Tricks & Treats

October 31, 2011

Hungry? I was. While photographing the Hungry bars for OpenSky. Or maybe they just made me hungry. I had some peanut butter choco chip – yum!

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Have a sweet craving?

We have lots of leftovers. Only 2 groups of trick or treaters came by. But when they did, it was VERY exciting!

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We had a few friends over for a super casual pizza + candy dinner. Seems to be a new tradition.

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Matt made the crust. A blend of 25% Great Harvest flour and white with herbs and olive oil

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We made three flavors…the first featuring a Wisconsin Bleu Cheese I’m using for a recipe for them!

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Can you guess the flavor?

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The trick to our pizzas:

  • 500* oven
  • Pizza stone, already in there and hot
  • Fresh dough, good ingredients
  • Slide the whole thing on raw
  • Cook for 10 minutes
  • Perfect every time!

We resisted a pizza stone for a long time, but it really is the best trick ever.

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Salad on the side

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Pizza #2 came out next – chicken sausage, red pepper and lots of cheese

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And last but not least – my favorite – the smoked mozzarella and mushroom oozy bonanza

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Three pieces left me more than full, but we had a treat for dessert

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Faith + Tate brought over some whipping cream and whipped it up with a whisk, a big bowl, a shot of bourbon and some honey

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Served with fresh pear and ginger snaps Eileen brought! Triple Ginger from Trader Joe’s – loved them – especially dunked in the cream!

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I really would have loved to eat some candy bars tonight because I swear they taste better on Halloween than any other day of the year, but this amazing dinner and dessert filled me to the brim.

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1 kaila@ healthy helper blog! October 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Gaaaah! I love gingersnaps!! They pair so well with pears too LOL! That desert looks so scrumptious!!

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2 Kel@The Kel Show October 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Whipped by hand? Impressive!

The pizza looks delicious!

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3 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot October 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Yeah for Wisconsin cheese – lol!! And pizza is always a good dinner but especially around holidays :)

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4 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm

The pizza looks amazing!! Haha I have so much leftover candy too!!

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5 Lauren October 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I love those triple ginger cookies-yum :) Happy Halloween! We got only 3 or 4 trick-or-treaters so we have TONS leftover. I may have to take some to school tomorrow…..

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6 Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog October 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm

All of your food look amazing! I love making my own pizza-so cute and it taste great too! :)

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7 Beth @ Beth's Journey October 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I am totally with you on the pizza stone – it seemed silly at first but is something I use alllll the time! Not just for pizza, either. :)

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8 Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife October 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm

That pizza looks FABULOUS. I love using a stone, it definitely makes a difference in the crust!

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9 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

i first read oozy bonanza as “oozy BANANA” and was going to give you major props for being adventurous in the kitchen!!

i rarely eat candy, but, just like you, swear it tastes better on halloween!

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10 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

that pizza looks so good! Ah I’ve been craving pizza for a while now!

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11 Lisa Fine October 31, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I guess a pizza stone is the way to go. I try to keep my kitchen tools as minimal as possible, but there’s something to be said for a good crust.

Love the look of those bars! :)

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12 Elizabeth October 31, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I was just wanting pizza tonight! Ended up going with another fall favorite – grilled cheese and tomato soup. Really, isn’t that pizza in disguise anyway? haha

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13 kelsey @ living the gluten free life October 31, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Love that Wisconsin blue cheese! And I think it’s a definite fact that candy tastes better around halloween than any other time of year – especially the fun sized ones!

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14 Christie October 31, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Whipped cream…mmmm! For a while I was convinced I didn’t like whipped cream, luckily I got over that stage because it is delicious – especially flavoured and sweetened with a little something. I’ll have to try honey next time, that sounds yum!

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15 Kim @ Kickin' it with Kim October 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm

The pizza’s look amazing!!! Sounds like I need to invest in a pizza stone.

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16 Lynn @ the actor's diet October 31, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I had pizza tonight! Am still handing out candy.

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17 Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini October 31, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I love fresh whipped cream…nothing like it!

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18 Maria October 31, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Hungry Bars on OpenSky?! Tell me more! :) Pizza and desert looks amazing!

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19 Becca October 31, 2011 at 9:21 pm

The pizzas look so delicious. Will Great Harvest ever branch into pizza making? (They could offer sandwiches AND pizza by the slice for lunch). The fresh flour must make the dough awesome.

Oh, and that was the perfect fall dessert. Simple, yet looks divine.

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20 KathEats November 1, 2011 at 8:02 am

We have considered it, but it would be very hard to provide a hot slice. We turn off our ovens around 11am after the bread is finished. It would be a big cost in energy to keep them going, and I’m not sure the residual heat would head a slice up to customer satisfaction. And while our dough makes awesome pizza, we don’t want to veer too far from being a bakery into restaurant territory

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21 Jen October 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Is your pizza dough soft and doughy or more crispy? Love the way it rises.

