Dessert/ Dinner

Kneading My Stress Away


I’m feeling a lot better. This afternoon I rested on the couch and cuddled with Dexter for about an hour and then visited my parents for awhile. Since I was already out I decided to just stop at the grocery store for the pizza sauce….somehow kneading dough always brings a smile to my face!

As I was working, I sipped on a glass of the goode stuff 😉


I think I’ve blogged about this fab-ulous half-whole-wheat pizza dough recipe before here but just in case yall didn’t get it the first time, here it is! Trust me, this is the good(e) stuff!

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1 packet dry yeast
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water

All you do is pour the warm water into a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over and let dissolve. Sprinkle over the salt and then add the flour. Set on low speed with the dough attachment on a KitchenAid or knead by hand.


While you are kneading (or mixing with the KitchenAid) add the olive oil. Knead by hand for about eight minutes or on medium high speed on the machine for four minutes, or until smooth and elastic.


Cover the bowl with a dishcloth and set in a warm spot to rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.


After the dough has risen, weigh out the amount you want to use, cover with toppings and bake at 500 for about 15 minutes! Easy peasy!

I covered my mini pizza with organic sauce, garlic, spinach, mozzarella cheese and spoonfuls of part-skim ricotta. When it was done, I topped it with fresh basil!
Ryan’s pizza was a tad larger in size and covered with just cheese and pepperoni 😉


Mine was tres bonne! 🙂




I put my Lindt Fleur Du Sel bar out of its misery—

I can only find this bar at Borders Bookstore!! I need to go and stock up!
A HUGE thank you to Anna, who featured me and my Murphy-Goode plight on her blog post this evening. Anna, your post moved me to tears…thank you, thank you, thank you!
Tomorrow is my first long run outside since last spring. I’m running tomorrow instead of Saturday because Ryan and I have a wedding to go to tomorrow night that is actually quite late. Somehow I don’t think I’ll up to a long run at 6 am the next morning. 😉 So tonight I’m laying out my running skirt, favorite tank and Garmin and am hitting the *grass* at 6:30 am for a 4 mile run! Wish me luck!!

Edited to add: Any bay area or Cali readers want to come meet me, drink wine and support my cause on my trip? (yes you do) Just got word that on Sunday, July 19th, there will be a tasting at the Murphy-Goode headquarters and I can invite my friends (you guys)! I’ll remind you of this again as we get closer but do I have any potential takers? It should be really, really fun AND you guys can taste for free if you are there for me! 🙂

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    July 9, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Oooooh that pizza looks delicious!! Have you ever tried goat cheese on a pizza? Sooooooooooo good! Good luck on your long run tomorrow- nothing beats running outside in the morning! =)

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    katie s
    July 9, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    That dinner looks awesome!!! Holy yum!!! 🙂 Good luck getting up tomorrow for your awesome run!!

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    katie s
    July 9, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Just realized I used awesome twice… haha ooops!

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    Elizabeth Pope
    July 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Jenna, I LOOOOOVE your website & have linked to you in my blogroll but this is my 1st comment cuz finally in your previous two posts ya really hit my area of expertise — yoga soreness & fatigue!! (I’m a yoga teacher with a daily practice.) Got two recent posts up on those two subjects, within, like the past week on the website above, tagged & categorized to find easily only if you want some voice-of-experience approaches.

    Bottom line: don’t worry about getting sore but DO figure out which muscles got sore & it’ll tell you alot about whether your technique is good (eg, front of shoulders hurting = not so good; mid back = good; abs = good; lower back = bad to be really simplistic. : ) And you can do restful practice too when fatigued… though it sounds like you took a very nice route with couch & kitty & wine. Hip hip hooray for all three!! 🙂

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    Becky@I Heart Running & Food
    July 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Yummmm pizza 🙂 I have never tried ricotta on pizza but I imagine it would be quite tasty and extra cheesy. Rest up! 🙂

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    Courtney Craig
    July 9, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    1st off…that pizza looks awesome! 2nd…you’ll rock the 4 miles. It’s only ~ 40 minutes…it’ll be a piece of cake. I’m off to do my 4-mile maintenance run in ~ 1 hour! (Pacific Time Zone)

