There is SO MUCH to TELL you today! I can’t even decide where to start. Wait, no, yes I can. This pizza. It was awesome. And I cooked it in a SKILLET. Which was the best part. But the other best part was how delicious it was. It was my first real attempt at deep dish, which is a big deal when you’re living in Illinois and dating a boy from Chicagoland. Because I don’t know if you’ve all been to Chicago before, but they are SERIOUS about their pizza. So it was very important, when I made my own deep dish, that I did NOT screw it up. (Mission Accomplished). But more on the pizza later, because I have a super exciting announcement today! (Wahoo!)
Today marks the official launch of Life As a Strawberry’s BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW RESOURCES SECTION! I’ve been working on it for several months and am SO excited that it’s finally ready to share with you all! Starting a food blog was such a crazy and fun and challenging process, and I compiled a pretty impressive arsenal of books, web links, tutorials, and other resources during my research process. To help other bloggers develop their own skills, I’ve collected all of those great resources together, in one place, along with some thoughts and tips of my own that I hope will help new and veteran bloggers alike.
What’s MORE, to CELEBRATE this super-exciting launch of the BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW RESOURCES SECTION, I am hereby dubbing February the MONTH OF GIVEAWAYS! Yes, the capital letters are necessary. Because it is THAT EXCITING. Every Monday during the month of February, a new giveaway (4 total) will begin, featuring a book from one of the pages in the BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW RESOURCES SECTION. Giveaways will run Monday through Friday each week. This week, I’m kicking off the giveaways with a tool I think is indispensable to any blogger: a book called The Recipe Writer’s Handbook by Barbara Ostmann and Jane Baker. It’s featured on the Starting a Food Blog page of the BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW RESOURCES SECTION (okay, did I wear that out already? My bad) and this book is an amazing resource. The authors have spent their careers writing and reading about food, and their advice will help you develop your writing skills to create clearer, more direct and accessible recipes.
And SPEAKING of recipes, you should really make this pizza. It is Illinois-resident approved (wooo) and is a pretty convincing substitute (in my humble non-Chicagoan opinion, at least) for Chicago’s powerhouse deep-disheries. Like a classic deep dish at Giordano’s or Gino’s East (the aforementioned powerhouses), it’s built with thick layers of cheese and sausage and finished with a layer of pizza sauce. I made it for a pre-Super Bowl lunch yesterday and wound up reheating leftover pieces for second and third helpings until 3 in the afternoon.
But back to the giveaway! (Didn’t I tell you? SO MANY THINGS TO TALK ABOUT!)
This Giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!
- Press pizza dough into a 10-12" cast iron skillet. (If you don’t have cast iron, use a skillet or pot with very thick sides. The pizza has to bake for a long time so you want the heat to distribute very evenly. A ceramic casserole dish would also do the trick. A too-thin pan will burn the crust – you want it soft and chewy!) Flatten dough against the bottom of the pan and press it all the way up the sides of the skillet, like so:
- Spread ¼ cup of the pizza sauce on the pizza. Then, spread a layer of ¾ cup mozzarella. Continue layering by adding the sausage, and top the sausage layer with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Spread the remaining pizza sauce on top of the last layer of cheese.
- Bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Slice and serve immediately.