HHDD #17: Pizza! The Round up!

All week I have been going from one blog to the next, ogling at gorgeously delicious posts on every imaginable kind of pizza. I've been busy bookmarking and tagging and making little notes for future pizza ventures. You see, it was no too long ago that I made pizza crust from scratch for the very first time. All because of Donna Hay. And now, almost a month later, 42 others have followed suit! So, without further pomp and primping, let me present the fantastic entries for Hay Hay it's Donna Day! Pizza!:

From our dear Barbara, of Winos and Foodies, previously from New Zealand, newly planted in Gold Coast, Australia, the fabulous creator of this event, and to whom we all owe our Donna Day-ing, we have Fig Balsamic Shallot with Fetta and Proscuitto Pizza. The shallots are glazed with fig balsamic vinegar...can you say yum?

From Auckland, New Zealand, Tammy of Wee Treats by Tammy whips up a Sausage Pizza with Sun Dried Tomato, Olive & Feta Salad. Another big Donna Hay fan, she has all of Donna's cookbooks! Hey Tammy can I bring my library card over to your house? :)

Dayna of the Vegan Visitor had her first "real European" pizza experience when she was just 15 and she shares with us her epiphanies about it and going "cheeseless". Check out her Oven Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Sauce Pizza and you might just too!

Bridget from Philadelphia, PA tells us of how a first bad impression eventually turned to a love of anchovies...and how she has them on pizza. Well, not exactly pizza in the Italian sense but the very French pissaladiere. Go over to her blog, The Way the Cookie Crumbles to check out her rendition of this French classic.

A little Asian flavor is infused into the mix by Erin of The Endive Chronicles. Hailing from Westhampton, New York, she takes us all the way around the world with her Thai Chicken Pizza...an homage to a well-loved place in Seattle where she used to go with her husband during lazy Saturday strolls.

From Norwalk, California, Lalaine of The CookMobile prepares a Spinach, Roma, and Ricotta Pizza. She also uses a tried and tested pizza crust recipe that she shares with us all...yay! :)

Blogging from Australia, Pam of The Backyard Pizzeria (what a great blog name for this event!), shows us her take on the classic Pizza Margherita...or is it a Caprese Pizza? Any way you call it, tomato, mozarella, and basil is like the little black dress of pizzas...always in style and never fails!

Sarah of Sweets By Sarah makes a simple but sublime sounding Pizza with Pesto, Blistered Grape Tomatoes and Mozarella. I love how "blistered grape tomatoes" sound...and I'll be trying pesto as a base for future pizza preparations. Thanks Sarah!

Gilli over at So So Simple Food stays true to her blog's name and shares with us her So Simple Pizza. For this occasion she just makes it pizza bread (bakes it without toppings) and serves it with some Castello cheese and tomatoes on the side...plus some white wine. Although hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Gilli was on their boat, the Cajun Moon, when she made this!

My great friend and travel buddy Christine makes time in between travels to hunker down and create a pizza for this round of HHDD...her first time to participate. Thanks Nens! She whips up a Mushroom Provolone Pizza with Truffle Oil...oohlala! Like me, Christine's a Manila girl. You can read about her food and travel exploits at her blog, Ramblings From a Gypsy Soul.

From Salt Lake City, Utah, Holly of phe/MOM/enon also joins her first HHDD! She prepares an old favorite of mine, BBQ Chicken Pizza...but wait...it get's even better...her's is a BBQ Chicken and Bacon Pizza! A pizza after my own heart...

Another pizza with bacon (hooray!) come to us from Katie B. of Other People's Food. She prepared an amazing sounding White Cheese Pizza with Grilled Corn and Wood Smoked Bacon. I told you it sounded amazing didn't I? :) Katie's from Herndon, VA and has been waiting to make this particular pizza for a while...I'm so glad she got to do it for HHDD!

The talented Myriam from Zurich, Switzerland of the beautiful Once Upon a Tart adds another dimension to this round up by taking the pizza and turning it into a calzone, the pizza's stuffed counterpart! Check out her gorgeously photographed Potato and Leek Calzone...but make sure you have some lunch first! Hunger-inducing!

I love it when there is fresh things on top of my pizza, and that's just what Manggy of No Special Effects has done with his Maple-Glazed Pumpkin and Blue Cheese Pizza by topping with fresh arugula after it comes out of the oven. I don't know what I like better though, his lovely looking photo or the flavor combination of maple-glazed pumpkin and blue cheese...YUM!

