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2.03.2014

Pizza Night with Kids, My Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe + King Arthur Flour Giveaway




Dinner night can often be a bit stressful when I have the kids and dogs at my heal. I have learned over the years to not worry about staying on schedule and who cares if your kitchen gets messy in the process... the easiest way to avoid that stress is to invite the kids in the kitchen with you.

This way there are no interruptions, no worries about keeping them entertained while you cook. They are put to work helping and to them it's  nothing but fun. The bonus to it all, is the skills they are learning early on how to prepare their own food. This will be mighty handy as they get older and Mom isn't always around to fix them something to eat.


This past weekend, we had a boys sleepover, three hungry busy busy boys under the age of 7. They didn't have much interest in helping me cook this particular night because they were so busy playing games and building stuff down in the family room. My daughter who is 2.5 years old was left out of their fun.

So we had a little girls fun of our own, and I let her help me make some homemade pizza dough. She was over the moon, and couldn't wait to tell her dad  that she made pizza!


Though sometimes making food with the kids, can be a bit crazy, things get dumped in the mixing bowl too soon, flour gets everywhere. But you know what? My kids are pumped if I let them help clean the messes too! Maybe they are just weird, they truly have so much fun if I hand them a sponge and let them go to town. This little one would stand by the sink and help with dishes all day long if I let her!


For this particular pizza, I used my favorite basic dough recipe from King Arthur Flour, but made a couple of small adaptions. The first being the use of King Arthur's Sir Lancelot Flour. This flour is hi-gluten, therefor produces a chewy texture. Hi-gluten flour is great used in things like bagels, pretzels, and of course pizza crust. The second small adaption I used was adding a tad of the pizza crust flavor. This powder is full of cheesy garlic flavor, it's a great addition to bring your crusts up to the next level. 


You are all in luck today because King Arthur Flour has agreed to send one lucky reader a pizza making gift pack! This includes a bag of my favorite pizza making flour (Sir Lancelot), Pizza Dough Flavor, Pizza Seasoning AND a new Pizza Stone!  To enter scroll below the recipe, and follow the directions listed on the widget.




My Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe:
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour 
Ingredients:
2 tsp active dry yeast
7/8 to 1 1/8 cups warm water
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs sugar
4 tsp King Arthur Flour's Pizza Dough Flavor
3 cups King Arthur Flour's Sir Lancelot (AP can be substituted)    
1 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Dissolve yeast in a bowl mixed with 2 tbs warm water and a pinch of sugar until it starts to foam.


In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine, flour, olive oil, sugar, pizza dough flavor and your yeast mixture.

Turn mixer to low and slowly pour in your water. Depending on how dry or humid your climate is you may need more or less water. So pour slowly and once the dough comes together and is just barely sticky stop adding it. 

If you find that you have added too much water, go ahead and add just a tad more flour to bring your dough together. 

Turn mixer to medium/low speed (level 2 on a KA) and "knead" the dough  for about 4-5 minutes. 

In a lightly greased bowl, cover allow dough to rise until it is really puffy. For me this was about 90 minutes. 

If using a round pizza pans or pizza stones, divided dough into two equal portions, if making a larger rectangular pizza just leave the dough as one piece. 

Stretch and shape dough just a bit (don't over stretch or pat flat). Allow dough to rest for about 15 minutes. 

After it has rest, shape and form the dough to fit your lightly greased pizza pans. If the dough is not quite stretching to fit, don't over stretch it causing it to tear. Stop stretching, cover with a towel and let it rest for another 10-15 minutes. When you go back you should be able to easily stretch the dough to reach the corners of your pan. 

Now allow dough to rise for a second time until puffy. Again for me it took about 90 minutes.

Top pizza dough as desired, bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes (depending on your pan and thickness it can take longer).  Remove from oven when crust is golden brown. 

This week also happens to be Pizza Week! Check out what some of my friends have been whipping up. 

Tuesday:
Kat from Tenaciously Yours: Zorbaz Taco Pizza
Kirsten from Comfortably Domestic: Cornmeal Pizza Crust and Greek Pizza
Wednesday:
Mads from La Petite Pancake: Tangy BBQ Chicken Pizza
Megan from Wanna Be a Country Cleaver: Pork and Pear Pizza
Thursday:
Kirsten from Comfortably Domestic: Greek Pizza 
Beka from Kvetchin Kitchen: Clam and Bacon Pizza 
Monica from Grommom: Gluten Free Roasted Veggie Pizza 
Friday:
Lauren from Climbing Grier Mountain:Caramelized Onion, Sausage, and Barbecue Pizza with Ranch Dressing
Jeanne from Inside Nanabread's Head: Pepporoni Rolls Made 2 Ways


King Arthur Flour Giveaway! 

