The First Day of Class: Safety Lessons & Homemade Pizza

Today, we began J-Term with a great introduction to kitchen safety by our own Chef Jeff.  Students learned about food safety and how to protect themselves in the kitchen.

Chef Jeff Addressing the Students

We also did our first bit of cooking: homemade pizza.  We started with a very basic flour, water, salt and yeast crust, topping it with a simple homemade sauce and a variety of toppings (including basil from our very own greenhouse).  Below, you can find our recipe, which we doubled (with plenty of leftovers for later cooking experiments).

Kathryn, Amory and Anna Experimenting with Pizza Toppings

Basic Tomato Sauce

Time Commitment: 2 Hours

2 T Olive Oil

Fresh Sauce, Bubbling Away

1 T Salt
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 28 oz. Cans Crushed Tomatoes
1/8 c. Basil, Shredded

  1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a stock pot.
  2. Add salt and garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes and basil.
  4. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer until thick (about 2 hours).

Homemade Pizza

Pizza, Ready for the Oven!

After shaping the crust into rounds, we blind baked them on a pizza stone at 500 degrees for three minutes to set the bottom and prevent sticking.  We then covered them with a thick layer of sauce and topped them with a mixture of mozzarella cheese, basil, vegetables, ham and sausage.  After baking them for ten minutes, the students couldn’t wait to slice them and dig in!

One of Many Successful Pizzas!

While our pizzas were cooking, students began to plan what they are going to make for the rest of the week.

Ryan, Jenna and Zeb Brainstorm Ideas

Come back tomorrow for adventures in eggs and our first student posts!