My Mom used to make pizzas every week. They were always rectangular and had different sections with various toppings to please everyone in the house. She'd pair the pizzas with a large tray of Italian sausages roasted in the oven & served with peppers and buns. That way there would be enough leftover pizza for lunch the next day too.
I've been making versions of her pizza since I got married. It was probably the first thing I learned to make. I've kept it pretty similar to Mama Lucy's version, using the same base ingredients and seasonings but have made a couple of changes along the way. I prefer using stonewear which I think browns the crust really well (and never sticks if there is a little tomato leakage). I also started making my own pizza dough which is super easy in the food processor. I also make 2 large ones so that if anyone pops in, there's more than enough to go around and we're guaranteed a lunch the next day.
While I was baking the pizza, I decided to make a quick dessert. Crepes with Strawberries and Star Anise Syrup. I found the recipe/idea in a cookbook I got from a Pampered Chef party and thought it sounded quick enough for a weeknight.
First I made a crepe batter and refrigerated it. Then I threw some freshly squeezed orange juice into a saucepan with some sugar and 4 star anise. Brought it to a boil, turned off the heat, removed the star anise and added the zest of the whole orange too.
I cut up some strawberries and made some whipped cream with vanilla and assembled everything together. The star anise syrup was delicious drizzled over the top. I would serve this any day and will try it with the originally suggested blueberries next time.