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On Dasher. On Dancer. On Prancer. On Vixen. On Dominick, on Snoopy, on Baron von Richthofen.   Leave a comment

Snoopy, Christmas, and Pizza. Some combinations are just meant to be!

Posted December 20, 2013 by henrymowry in Living Life

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Pizza Cooking   Leave a comment

Our wood-fired pizza oven delivers interactive entertainment. Velda makes home-made dough, of course! The ingredients are as fresh as possible; herbs are from her garden. Just about everyone gets to put their favorite ingredients on their pizzas.

It’s a two day process to get to this point. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

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Playing, uh, I mean, Cooking With Fire

Posted August 4, 2013 by henrymowry in Photography

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The Evolution of a Back Yard   1 comment

Our first house had issues.  The “yard” was pea gravel and chain link.  My kids deserved better.  Chain link, gone … wood fence, in.  We installed sod (there’s a reason it’s called sweat equity).

The result?  Happy kids, happy life.

The next house came with a nice big yard that begged for a swing set, and that happened, complete with a clubhouse, slide and steering wheel.  That was great for a while … but then a pool was needed.  Check.

Velda had the next vision for the back yard, and it was a big one.  Kids were growing up, and it was time for the back yard entertainment to reflect that.  Next step?  Outdoor seating for parties.  The BBQ needed a big upgrade.  And the centerpiece?  A wood-fired oven.

We found a contractor that had installed a couple of wood-fired ovens – but those clients never used them, he said.  He didn’t know the Mowry’s!

Temperatures in the oven exceed 700*. Pizzas cook in under 5 minutes.

We drove to Pasadena, picked up the oven kit, and gave the contractor the design for the outdoor kitchen.  Three months later, we were cooking like never before!

Today, we regularly host “make your own” home made gourmet pizza in the backyard for our family & friends.  We’re serious about our pizza.  All ingredients are fresh and home made.  We’re constantly upping our game:  morel mushrooms were a welcome addition at our last event.  It’s almost a given that we do pizza for the kids on their birthdays & celebrations.  A small night is just 10 people and 10 pizzas.  A big night … well, it can be very big.

Here’s the idea:  you need toys.  Sometimes it’s space for the kids, and sometimes it’s something unique like a pizza oven.  Get out in front of it … what will you need next summer?  In three years?

Because of our pizza oven, we’ve:

  • Shown people how to cook with fire
  • Remained the clubhouse for family & friends
  • Hosted UCLA’s Dinner with 12 Strangers
  • Explored pizza recipes from fig & prosciutto to potato pizza
  • Had Thanksgiving turkey from the oven

Coming soon:  Velda’s hosting a group to bake bread in the oven.

And this all happened because Velda didn’t think we needed a swing set anymore.  See what happens when you THINK?

Chicken Bacon Ranch is one of the favorites. Of course it is: it has bacon.

Posted July 4, 2012 by henrymowry in California, Living Life

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Going Away   4 comments

When you work, work.  When you’re not at work … you need to go away, and not live your life for work.

We’re all on a shorter tether than we used to be.  Smartphones are ubiquitous, and family, friends, peers and customers all expect quick answers.  And by quick, I mean … within minutes.  You don’t win points for a response to a loved one that’s 4 hours after you first got the text.  4 minutes is OK.  40 minutes is annoying.  4 hours is just not OK.  (Kids: I’m working on it.  Honest.)

Last weekend, Velda & I went away to San Diego to attend a wedding.  Stress had hit us both leading up to this weekend escape, so it was very important that we get away.  That we could enjoy the most romantic of ceremonies with the family and friends of two lovely people is surely one of the best reasons to leave work behind and go away!

  • No Schedule
  • No Plan
  • No Worries

I had looked for some restaurants that would perhaps lead us into the right mood, and after some “in the moment” research, we decided to go to Crazee Burger.  It’s been featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives,” and we hoped it would be our kind of place.

The food was great.  I had tatonka; Velda had the daily special.  All good … but that was just the beginning.

I knew that we had achieved our goal when we began brainstorming how we could open our restaurant in Santa Clarita.  It could feature the fabulous burgers, pizza and margaritas that we’ve created.  I’ve gone on record before saying that I will never open a restaurant, but when we were talking about our new business, I was all in.  Velda was all in.  The fantasy took us away … and the stress of the workweek was left far, far behind.

We had gone away.  And that is a very good thing.

Posted June 27, 2012 by henrymowry in Living Life

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