19. Repeat steps 5 though 18 for the next HOUR.<br /> 20. Form a protest gang with fellow hungry, pissed off phone order customers.<br /> 21. Go to counter, see masses of tickets in no particular order.<br /> 22. Watch young store clerk give you bewildered &lsquo;help me&rsquo; look.<br /> 23. Organize a committee.<br /> 24. Sort through tickets, find phone orders.<br /> 25. Get phone orders made, hoping there is no spit in the pizzas.<br /> 26. Receive, as a way of saying sorry for the long wait, NOTHING extra in return.<br /> 27. Leave store with pizza, grumpy.<br /> 28. Return home to hungry, annoyed family.<br /> 29. Recount steps 1 through 27 while pizza cooks using your own electricity.<br /> 30. Eat pizza begrudgingly.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p><img height="276" width="415" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/155117704_7ed27c6797.jpg" alt="pizza" title="pizza" /></p> <p><em>Pizza worth waiting for? Not really. </em></p> <p>Now, I know a thing or two about advertising. I also know that more people will recount a bad customer experience than a good one. What surprised me most, other than the shambolic way of making pizzas in no discernable order, was the complete ignorance of the staff that day.</p> <p>It was obvious to anyone in the store that there was a long line of people getting very annoyed. It was also obvious, due to the hints and complaints we dropped throughout the process, that nothing was being done.</p> <p>Sure, they were busy. It was a Friday night after all. But most other places manage to process orders in the order in which they receive them&hellip;I believe that&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s actually call an order. And having waited a total of 80 minutes for a pizza, to be given nothing in return for my time and trouble was just as confusing.</p> <p>Papa Murphy&rsquo;s, your pizzas are tasty. But your ordering system needs work. A lot of work. And I&rsquo;m afraid I won&rsquo;t be going back for a long, long time; even longer than I waited for that pepperoni pizza last Friday night.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-idea-for-papa-murphy-s-make-the-pizzas-in-order">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/papa-murphy-s-update-nice-save">Papa Murphy’s update: nice save.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-refund-when-something-is-non-refundable">How to Get a Refund When Something Is Non-Refundable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-night-i-threatened-to-disconnect-my-cable">Last night I threatened to disconnect my cable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-just-things-should-work-properly-too-mr-dyson">I Just Think Things Should Work Properly too, Mr. Dyson. UPDATED 7/7/09</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-please-please-just-talk-to-a-human">Can i please, please just TALK TO A HUMAN?!!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs complaints customer service ordering Papa Murphy's pizza Wed, 06 Feb 2008 17:25:05 +0000 Paul Michael 1754 at http://www.wisebread.com Gourmet Pizza for Less than a Buck http://www.wisebread.com/gourmet-pizza-for-less-than-a-buck <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/gourmet-pizza-for-less-than-a-buck" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pizza_before.jpg" alt="pizza before baking" title="pizza before baking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">I&rsquo;m a pizza fanatic.<span> </span>I will never turn it down.<span> </span>Ever.<span> </span>While living in Omaha, I looked forward to lunches with my coworkers at the closest Zio&rsquo;s Pizzeria.<span> </span>For about $6, you could get two slices of your favorite gourmet pizza and a soda.<span> </span>Sure it was a zillion calories, but it was something I just couldn&rsquo;t live without.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Then I moved to a small town about 50 miles away from Big O-town.<span> </span>With only 1800 people in the community and less than $20,000 a year to live on, gourmet pizza was a forbidden dream at best.<span> </span>Looking for ways to find an affordable and easy gourmet pizza recipe close to that hand-tossed idol I came to know from Zio&rsquo;s was next to impossible.<span> </span>But after some very frugal adaptations, I came up with the following scheme:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Since Red Baron or Tombstone was always 3/$9 at one of the grocers in the county, they were a constant supply of mediocre pizza meals.<span> </span>Occasionally, you could even get a better brand rising-crust variety or a brick-oven type for less than $4.<span> </span>Paired with choice toppings and a better cheese, it was quite possible to get a gourmet knockoff for less than $5 a pie.<span> </span>Split the creation with 4 friends (because 900 calories really is enough) and add a salad or fruit, and you have a meal.<span> </span>The pizza will not cost you more than $1 a person!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img alt=" " width="342" height="273" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/pizza_after.