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I feel your pain! Last week I had a huge fam party on Friday and had to get up at 5am for my group marathon training run of 9 miles… yikes!!! But it actually was a great run because I ate well and didn’t overdo it with the wine. But it’s prob best you are doing it tomorrow morning instead so you can have fun tomorrow night, uninhibited 😉

    Also, Jenna if you are interested I am having a Holey Donuts giveaway on my blog until next Wednesday if you would like to enter 🙂

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    Graze With Me
    July 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    That pizza looks amazing, I’d never have thought to try ricotta on pizza before. That chocolate must be pretty amazing for you to go searching for it again, I may have to keep my eyes open for it.

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    How I wish I had a kitchen aid to do the kneading for me ;). Mmmm that pizza looks absolutely glorious! Love the toppings you have there too, Jenna! Need to make some pizza asap.

    Good to hear you are feeling better and good luck on your run tomorrow!

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Mmm, that pizza looks delicious! Nothing like some homemade pizza and a great glass of hearty red wine. Anna’s post about you was really awesome – if that doesn’t sway Murphy-Goode’s opinion, nothing can!

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Great pizza!! I have Kitchen Aid jealousy – I want to get a mixer so bad!

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    Megan (Runner's Kitchen)
    July 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    My mom gave me a kitchenaid stand mixer for my birthday last year – best present ever!! also, i love ricotta on pizza…in college the local pizza shop had “snowball” pizza which is spinach + big blobs of ricotta. yum!

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    Jen, a priorfatgirl
    July 9, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    whoa whoa whoa, did I miss the pizza party invitation? Because surely you wanted to invite me over for pizza, I’m sure of it 😉 It looks YUMMY!

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    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    July 9, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    That pizza looks just about perfect! DELICIOUS toppings… and loving the homemade dough.

    Good luck on your run tomorrow!!! 🙂

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Wowza…the pizza looks SO good!

    Have fun at the wedding 🙂

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    Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    July 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    That pizza looks crazy delicious!

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I am going to try that pizza recipe! Sounds delicious. I love your blog 🙂
    <3 jess

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    That looks so good! I wish my guy would let me make wheat pizza dough but he is just not into it…I’ve tried, several times 😉

    Good luck on the run! 4 miles = 2 drinks + 2 slices of cake, right??

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    i’m going to save this recipe for pizza dough! the next time my parents want homemade pizza, i will def recommend it :]
    i have been addicted to lindt 70% choco bar lately. its the best!

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    The pizza looks amazing! I’m so excited for you…congrats on Murphy-Goode…good luck!

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    The pizza you made just looks SO delicious! I’m going to have to try that crust sometime soon! YUM! 😀

    Have fun on your run tomorrow and enjoy the wedding! 🙂

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I’d be down for a meetup! I live in Sunnyvale CA. Let me know details!

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    I posted to your thread yesterday with some Healdsburg restaurant recommendations and I wanted to let you know that I will be in the Sonoma County area on July 19th with some friends. We are running the Sonoma to Napa Half Marathon that day and were planning to do some wine tasting afterwards. If the invitation to do some wine tasting is still open I would love to take you up on it and to meet you!

    – Amber

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    July 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I made pizza tonight too! Yours “looks” better than mine but it tasted awesome! Might be the best pizza I have ever made!

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    Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    July 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I’m trying to figure out how to do this gluten free. GF breads don’t really require kneading because kneading activates the gluten in breads. Hmmm…. I think I just need to play with it.

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    Help Meghan Run
    July 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Pizza looks great! I don’t even have AP flour in the house anymore, think I could do it with all WW? I love that wheaty taste. 🙂

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    July 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Oh my gosh your pizza looks AMAZING….
    ps i wish i lived in Cali… jealous!

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    Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    July 9, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Ahh loving your pizza.. I’m going to try your dough recipe. I recently made a homemade pizza last week and I feel like my dough was missing something.. that just means I need to eat some more pizza! 😉

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    July 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Your “his” and “hers” pizzas looks very similar to the ones I make for the hubby and me. He is so traditional with peporoni and cheese but I am a tad more adventurous like you. There are no limits with veggies for me! 🙂

    Good luck on your run tomorrow. You will do great, I can alreday tell because you’re so excited for it. You are bond to soar through those 4 miles! 😉

    Take care darling!

