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Heat up that oven. And don’t be shy—that oven should essentially be the 7th circle of hell. I’m talking like 500-550 degrees. If you have a fancy pizza stone, stick it in there to it heat up as well. Flour your counter with wild abandon. Scrape the dough out of the bowl and onto the floured counter—the dough should have transformed into something loose, soft, sticky and stretchy. I know we already floured that counter good, but go ahead and add flour to the top of that dough now, too, and divide it in half. Make these halves into balls and grab a dough ball with floured hands and let the weight of it stretch as you hold the end of it. Do this a few times, going around the edges of the dough, so it stretches itself out. Put that sucker on the old metal pan (that will surely find its way into an award-winning short story some day due to the role it has played in both your life and in the divorce), nudge and press the dough around in it to make it fill as much of the pan as possible, and add the desired fixings (see below). Da Sauce, Da Fixins · One 28-ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes (San Marzano is the best, Contadina will save you a couple of bucks) · One clove of garlic (or three if you’re me) · ½ teaspoon sea or kosher salt · Red pepper flakes if you like red pepper flakes · Pinch of sugar · 8 ounces of fresh mozzarella (the stuff that’s in plastic, but not submerged in water) · ½ cup finely grated parmesan or Romano cheese · Two glugs of olive oil · A little fresh basil Pizza sauce is a different consistency than pasta sauce—pizza sauce is thicker, like Medusa’s blood when she’s beheaded in the 1981 version of Clash of the Titans. This recipe was a revelation to me.

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Empty the can of tomatoes into a colander and give each tomato a squeeze to release all the juice and seeds inside. If you want to save all that juice, put a bowl under the colander and use the stuff for Bloody Mary mix later on.

New Economy Chapbook Cookbook Volume 1  
New Economy Chapbook Cookbook Volume 1  

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