New Year's Pizza Party

We bucked tradition this year and did not spend new years in a loud bar or eating a late night dinner in a restaurant. We decided to stay in, just the two of us. We had a few things on our agenda: homemade pizzas, Caesar salad, and Guitar Hero.

Nate used to work in a restaurant that made its own Caesar salad so he was in charge of that. His dressing was perfect. It was full of garlic and anchovies and had a burst of vinegar flavor. I've had it every day since new year's since I enjoyed it so much.

For our pizzas, we used Giada DeLaurentis' food processor pizza dough recipe. We really enjoy this recipe since the crust comes out fairly thin but still has a chewy texture. It is also very easy to make and something we can do together in the kitchen.

We made 4 pizzas to go with our salad and our bottle of Moet & Chandon:

Sausage, pepperoncini, and mushroom
BBQ chicken, red pepper, and caramelized onion
Fresh mozzarella, red pepper, caramelized onions, mushrooms and spinach
Brie and grapes

Nate's favorite was the BBQ chicken pizza and mine was the Brie and grape pizza. I copied the concept from La Madia's grape pizza. We liked ours a bit better because the Brie was more mild cheese choice and we had rolled out our pizza dough until it was almost wafer-thin. I reluctantly just gave up the last piece of this pizza to Nate. I thought I should start off the new year on a nice note!

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