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    Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    July 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Your pizza looks delish!

    I wish I was in Cali… I would totally come meet you! 🙂

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    July 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    That pizza looks so good I can almost smell it through the monitor. I’ll have to try that dough recipe.

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    July 9, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    fingers crossed my knees are happy with me saturday so I can get back to my long runs too!!

    we are planning pizza night this weekend and I was going to make dough, so thanks for the tips!!

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    Jasmine (Sweet and Fit)
    July 9, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I just read Anna’s blog and sent an e-mail as well =)

    thanks for the continued inspiration!

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    July 9, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    ricotta on pizza – what a good idea! i’m going to border’s tomorrow to check for that chocolate lol. thanks for the tip!

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    July 9, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    cvs carries lindt bars. Not sure about that particular flavor though.

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    July 9, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Good luck with the long run! I was able to finally complete a long run after a three-week running hiatus. Trust me, it’s going to feel great 🙂

    Coincidentally, I am headed to the San Fran area next week as well (I live in Michigan)…but on the 19th I’ll be backpacking somewhere up in the Trinity Alps, near Mt. Shasta. Wish I could meet up. Tuesday we are roaming around San Fran (hopefully after a nice hot shower).

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    Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    July 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    za looks amazing!!! Love that fresh mozzarella and ricotta! yummmmmm

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    Adi (
    July 9, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Ohh that pizza looks awesome. You’ve inspired me to make some tomorrow night. Albeit, it’s going to be a frozen crust, but pizza all the same. 🙂

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    July 9, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    Your shrimp Po boys from Cooking Light the other day looked great! I thought I would tell you that tonight I made the “Quick Panzanella with Chicken” from the same issue and it was delicious! It was so nice and light…perfect for the summertime! My family and I also agreed that it would be a great side dish if you left out the chicken!

    Love your blog!

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    Lauren (Runandrejoice)
    July 9, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I just made that pizza dough recipe last week, it was excellent! I blogged about it of course:

    BUT more importantly, you have to check out Harney & Son’s new tea! It is their “Bangkok Blend” green tea, infused with lemongrass, coconut and ginger. Drink it, love it, thank me later! Haha! I got mine at Barnes & Noble…delishhhhh. I was drinking it and it occured to me how much so many bloggies would love it, so I’m just spreadin the word (and love!)

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    July 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I’m in the bay area/northern CA and could possibly be persuaded into wine tasting… twist my arm 🙂

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    July 9, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I am in the bay area!! the napa to sonoma half marathon is that day though, so I will be running then wine tasting there after 🙂

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    July 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    That pizza looks scrumptious! One day when I have my own lovely kitchen and space and am finally settled for good, I will make my own pizza dough 🙂 I once made pretzels, and I was SO proud that I made my own dough! haha that’s been my only experience with dough so far though!

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    July 9, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Slow down … you need to regroup to be ready for your interview.

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    Mandy A
    July 9, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    hey Jenna!

    How many servings would you say the dough makes? I’d love to make a batch and divide them up to have individual pizzas when we want…


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    July 9, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Borders sells the Lindt truffles also.. OH man, those are HARD to put down, they just melt in your mouth!
    not the best suggestion for your blog, but whatev..

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    July 9, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    aww man I’m from the Bay Area, but that Sunday I’ll be down in LA actually! Bummer!

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    July 9, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Your pizza looks so amazing. I need to try your pizza dough! I have a really complicated recipe from Eating Well magazine and yours looks 10 times easier!! My boyfriend will appreciate it too because I won’t be screaming at the pizza dough for an hour!

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    July 10, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for the dough tutorial–I love me some pizza!

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    July 10, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Aww Jenna I would love to meet up with you, but that is my birthday weekend. =) I’m definitely looking forward to meeting you at the Nike Marathon, though.

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    Organic Ashley
    July 10, 2009 at 1:06 am

    I would love to meet you Jenna Let me know when you find out more. 🙂 ooo excited.

