Daily Archives: September 3, 2014

Masa harina as a no sodium pizza crust

Hi readers.  Thanks for coming by for a read.

I probably mentioned sometime that I’ve been having dreams about pizza.  The odor and the taste creep into my brain unexpectedly and sometimes I have to threaten myself with a pistol to keep from picking up the phone and ordering a large pepperoni or anchovies delivered.  Aside from me being dead when Jeanne arrived home from work after I sneaked around and did it, she’d never know.

One slice of pizza of any sort anywhere exceeds my 2-gram limit for each day.

Well, I’m wanting to avoid having to shoot myself in the hand or ear to keep from phoning in for a combination pizza.  So I’ve been working on developing a non-sodium, or low sodium substitute.

The filling, I’ve got whipped.  I told you before about my onion ice cubes and my tomato ice cubes.  I used two of each, and might have added one more.  When they were melted I used a lot of minced garlic, turmeric, oregano, cilantro, and ancho pepper.  Mixed them all together and poured them over a couple of slices of zero-sodium bread that’s awful, otherwise unfit for human consumption.

Okay, that stuff is the filling, and it is damned tasty.Roll out a quarter pound of ground beef into silver-dollar sized pieces and season the hell out of them to simulate pepperoni.  Space them around on the surface of the rest of the filling.

Now roll out the real crust using half-cup of masa harina pressed out thicker than tortillas, but not much thicker.  About a quarter-cup plus a tablespoon of water mixed with the masa.

Position that filling onto the crust and shove the entire shebang into the oven at 450 F for as long as it takes for the odor to remind you something’s in the oven.  Probably 20-30 minutes.

This is just the beginning, and you might need to make modifications based on personal tastes and the way your oven behaves itself.  But there’s no need to kill yourself out of desperation for a damned pizza just because it would kill you to eat one.

Make the damned thing from scratch and cheat the undertaker.

Old Jules


More collages from last summer~

Jeanne is trying to pack 200 years of living into her three-score-and-ten [plus or minus]. Working two jobs is certainly practical [as well as necessary to meet expenses] but stuffing art projects into the cracks between jobs might be seen as somewhat extreme by some. People, for instance, who have no jobs and just do what they want, such as me. Or people who work only 40-50 hours a week at some job. During my stay here I’ve watched her scurrying from the day job to eat before running off to a night job, coming home around 9:30-10:00 pm, and always with a quick answer to the question, “How you feeling?” Tired, she’ll inevitably answer. Anyway, here’s what she squeezed into her days this summer. J

Jeanne Kasten Studio

Here are a few more postcards I made this last summer. The first one was made from a 78 record cover:June 2, 2014 (6)
I’ve seen other people use old stamps on photos of other people. So I combined stamp faces with an old pattern envelope. I had lots of fun with this one, and now I’m collecting face stamps for future variations!
July 8, 2014 (2)

I combined pieces from two magazines for this one. I’m not sure why Elsie was asking questions about husbands, but that line really was part of the Borden ad.

July 9, 2014 (7) - Copy

Here’s one I’m particularly pleased with. I added a couple of “stamps” that weren’t originally on the packages, as well as the other oddities.

June 7, 2014 (3)

And one more, which started out as an ad for State Farm Insurance. I got to use up some of my sticker collection for this one.

June 7 2014b
It’s hard to find the time to spread out all my…

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