My nieces and nephews informed me that they want to see the Star Wars film The Force Awakens , as its going be the coolest movie of the year. Hearing this my heart warmed as I do not give my nieces and nephews material items for Christmas. They have enough aunts and uncles to do that. Instead, I like to think of myself as the cool one to teach life lessons and to give the gift of experience. The last several years it has been an outing to the movies. I purchase movie tickets at a discount at Costco and they are allowed to keep the extra $7 for concessions. I like to think of it as a life lesson in budgeting. My spouse, the Star Wars fanboy, has informed me no way in hell we’re getting a dozen seats to said movie. After all they sold out minutes after going on sale- didn’t I hear about them breaking the internet? So, we did the next best thing and threw a viewing party at our home for them to watch Empire Strikes Back and to make homemade pizza. As they entered our kitchen I went into my best Oprah giveaway voice “You get movie tickets and you get movie tickets!” They laughed and we hugged as dough and flour started to fly and the kitchen filled with laughter. There was a moment where my oldest niece recounted every movie we have seen and almost every activity that accompanied it. I couldn’t resist and I asked her a question someone once asked me “Name five things you got last year?” She looked at me quizzically and said “I don’t know, but I remember that time you slipped in the snow and forgot your wallet and we had to cover your snacks!” Oh, the memories! So remember as you’re looking for the perfect gift- are they going to remember it next year?
Quick Pizza Dough
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 package quick-rising yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 cup water
- Pulse flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a food processor until mixed.
- Mix room temperature water and olive oil in a measuring cup.With the processor on, gradually pour the liquid through the feed tube. (If the mixture is too dry, add 1 or 2 tablespoons warm water.) Process until the dough forms a ball, then process for 1 minute to knead.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: The dough can be made ahead, enclosed in a plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator overnight. Bring to room temperature before using.
- Yield: 1 pound dough (6 servings)