I think I first got the idea from your blog about using a pizza pan that had tiny holes in the bottom to keep the crust from sticking or getting too brown. Since then my pizzas never stick any more and come out a golden brown that is still soft! :)

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22 KathEats November 1, 2011 at 8:02 am

Very doughy and soft! Crispy on the bottom

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23 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm

the pizza stone does make ALL the difference! That mushroom would have been my favorite too. Mushroom, mozz, and a little truffle oil is my ideal. You guys should have made a Halloween candy dessert pizza!!! :)

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24 Jo October 31, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Healthy pizza!! I have actually been craving it this week and with olives, peppers and mushrooms just like this. Mmmmm! Getting the ingredients at the store tomorrow.

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25 Alexa @ SimpleEats October 31, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Ahhh whipped cream with booze is delish! Sounds like a fantastic Halloween dinner!

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26 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I think that is WHY I had to have some Snickers today–it isn’t that great, but it tastes oddly better on Halloween.haha

Love the pizzas-they look super delish!

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27 Angel7 October 31, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Even though I do not have much of a sweet tooth at all–my husband makes up for my lack of sweet tooth–I think you are right… Halloween candy does taste better on trick-or-treat–but not much candy!

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28 Jenn October 31, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Sometime’s the simplest desserts are the best. I love fresh fruit and whipped cream.

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29 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Ive been meaning to try those TJ’s cookies…

We went trick or treating…the opposite problem here: everyone was OUT of candy. My 4 year old would have loved to see your full bowl :)

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30 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food October 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm

The smoked mozzarella pizza looks so good. Actually…they all look good! Great flavors! :-)

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31 Molly @ RDexposed October 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Wisconsin lives up to the stereotype of being cheese lovers. My patients in Northern Illinois LIVE for cheese. Hope you enjoyed a bit of the Midwest on that pizza! :)

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32 Cait's Plate October 31, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Bourbon honey whipped cream!?!? YUM.

I would LOVE to have a pizza stone, it really makes such a big difference. Glad you had a fun night Kath :)

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33 Priscilla October 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Jealous!! Give me a pizza piled with cheese and mushrooms anytime and I’ll die a happy girl ;) These pizzas look unbuhhlievaable!

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34 Mai October 31, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Delicious looking dinner! I haven’t made pizza in forever . . .

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35 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 31, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Delicious pizza’s! And what a great idea with whipped cream. Simple, delicious yet elegant :) Happy Halloween!

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36 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 31, 2011 at 10:54 pm

What good-looking pizzas! Thick crust is so good…and those toppings sound awesome. I could go for that chicken sausage one!

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37 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco October 31, 2011 at 11:21 pm

MMM. PIZZA! ;) Happy Halloween!

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38 Khushboo October 31, 2011 at 11:43 pm

This post does nothing for my pizza craving :D

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39 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 1, 2011 at 4:20 am

I would love to try a piece of all 3 of those pizzas! But as I am trying to lose weight rather than maintain I must resist for now. But when I treat myself, I will get the stone out and make my own – so much better than shop bought.

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40 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious November 1, 2011 at 5:32 am

I guess I am making pizza today….. yours made me want to reach through the screen and take a piece of mushroom. They all looked fabulous. Happy Halloween— don’t eat too much candy. :)

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41 Lauren November 1, 2011 at 5:55 am

Seems like a great tradition! Pizza, beer and candy…definitely an adult’s idea of trick-or-treat.

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42 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 1, 2011 at 6:16 am

Those pizzas DO look perfect! YUMMMMM! :) Especially the last one! ….I like your casual tradition with friends, those kinds of nights are perfect!

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43 Sarah@The Flying ONION November 1, 2011 at 6:26 am

I just started using my pizza stone this year. I was scared to use it at first (i.e., intimidated!) but you’re right..it’s one of the best secrets to a really great pizza. :D

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44 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning November 1, 2011 at 6:38 am

Greg and I make pizza at home every single Friday night. We always bake it at 400 on a cookie sheet (we make 2 individual pizzas because our toppings preference is so different). If you say that 500 and a pizza stone makes all the difference, I guess I’ll have to try it out! It’s definitely worth shelling out money for something new if you’re going to use it every week!

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45 KathEats November 1, 2011 at 8:03 am

You must!! We used to make them on baking sheets and they were always mediocre. I bet you can find a stone very cheap

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46 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 1, 2011 at 7:10 am

Those pizzas look delicious! They look like they were professionally made! I love making pizzas at home. It’s so much healthier! You were lucky that you got some trick or treaters. We didn’t get any for the second year in a row. So sad!

