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In episode 6, the season 1 finale of Money on the Table, we shared our thoughts on the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) Movement, how we define it and our vision for the movement going forward. Given FIRE is one of our favorite subjects, it was only fitting that we enjoy one of our favorite foods…pizza.
Making pizza at home is always a special pleasure for us. When we were living small and didn’t have much of an outdoor space, we’d often dream of the days we could have an outdoor grill or pizza oven. Now that we do, whenever we get a chance to make pizza at home, it’s just as special to us as a fancy steak night. With that said, we haven’t fully perfected making pizza at home yet. But here’s what we do know.
Pizza dough tips
We don’t have our own recipe for pizza dough. The one we used was largely inspired by recipes we found on Bon Appetit and the NY Times. There are so few ingredients to pizza dough that much of a good final product relies heavily on freshness, quality of the ingredients and technique. Here are a few tips for making great pizza dough
- Making your own dough, especially if you’re using a good quality bread flour is always better than store bought
- Add a touch of extra virgin olive oil to your dough balls as they rest. This adds flavor and makes your dough much easier to handle as it proofs/rises
- Assemble your pizza on your pizza peel. This makes it easier for you to simply slide the pizza off the peel and onto the hot pizza stone
- Add a light dusting of flour to the bottom of your dough before you’re preparing it. This makes it easy for your dough not to stick to the peel. Warning: adding too much flour makes the bottom of your pizza prone to burn, especially if you’re using a cornmeal or grittier flour.
- You can of course make your own pizza sauce, but it’s certainly easier to just buy a good quality sauce from the store.
Episode Show Notes
- the Federal minimum wage today worth 17% less than 10 years ago and 31% less than in 1968. Source: see Labor Day 2019 article in show notes page” Labor Day 2019
- If the federal minimum wage kept up with inflation it would be $10.75 an hour, not the $7.25 it is today. If the federal minimum wage had kept pace with workers’ productivity since 1968, the inflation-adjusted minimum wage would be $18.67. AFLCIO
- Perspective on the spectrum of Financial Independence (Slow FI, Barista FI, Coast FI etc)