Pi Day Follow-up pizza

It’s 3.14 – Happy Pi Day everyone!

In the spirit of science, and because I’m stuck at home, I did another iteration of my pizza recipe. The crust turned out exactly how I love it – golden and crispy. It’s kind of like like Detroit-style pizza but with less cheese.

Now I’m pizza’d out for a while. What have you been cooking lately? Leave me a comment and give me some ideas on what I should try next.


Pizza, a story in pictures

Simple Pizza Dough – Two Servings

  • Start by rubbing the pans with olive oil so you’ve got a place to put the dough when you’re done kneading it.
  • In a large bowl, measure out 1 cup of warm or room temperature water.
  • Add a large pinch of salt and mix until dissolved
  • Add in live yeast ~12oz
  • Slowly add in flour. The amount varies, but you’ll use 2-3 cups. Don’t measure it out in advance, just keep the container and a 1-cup scoop handy. Add in about a quarter cup at a time, making sure to get the liquid evenly distributed before adding more. You’re done when the dough is firm but sticky.
  • Divide the dough in half and knead to make the dough stiffen up. I don’t really know yet what the right amount of kneading is.
  • Roll each half of the dough into a ball, set it on your prepared pans, and cover. Let the dough rise for at least an hour.
  • When the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 450 F.
  • Rub some olive oil on your hands.
  • Flatten out your ball of dough, starting at the center and working outward – pushing the bubbles into the outer crust.
  • Rub the outer crust with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder or maybe sesame seeds.
  • Top the middle of the pizza with whatever you want.
  • Bake for ~25min, rotating the pizzas somewhere in there.


Tagliolini with Basil Kale Pesto

My first solo attempt at pasta went very well. For years I never even considered making fresh pasta because I assumed it was too much work. Not so! It’s really easy and totally worth it!

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Italian Street Art

There was a very vibrant street art scene in the cities I visited in Italy. I love street art because it gives you a window into culture that is all around you but would otherwise be invisible.

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Clet’s Street Signs

There’s an artist based in Florence who makes decals for street signs. I think it’s a great way to sneak some art into everyday life.

Here’s an interview that CBS Sunday Morning did with the artist.

Here you can buy some of his stuff.

And here are some of his signs I encountered while in Florence (apologies that some of these shots are not my best photography):

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I may have gone a little overboard.

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[Catch-up post] Pilgrimage to the Pittsburgh Steeler Bar

[This is a day I missed blogging, so I’m retroactively including it]

Mom and I made the long trek across Rome on foot to go to La Botticella, a Steelers bar in Rome, owned by a Pennsylvania native. We had some beers and watched the Rome vs Lazio match, because when in Rome, you do as the Romans do.

On the way there, we passed three fountains. Once we got there, we drank a beer called Tre Fontane (“Three Fountains”).

We stopped by the Trevi fountain on the way there and back to toss in a couple of coins (to ensure our return to Rome) and, of course, to take photos.

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Arrivederci, Italia!

The Moon and Venus were a lovely accent to our last night in Rome

Grazie mille!

I need to say thank you to lots of people:

  • Mom, for joining me and reminding me to relax on my vacation
  • Joni, Minnie, Jamie, and Nate, for helping me prepare
  • Simon and Marc, for their helpful insights
  • Fabio, for showing me around Firenze, expanding my Italian vocabulary, and for great advising about my blog
  • Valeria, for nerding out with me about Guglielmo Marconi
  • Sara, Michele, and everyone at Mama Florence for such a fun time and for teaching me so much
  • Breezy, Christina, Dale, and Melissa for commenting, so I knew someone was reading

What’s next?

Learning a new language

Now that my trip to Italy is complete and I’ve gotten a chance to use the Italian I learned, I want to try learning some Spanish.

More travel

My hiking buddy I are in the planning stages of a trip to Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and maybe also South Korea.

Also on my list are Toronto (or somewhere else in Canada), Mexico (not sure where yet), and the UK. I’d also love to return to Italy to see Calabria (where my grandfather was from), Naples, and more of Tuscany.

More blogging

This trip was the beginning of my blog, but I’m going to make it a habit (and I’ve still got a couple more Italy posts to write). What would you like to see me blog about? Please leave me a comment and let me know.

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The Vatican

A two hour tour: so much to see, so much information, so much walking – the grand finale of our trip to Italy.

A sculpture representing the river Nile
A ceiling fresco in the Room of the Immaculate Conception
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St. Peter’s Basilica

Our tour guide gave us an overwhelming amount of interesting information, but since I can’t do it justice, I’ll just share some of my photos.

The largest Christian church in the world
The tomb of Saint Gregory the Great (Pope Gregory I), who is credited with the creation of Gregorian Chant.