Monday, February 16, 2009

The popchips winner, a new look, and pizza

First of all, the winner of the popchips is Leanne!

Next, as you've probably noticed, the site has a new design. I want to thank my friends Jessica and Kristine for their help with the new photography and layout.

Finally, the pizza. When Kristine came over today to work on the site, we made some pizza for lunch. I made a batch of pizza dough from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook and figured we'd come up with toppings based on the contents of my fridge.

We ended up topping the pizza with homemade pesto from the freezer, shredded fontina and parmigiano reggiano cheeses, yellow bell peppers and sliced asparagus. For baking pizza, I usually preheat my oven to 500 degrees - the longer it preheats, the better. When it's time to cook the pizza, I slide it onto a baking stone and lower the oven temperature to 450 degrees. I find that the pizzas are generally ready in about 15 minutes.

This was delicious, although I have to admit, it's hard to go wrong with homemade pizza!


58 comments:

Reeni♥ said...

Love your new look! The pizza looks delicious. Congrats to Leanne!

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Hey Sara.
Your pizza is delish-looking.
And I'm liking the new site look too.
Rosie

Cheryl said...

Love the new design, I just got one myself! Pizza look delish, when am I invited :)

Priscilla said...

Hey Sara! I LOVE your new look. So refreshing. And your pizza looks so good.

teresa said...

I'm loving the new blog design and the pizza? Oh yummy! I could eat pizza everyday of the week, so you're speaking my language!

Helene said...

Love the new look. You made a great pizza. Beautiful.

Elra said...

Congratulation Leanne! I am loving the new site, Sara! It's look very clean.
What a coincidence, I just made pizza margherita for my son and husband. It's their favorite! They might like your recipe too.
Sounds so delicious.
Cheers,
Elra

ChefBliss.com said...

Sara, it looks beautiful and crisp!! I love homemade pizza, and yes, I'm with you, it's good, good, good!!

Varsha Vipins said...

Sara..they are sooo yummilicious..!!!..reminds me of an upturned mushroom..:)
I loved the new header n design too..:)

Cathy said...

Great new look Sara. And that pizza looks fabulous - there is nothing like homemade pizza.

Barbara Bakes said...

I love pesto on pizza. The pizza looks so healthy and delicious!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Nice redesign Sara! :) Asparagus on pizza is so nice. I made an asparagus and triple cream brie pizza once and even the hardened carnivores liked that one the best lol

Lynda said...

The pizza looks delish! Can't go wrong with homemade pizza, and I love the new look of your blog!

Olga said...

As soon as I opened your blog, I thought: that looks like a new design. Glad I am not going crazy :)

I like how the vegetables are sliced lengthwise instead of across: looks rather modern.

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Congrats on your great new look!

Annie said...

I love the new look! Very clean and elegant, just like your scrumptious pizza!

Elyse said...

Site looks great! Pizza looks great!!

5 Star Foodie said...

The new design for your site is fantastic! Love the delicious-looking pizza!

The Duo Dishes said...

Nice design, fabulous pizza! Mmm yummy.

Carolyn Jung said...

It's true -- it IS hard to beat home-made pizza. First, the aroma of the dough baking in the oven just sets the mood so perfectly. Second, you can top your pizza with whatever your heart desires. Three, you don't have to worry about having to eat a lukewarm pie. And four, in this chilly, wet weather, there are few nicer ways to make the house so warm and cozy.

Passionate About Baking said...

Awesome new look Sara...it's beautiful. And that pizza is moreish; as yummy as can be.

Girl Japan said...

Oh Sara the pizza looks divine, I made one for V-day but I wonder if I should double the dough to get a luscious fat crust like yours..

Diana said...

I love the new design -- the header is great! I was actually trying to come up with a new design for my blog this weekend, but wasn't as successful. My friend promised to help me with it, but I might just have to bake him a pizza like the beautiful one you made before that happens!

Cakelaw said...

I like your new site design, and the pizza - looks delicious!

Donna-FFW said...

How pretty is your new blog layout. Very!! Pizza looks awesome. I really have to make my own dough. Maybe this weekend.

pigpigscorner said...

Love the new design! Very refreshing. I've been wanting to make pizza for awhile now, might make it soon!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I love your blog's new look. You have very talented friends. Congratulations Jessica and Kristine. Your pizza looks delicious - I love homemade pizza.
Sam

Tracey said...

Love the new look! The pizza looks great too!

Katherine Aucoin said...

That is one beautiful pizza. I'm so sad I missed your giveaway :(

Usha said...

I love your blog's new look ! Congrats to the winner... The pizza looks inviting :-)

Netts Nook said...

Sara that look great as usual. Like the new look.

Cassie said...

I love the new look of your blog, and that pizza -- wow, that pizza looks GOOD.

The Food Hunter said...

Love the new design. Pizza looks good too.

Maria said...

LOVE the new look and the pizza too!

Alex said...

Wow - that pizza looks phenomenal!
And thanks for your comment on my tapas-post... My first comment!

Lisa said...

Great looking blog and great looking pizza!

Tyler said...

Love the new look!!! and that pizza looks fantastic! i love asparagus :)

Lori said...

That looks so good. I mean SO good! I just love asparagus! Mi kind of pizza!

Kat said...

The pizza looks great. I love trying not your standard toppings. Your redesign looks very nice, too!

Tammy said...

Your new format looks nice, refreshing! King Arthur's Flour posted a no-knead pizza dough recipe today, and I've been craving pizza all day. Yours looks delish. I especially love the combination of fontina and parmigiano reggiano cheese.

Candy Girl said...

Love the new site design - looks great!

thecleanveggie said...

pizza looks awesome!!

Jan said...

That pizza looks incredible! I love your new look blog

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That pizza looks beautiful!

Selba said...

Whoaaa.. you got a new template for your blog, very nice! I really like it :)

Pam said...

Love the new look. The pizza looks so delicious but also really pretty.

Sara said...

I definitely could go for a slice of that!

I love non-tomato pizzas so pesto sounds perfect to me.

Erica said...

Ah! The header looks fabulous! Yum Yum on that pizza! Sounds like ya'll had some fun :)

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I love pizza too. It's always so fun to make and eat.

Robin Sue said...

Love the new look! No and you can't go wrong with homemade pizza. I love trying different toppings and cheeses.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

That looks so good - and so pretty! I'm a pesto nut. I would never be able to arrange my veggies so artfully though. I'm way too lazy.

Yasmeen said...

love the simple new design.Asparagus and pesto on pizza is a smart idea:)

Gloria Chadwick said...

Your pizza looks delicious. :)

redheadedjournal said...

YUM!

Claudia said...

And your pizza looks as scrumptious as your website. Clean and inviting. And now I'm hungry. For your pizza. (Also liked the way you sliced the asparagus!)

Judy said...

Sara - I love your new look. Congrats to Leanne.

Amanda said...

Pretty, pretty logo pic. So colorful!

Bharti said...

Love the new look. And the pizza looks delicious- you are right of course. It's hard to go wrong with a home made pizza.