Monday Meeting — Good Pizza


This is a moving story about pizza and paying it forward from Soul Gathering. It’s amazing what food can do for others.

Originally posted on Soul Gatherings:

Meet Mason Wartman.

Mason left his job on Wall Street to start up his pizza business in Philly. Formerly on Wall Street, Wartman, 27, saw how successful $1 pizza shops are in Manhattan, then decided to move back home to Philadelphia and start up one on his own.

His Rosa’s Fresh Pizza – named for his mother – opened in December 2013.

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Little did Wartman know what it would develop into just three months later.

In March 2014, a customer asked if he could buy a slice for someone in need. It wasn’t long before Wartman got Post-It notes and drew a smiley face on them, to symbolize a free slice.

Mason places these pay it forward ‘post-its’ on the wall.


Now, some 8,000 slices later, whenever someone hungry comes in – they can just grab a post it off the wall to pay for their meal. The post-its share…

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The Stomach wants what the stomach wants = Thin Crust Pizza Dough Recipe

Thin Crust Pizza almost ready for the oven! Katt 2015

Thin Crust Pizza almost ready for the oven! CKatt 2015

Category: hungry, in a hurry and wanting home made food. has this simple no wait recipe for thin crust pizza dough. This is my latest experiment with making pizza with thin crust.  Craving pizza, which was one of the meals in my repertoire, inspired me to give this a try. For years I liked thick crust pizza. My preference has switched to thin crust. Retrieved April 3, 2015

Thin Crust Pizza Recipe adapted from

2-3 Servings


  • 1⁄4 ounce active dry yeast
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon honey
  • 3⁄4 cup  warm water
  • 1 3⁄4 cups  flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning I used basil and oregano. The olives and goat cheese are salty – no extra needed.


Prep all the toppings ahead of time: I used sweet onions, Mediterranean olives sliced in quarters, mushrooms sautéed in olive oil, two cloves of diced garlic, goat cheese and a thin layer of red sauce.

  1. Preheat pizza stone OVEN in oven at 500°F.
  2. Warm water for 20 seconds in microwave. Warm water in a pan on the stove. 
  3. Dissolve yeast and (sugar) honey in water; allow to rest for 8 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, combine flour, salt and Italian seasoning. I put the Italian seasoning on top of the pizza.
  5. Pour yeast over flour mixture and mix well with a heavy spoon.  I did this in reverse order – yeast mixture into the flour … eh
  6. Add 1 tbsp flour if needed. Didn’t need this
  7. Turn dough on to a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes.
  8. Dust more flour on surface if needed . Used minimal to prevent dough from drying out.
  9. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 12″ circle of even thickness (about 1/4″) flipping over to roll each side (don’t press too hard when rolling or dough may stick to surface). I rolled my dough on a piece of parchment paper. (Could just see me trying to get pizza dough onto the pan I used.)

Note: Marianne Esposito who has an Italian cooking show, “Ciao Italia” recently demonstrated rolling pizza dough – the trick is to only roll from the middle – this method worked great.  The dough doesn’t spring back.  It rolls beautifully.

  1. Cut off any excess edges to make a neat circle. I went for an oval – such a rebel.

Trying to work on other stuff and cooking experiments that aren’t always working. An experiment with clam spaghetti and goat cheese was okay, but I’ll need to revise before it appears here.

My stomach appreciated the thin crust and all the great flavors.

Serve with a salad and enjoy!

Thin Crust Pizza CKatt 2015

Thin Crust Pizza CKatt 2015

Working on another drawing;it is of a friends’ Friesian horse and trying to figure out my new computer is fun. (o boy.) One has to eat! Favorite food is pizza! What’s yours?

Phase I Friesian Horse Portrait Copyright CKatt 2015

Phase I Friesian Horse Portrait Copyright CKatt 2015

Today is Fiesta Friday #62 thanks to the creative leader Angie of the Novice Gardener and  the gracious hosts Jess @Cooking Is My Sport! And Prudy @Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs! Update: Fiesta Friday is now found at to join Fiesta Friday Blog Party.



