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Put the drained tomatoes in a blender and add salt, garlic, red pepper, and sugar to the tomatoes and blend it until you have a smooth, saucy texture. You may have some extra sauce, so throw that in the fridge and use it for something else this week. Maybe arancini! Add 1/3 cup of sauce to each of your stretched out doughs. Spread it evenly. Tear the mozzarella into tiny pieces and scatter it around the pizza. Some like to add the basil and parmesan or Romano at this stage, some add it half way through, some add it after, some do half before and half after. You do you. Each pizza is a unique, fattening snowflake. I don’t eat the meats so I can’t speak to the best choices on that, but I love me some veggies. The trick is to sauté the vegetables in a little olive oil BEFORE adding it to the pizza and putting it in the oven. I’m a mushroom fanatic, and pre-sauteing keeps those beauties fungilicious instead of sad, dried-out shells. I say just cook up whatever veggies you may already have in your fridge. Once you’re good with your cheese and toppings, drizzle a little olive oil over your masterpiece and toss it in the oven. I like to mumble a made-up blessing as I drizzle (or a hex when I’m in a particular mood) and practice for the day I become a pissed off old Sicilian woman. Try it. Bake the pizza 10-15 minutes. Pace around the kitchen and living room. Straighten the silverware. Pour yourself a glass of $3 Trader Joes wine. Open the oven door 14 times to check on the pizza and then fret that you’ve let all the hot air out. When the pizza’s top is blistered and the crust is golden, you’re good. Slide the pizza onto a cutting board, cut it like a Chicagoan or a New Yorker— in this one instance, I won’t judge (go Cubs!). Repeat with the second ball of dough, or make someone else do it so you can devour this first pizza like a wounded gazelle in the hot, dry savanna.

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