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The Lifestyle blog of Katie Storms.: something simple, something sweet, something styled.

12 July 2011

{something delicious!}: trader joe's pizza party

 Jv and I had a Monday night pizza party last night. It was super fun. We ate our pizza, then we caught up on the Home Run derby and some HGTV Design Star.

The pizza truly surprised me. I always prefer to make my dough from scratch because it 1. tastes better, and 2. is less expensive. It does take more time  and planning. I've started to become a big fan of the bread cookbook I have: Artesian Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Their website has a lot of sweet eats, too. If you check it out, let us know if you find any good recipes in the comments section.

I decided to try something very new while I was grocery shopping that morning: olive tapenade as the sauce. So I made two halfsie pizzas. JV's homemade pie had BBQ sauce, BBQ chicken, fresh mozzarella cheese on one side; the other side had marinara sauce, pepperoni, mushrooms, meatless meatballs, and fresh mozzarella cheese. My homemade pie had olive tapenade, a few sprinkles of olive oil, and fresh mozzarella cheese on one side; the other side had marinara sauce, mushrooms, meatless meatballs, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella cheese.

All of my ingredients, except the BBQ sauce that was a gift, came from Trader Joe's. Their meatless meatballs are healthy and great to keep in the freezer. Even JV will eat them, which means they taste close enough to the real deal.

The show stopper for this homemade pizza date party, for me, was the simple olive tapenade and fresh mozzarella cheese. Talk about amazing and delicious. I hope you can try it. Or, if you want, leave your favorite homemade pizza toppings in the comments.




  1. that sounds delicious! i love trader joes but that is a bit biased as the mister is the sign caption there!


  2. Thanks for the tip about the meatballs. I'll have to look for those. We've tried their chickenless nuggets, and they were kind of gross, so I've been hesitant to try like items at TJs.