{on our plate} sam’s Zaa..

My sister-in-law Sam is pretty awesome.  We all think that my brother Jorge hit the jack pot with her and if we had to chose… lets just say it’s not looking good for my brother :0)

She is a jack of all trades one of which is her love for cooking healthy recipes for her family. A few weeks ago she let us play around with a few toppings to go along with her home made pizza dough…. delish!!!! Here’s her recipe for a strawberry shortcake she shared with me last spring.


Sam’s pizza dough recipe 


  •  2 ¼ teaspoons of dry active yeast
  • 1 cup of luke warm water (105°-115°)
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 2-3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs of cornmeal


  1. Mix the yeast and warm water together until the yeast dissolves. Add the oil, salt, and 2 cups of flour. If using a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer, attach the dough hook and mix for about one minute, (if using a hand mixer, use the dough hook attachment).
  2. Gradually add the remaining flour (a ¼ cup at a time), until the dough begins to form into a ball and sticks to the dough hook. (It normally takes about 2 minutes).
  3. Grease a large mixing bowl with olive oil and place the dough in there. Turn the dough so all sides become greased.
  4. Cover the dough completely, letting no drafts get in. Let the dough sit for an hour.
  5. After about an hour you will notice the dough has risen. Gently punch down the dough and roll out on a floured surface, (it helps if you flour the roller and dough also). Preheat the oven now! :0)
  6. Start rolling until all the bubbles are out and place it on a 13” pan that has been coated with cooking spray and about 1 tbs of cornmeal. Then top with what ever you would like. We typically like Hawaiian style with a garlic salt crust. 🙂
  7. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Then take the pizza off the pan and bake for 5 more minutes. (I put the pan on the rack under the pizza just incase any spills).
  8. Enjoy!

Thanks Sam for the recipe!