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It’s been great having my brother as a friend and neighbor in Traverse City especially since we are both so close in age. He lives in a fantastic apartment downtown that has a fully functioning kitchen!

For us, after making due with a makeshift kitchen for over a year and storming friend’s kitchens to use an oven now and then, it’s great to have a sibling to kitchen-crash on.

My brother has mastered the art of the homemade pizza. We have a standing Pizza Friday date at his place. He makes the dough and sauce from scratch and we’ve experimented with toppings.

Some of our favorites are:

  • Spinach, bell pepper, onion and garlic
  • Ham (fresh from Maxbauer’s Meat Market) and pineapple
  • Italian sausage and onion
  • Mushrooms, pepperoni, onions and garlic

The dough is rolled with a rolling-pin for a superb thin crust. Sometimes, he adds some minced garlic to the dough for a mild garlic crust flavor.

Next the sauce is spread over the dough, then cheese and toppings. We usually pair the 2-pizza meal with a salad and bookend it with a bowl of ice cream for dessert. Can’t beat that!

I’ve enjoyed coming over to his place during the lunch hour for homemade sandwiches once and a while. As someone who enjoys cooking myself, it’s gratifying to watch him embrace trying new things in the kitchen. We plan on taking a cooking class together at the local college. French Bistro cooking 101… here we come!

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