Getting back to my roots

Italian night seemed to be a big hit at Mohubbs last week. I believe that my grandmother would have been proud. What is so nice about Italian cooking is how simple and yet delicious the food is. Below are the recipes. It may seem like a lot of steps, but the recipes really are not that hard to pull off. Feel free to send any questions my way.

Pizza
Ingredients
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white sugar
Directions
1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups bread flour, olive oil, salt, white sugar and the yeast mixture; stir well to combine. Beat well until a stiff dough has formed. Cover and rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
3. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Form dough into a round and roll out into a pizza crust shape. Cover with your favorite sauce and toppings and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Pizza Sauce
Ingredients
1 (3 ounce) can tomato paste
2 Cups Chopped and seeded Tomatoes
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons honey
1 bay leaf
2 Tbs diced Green Pepper
1 med onion
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
salt to taste

Sauce for Gnocchi (store bought)

10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter, divided
1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh sage
1 1/2 teaspoons (packed) finely grated lemon peel
1 Cup baked Butternut squash

Halve the Butternut squash and bake at 400F until very tender, about an hour. Let cool and scoop out soft flesh, set aside.
Cook 8 tablespoons butter or olive oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat until butter begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Add sage and lemon peel. Season with salt and pepper. Combine with squash until well blended, you may want to thin with cream or soy milk. Add to a pot and heat. Once it is hot, just pour over the gnocchi and enjoy.

Green Beans

Wash and cut the stems off of 2 lb of green beans. Boil salted water and drop the beans in. When they are soft enough to eat, drain them. Drizzle with olive oil and honey then season with salt and pepper.

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