Homemade Skillet Pizza : Behind the Scenes

Woo hoo!  This was our last episode of Season 2 and we finished filming it just in the nick of time!  We were literally racing the construction workers as they were resurfacing the siding and redoing all the roofs of all the condo units in our entire complex, and we received a notice that they were going to start work on our unit that day!

God definitely has a sense of humor because for the past several weeks, we’ve been cranking out our last few episodes as fast as we could, well knowing that they would probably start on our unit soon.  And wouldn’t you know it… as soon as we were wrapping up the last scene of our last episode, they started hammering on our walls!  In fact, you can hear the banging towards the end of our video as we’re making our closing remarks, but that’s okay.  I know you all don’t mind.

In our behind the scenes video, I show you a little clip of my newly decorated office, but it was kind of a waste of time to put all those decorations up because as soon as the hammering started, and the walls began shaking, I had to take everything down again. Doh!

But at least the decorations were up while we shot the intro.  This was another collaboration video with Lktoepher, aka our friend Lee from 6kidsproductions, so I decided it would be cute to have her on my computer screen in the background while I was talking.

This wasn’t the easiest shoot because we faced a few different challenges this day, but we managed to push through and still get the job done. You can come behind the scenes with us and watch us shoot our Homemade Skillet Pizza episode below:

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Homemade Skillet Pizza

No pizza stone? No problem!  Making pizza from scratch at home is really rewarding and not as daunting as you might think.  Yeah I know that you can go out and buy pre-made crusts or even the raw pizza dough from most any grocery store these days, but it’s really easy to whip up your own FROM SCRATCH and make just the perfect amount of pizza for two!

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This video was another collaboration between us and LK Toepher from 6kidsProductions.  She produced our Pub Style Sliders episode from this season as well.  We know her as Lee as she has become our friend.  She’s the one who challenged me to make an easy pizza from scratch at home.

At first, I was seriously tempted to go out and buy a pizza stone in order to get that crisp crust that we all love, but why bother when I could just use what I already had on hand…

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…my trusty cast iron skillet!  You can use any oven safe skillet you want as long as it measures 12 inches.  This dough and recipe is made specifically for a 12 inch skillet so be sure to use the right pan.  You start it off on the stove and then slide it into the oven to finish cooking.  Genius!

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But don’t worry about trying to figure out how to make this on your own because I show you how I get it done step-by-step in EPISODE 15, our SEASON FINALE of Bits & Pieces Season 2 below:

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Poached Egg Sandwiches : Behind the Scenes

That uncertain moment right before we cracked into the poached eggs was intense for us.  We held our breath, said a little prayer, and braced ourselves…

I’ve been putting off filming a recipe involving poached eggs for some time because the truth is, poached eggs can be a little tricky, and the way they come out can be somewhat of a surprise each time.  Sometimes they’re slightly undercooked and too runny, and other times they sit in the water a few seconds too long and become overcooked in an instant.  

We only had a couple chances to get it right.  But in the end, Joe got the money shot we needed of the perfectly poached egg with the yolk dribbling down the sides.  And speaking of Joe, might I add that I’m really proud of the way that he has been challenging himself in front of the camera too.  He prefers to stay behind the scenes, but this season, I feel like he’s been pushing himself more and coming out of his shell.

You can catch some bloopers, and experience what it was really like for us while we filmed our Poached Egg Sandwiches episode in our Behind the Scenes video below:

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Poached Egg Sandwiches (open faced)

When you crack into a beautifully poached egg and the yolk comes dribbling down, you almost expect to hear a heavenly chorus.  These simple yet glorious breakfast “sandwiches” are a healthier and easier nod to Eggs Benedict. There’s no Canadian bacon or hollandaise sauce involved… but ask my husband…you really don’t need the extras.

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In fact, these open faced sandwiches are so flavorful, satisfying, and decadent that you’ll feel like they should be bad for you.  And because of all the balanced flavors, they also taste like they were difficult to make, when that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Sometimes keeping things simple can make the most impact.

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If you’re scared of poaching eggs, don’t worry… that’s exactly why we make cooking videos!  You can watch how I make these Poached Egg Sandwiches step by step in EPISODE 14 of Bits & Pieces SEASON 2 BELOW:

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Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup : Behind the Scenes

Filming this video was pretty straight-forward and stress-free, but the photoshoot afterwards was a doozy!  I blame it on the fact that it was still winter and we literally had no sun that day.  According to Joe, it was the longest photoshoot we ever did after filming an episode.  Who would’ve thought that taking pictures of a bowl of soup would be so difficult?

In the end, the pictures still came out nicely… but capturing that little glisten on the top of the soup was torturous and it required a few tricks.  These are the days I miss living in California… you always have natural sunlight and you just need to snap near a window.  Bah… but it’s okay, Spring is here now!

But like I said, the filming part was actually quite easy and we kept having moments of down time in between scenes, so that gave us time to rest and have more time to talk with all of you!  You can watch us do a little food styling, and hear us chat while shooting our Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup episode in our Behind the Scenes video below:

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Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup

This is the soup I wish someone would make for me when I’m feeling under the weather.  It tastes like it’s made from scratch, but it’s much easier than that!  There’s nothing trendy about this soup… it’s classic and comforting.  Okay, I do add a slight twist by using leeks, but other than that, it’s everything chicken noodle soup should be.

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I do go on kicks where I make my own chicken broth and do the whole slow food thing.  But sometimes, you can achieve the same look and feel with store-bought broth and a few extra steps.  It’s not quite as easy as pouring some chicken broth into a pot, but it’s far from complicated too.

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The results are a cloudy, slightly thicker soup, as if it were made from boiling bones for a while, with all the familiar tastes you crave.  You can see how I wrangle up this Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup in a flash in Episode 13 of Bits & Pieces SEASON 2 below:

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