BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Everyone in my family is a huge pizza lover. There’s always an emergency frozen one—or three!—on hand; we get delivery sometimes, and on occasion, I make it from scratch. Typically, it will be tomato sauce and cheese with a veggie or two…you know, basic and boring, but always delicious.

Then I found a copycat recipe that recreated the famous California Pizza Kitchen’s BBQ Chicken thin-crust version. It looked so good, I had to try it! The ingredients may seem a little weird (cilantro mixed with BBQ sauce?!), but the final product is very tasty. I also love the bright, contrasting colors.

Do know that this pizza has both chicken and cheese which is obviously not kosher. If you do keep kosher, just omit the meat.

To make BBQ chicken pizza, you will need:

  • Raw dough (Can be scratch, of course, but to save time I bought prepared dough.)
  • 2-3 cups of cooked, shredded chicken
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
 

Divide the pizza dough in half and roll onto 2 buttered baking sheets (I use 11×15-inch). Remember that it should be thin. Spread sauce over dough, then add the other toppings. Bake in a 450 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes.

Super simple and fast, right? To round out the meal, I also served salad and fresh fruit for dessert. The verdict: high score from the adults, so-so with little ones. I would call this more of a grown-up pizza generally, which is good to keep in mind if you’re making it for a crowd.

3 for 1 Rentals at Rent the Runway

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Women’s Rights Victory at Western Wall

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After a long and bitter struggle, an important women’s rights victory has happened in Israel: Egalitarian worship has been approved at the Western Wall!

For far too long, men and women haven’t been able to pray together at the Wall and women haven’t been allowed to pray aloud or use a Torah scroll (shocking, I know, to us American Jews who can’t even conceive of such nonsense).

While I fully respect Orthodox Jews, it’s important that all streams of Judaism, including those of us who are less religious, have equal access to worship in our own way. Just as we can worship together as a family in a reform temple, I believe we should have that right at the Western Wall—especially at such a sacred spot that’s supposed to represent Jewish unity.

This new prayer space will be funded by the Israeli government and could be built within a year. Three cheers goes to the Women of the Wall, whose tireless efforts were instrumental!

World’s Easiest Valentine’s Day Crafts

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As many of you know, I love to craft and create, but my skills are pretty basic (I skip anything overly complicated, long instruction list, obscure tools, etc). These ideas for simple Valentine’s Day crafts are as simple as could be for kids and adults.

Candy Heart:

All you’ll need is construction paper, scissors, glue, and candy. I like to use pink or red paper because it’s more festive, but plain white is ok, too.  Simply layer 2 pieces of paper together, trace a large heart and cut out. Glue one side, fill with any type of individually wrapped chocolate like Hershey’s Kisses, then finish sealing. I let mine dry overnight and put them on the breakfast table for a surprise on V-Day morning.

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Paper Wreath:

If you don’t have any candy on hand—or don’t want the extra temptation!—try making a wreath out of hearts. These look nicest when a variety of colors are used. In addition to construction paper, glue, and scissors, you’ll also need a sheet of white poster board.

Start by drawing a large circle on the poster board and small to medium sized hearts on the construction paper. Cut everything out, then glue the hearts onto the poster board, overlapping slightly. Paper wreaths looks so pretty taped to a wall or hanging from the ceiling.

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Do you have any super-simple V-Day crafts? I’d love to hear about them.