To enter to win follow the directions on the widget. Be sure to leave a comment telling me what your favorite pizza topping is!  
 

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Disclaimer: King Arthur Flour is sponsoring this giveaway.  Additionally,  I received free product from King Arthur Flour, however I did not receive monetary compensation to write this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

503 comments:

  1. We love traditional pizza toppings! Sausage, peppers, and mushrooms are some of our favorites!

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  2. I love a combo of onions, peppers and mushrooms.

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  3. This recipe looks great - adding to Pinterest so I can try it out :)

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  4. How fun is pizza night and I love the photos of your kids cooking.

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    1. Thanks Meagan! It's our favorite night of the week for sure.

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  5. My favorite topping is usually a mix of veggies. Last week we had pepperoni, mushroom and onion...so good!

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  6. Love chicken & bacon :)

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  7. I love peppers and onions!

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  8. what kind of sauce do you use? Or do you make your own?

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    1. I use my mom's. She cans a lot of fun things!

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  9. I love pizza with pepperoni & green bell pepper! But I really like also having pepperoncinis and ranch on the side!

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  10. Sausage and red onions for me please!

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  11. I love the classic combo of ham and pineapple but with onions and jalapenos added on as well!

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  12. I love making Thai Chicken Pizza with chili oil, chicken, cheese, peanuts, shallots etc.

    Becky
    Compassionate Teacher

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  13. Love fresh tomatoes, basil, and capers.

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  14. We love traditional, but sometime I clean the fridge out. Last night I used some ham, bacon, and leftover cooked veggies. It was wonderful along with the pepperoni.

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    1. We often do what I call "Kitchen Sink Pizza" Whatever I can find goes on top!

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  15. family favorite... cubed pancetta and a bit of red onion

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  16. I love making pizza, we like to have all the toppings out and let each pie be a wonderful medley. My favorite combo is Candian bacon, mushrooms and olive...but really its hard to say that because I also LOVE chicken, bacon artichoke :)

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  17. Caramelized onions, spinach, ham, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheese.

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  18. I love pizza nights at home with the family! Such a beautiful looking pizza!

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  19. I love ham & pineapple. Sometimes I put olives (green or kalamata), artichokes, or feta on top.

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    1. My husband's favorite is ham and pineapple ;)

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  20. Cheese and more Cheese is my favorite topping, because without it, it isn't a pizza!

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    1. Haha ditto! Though my kids hate cheese on theirs... weird right? They scrape it off....,.

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  21. I've grown quite fond of Spinach on pizza.

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  22. This looks delicious! I can't wait to try out the recipe!

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  23. Mushrooms or Sausage, Onions and Peppers.

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  24. I like to experiment with the toppings on my pizza.

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  25. Homemade pizza night is just the best, BEST (um, we had it 4 times last week. I am not joking.) Favorite topping at the moment is ricotta cheese. They are like dollops of love!

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  26. I love roasted veggies and goat cheese!

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  27. Love spicy Italian sausage!

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  28. Love homemade pizza with sausage, caramelized onions, fennel, mushrooms and red bell peppers, with a sprinkling of fresh diced tomatoes and spinach just before serving!

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  29. I am a white pie girl with fresh garlic spinach & ricotta

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  30. Jalapenos & cream cheese

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  31. I am a white pie girl with fresh garlic spinach & ricotta

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  32. pepperoni and cheese with olives

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  33. My favorite topping for pizza is feta cheese, spinach, mushrooms, and tri color peppers

    Yvette N.

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  34. We love pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and feta.

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  35. I like white pizza with spinach, & mushrooms.

    Nadine O.

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  36. I'm a Margherita girl, so tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. Followed closely by pesto, feta and olives.

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  37. I have been dying to make my own pizza dough!!

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  38. Pretty boring: sausage, mushrooms, peppers...If I have no veg, though. I like to toss raisins on the cheese for fun.

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  39. Pepperoni, onions, green peppers, spinach and sausage

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  40. I'm still looking for a pizza topping I don't like. In other news, your baby's curls slay me. Remind me of someone else I know and love at that age (only your baby has more hair than mine did at that point in time). She's adorable.

