Good thing I've got this down.
This non-fiction book provides the history of some of our favorite foods, and good nutritional information. Written in an extremely cool reader-friendly banter, kids will learn the origins of foods like hamburgers, chocolate, noodles, pizza, egg rolls, and fortune cookies in a lively, conversational manner that will make them want to keep reading. For instance, did you know that traditional mozzarella cheese comes from Asian water buffalo milk? And that's just one of the cool things about Rude Dude's Book of Food. It explains how our food comes from all over, and what we think about our food's history may not match up with the reality, which is way more interesting anyway. Each chapter ends with "A Poem for Dessert" that enhances the theme. The "Keep Being Awesome" boxes highlighted throughout the text include nutritional tips and factoids. The coordinating black and white drawings make this a really enticing book to pick up and thumb through. Readers can easily jump to whichever topic catches their eye. The final chapter is a wrap-up that provides ways for kids to become better eaters and challenges them to try new foods, like vegetables, and to not fall for the many marketing gimmicks that entice us to over-eat things we shouldn't. Core curriculum standards covered in the book are listed at the back, as well as as a few classroom connection ideas, which will appeal to teachers. This book will be popular with kids in grades 4-6, although the information is appropriate for all ages. Even adults. Did you know Mongols invented steak tartare? Remember that for your next trivia challenge. Very fun and easy-to-read. Highly recommended.
Obviously, there are lots of ways to do this, but this is the tried and true method in our house. We use a gas grill and ventilated steel pizza pan racks with wooden handles. There are variations, but that's what we use. You can buy them online. For dough, you can make your own or purchase crusts. We usually use Boboli pizza crusts, and have used both the 10" and the 14" size. We've used the thin crust and the wheat crust. We've used gluten-free crusts.
Then we ask guests to add whatever they want on top. While my husband prefers meat and vegetables with a traditional tomato base, I prefer a white pizza. Here's the recipe I've developed that I really like:
Use a thin crust pizza
Salt the crust
Add a generous layer of Ricotta Cheese
Sprinkle Oregano or Italian Seasonings, Garlic Salt, and Crushed Red Pepper
Add Pineapple Chunks and Chopped Onion
Top with Mozzarella Cheese Balls (I use fresh)
Drizzle with Olive Oil
Top with Parmesan Cheese
Grill over burners set at medium, grill closed, 10-12 minutes.
I bet I don't have to mention that pepperoni slices come prepackaged at the grocery. Cubed ham, summer sausage, and bacon are good additions. Here's a tip for when you want to try something new or provide "fancy" options for your guests. Visit the Mediterranean bar at your local grocery store. At our Kroger Marketplace, for example, you can pick up a variety of olives and mushrooms, mozzarella balls, roasted red peppers (fresh and dried), and other items in any weight you'd prefer. It's a good way to sample something without committing to a large amount.
I'd like to mention another book here on the topic that includes information on grilling (charcoal and gas), and on dough, as well as providing some yummy pizza recipe ideas that are not your typical run-of-the-mill varieties, like, Blistered Corn, Asparagus, & Pesto Pizza, Maine Lobster & Corn Pizza, and Country Ham & Fig Pizza. Just in case you're feeling adventurous.
"Pizza on the Grill" by Elizabeth Karmet and Bob Blumer.
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