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Flowers & Pizza

July 21, 2011

I woke up this morning to nature’s alarm clock, big ‘ol booms of thunder and pouring rain.  Yes!  The Life in Green vegetation was in need of a big drink.

The roses have handled the heat quite lovely and are budding up for flush number two.

Knock-out is about as reliable as they come for blooming and handling any kind of weather.

Knock Out Rose bud

Julia Child does a superb job as well.  She buds a rich gold color and slowly fades to yellow then cream as she blooms.  Julia Child rose bud

Not sure of the variety of this daylily, I’m sure it’s quite old though.  I think it’s had more blooms this year than ever.

yellow daylily

Want to see something just as pretty as these flowers?

So very, very pretty.

And delicious.

Grilled pizza

Pizza.  Grilled pizza to be exact.

My absolute favorite way to make and eat pizza.  It’s pretty simple too, which is how I roll.

Preheat your grill to about the same temperature you would for pizza in the oven….so between 400-500 degrees.  Also get all of your toppings and necessary utensils ready and load them up on a tray to carry outside. 

Roll out some dough for your crust.  I like to do individual pizzas when grilling because it’s so much easier to maneuver with a smaller sized crust.  Brush olive oil on one side and then place that side down on the grill, just like the one pictured below on the left.

Grilling pizzas

Let that side cook until some grill marks are formed and the crust can be easily picked up and no longer stretches.  Brush with olive oil and then flip to the other side.

Be gentle and pay attention when flipping.  I was blabbing with my head turned away from the grill as I flipped.  Next thing I knew a hunk of crust was stuck in my tongs.  Oops.  Let’s just hope it subtracted a good 40 calories from the pizza!

Grilled pizza crust

Now quickly load up your pizza.  You may feel you need to transfer your pizza off of direct heat if the crust is cooking quickly.

I put on a little tomato sauce I doctored up with some fresh herbs from the garden, fresh mozzarella, grilled banana peppers and Canadian bacon. 

Close the lid and let cook until your cheese is nice and melted and the bottom of crust is crispy and golden. 

Grilled pizza with toppings

Dig in! 

Pizza grilled directly on the grate takes on such a wonderful, unique flavor and texture.    Like I said, it is my absolute favorite method.  And with hot days like these it is so nice to not crank up the oven inside.

Are you a fan of grilled pizza?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Casey permalink
    July 21, 2011 7:59 pm

    What pretty pictures. 🙂 And the grilled pizza looks so yummy!

  2. July 21, 2011 8:29 pm

    Yes, very yummy!

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