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    Kailey (SnackFace)
    July 10, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Jenna, I’m in the Bay Area!!! But shoot! I’m going to be elsewhere in the state on that date! I would absolutely love to come support you if at all possible!

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    July 10, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Thanks for the recipe – I’ve been craving pizza for days 🙂
    I do have a questions though (which might sound stupid, but I’m not the master of the kitchen, so bare with me…): I’m assuming I can freeze the dough that I don’t use? And if so, I guess I’ll be freezing it after letting it rise for an hour…? Thanks!

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      July 10, 2009 at 6:38 am


      Yep you can freeze it! I frozen half of what we didn’t use last night. Just freeze after it has risen before you make the pizzas!

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    July 10, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Good luck with the run ~ I’m sure you’ll rock it the way you do with everything else. Fingers crossed for you with the job ~ if there’s any justice in the world it will be yours!

    Mmm, pizza…you’ve inspired me to try and make a wheat-free version of that dough for myself, though I’m not much of a cook!

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    Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    July 10, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Hi Jenna – do you know how many calories roughly are in your pizza base? Say for a pizza your size (not Ryan’s). Thanks!

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      July 10, 2009 at 6:37 am


      I’m sorry I don’t know! That would take some serious

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    July 10, 2009 at 7:57 am

    I’m in the bay area, and I’m already a fan of Murphy Goode, so I’d love to join. Keeping my fingers (and toes!) crossed for you 🙂

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    Cait (Cait's Plate)
    July 10, 2009 at 8:18 am

    That pizza looks amazing. I’m so jealous of your KitchenAid Stand Mixer!! That’s been on my “wish list” FOREVER now 🙂

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    July 10, 2009 at 8:40 am

    that pizza looks so delicious! thanks for sharing the recipe again.

    i totally wish i lived in cali so i could join you for a wine tasting…especially if it’s FREE! i’m sure you will have a great time while you’re out there. i will be keeping you in my prayers.

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    Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri)
    July 10, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Your pizza looks delicious!! I may have to break down and make my own pizza crust instead of using the store bought one all the time. You make it look so easy!

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    July 10, 2009 at 8:54 am

    i’ll have to try that pizza dough recipe – it looks great!

    i hope you had a good run this morning!

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    July 10, 2009 at 9:25 am

    i LOVE homemade pizza! thats reallly cool Cali readers get to come and visit you there for a free tasting!!!

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    July 10, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Wow! Your pizza looks fantastic!!! I love making my own pizza. Your crust looks amazing as well…I’ll definitely be trying out your recipe!! yum. 🙂

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    July 10, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Your pizza looks delicious… I’ve been wanting to try your dough recipe ever since it was first featured on your blog, and I think I might be brave enough to try it tonight.

    Quick (and probably silly) questions:
    Can I use regular salt, or does it have to be sea salt?
    How large of a packet of dry yeast?
    Do you use the whole recipe to make two pizza’s?

    I’m dreaming of toppings now 🙂

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      July 10, 2009 at 10:12 am


      yay! You can use regular salt, yes. A packet of yeast is about 1/4th of an ounce (I believe) but just look for yeast packets in the baking section of the grocery store to be sure. And yes, this recipe makes two LARGE pizzas so last night I froze half the dough and used enough dough for one large pizza to make a small pizza for myself and a medium pizza for ryan!

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    Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    July 10, 2009 at 10:18 am

    The pizza looks delish! I love Margherita style for pizza.

    Do you use 5.25 oz for one pizza or for two?

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    July 10, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Jenna, your pizza looks great! We’re having it tonight and I’ll have to try out your dough recipe. Question … all I have are huge containers of yeast (active and rapid – I assume it’s active you use?). How would I measure that out? 1 teaspoon?



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    July 10, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I can’t wait! Thanks for the answers!

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    July 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I would love to meet you! I’m about a 2 1/2 drive from the winery…just let us know the specifics when you get them. Thanks

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    July 12, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    World Market/Cost Plus has a store brand chocolate bar with sea salt. It is delicious! See link:

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    July 13, 2009 at 12:01 am

    I live near SF, and I’d love to come show some love for a fellow FL girl!

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    Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    August 4, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Jenna — how many pizzas can you typically make from this dough?

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