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47 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

Those pizzas all look incredible!

I had so much trouble cooking pizza over the summer that I just totally gave up on it! I actually made mine almost exactly like yours, except even after ample cooking time, the dough would always come out raw still! :P

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48 Hillary November 1, 2011 at 7:32 am

Why do I never think to make my own whipped cream? (Especially just to add booze to it!)

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49 Amanda November 1, 2011 at 7:44 am

Awesome dinner!

I also held off on buying a pizza stone, but when my husband and I moved into our last place, the old tenants left theirs and didn’t ever pick it up! It really does make a noticeable difference in creating a crunchy crust on the bottom.

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50 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 1, 2011 at 7:50 am

The pizza looks wonderful! I recently got a brand new pizza stone at a rummage sale for $1!! I was so excited. I need to get working with it! Thanks for the toppings suggestions!

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51 Lizzie @TheWeekdayVegan November 1, 2011 at 7:51 am

Those pizzas look delish… do you sell the crust at Great Harvest?

We have tons of leftover candy, too. The only kids we got at our house were kids that clearly didn’t know how to trick or treat…they tried to let themselves into our house and come in, and never said trick or treat! So bizarre.

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52 KathEats November 1, 2011 at 8:03 am

We don’t but we should!

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53 Sarah November 1, 2011 at 7:57 am

Too funny, we had pizza for dinner too (your recipie) and greens. Then we had leftover bday cake (not pumpkin, I wish) since my Husband’s bday was last Friday.

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54 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh November 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

Dang man, I want to do Halloween at YOUR house!! :-)

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55 Emily November 1, 2011 at 8:27 am

I love those Trader Joe’s cookies. I try and limit how often I buy them, but I think they’re delicious. And thanks for your pizza secrets. We’re still trying to perfect a homemade crust at our house, and this helps!

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56 donna November 1, 2011 at 8:41 am

We had hundreds of trick or treaters! Ran out of candy and had to turn our porch light off at 7:30!
That pizza looks amazing! I could eat pizza every day. Love it.

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57 Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa November 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

Our friend shared his trick for a perfect pizza crust with us the other week. He just throws the dough right on to the oven rack (no pan or stone at all!). I was amazed. It was incredible.

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58 Meredith November 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

Yummm, that pizza looks sooo good! I was so sad, we only had ONE trick-or-treater, and she didn’t even say “trick-or-treat” when I opened the door :( I think 90% of people around here take their kids to the Lawn, maybe we’ll go there next year!

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59 cathyb@brightbakes November 1, 2011 at 9:43 am

I use a lot of the same pizza tricks…but I’m curious…what part of the oven do you situate the rack for your pizzas? Also…..do you let the dough rise/rest after you top it? Or just stick it straight into the oven after shaping/topping?
thanks!
cathy b.

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60 KathEats November 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

Our rack is just under the mid-point in the oven – closer to the bottom where the heat is. And we don’t let the dough rest or cook it halfway or anything. Just roll out, top and bake.

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61 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

love, love, love the homemade pizza! We do it all the time :) The blue cheese looks amazing on there!

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62 Health Bee November 1, 2011 at 10:58 am

The hungry bars look delicious! Love the tricks for making good pizza. Thanks for sharing.

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63 Elizabeth November 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

WOW those pizzas look phenomenal!! And love the whipped cream idea. :)

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64 Shannon @ My Place In The Race November 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

We live a mile from a police precinct and a couple churches, that give out candy, so we never have trick or treaters :( They always go there instead.

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65 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Can you share the recipe for the pizza crust again??? Is it the same one on the recipe page? I have a pizza stone and LOVE it–makes great bread.

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66 KathEats November 2, 2011 at 7:38 am

Yes it’s the same one in the recipes – he just changes the flour proportions sometimes to more or less whole wheat. We think 50% whole wheat is the best

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67 JenATX November 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

great pics, as usual. i love the earthy/fall colors of the pizza in these shots

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68 Lindsay November 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Yummy! We adore pizza, especially when we put together our own combos like this…however my crust never looks as good as that! Ours is always a bit too thin, and doesn’t hold the toppings well, suggestions??

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69 laurie November 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I have a pizza stone but I find it REALLY difficult to get the raw dough onto the hot pizza stone. I even try to sprinkle corn meal onto my counter as I roll out the dough and put on the toppings but It always sticks. What is your secret to doing this so beautifully and ending up with a round pizza?

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70 Matt November 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm

You need a peel. This is a wooden slab with a handle that you sprinkle liberally with cornmeal. Then fully roll and stretch your dough out on a separate surface, pick it up, and put it on the peel. Then build the pizza while the dough is on the peel. The peel allows you to slide the dough onto the stone.

Or if you’re like me and have been too lazy to get a peel, you use a sheet of cardboard!

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