National Pizza Month

October 17, 2017 | Jennifer K

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There is no better way to talk about the best food ever than to begin with Loris Lesynski’s wise words:    

“Nothing beats a pizza

When you’re in a pizza mood

Because a pizza isn’t anything

Like any other food!”

Nothing Beats a Pizza

That’s right, everyone: PIZZA MONTH IS HERE! Like most kids, mine are obsessed with pizza. In fact, I built a whole birthday theme out of Curious George and the Pizza Party when my son turned four. As with other beloved Curious George books, George makes a huge mess of the pizza dough when attending a party as a guest, and the rest of the guests help him clean it up. Hint: they eat pizza in the end, which George shapes into recognizable figures such as a monkey that resembles himself! Definitely one of the better reads in the Curious George titles.

Curious George and the Pizza Party

Another option would be to throw a secret pizza party and enjoy pizza goodness all to yourself, like Raccoon did in Adam Rubin’s Secret Pizza Party. Of course, he left the party when he noticed the masquerade party next door. It looked like great fun!

Secret Pizza Party

In retrospect, you probably shouldn’t be leaving your own house when throwing a secret pizza party, as there would be no one to clean the mess, and then what would happen? Well, I’m sure you could guess!

As I was saying, my kids are obsessed with pizza. I take pride in my weekly dinners over the years where I slowly perfected the art of making a pizza dough that is not only tasty, but has that right consistency of fluffiness. Oh, and turns that perfect shade of gold with the right amount of crunch to the crust that makes you want another bite (Okay, maybe I am a bit obsessed, too!).

Here is what I have come up with:

World’s Best Pizza Dough Recipe:

1 cup warm water
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp instant yeast
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp olive oil 
2 tsp salt

Of course, according to William Steig, you could simply make your own kid into a pizza. In Pete's a Pizza, Pete’s father decides to beat the boredom blues by turning his son into a pizza when it begins to rain. Unfortunately, the pizza laughs when tickled.  

Pete's a Pizza

I hope you enjoyed these pizza-filled tales and book suggestions dedicated to this staple. Making pizza as a family is a wonderful activity made better with help from your kids. And while it is baking, pull out some books, and enrich the wait with a literary treat!