Thursday, January 24, 2008

Yarn in my nose, pizza in my teeth

Care to knit some pizza? The knitted slice on the left comes from the very talented Bittersweet blog.

If you'd prefer pizza of the more edible variety, I have just the thing. Recently, a knitting friend of mine said, "I've got yarn in my nose."* She also said, "Post that pizza recipe on your blog." So here's the most deeeeee-rishious pizza evahhhh.

This recipe is for real Chicago deep dish pizza. It is from my husband’s side of the family – and being from Chicago, they know what they’re doing. The crust recipe was apparently given to someone who knew someone from a famous restaurant there. It takes quite a bit of time – but you can save yourself labor by using a mixer for the kneading and mixing.

KnottyLady Pizza

1 cup warm water
1 pkg quick-rise yeast
¼ cup corn oil
1/8 cup olive oil
1 ½ cups plus 1 ¼ cups flour
¼ cup cornmeal
1/8 tsp salt
1 28-oz can whole tomatoes
1 T garlic powder
2 good pinches dried oregano
2 lbs mozzarella cheese, shredded
as much pepperoni, sautéed mushrooms, sautéed onions or any other toppings as you want & will fit in the pizza without flowing over

In a large bowl, combine warm water and yeast. Let sit until yeast bubbles – about 5 minutes. Add oils, cornmeal, 1 ½ cups flour and garlic powder. Stir for 10 to 15 minutes. Slowly add remaining flour and salt. Kneed for 20 minutes.

Turn the oven to Warm and put your cast iron skillet in. While the skillet is warming, let the dough rise in the bowl for 30 minutes to an hour. (If it's a little cold outside, I set the bowl on top of the stove to pick up the residual heat from the oven).

After the dough has risen, take the warm cast iron skillet out of the oven. Put the dough into the skillet and push it out and up against the sides, forming your crust -- be careful of your fingers!

Turn the oven up to 350 degrees F.

Put half the cheese in crust. Add toppings on top of the cheese. Put remaining cheese on top. Sprinkle with oregano. Open up the can of tomatoes. Grab a tomato and crush it with your hand – letting the juice fall back into the can. Put the smooched tomato on top of the pizza and repeat until all the cheese is covered in tomato. Discard the liquid.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes to an hour – until the crust turns golden. Let stand at least 30 minutes. If you can’t control yourself and wait for the pizza to cool, you will end up with pizza soup. Believe me – I have done this.

*This has nothing to do with anything on this post but it was so funny I had to include in somehow.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Angry alien and last-minute rabbits

I've decided to buy Last Minute Knitted Gifts. It has some really cute projects including a stuffed bunny. Which got me thinking about Angry Alien Productions -- a troupe of bunnies who reenact popular movies in 30 seconds or less. It's absolutely hilarious.

May I suggest Jaws,* March of the Penguins, and Alien.*

Top image: Angry Alien spokesperson. Bottom image: Last-minute rabbit courtesy

*Please note the bunny ears on the shark and the alien.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

A knitting haiku

I wrote a little knitting haiku for Yarn Whore.


Yarn is fun to buy.
But you have to be careful,
Cause you can’t eat yarn.

It sort of has a Deep Thoughts sort of feel to it, no?

Pictured: a stunt cat stands in for KnottyKitty who is a not allowed near yarn or knitted products because that would be like waving Baileys in front of an alcoholic.

Edited to add: It has come to our attention that the stunt cat, also known as Lily, attempted to eat the above scarf shortly after this picture was taken. Is there a feline conspiracy afoot? Is Lily somehow in cahoots with KnottyKnitty? Did they meet in yarn rehab? Oh, the drama!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Romance Under the Stars

OK, so Valentine's Day is coming and for the first time ever, Mr. Knotty and crew are hosting Romance Under the Stars.* It's a Valentine's Day dinner in the TASM Planetarium, complete with a star show all about the torrid tales of love behind the Greek constellations. Champagne included.

Of course I am volunteering and you are all invited to attend/volunteer if you are interested. But I must tell you my moment of panic:

Mr. Knotty's co-worker asked him to ask me what kind of costume I will be wearing. Now listen here. I'm not a wrinkled old prune yet but I am not wearing a toga. It's not going to happen. Perhaps I can be persuaded into cupid-esk accessories like wings and a bow and arrow, but I draw the line at bedsheets. My Delta house days are over.

In honor of V-Day, I think I'll knit up some hearts. Want to join me?

* Call (918) 834-9900 x 123 for information and reservations. RSVP by February 11, 2008.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Screw Omaha

Listen, missy. Just because you've made a mighty fine scarf doesn't mean you can go off gallivanting about Nebraska restoring art and such. And who is going to do the thankless job of answering the phone? And how exactly is the broken dishwasher going to be needlessly filled? (sniff) Didn't think about THAT did you, miss Master's Degree? You better just check that attitude and..what? No, we're not crying. We just have something in our eye. Don't try to change the subject. This isn't about (sniff) us. OK, fine.

Good luck out there. Remember, you've dealt with Pam -- ergo you can deal with anything. Now go out there and make the art of the world more pretty. Don't worry about us. We'll just have some crazy-ass lunatic disconnecting calls and smacking on chewing gum. As it should be.

Yarn Whore is off the market

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Very knotty ladies

I've been meaning to post these for a while.

Hey, um.... Tasha? Where's your knitting?

KnottyMama? Pictures? Pictures?

Also, YarnWhore, don't you have a PICTURE to POST? A Very Important Picture? Ahem?