Since my sister met her husband, she has been willing to try all sorts new and interesting things which is amazing since she is normally a really picky eater (she doesn’t even like sub sandwiches). I know she has eaten escargo, so I am pretty sure she has had oysters. I am not sure if she had them cooked or raw though. I have to admit that the Gulf oysters in the picture above don’t look too bad to try.

That being said, if you are going to eat raw oysters you do need to be careful. I came across Be Oyster Aware, and I learned about a ton of things I never knew before. For example, there is a bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus that can make you really sick if you are an at risk individual (lowered immune system, pregnant, cancer, diabetes, etc). I knew that you have to be very careful with what you eat when you are pregnant, but I had no idea about the other conditions. However, if the oysters are fully cooked, then you should not have to worry. The other cool thing is that they have some oyster recipes to try out. They even have a Chicago-Style Oyster Pizza!

Pizza Swirls

This was the recipe I was given for this. However, the next time I make this, I would at least double the mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and pasta sauce.

Pizza Swirls
Cook time
Total time
  • 1 loaf (1 lb) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • ¼ cup prepared pasta sauce
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pepperoni
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Generously coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Roll out dough to a 10 inch square on a floured surface. Spread pasta sauce over dough. Reserve 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese for later. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over the sauce. Top with pepperoni.
  4. Roll dough jelly style to enclose filling.
  5. Cut roll crosswise into 10 slices.
  6. Place slices cut slide down on the baking sheet. Brush tops with oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan and reserved mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake until golden brown (about 15 minutes). Serve immediately.


Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza


Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza
Recipe type: Dinner
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 1 pkg frozen pizza dough
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 ounces pepperoni
  • ½ cup of any other ingredients that you want
  • 1½ cup mozzarella cheese or pizza blend cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Coat a 10½ inch deep dish pizza pan (or a pizza pan that you buy at the store like we did) with cooking spray and coat lightly with cornmeal. Coat work surface with flour and roll dough to 14 inch diameter (or whatever diameter your pan is).
  3. Transfer dough to pizza pan and let rise till puffy. Brush dough with olive oil and spread with pizza sauce.
  4. Top with pepperoni and whatever other toppings you want. Sprinkle with parmesan and mozzarella cheese (or whatever kind of cheese you are using).
  5. Bake until crust is browned, top is bubbly, and cheese is melted -- usually 12 - 16 minutes.

Here is my pizza (just pepperoni):

Here is Bill’s pizza (pepperoni, olives, and mushrooms):

This is a favorite in our house!