Dec. 21 Pizza Party, in Celebration of a "New Society"

by: Sara on 12/20/2012
Posted in: Sustainable Living

Well, we made least long enough to post our last blog in our 21 Days to Prepare Series! Thank you to all our readers who have joined us on this journey and a big shout out to all of our authors who shared their skills, musings, humour, advice, and even skepticism with us.

The Mayan prediction of the end of the world (although, I don't even think it was a Mayan prediction and, if it was, it was more of a hopeful, let's get it together and love one another kind of thing) provided an apt metaphor for today’s troubled times, with natural disasters and climate-related wild weather, not to mention economic and social collapse at the door. In 21 Days to Prepare, our authors created a toolkit for resiliency, demonstrating that although we have serious tasks ahead of us, if we meet these challenges with a sense of humour, gratitude, lightheartedness, community and a willingness to adapt, things may just turn out in the end. Here's to new beginnings!

On that note, our last post comes from John Kivirist and Lisa Ivanko - authors of Farmstead Chef,ECOpreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet Before Profits and Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life. They share a sensational pizza recipe and a peek into their lives at Inn Serendipity in Winsconsin.

Quick Pizza 

It’s a quick and easy pizza since the crispy crust is not yeast-based so it doesn’t need to rise.  What makes this pizza exceptional are the ingredients: the fresh vegetables, homemade sauce and quality cheeses and fresh crust, all made by hand.


2 c. flour

½ c. whole wheat flour

1 ½ t. baking powder

½ t. salt

¼ c. butter (½ stick)

1 c. milk

2 c. tomato sauce (see 21 Days to Prepare blog Day Nine)

pizza toppings of choice

½ t. canola oil


•  Place the two flours, baking powder and salt into the food processor and pulse until mixed.  Drop in the butter pieces and pulse until large crumbs form.  

•  With the motor running, pour in the milk and process just until a clump of dough forms.  

•  Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Form 4 balls.  Roll out each ball with a lightly floured rolling pin into an 8-inch circle.  

•  Place two circles on a lightly oiled baking sheet.  Top with the toppings of your choice and bake at 450 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden on top and bottom.  Peek underneath the crust to make sure it’s golden brown.

•  Serve immediately.  If there are any leftovers, they’re best reheated in the oven to maintain the crispiness of the crust.

 Yield: 4 pizzas.


Pizza coming out from a hot stone in convection oven. John D. Ivanko/

Book trailer for Farmstead Chef


Links to the 21 Days:

Day One: It's the End of the World as we Know it...or is it?  New Society Publishers

Day Two: It'll all turn out in the end.  Or will it?   Ellen LaConte

Day Three: Collecting Rainwater  Albert Bates

Day Four: Building Awareness of your Surroundings  Eric Brown

Day Five: The Beginning of the Gaian Calendar  Gaia Trust

Day Six: Conversation Skills You Needed Yesterday  Cecile Andrews

Day Seven: Permaculture: How I'm Preparing for a Local Future  Peter Bane

Day Eight: Peak Oil Advice from German Poets  John Michael Greer

Day Nine: Try Something New for a Sunday Night Dinner  John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist

Day Ten: Resiliency: It's Not Just a Catch Phrase, It's a Way of Life  Wendy Brown

Day Eleven: On the Eve of the Prophecy, from a Squat in the Woods  Miles Olsen

Day Twelve: A Woman, a Plan and a Canard... Sharon Astyk

Day Thirteen: How to Make Your Own Fence and Gate for Free  Oscar and Karen Wills

Day Fourteen: Taking the 'Burbs: Square Yard Gardening' Ellen LaConte

Day Fifteen:  It NOT all or Nothing  Deborah Niemann

Day Sixteen: Tending the Fire Darrell Frey

Day Seventeen: Message from the Mayans to Us: Act Your Age, Not Your Shoe Size! Stephen Hren

Day Eighteen: 2012 Climate Change and Permaculture Starhawk

Day Nineteen: Advice for the End of the World... Or the Start of a New One  Neal Gorenflo

Day Twenty: An Outpouring of Support for Preparedness?  Richard Freudenberger


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