When you think back to your childhood, what special memories come to mind? Do you remember good times playing with your friends or going to a great birthday party? Perhaps you remember many happy holidays shared with family or a special family trip that you went on.
For me it is certainly a mix of all of those things, but also of one other big thing – cooking. We started out learning how to make things when we were pretty young – many of those memories are tied to people as well since we often got together to cook. Two of my oldest cooking memories are without a doubt making sugar cookies with my mom and helping my grandma make her family famous bread.
I have so many memories that come from cooking inside the home, but my oldest and first memory of cooking outside of the home dates all the way back to when I went to kindergarten! My teacher, we called her Miss Gwen, brought in ingredients one day for a special project – biscuit pizzas. Just imagine how all of those little kindergarten ears perked up when they heard that – most kids love both of those things individually, but putting them together? To the mind of a kindergartener it was pure genius!
I remember running right home the day we made them to tell my mom all about them and to share the recipe with her. Miss Gwen no doubt chose such a simple recipe idea because she knew that young children would be able to remember it easily and would be excited to share it with their families. Of course I made my mom promise to buy the ingredients to make them at home the next time she went to the store.
So what are the ingredients for this magical simple recipe? Canned biscuit dough, a jar of pizza sauce (or you could season up some plain tomato sauce) and some shredded mozzarella. The process is simple too – hearing the ingredients, you may have already figured it out.
Simply take the biscuits and flatten each one out into a round disc shape like a pizza crust, top each one with a bit of sauce and cheese and bake according the the directions on the biscuit tube. When I was a kid they didn’t make the larger biscuits like Pillsbury Grands, but since they do today I like to use them and I split each biscuit in half to make two mini pizzas from one biscuit. Since I split them in half, I generally start with half the recommended cooking time and add a few minutes at a time as needed to prevent them from burning.
They are very easy to make and come together quickly and are still as tasty and enjoyable to me today as they were back then. It was also fun to share a recipe from my childhood with my own 6 year old!
If by some chance you stumble onto this blog entry one day, Miss Gwen of the one time Highland Park Lafayette Grammar School, now just the exterior shell of a school with the interior having been turned into condos, I hope it makes you smile to know that such a simple project left such a lasting impression.
As I recall, that year you were starting out as a teacher when I was starting out as a student. I hope the students in your inaugural class helped you get off to a good start as a teacher just as you helped us start out our school years in a kind, fun and happy environment.
I hope this post helped spark a happy memory or two from your own childhood! Until next time, have a great weekend!