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Homemade Pizza

Who loves pizza?!?!  Well now you can love it even more because I am going to give you a fool proof dough recipe that you probably have all the ingredients for already.  Horray!  Cheap, homemade pizza!

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The dough:

– 2.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
– 1 teaspoon white sugar
– 1 cup warm water
– 2.5 cups all purpose flour
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 teaspoon salt
* minced garlic
* dried rosemary

In a small bowl add 1 cup warm water, the salt, and the yeast.  Stir that up and let it hang out for 10-15 minutes.
In the meantime, in another bowl, combine the flour, olive oil, salt and any additions of your choice (I used minced garlic and dried rosemary).
Mix everything in both bowls together until you’ve got a nice little ball. Cover with saran wrap and cover. Let it rise for 5 minutes or however long you want.
Roll that baby out and pile it with whatever toppings you like.  I used tomato sauce, mortadella, spicy salami, mozzarella, parmesan and then added fresh tomatoes and arugula too.  I love arugula on pretty much anything.  Spinach is soooo last season.
Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 15 – 20 minutes.
Voila!

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Homemade Dog Food

Stella is my family’s Miniature Schnauzer X Poodle.  She’s only three years old but she’s been sick off and on for her entire life.  I don’t even want to know how much I have spent on veterinary bills!!

This past Easter we were at my in-laws place and Stella urinated blood on their carpet! I was so freaked out.  I rushed her to the vet and she had a series of tests, X-rays, and ultimately a surgery on her bladder to remove struvite crystals and stones.  A thousand dollars or so later…Stella was finally recovering but we were told she would have to be on a special food (Urinary SO) for the rest of her life.  This didn’t sit well with me.  I didn’t believe that the food was meeting her nutritional needs.

I battled with many vets.  All of them said no to homemade dog food.  (I do believe they were trying to help but I don’t know how much they learn about actual dog nutrition in school).  Anyhow, after hours and hours of research I thought – fuck it – I’m going for it.  Today, Stella has been on homemade dog food for almost 2 months and she is doing great!

Give me the stick Dad!!

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She hasn’t had any fur discolouration (which she always got on her paws and ears), or infections of any kind.  I also regularly test her urine with pH strips just to be sure.

If you are interested in recipes for your dog…let me know!

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