We have begun! I have made three pizzas so far, and plan on making three more before my next update. After trying the first pie and tasting success, I moved on to making pesto. The Serious Eats recipe calls for a mortar and pestle, items that I don’t own. What tools do I have that are similar? How about a cocktail shaker and a muddler?
It smashed my garlic and pine nuts up pretty well! The next step was to add basil and I knew I could not use my muddler to crush the basil finely enough. This is when I pulled out my immersion blender/food processor to finish the pesto.
The National Research Council in How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School: Expanded Edition said “Transfer is affected by the degree to which people learn with understanding rather than merely memorize sets of facts or follow a fixed set of procedures…” (pp. 55, 2000). If I had just followed the recipe I would have had to buy specific tools just for pesto. Instead I was able to transfer my knowledge of what my current appliances do to fit a new recipe.
Below is my third pizza going into the oven. This time I remembered to put cornmeal underneath the dough and mastered the pizza shimmying technique.
I think this pizza looks really good! I’m having a friend over this weekend for Disney movies and pizza during our snowstorm, and that will be my second to last test.
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Gritzer, D. (2014). The Best Pesto alla Genovese (Classic Basil Pesto Sauce) Recipe | Serious Eats. Retrieved from: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/07/best-pesto-recipe.html
National Research Council. (2000). How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition (pp. 51-78). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.