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Getting my doctorate in homemade pizza

I've had a fixation on making good pizza since the COVID lockdown. I, like many other people, decided that the best way to weather a pandemic was to bake bread, so I made a sourdough starter and quickly had to find ways to use up the discard. There are a lot of ways to do that — I've experimented with banana bread, pancakes, waffles, and cake, to name a few, but my favorite way to use it is pizza, because pizza is good.

I am now a real pizza connoisseur and can no longer deign to get takeout pizza because the homemade stuff is just so much better. But I'm also a generous pizza connoisseur, so here's what I've learned after obsessing over pizza for 4 years.

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Eat-your-vegetables pasta

This is an easy recipe for multiple reasons - preparation isn't particularly labor-intensive, it comes together pretty quickly, and it freezes really well for when future you doesn't feel like cooking. And it's a very tasty way to eat a lot of vegetables!

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Banana bread

I have a problem: I love bananas, but only underripe bananas, but bananas go from perfect to ripe so quickly that I have no chance of eating all of them in that timeframe. I also hate wasting food, so I freeze any bananas that I can't get around to eating before they go ripe. The problem is that I now have a giant freezer bag of overripe bananas. It occurred to me recently that there's no reason that frozen bananas wouldn't work in banana bread, so I spent my Sunday evening testing this out.

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Pecan pie brownies

I made these brownies last week. It was a journey filled with many trials and tribulations and I ended up having to make them twice, but at the end of it I had some damn good brownies.

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