cooking 101: homemade pizza

Welcome to Cooking 101!

pepperoni pizza

I’ve decided to start a new series here on the blog, highlighting tips and tricks that I wish I had known when I first started cooking 8 years ago. Some posts will have recipes, some might not.

I mostly just want these Cooking 101 posts to be helpful (for you and for me!). When I first stepped into the kitchen, there was SO much I didn’t know. And I am still a complete novice some days, but I’ve definitely learned some things over the years.


But I don’t want to just be giving out tips and tricks – I want you to share yours, too! Maybe your approach for a certain dish or food is the complete opposite of how I work. Tell me about it! Anything that helps in the kitchen is always good to know, especially if it saves time and the amount of dirty dishes.

To start, I thought it would be good to talk about making pizza at home.

easy lindt lindor truffle pot de cremes

Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us again.

How in the world does January go by so quickly each year? I feel like I blink and the entire month is gone.

lindor truffle pot de creme

We don’t normally do anything huge on Valentine’s Day, but we do like to either go out for a nice meal or make something special/different at home. I mean, it is the anniversary of our first date, so we definitely have to do something out of the ordinary.

In past years, we’ve gone to our favorite local restaurants and last year we made paella at home, which was awesome! We started with some Spanish wine, olives, and cheese, and watched a movie after dinner. Most nights, I’d go for that over a dinner out.

lindor truffle pot de creme

As of right now, I have no idea what we’re going to be doing this year! Probably picking something new to make at home for dinner….maybe putting a crib together? Who knows?

leek and sausage quiche

Finally – a real, honest to goodness quiche recipe here!

I’ve done a few other varieties – hashbrown crusted, rice crusted, even frittatas – but no classic quiche recipes until now. This took way too long.

leek and sausage quiche

Quiche is actually one of our most common meals, usually for dinner, simply because they are so easy to make. I will admit that I often claim to be “too tired/lazy” to make a pie crust for quiche, but really, it takes almost no time at all.

Even with whipping up a crust, the majority of the time you need to make quiche is spent baking away in the oven (i.e. – hands off time!). Plus, crushing butter into flour after work is a good stress reliever. And you get delicious quiche at the end of it….so it’s always a good deal.

salsa poached egg tostadas

If there’s one thing that messes me up during the week, it’s forgetting to get stuff prepped for dinners. I’m usually good about writing myself a note to take something out of the freezer in the morning, but if I don’t get the note written OR actually remember before we leave for work….it doesn’t leave us many options.

Except eggs. There’s always eggs.

egg tostadas

And as much as we love breakfast for dinner, it’s nice to have some different egg dishes to throw into the rotation.

Some of our regular easy, weeknight meals are omelets, or biscuits with eggs and bacon, or something like waffles or pancakes. But a few months ago (when I had forgotten to take something out to thaw), I wanted something non-breakfasty that was still quick + easy to make.

Enter the tostada!

egg tostadas

Sure you can make these with any meat or veggies you like, but this has turned out to be our very favorite version. The eggs are poached in salsa while the tortillas + beans + cheese heat up. Then all you have to do is get the toppings chopped, and you’re good to go!