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are my favorite recipes based on the $5 limit.<span> </span>While it may cost more to purchase a unit of the toppings, you can make 2-3 pizzas per item (can of artichokes, for example) and keep your $1 a slice formula.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Greek</strong> &ndash; Cheese pizza with 1 cup shredded frozen or fresh spinach, 1 small can sliced black olives, and &frac14; cup crumbled feta cheese.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Linsey&rsquo;s Special</strong> &ndash; Pepperoni pizza with &frac12; cup chopped artichoke hearts (canned work best), &frac12; cup baby bella mushrooms, and &frac12; cup shredded Italian cheese blend.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Fajita</strong> &ndash; Cheese or hamburger pizza with small amount of shredded chicken seasoned with taco or fajita seasoning, &frac12; sliced green pepper, and &frac14; small diced white onion.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Cobb</strong> &ndash; Any variety pizza with 2 slices cooked crumbled bacon, 1 sliced roma tomato, and &frac14; diced red onion.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Asparagus, shrimp, salami, meatballs, zucchini, broccoli, eggplant, pineapple, green olives, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, jalapenos, pesto, and anchovies also make great toppings in the combination that works best for you.<span>&nbsp;Even if you were add a bit of your own extra <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/29-alternative-pizza-sauce-ideas">pizza sauce</a>, w</span>ith the money you save on pizza, you can put the savings toward that cheap bottle of shiraz you were eyeballing!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gourmet-pizza-for-less-than-a-buck">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-i-grew-tired-of-buying-and-how-i-quit">5 Foods I Grew Tired of Buying, and How I Quit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/put-it-in-a-pie-for-fast-frugal-food">Put it in a Pie for Fast, Frugal Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-affordable-ingredients-that-add-gourmet-flair-to-any-meal">12 Affordable Ingredients that Add Gourmet Flair to any Meal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eating-cheap-while-abroad">Eating Cheap While Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Food frugal gourmet pizza Fri, 20 Jul 2007 20:11:58 +0000 Linsey Knerl 874 at http://www.wisebread.com TACO TOWN and the gut-busting tributes. http://www.wisebread.com/taco-town-and-the-gut-busting-tributes <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/taco___.jpg" alt="taco" title="taco" width="283" height="425" /></p> <p>Have you guys ever seen Taco Town? C&#39;mon, the parody of supersizing that is way too funny and agonizingly close to reality? Well, I&#39;ve embedded it below for you all to catch up on, but the real reason for this post are the tribute videos that followed. </p> <p>Taco Town, famous for its &quot;taco wrapped in a taco, wrapped in a pizza, wrapped in a pancake and deep fried&quot; was insanely funny. But to my surprise, many frugal fans out there have tried to copy this cheap and nasty meal. Who am I to say anything about clogging arteries and cholesterol levels?</p> <p><strong>First, the original...I laugh every time. </strong></p> <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/WFqdyHPJGlA" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/WFqdyHPJGlA" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><p><strong>And now, the tributes...oh dear. </strong></p> <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/SbgeRfei2sw" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/SbgeRfei2sw" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HlY6W2upmqc" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HlY6W2upmqc" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/6Q-FaZypk4E" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/6Q-FaZypk4E" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8Y3h7ez7--U" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8Y3h7ez7--U" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><p>I wonder, are there any other tributes out there? Let us know. This is all worthy of Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods fame.</p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/blythe_d/">Blythe_d </a> </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taco-town-and-the-gut-busting-tributes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives">Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">Cooking great meals with your car engine. The heat is on.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-food-in-your-yard-edible-weeds">Free Food in Your Yard: Edible Weeds!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home">This Is How You Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink bulk food cheap eats comedy family-sized portions funny parody pizza Tacos tributes value meals Thu, 10 May 2007 03:40:52 +0000 Paul Michael 620 at http://www.wisebread.com