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Farmers’ Market Pizza

One of the best things about summer is how local farmers’ markets begin popping up on every corner.

How I love me a good Farmers’ Market.

An easy, quick, light summer meal one can make to sustain the entire family’s appetite is Farmers’ Market Pizza. Almost all of the ingredients for this savory pie can be found among the stalls and vendors of your local farmers’ market.


  • Basil
  • Onion
  • Bell Pepper
  • Tomato
  • Fresh cheese
  • Pizza Dough (either homemade or store bought..the one above was purchased for a mere dollar at my local Central Market)
  • Any other fresh veggie that looks good at the Market



  1. Chop all ingredients into small pieces. Because this is a “Farmer’s Market” pizza, I like to make a rough chop and keep pieces slightly chunky.

  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Transfer to a baking stone. Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for three minutes.


  • Poke holes in any bubbles that formed during baking, a favorite task of any child who happens to be lingering about.

  • Top pizza with ingredients. (I added a bit of cooked sausage to give my family some protein).

  • Sprinkle with a touch of Kosher salt and a dab of olive oil. (Anyone else impressed with my exact measurements? And I wonder why I never cook the same thing twice….)


  • Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 11 minutes or until cheese is melted and turning a golden brown.

  • Remove pie from oven, cut and serve alongside other farmers’ market finds.

Anyone can create a healthy, beautiful pizza at home. Simply choose fresh ingredients and get a little creative in the kitchen. Skip the sugar-laden pizza sauce in a jar and opt for a large chunk of fresh mozzarella. Forgo the greasy pepperoni and tosh on a few extra organic veggies. The sky is the limit with this pizza…take advantage of summer’s fresh produce and make something delicious and yummy for the family tonight.

Friday Night is Pizza Night

A few months ago a dear friend of mine wrote on my Facebook wall.

She left a few sentences about life happenings, commented on a picture I had posted and then ended by saying: “We had pizza last Friday night and it made me think of you. Do you still eat pizza every Friday night?”

Why, yes… yes, we do!

Typically we consume some sort of pizza product here at casa de phillips every Friday evening. Growing up, my parents would always spring for pizza on Friday evenings. Living “in the country”, this meant that someone had to drive “all the way into town” to retrieve said pizza and hurry home with it before it cooled. (Such distances have now become meaningless to me since I reside in a large metropolitan area where crossing suburb lines on a daily basis is as common as taking out the garbage). I have carried on the Friday night pizza tradition into my adult life.

When the husband and I were newlyweds, it was pizza made with instant crust and turkey pepperoni.

Once we hit the double-income, no kids, minimal student loans stride, it was $5 gourmet bake and take pizza from the local grocery store.

Now that we have children and I have truly figured out the complexities of yeast (always use water the temperature of a baby bottle), I fashion a variety of pizza-type substances on Friday evenings.

I construct pizza braids, pizza rolls, pizza rings and pizza calzones.

On occasion, I make the standard pizza pie.

The great thing about Pizza Friday is that the entire family wants in on the action. Sure, four chefs in the kitchen can get a bit crazy and someone inevitably will consume far too much of the mozzarella. However, it provides for some fun bonding time.

Last Friday, I rolled out the pizza crust and layed out a buffet of toppings. I then called in the family to each construct their own perfect pizza.

I think the pictures show that this family tradition is keeper.

What traditions do you and your family enjoy honoring?

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