A Kids’ Pizza Party with Gourmet

First off: I may have been a little cranky when I wrote my last post. Sorry. If driving under the influence of sleep deprivation is akin to being intoxicated, blogging under the influence must apply, too. I hope I didn’t make Mike sound like a bad person, which I hope you know he’s not, just because I had to get up early on Mothers’ Day. I was just feeling a little humphy about it all.

I have some cool stuff for you, but I’m scrambling today to get some photos done and uploaded and stories in to my bosses at Parents Canada, who are laying out the summer issue to go to print imminently and waiting on me to get my stuff in. And we leave early tomorrow (as in, 5:30 am) to take our trip on the Rocky Mountaineer! Which I’m very excited about. I’d be more excited if the first proofs of the bean book hadn’t just arrived, and wasn’t due to be edited and returned by Friday. Guess what I’ll be doing on the train?

And so when the folks at Gourmet Live (yes, that Gourmet – I miss it so – only live) offered up a guest post, I figured all the cool kids are doing it. Besides, the links are from Gourmet’s special edition Italian Kitchen, which coincidentally I bought to bring to Tofino in March, and mostly read in the tub.

So this is by Maddie Donnelly of Gourmet Live. The photos are by Chris Gentile. It’s pizza and kids – right up my alley. And the pizza looks pretty fab for grown-ups, too.

For parents who end up throwing a frozen pizza in the oven at least one night a week to feed the fam, we have some exciting news.

We put five of the pizza recipes from the new Gourmet Italian Kitchen magazine to the test. But rather than asking food critics or chefs for their ratings, we checked in with the tiny people whose opinions often matter most when it comes to home cooking: Kids. And the results astounded us.

The winning pizza, handily beating out even a classic mozzarella and tomato version–and given loads of “Awesome!” votes for taste—was Gourmet Italian’s Pizza with Fontina, Prosciutto, and Arugula.

The crispy, crunchy crust, soft, gooey fontina cheese, and thinly sliced prosciutto topping won our young audience over. Turns out, if you don’t tell the kids it’s fancy prosciutto, they assume it’s regular old lunch meat and go to town.

We went light on the greens but didn’t hear any complaints there either. As 7-year-old Franklin told us, “It’s awesome! And I didn’t even have to take anything off of it!“

“He’s only in his life ever had plain pizza,” one of the moms said, referring to her 6-year-old son, whom she has dubbed “Picky Eater Iain.” “We had a talk about trying new things last night, but I never thought he would. This is a big breakthrough.”

For a breakthrough of your own, and a nice Friday night activity with the kids, opt for Gourmet’s Italian Kitchen’s fast, healthy, hit pizza recipe. Best of all, it only takes 30 minutes to make from start to finish. That’s even less time than a deliveryman can guarantee.


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8 comments on “A Kids’ Pizza Party with Gourmet

  1. Jenn
    May 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Julie, you don’t need to apologize for a cranky day! We all have them. 🙂

  2. Donna
    May 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Re: cranky
    I was feeling a bit of that myself on the morning after Mother’s Day as I was scrubbing the grill from the great kabobs I didn’t have to cook.
    Enjoy the wonderful train trip.

  3. Courtney
    May 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I hear ya on the cranky! I was feeling it too while I was cleaning the kitchen on Mother’s Day and my husband was lounging on the couch.

    That pizza looks amazing! Definitely one to try.

    Have an awesome time on the train!

  4. Natalie (ga)
    May 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Have a wonderful trip!
    Pizza looks great.

  5. sweetsugarbean
    May 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    The pizza looks fantastic. Go Gourmet!!! Have fun on the Rocky Mountaineer – I hear it’s fabulous.

  6. Nicole
    May 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Everyone is allowed to have cranky days. It would be annoying if we were all chipper all the time.

  7. Laurie from Burnaby
    May 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Kids do love pizza, and making it for them is great! Never mind if you had a cranky day. It happens to the best of us 😉

  8. Cheryl F
    May 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    If I recall correctly, you’re in Kamloops tomorrow, right? If you are downtown, I would recommend either Felix on 4th or The Brownstone. On the cheaper side, Hot House Bistro on Victoria Street(between 4th and 5th) is also fun.

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