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Nothing Better than Grilling Pizzas with Kids

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Yesterday, I was honored to take part in Junior Chef School at the Athens Farmers Market. This installment was about grilling pizza and all that was needed was the dough, a little sauce, some patience and some great kids. The grill was hot and the char was awesome.

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The managers of the Athens Farmers Market, Jan and Kip helped with the event and Joel Fair, my Managing Partner, also killed it with his pizza finesse.

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As we stretched and tossed dough, I realized  how much this is. These bright eyed kids took to the gluten like real pros and followed every instruction I gave… the most important being: “Have fun!”

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Kids have a way of getting under your skin when your a cranky, middle-aged, know-it-all like me. These mini-humans turn all the anxiety and stresses of the day into a pile of laughter, like the little girl who approached me and said, “This is fun… oh, by the way, you say ‘dude’ a lot.”

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As the day ran on and each grilled pizza bubbled with melting mozzarella and provolone, the look of empowerment on each kids face said it all. They each had made something delicious by themselves with no help from adults. That is what memories are made of.

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There truly is no better way to spend the day than with kids and pizza! Semper Pie…dude!




Kids Love Making Pizza!

Dear Parents,

Are you tired of being cooped up inside with the kids, because of winter storms and closed schools? I’ve got just the activity that doesn’t involve screens, video games, kids poking each other in the eye or reenacting whole Seinfeld episodes. It’s making pizza!


After almost 10 years of making a fool of myself for hundreds of kids at my pizzeria, I’ve found the one thing that kids love more than eating pizza. Making it! It gives kids the chance at empowerment in the one realm that they usually have no control over: the lunches and dinners are usually made for them. You will love the awesome look of pride on your kid’s face as you say “Hey, little Jimmy, your pizza looks absolutely…er…fabulous!”

Beware this activity may become addictive. Now, eat your broccoli.

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My kids beg me to make pizza every week. Here is some of the fun we have.

Let’s start with the plan.

1. Either obtain some pizza dough from your (local) pizza place or make your own with my easy pizza recipe. If you’ve chosen to cop some pizza dough from a pizza place you will have to use a strategy, as lots of places are reluctant sell pizza dough. They want to sell you finished pizza. Call and tell them this: “I have a special diet and need to pick up 2 small  (7-10 ounce) dough balls for my kids.” Before they have a chance to tell you “No,” say: “There’s five bucks in it for you.” Now go pick it up.

2. Preheat an upturned heavy cookie sheet to 450 degrees on the middle oven shelf.

3. Follow the instructions for forming dough in the easy pizza dough recipe and top it with anything you kids want.

Be sure to make one for yourself, unless you want to share in some bizarre combo like Cheetos, M&Ms, Velveeta, spinach and hot dogs (Yeeeeuuuuuk).