Easiest tastiest pizza dough

We found this recipe here on The Kitchn, and we thought, Could it be this simple?

Why yes, my friends, it is this simple.

This dough is the best dough we’ve found so far! It can hold more than its weight in toppings and it has passed the Pizza For Breakfast Test. That’s right, we almost ate all of the pizza we made using this dough (more on that later) but then we thought, No, this crust needs to be put to the test, the pizza for breakfast test.

If you’re unfamiliar with this, we have a theory that the sign of truly amazing pizza is how it holds up the next day. And this crust really held its own.

And it was so easy to make!! Don’t believe me, just watch:

Here’s how to make pizza dough dreams come true:

3/4 cups lukewarm water

1 teaspoon active dry yeast

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

In a medium bowl stir together water and yeast. Add flour and salt and mix together until you have a shaggy dough. Turn out your dough and any remaining flour onto a clean surface and knead until the dough comes together and holds its shape.

At this point, you can use the dough right away, or coat it in olive oil throw it in a clean bowl & cover with a towel for a few hours, OR you can wrap it up in cling wrap & store it in the fridge for a couple of days.

When you do decide to use it, heat your oven to 500 F and cook for 9 to 15 minutes. (We usually roll the dough out on some parchment paper on a cookie sheet, we find this cuts down on the mess when we get carried away with the toppings.)

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Field Trip – Savannah, GA

Savannah

It was a gloomy overcast day when we decided to go to Savannah to visit the farmers market.(Yes, we work at farmers markets and on our days off we visit farmers markets.)

We thought that perhaps we would drive out of the gloom and into a sunny day. As it turned out, the clouds in Savannah got tired of flying high and decided to settle in for the day:

Savannah

But we’re not ones to be put off by the soft mist and cool caressing light of a city being hugged by clouds. We meandered through Forsyth Park and eventually made it to the farmers market. Garnette was more attentive to the market as I was busy gazing at the beautiful trees that shelter the market from rain and sun.

Savannah

After taking in the market and stoping and chatting with our friends at The Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse & Vegetable Kingdom tents, we explored the streets of Savannah. And what a pretty city it is!! Just aimlessly wandering up and down the streets and alleys was a treat.

We were quite peckish after walking miles up and down and back and forth so we stopped for a delicious late brunch at Collins Quarter. It was really tasty and a great way to fortify ourselves for a little more walking and the drive back to Charleston.

Savannah

We’re hoping the rest of the year is full of little day trips like this one. There’s nothing like a new year to spark the excitement of adventure & travel!

Where is this year going to take you?

xo

Charleston Spice Co.

Simply delicious smoothie

Smoothies!

We’ve enjoyed a lot of smoothies over the past couple of months.

And we’ve developed this simple recipe that’s good every time. It’s got all the good things turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne, but they aren’t overwhelmingly healthy tasting, in fact they taste really good.

This recipe is a great building block for other smoothies. Start with this simple recipe then go crazy. Switch up the fruit, add a little vanilla or cacao. The possibilities are endless!!

Without further ado, the recipe:

1/2 of an avocado

1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

a light sprinkle of cayenne

1 3/4 cup orange juice

Combine all in your blender and blend. This will make two 12 ounce smoothies or one 24 ounce super smoothie.

Cheers!

Charleston Spice Co.

Pizza Party: Artichoke & Beet

Artichoke & beet pizza

Pizza is a beautiful thing. Once you find the perfect crust the sky is the limit. You can do anything, you are the creator and champion of tastiness.

Here’s a tasty pizza idea to get your creative juices flowing:

Make your favorite pizza dough.

Start heating your oven to 500 F.

Roll out your dough on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Dress it up from the bottom to the top:

  1. A hearty slather of your favorite pizza sauce
  2. A blanket of chopped spinach leaves
  3. All the cheese you want, we used a combo of mozzarella and cheese curds (yeah, cheese curds from Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse)
  4. A loose mosaic layer of artichoke hearts and roasted beets (nope, we didn’t roast beets just for this pizza, they were leftover from dinner earlier in the week, so next time you’re roasting veggies, make a little extra to throw on your pizza 🙂 )
  5. A little grated parmesan
  6. Chipotle chili flakes, these brought the whole pizza together!!! (I’m not kidding, get yerself some here. Smoky and hot, they will change your whole pizza eating world!)

Bake according to your dough recipe’s directions and enjoy!

Artichoke & beet pizza

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Strawberries in January

January Strawberries

In the midst of the bitter cold of a Carolina winter, I often find myself daydreaming about fresh juicy strawberries.

I think about how, if they were in season, I’d eat strawberries and homemade whipped cream for dessert after every meal!!

January Strawberries

This year, however, there’s no need for daydreams.

This is actually happening. It’s been so warm and mild this winter that there are fresh juicy local tasty strawberries sitting on the counter waiting to be devoured one by one.

There’s no recipe in this post, I’m just bragging because the appearance of springtime fruits in winter has made me giddy with excitement.

Hope y’all have a great weekend,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

January Strawberries