Crush Pizza opened I believe this past May of 2011 and since visiting for the first time over a month ago, I can’t stop thinking about it! Their thing is 90 seconds at 900 degrees. They serve Neapolitan style pizza, which is my favorite!

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Fortunately this place is less than a 5 minute drive from my sister’s condo in Nashua. Unfortunately, I live in NYC and this place is in NH. Now, I know what you are thinking! New York City is supposed to have some of the best pizza ever and I’m not disagreeing, but I am just saying that this pizza totally belongs in NYC. I was super impressed with their menu and how fresh their ingredients were.

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Just check out this vegetable pizza and how amazing it looks. The crust on this pizza is my favorite thing about it. It’s perfect. It’s crunchy, chewy and has the perfect flavor from the brick oven. The vegetable pizza was what I got during my second visit and it totally exceeded my expectations.

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I ordered the Fungi pizza the first time I went and it was covered with lots of delicious mushrooms. I didn’t expect much from this place because NH doesn’t have a lot of really good pizza places, so I highly recommend this place.

The pizza is more than spectacular and the service is friendly and attentive. The only thing I think they need to improve upon would be their draught beer selection. They currently have 3 taps that are filled with Bud light, Shock Top, and Sam Summer. Unfortunately none of those beers interest me.

Crush Pizza, I love you and I promise to be back soon!

I’m currently on the Bolt bus headed to New Hampshire! I’m going to NH to run my very first marathon on Sunday, The Manchester City Marathon. I grabbed a slice of pizza right after I left work and hopped on the subway.

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I had to walk a couple of blocks from the subway to where the bus picked everyone up and by the time I got there, I was sweating and I was also really annoyed. I probably hate 34th street more than times square. There are so many people and it sucks to have to walk around that area, I’m so glad I don’t work near there!
I was the first one on the bus! I got an ‘A’ ticket for the bus just by signing up to the website. I don’t think many people know this, but it’s so easy to obtain an ‘A’ ticket. An ‘A’ ticket basically means you get to get on the bus first before all of the other people with ‘B’ or ‘C’ tickets. I chose an inside seat in the front, I hate having to wait at the back for everyone else in front of me to get off.

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The bus left at 5pm sharp, which was nice because last time I took the Bolt bus, it was more than a half hour late! It’s supposed to arrive at 9:15, but I’m sure it will be sooner than that. Once I get into Boston, I am hopping on the ‘T’ and taking the red line to a convenient subway station where I will be meeting my sister Kerri and my brother in law.
Tomorrow I will be picking up my race number, buying a new air mattress, taking my nephew Cody out to buy some fireworks and having a little party for him at my parents house because it’s his birthday and he just turned 13! I feel old. It should be a fun day!
I will also be anxiously waiting for Derek to arrive. He is driving up at some point tomorrow afternoon, I already can’t wait for him to get there.

I have been making a ton of my own pizza’s recently and I’m trying to make them better and better every time. I’m leaning toward the Neapolitan style pizza, well at least for the toppings, I have yet to perfect a Neapolitan crust.

The first two pizzas, I did not like the crust very much. I thought it was a good recipe because I had used it before, but it turns out that it was just not good at all. Okay, that’s a lie, the texture and the ‘thinness’ of the crust was excellent, I just did not enjoy the flavor. It was too…flour tasting? I don’t know, whatever the flavor was, it just stood out too much and did not go with the flavor of the rest of the pizza.

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This was the first pizza I made, as you can see it looks delicious! The toppings were perfect and I as very happy with the sauce. The second pizza, I added garlic and tomatoes and it was even better. But, it was the same crust so it still had that weird taste going on.

I made those two pizzas about a month ago. The third pizza was made just the other night and I was obviously going to use a different dough recipe. We bought yeast at the grocery store that is specific for pizza dough, so I figured I might as well just use the recipe that was on the back of the package. I didn’t even have to wait for the dough to rise, that’s why it’s special pizza yeast.

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In this case, indeed the third times the charm! I really enjoyed this crust! I think maybe next time though, it should be cooked for only slightly longer and it will be even better. The crust was pretty thin, but it had a good chewy consistency and the flavor was spot on. This was the best homemade pizza I have ever made! Looks pretty good right?

The key to making good homemade pizza is using fresh mozzarella cheese, not the bagged pre-shredded stuff! I sliced up the mozzarella and placed it all over the pizza and then I topped it with grated Romano cheese and it comes out looking like this. Mmmmmm, so good!

Here is the dough recipe I used:

  • 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 envelope of Fleischmann’s Pizza Yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup very warm tap water
  • 3 tbsp. oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add water and oil. Mix together until well blended; about 1 minute.

Add gradually, 1/2 cup flour until soft dough ball is formed; will be slightly sticky. Add additional flour if need to form dough ball.

Knead on a floured surface adding additional flour if needed, until smooth and elastic; about 4 minutes. With floured hands, press dough out to fill greased pizza pan, OR roll dough to a 12 inch circle and transfer to greased pizza pan.

Top as desired with pizza sauce, toppings and cheese.

Bake on bottom oven rack for 15-20 minutes until cheese is bubbly and crust is brown.

I made oatmeal this morning for breakfast and I thought it was going to be delicious because it looked pretty good, right?

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I was excited to write about this Coconut Blueberry Almond Oatmeal , but then it turned out to be a huge failure. The main reason is that the oats I am using are the 1-minute Quaker oats and those never taste that good. They are the only thing I have in my cabinet right now and I’ve made good oatmeal with them before so I was expecting a lot more. I generally like my oatmeal thick and this was was pretty dang thick!

The consistency was off and the flavor was very bland. It wasn’t sweet enough, even though I added a good drizzle of honey. The only good part about it was the almonds. After they sat in the oatmeal for a few minutes, they softened up and they were perfectly delicious in my mouth. Oh well, better luck next time.

I want to make more pizza now!