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    1. Oh gosh Mads was bald as an old man until she turned 1 then it started to grow. Now it's taking over! So much hair.

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  41. Mushrooms and bacon and Canadian bacon mild pork sausage and 5 cheeses when we make our own! :)

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  42. Feta cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil. Yummy!

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  43. Hands down, spinach and mushrooms but my kids love just plain cheese (no toppings) and are starting to like pepperoni! love this post and giveaway!!

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  44. I love extra cheese, bacon and mushrooms... yum yum

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  45. I love mushrooms and onions on my pizza!

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  46. Your crust looks amazing! I love a good combination.

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    1. I love as many topping as possible on my pizza

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  47. Our favorite is bacon with extra cheese. We also have pepperoni and mushrooms now that my kids finally like pepperoni. Great giveaway!

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  48. My favorite topping is roma tomatoes and cheese!

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  49. I love veggies on my pizza and lots of olives too (black). After watching an episode of Rachel Ray a long time ago she had sun dried tomatoes on a pizza claiming they taste just like pepperoni on a pizza -yep, they sure do :)

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  50. mine has to be supreme with mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, pepperoni and sausage

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  51. My favorite pizza topping is mushrooms!

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  52. My all time favorite is Chicken, spinach, mushrooms and feta!

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  53. I adore this post, Carrie! I want to hang at your house for pizza night!

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  54. My little guy (20 mos.) loves helping me in the kitchen and we would love to make our first pizza dough!

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  55. My favorite pizza topping is onions, olives and sausage.

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  56. I love cheese and pepperoni on my pizza. Nothing fancy!
    heatherp626@msn.com

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  57. Homemade Pizza is one of my favorite meals- all the possibilities and creativity- everybody gets to 'have it their way' and is happy :) I am always looking for a good pizza dough recipe and this looks so promising!

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  58. Lately I love topping pizza with feta and basil.

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  59. Three cheese is definitely my favorite!

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  60. fresh tomatoes are my favorite!

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  61. Love margherita pizza! Basil, mozz and tomato sauce. Fresh of course :)

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  62. I like mushrooms on my pizza.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  63. lots and lots of mushrooms!!!! Fun post :)

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  64. I love pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, feta and spinach. Don't get to have it much living with a meat-loving bunch.

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  65. either pepperoni or garlic and onion.

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  66. I love pineapple and canadian bacon

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  67. Pork sausage and jalapenos.

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  68. Pizza dough flavor???
    That sounds fantastic!
    I love fresh mozzarella and basil on my pizza!

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  69. Pineapple and mushrooms

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  70. Onion, pepper, mushroom, olive & garlic

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  71. mushrooms, onions and olives

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  72. I usually order the special, with everything on it! Thin crust of course.

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  73. I love to make ham, bacon, pineapple, and onion pizzas.

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  74. I love mushrooms and artichokes.

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  75. Love me a good veggie pizza - with tons of jalapenos too!

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  76. Pepperoni is my favorite with lots of cheese.

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  77. I love a loaded veggie pizza

    Pauline Gudas
    pgudas@roadrunner.com

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  78. We love traditional cheese and sausage or pepperoni. Another favorite is chicken, spinach and alfredo sauce. Thanks for the great giveaway! marciasnapp@comcast.net

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  79. Oh my kids love making pizza! I set up a MYO Pizza Bar with all our favorite toppings... really depends on my mood... meatballs, spinach and artichoke, BBQ chicken... I love it all!

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  80. Mushrooms, tomatoes and ham!!

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  81. Mushrooms, onion, green peppers and sausage!!!! Thank you for this awesome gift opportunity!!

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  82. Mushrooms, onion, green peppers and sausage!!!! Thank you for this awesome gift opportunity!!

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  83. we do traditional and non traditional toppings but we always season the dough. yummmmm

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  84. Ham, gr. peppers, extra cheese! Donna d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  85. I love unique/different pizza toppings, like goat cheese and butternut squash. And I love King Arthur Flour, my favorite! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  86. i love cheese pizza, so my favorite topping is a great pizza cheese blend. thanks, what a yummy giveaway

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  87. Love all kinds of toppings. A current favorite is strawberry Siracha sauce, goat cheese and bacon.

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  88. Canadian Bacon, mushroom and Green olives is my favorite combo.

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  89. We have been adding spicy hot chicken sausage in place of regular sausage to save on calories... it's fantastic!