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Part III Highjacked ISP + laptop demise + Birds Nest wrecked my phone service

Not to drag out this story of my technical snafus:

Hijacked WIFI…

Defunct laptop

Bird’s nest destroying my phone connection

Over the last five days various people helped me navigate the nexus of WIFI/laptop/birds/routers for which I am very grateful. I carefully ventured back onto the WIFI and internet, but…..I was having trouble connecting still. (UHoh.) Made the call to iphouse and told them that connectivity was not working.  Step by step Phil helped me reset my WAN, after we determined the Russian ip was still showing up in my router DNS address.

Notes:  Security is not always secure. Some hackers just try to ping a router to see if it will respond.  It could have been something I clicked – original theory.  However, now I know if things slow down with the WIFI connection, to check the DNS regularly to make sure it’s correct on any tool that connects to the router. This particular breech was not something that the tech person had ever seen in many years of doing support.

Yes, this is all really took place and is not a fiction.

Have a happy day.


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Part II High jacked ISP + laptop demise + Birds Nest wrecked my phone service

Well, if you read yesterday’s story about the high jacked ISP and the funeral for my 9 year old  laptop, you may be curious what the out come was with my phone company round of calls today.

After a few calls this morning, one where I was on hold on one phone and having a call on another phone (and no I am not somebody important) but seriously…no one answered from the phone company.  Anyone can tell you about phone roulette where you A) must figure out the right number to get you to the right person and B) identify every bit of information about yourself to someone who tells you their name is Kate, is a form of meditative practice or a straight track to the ER with apoplexy.  Attitude. Girl. Attitude.

Thus was the day begun, when I reached someone who was able to get rid of the order I didn’t need.  Yes.  Who then gave me to the tech people who ordered someone out to my house and they arrived around 2:30 and left 2 hours later…

Guess what? The two really nice guys, one a trainee and the other the lead, untangled the wires and rewired my set up, which was done ages ago under the auspices of another phone encounter.  Nicely done, there was still no Internet connection. So far not the modem, and not the phone as cause for terrible static and no internet connection.

The workers moved outside and after an hour and a half returned to tell me there was a bird’s nest, bees nest, and droppings eroded-wires that took much time to clean out and repair. They had called my phone, but I heard nothing.  With their trusty electronic tools testing through the modem and the wires outside – they got nothing.

More connection and reconnect then Viola!  It wasn’t the modem.  It was Nature and the Russians and …I didn’t really suffer without the internet, I felt like I had more space in my life and quiet.

To keep in line with my cooking theme here’s a link to Bird’s Nest Soup recipe, umm. It’s made with dried bird’s  spit. And “that’s the way it is.”

Lesson learned: Don’t nest in the phone lines.

Kudos to the nice phone repair guys, who cleaned out the bird poo and repaired the wires. There is good service in Minneapolis.

Now back to the kitchen.

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High jacked ISP + laptop demise = the last round-up technically

This story is true.  My internet connection was high jacked. DNS went to a Russian ISP.  Simultaneously my trusty laptop  gave up.  In the midst of this boondoggle, the phone company sold me some new plan with more megabits. That was my problem according to them. (Well, no. That is not what happened. Grrrrr.)

My ISP provider found the problem on day two. Thank you Andrew & Jordan of

It could only happen this way. They had me FireWire into the modem and find the numbers which confirmed the russian  DNS and sure enough they pronounced that my wifi was in Russia!  ( I can’t make this up!)

oh and then my laptop kept switching off. good grief. Andrew and Jordan sent me to Chip Heads with some notes and the sinking laptop.


1. Replace laptop – done

2. Hope all stuff transfers – done

3. Reluctantly consent to recycle laptop and drive a nail through the hard drive. Gak. Laptop-cide RIP.🌾

4. Have a great day.

Lessons learned: be careful what you click on…those little pop ups …

Never do a hard shutdown when machine locks up.

5. Tomorrow do battle with phone people.

And these were the high points of the story.🍎

It’s finally warm here😎

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