We are having friends come to town for a visit this weekend and I’ve been trying to figure out an easy but crowd-pleasing dinner plan for the night everyone arrives. With four guests, one of whom is a vegetarian, I was thrilled to have an epiphany this morning: make-your-own-pizza night!

Luckily, my hubby, DA, is a master pizza dough-maker (we use a tried and true Wolfgang Puck recipe that is flawless every time. Except for that time we tried to substitute whole wheat flour and ended up with brown hockey pucks. Lesson learned!).  And a few months ago we bought a pizza peel, pizza stone and pizza cutter from Pizzacraft, which makes having a pizza party so easy and so fun! 

We usually buy and prepare loads of toppings: pepperoni; grilled onions, mushrooms, and peppers; grilled chicken; homemade pizza sauce (1 can of tomato sauce; 1 small can (6 oz.) of tomato paste; 1 Tbsp. dried oregano; and a couple of cloves of garlic, minced.  Mix together and voila!); shredded cheese; black olives; fresh Parmesan; and red chili pepper flakes. With all the fixin’s out, we let our guests go nuts creating their own delicious pizza.  A quick tip: put a little cornmeal under your dough on the pizza peel and the transfer from peel to stone is a breeze.

With a big green salad, this meal never fails to make everyone happy!  And as the host, I love having an easy to prepare meal in my repertoire!

Devon is a wife (of “DA”), mother of a one-year old (“Bean”), former History professor, and lifelong shopper.  She grew up with a self-proclaimed shop-aholic and sale-aholic mom, so she’s been in training for discovering cool stuff and great deals since she can remember.  Devon lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is mostly okay with the rain but sometimes pines for her hometown in Southern California.  With a little one at home and a crazy life, Devon is all about doing her shopping on the internet and zulily has been a dream come true for her with its variety, value, and quality.