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  90. Canadian bacon is my favorite...never made a pizza crust before, but I think I could do this one??..:)

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  91. goat cheese and tomatoes.

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  92. I love veggies and feta cheese.

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  93. My fav toppings are onions, peppers, cheeses, chicken

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  94. My favorite is Margherita Pizza. Classic and simple.

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  95. My favorite pizza toppings are mushrooms and bacon.

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  96. Favorites: all the veggies I can cram on the dough!

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  97. I Love garlic,red onion, spinach,feta cheese, and chicken~

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  98. I Love garlic,red onion, spinach,feta cheese, and chicken~

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  99. I love mushrooms.
    wanda72 (at) aol (dot) com

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  100. I love a veggie pizza! Peppers, mushrooms, tomato slices, olives even broccoli. YUM-O!

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  101. Pepperoni is my go to pizza topping, but I also love chicken bacon artichoke with garlic sauce!

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  102. My personal, me-only pizza is bacon, green olive, and mushroom. The "majority rules" favorite is a BBQ-based sauce with chicken, bacon, mushrooms, and red onion. Yum!

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  103. I love pepperoni, jalapenos and mushrooms. I'm hungry now!

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  104. I love fontina, dates, and caramelized onions, with a balsamic drizzle.

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  105. My favorite pizza topping is artichoke! I also love a simple basil, mozz and tomato pizza!

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  106. Pepperoni with extra cheese

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  107. I like pizza with a white sauce, chicken, spinach, and onion.

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  108. black olives are my favorite, but any other veggie besides bell peppers. I also really like it without cheese (unless using a white sauce).

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  109. I love pepperoni and black olives.

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  110. We love bacon, pepperoni, sausage and extra cheese

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  111. We love bacon, pepperoni, sausage and extra cheese

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  112. We love bacon, pepperoni, sausage and extra cheese

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  113. Goat cheese - delicious!

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  114. Bar-B-Que is my favorite pizza topping. We get so tired of pepperoni and with my husband being so picky it's hard to add other toppings, either that or make 2 pizza's.

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  115. Caramelized onions. Onions belong on every pizza. M mm mm mm

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  116. Pepperoni bacon and pineapple! Yum!

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  117. I love lots of veggies especially mushrooms and spinach!!

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  118. I love lots of veggies on my pizza! Spinach, mushrooms, olives, artichokes... yum!

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  119. Bacon, Bacon, and more bacon. We also sometimes like black olives and mushrooms and at times pineapple.

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  121. i like all kinds of veggies on mine

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  122. Pepperoni is a must on every pizza

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  123. I have alot but I would have to say ,besides the obvious cheese, pepperoni etc, jalapenos!

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  124. BBQ sauce, chicken, bacon, red onions

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  125. Fresh mushrooms are my favorite

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  126. I love banana peppers on my pizza!

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  127. Always and forever - CHEESE - nothing but cheese.

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  128. Pineapples, Mushrooms, Canadian Bacon!

    supergirl198296(at)yahoo.com

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  129. Anne Hunter: My favorite topping is cheese, cheese, and more cheese, with a little cheese thrown in!

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  130. I love your blog and I love your recipes. My favorite pizza toppings are ham, pineapple, and onion.

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  131. <3 White pizza with broccoli! The little guy loves it this way too.

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  132. Ham & artichoke. Or chicken & broccoli alfredo. It's a toss-up.

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  133. Yum...LOVE making homemade pizza. My favorite toppings are pepperoni and mushrooms. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  134. I very much like Italian Sausage and extra cheese.

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  135. Extra cheese, extra sauce, & black olives!

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  136. i have already posted a comment about the pizza topping, but i have a question. with your contests and others, how is it known if someone follows the person that you wish them to on pinterest, because some of the sites ask for your pinterest url and some don't. for the ones who don't ask for your url how do they know if the person followed or not. thank you.

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    1. To verify entries, you can search the person's name on the social media platform. (though this is a pain when you have 1000's or 100 of 1000's following) I typically go on the honor system, if you say you followed I trust that you did.

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  137. i like to keep it simple.. basil tomatoes and cheese!

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  138. Can't wait to try this out! I love too many toppings to list hahaha.

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  139. My favorite topping is pepperoni.

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  140. If you asked me that question about 5 years ago I would have said just pepperoni! But now that I'm older and wiser I have let my taste buds explore and now I would have to say peppers and onions! Never believed I would say that though!

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  141. Artichoke, spinach and feta, with fresh tomato slices.

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