A Rehearsal-Free Weekend!

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hello!

Helen and I are very excited because we don't have rehearsal at all this weekend! A free weekend! Yay! :)

We had a jam-packed rehearsal yesterday (Friday), singing and dancing all day. I had 3 vocal workshops in the past 2 days and have 3 solos! There are 2-3 people assigned to each solo in the concert in case one person is sick or doing advance work (promoting our concert in our next touring city). I'm really excited! 2 of the songs are in Spanish so it's a good thing that I had amazing Spanish professors at Concordia!

Last night we (my host family, Helen, and I) went over to Doug and Olivia's friends' home for dinner. Doug's brother, Mickey, and Mickey's family joined us. The friends, Wayne and Robin, are from New Jersey and Wayne is Italian. They made us pizza on the grill and it was PHENOMENAL! It's really easy to make and thought you would all appreciate knowing how to make it :)

What you need:
Olive Oil
Frozen French Bread Dough
Tomatoes (cut into small chunks)
Cornmeal
Cheese (grated romano cheese works best!)
A grill (preferably one with a top and bottom rack)
Any other pizza ingredients that you would like (we loved pepperoni with basil, oregano, and garlic)

Let the frozen french bread dough thaw. When it has thawed, put a little olive oil in the bottom of a mixing bowl. Place the thawed dough in the bowl and put a little more olive oil on the top of the dough. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise.

To make the pizza, cut the risen dough in half and then spread out one half like a pizza crust. Be careful not to make any holes! Place the dough on the bottom rack with the grill on the lowest heat setting possible. Sprinkle cornmeal on the top of the pizza dough. Wayne told us that when the bottom of the dough has the lines from the grill in it, turn it over. That bottom part of the pizza has now become the top of the pizza, and the part with the cornmeal is now the bottom part. Adding toppings to the pizza is certainly one's own preference but this is what Wayne did to one of his pizzas:

First he sprinkled the grated romano cheese on the top of the pizza. He said that he much prefers putting the cheese on before the tomatoes and I have to agree! Then, dab on the tomatoes in straight lines, one line/pizza slice. Wayne and Robin certainly disagreed on this :) Wayne liked the way I just described and Robin liked lots of tomatoes. Again, personal preference. Then Wayne added dashes of garlic, basil and oregano. Last came the pepperoni slices. Keep in mind that while you are adding the ingredients, keep looking at the bottom of the pizza to make sure it isn't burning. 

When you are done adding the ingredients, place the pizza on the top rack to bake. It take about 7 minutes on average but Wayne never left the grill and was always checking to make sure that the pizza looked okay!

If you try out this recipe, let me know how you liked it! I sure did :)

Time for me to go to bed :) The pictures that I posted are of our day at Rocky Mountain National Park. It rained quite a bit throughout the day but it was fun nonetheless! Enjoy!

Love, 
Megan
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