It's a Blog Block Party
Theme Outdoor Cooking and Dining
In lieu of my weekly Swing into Spring party, I'd like to welcome all of you to my leg of the blog block party - outdoor cooking and dining. Next week I will feature projects from last week's Swing into Spring party.
As you know, we did a major renovation on our backyard this year, removing our deck and replacing it with a new patio and outdoor kitchen. As part of our outdoor kitchen we added a wood burning pizza oven. When my husband first told me he wanted one, I was reluctant. Ok, I thought the idea was Crazy with a capital C. But, it has turned out to be one of the coolest things ever. Pizza cooks in less than two minutes. I'm not even sure you can get fast food that fast.
We start our pizza by going to our local pizza place and buying fresh dough from them. Supermarkets sell dough as well, but trust me, it just isn't as good. We could make our own dough...but for now this is convenient, easy and very tasty.
I then cut the dough in half. That way it's the right size for an individual pizza - everyone gets to choose their own toppings.
I then spread the dough out on a cutting board using a little cornmeal. Corn meal works much better than flour. It doesn't change the consistency of the dough and helps keep the dough from sticking. It's best to work with room temperature dough.
Now the fun part...adding the toppings. This day we made more than 16 individual pizzas so the place was a bit of a mess. I try to chop up what I can ahead of time to make the process go super quick.
The pizza oven is all fired up and ready to go. Once the fire gets white hot, the fire gets moved to the back.
Pizza cooks in less than two minutes. Now to be fair, it does take about an hour and a half to get the fire going and to the right temperature...so there is some pre-planning necessary. But once it's going you can cook pizza all day long.
Perfect pizza every time. Don't have a pizza oven? You can follow the same recipe and either cook it in your over at 450 degrees for 15 minutes or use a pizza stone and cook it on your grill.
Now I can't wait to see your outdoor cooking and dining ideas. I know there are still some questions as to how exactly this party works. Here's the lowdown:
After you're done partying with me, please stop by Savvy Southern Style, Elements Interior and Green Door Design to join in their themed parties.
As you know each party has it's own giveaway. Today's giveaway is a $50 credit from Girl in Air's Etsy Store.
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That's right...a $50 credit. So come and link up to the party. If you link up you are automatically entered to win.
Please place the following "I Participated in the Blogger Block Party" button in your outdoor cooking and dining post after you have linked up.
- Link up any post past or present related to this party's theme
- Be sure to link back to your original post and not just your url (main blog address)
- Please post the Blogger Block Party button (code located above and in sidebar) in your post so others can join in the fun! (MANDATORY)
- Visit another guest. I love it when you party with our other guests! Please take a moment and visit some of the other posts and leave some comment love! This is what makes a party so fun!
- I love it if you'd share the Blogger Block Party on your Facebook Pages and Twitter (use #BloggerBlockParty in your tweet) (Not mandatory but we'd appreciate it!)
- I'd love for you to become a follower...but it's not mandatory.
Let's get partying!!