Mimi from Brooklyn, New York, and author of the blog Mimi on the Move, fixes up a Mediterranean Style Pizza with marinated artichoke hearts, fresh mozarella, rosemary olives, hot pepper flakes, and homemade pesto sauce. You shouldn't miss the photo of Mr. Mimi tossing the pizza dough in the air!

Jenjen of the charming blog Milk and Cookies, writes from Sydney, Australia and has made a beautiful Sausage and Bocconcini Pizza...just look at her pictures and prepare to drool! I love the way the the sausage and bocconcini look like cute little rounds on the pizza...like polka dots!

Laurie from Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska (blogging from Anchorage!) shares a pizza topping that is also a Greek stew -- check out her Artichoke, Olive, and Tomato Pizza. Laurie decided to forgo shopping for the month of January and use up all that has been piling up in her freezer and pantry...we're lucky she had stocked away the delicious ingredients to put this pizza together!

I discovered the charming Bordeaux's blog Marita Says after my trip to Bangkok last year. Bordeaux is based in Bangkok, Thailand and I now relive my wonderful Thai memories through him and his posts. For HHDD he whipped up a Spanako-pizza -- egged on by a love for Spanakopita, a greek spinach and cheese pastry.

From the Netherlands, a sweet pizza is brought to us by Linda of Make Life Sweeter! Boy, does she live up to the name of her blog with her Brioche Pizza with Strawberry Jam and White Chocolate! What first appears as tomato sauce and cheese is actually a sweet surprise :)

Ellie of the Kitchen Wench, based in Australia, wows me with Lamb Pizza with Roasted Capsicum and Chive yogurt. This sounds like a favorite dish turned into a pizza...mmm! Although this is the pizza she entered for HHDD, she went to town with pizzas and made four different kinds!

From Canada, the irrepresible Brilynn of Jumbo Empanadas prepares a mouth-watering Steak & Gorgonzola Pizza. This certainly packs a punch! What a hearty meal this would make! :)

Jenny from Little Rock, AR puts together a Chicken, Roasted Red Pepper, and Onion Pizza on her blog I'm Hungry. Looking at those caramelized onion strips up close is making me hungry too!

Oggi of I can do that!, a fellow-Filipina now based in Ashburn, Virginia, makes a very luxurious sounding Duck Confit and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Pizza. I love duck confit so you can imagine how smitten I was with this!

From New Zealand, Arfi of the blog HomeMadeS posts about caterpillars and their imminent transformation (check out the cute photos!) and getting back on the baking track. Being creative with what she had on hand she topped her pizza with leftover sauages, tomato paste, kalamata olives, and chopped basil.

Suzana from Lisbon, Portugal (oh one day I will see Portugal!) makes an utterly sophisticated Pear, Pancetta and Gorgonzola Pizza with Walnut Pesto and Spinach. Pear, pancetta, and gorgonzola? I can imagine what a wonderful combination of flavors! Her blog is Home Gourmets :)

Our favorite Food Blogga, Susan from Southern California fixes us a Fennel Sausage and Rapini Pizza. Rapini is also known as broccoli rabe, broccoli raab, or rape. Greens on pizza rock in my book (as does sausage ;) )...check out Susan's pizza tips as well!

Dhanggit of the blog Dhanggit's Kitchen, another fellow-Filipina who now resides in Aix en Provence, France, has let her Asian roots show with her Chicken Curried Mango & Mozarella Pizza. Lovely combination Dhanggit! You know I'm up for anything with curry! :)

Amy from San Jose, California, blogging at Delicious by Nature, give us another dessert pizza -- Cherry Dessert Pizza! I'm loving all these dessert pizzas :) Amy, I would have eaten more than my share too!

And speaking of sweet pizzas...my favorite cream puff Ivonne, of Cream Puffs in Venice, has whipped up these irresistable Caramelized Pizza Sticks with Almonds. And if that wasn't decadent enough, what better than a pot of chocolate to dip them in? :) Fantastic job for her first HHDD!

Gail from Maui, Hawaii is Cooking at the Pacific Outpost and she has made a Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, and Apple Pizza. The flavors worked so well together that it was finished at dinner! :)

Glamah16 blogs at Coco Cooks in Chicago, Illinois and has come up with this delicious Apple, Ham, Red Onion Pizza on a Whole Wheat Sage-Flecked Crust. She used two cheeses, one being smoked Provolleta which came shaped as a little piggy! Yes, you must go over there right now and see it! :)

Dolores from San Ramon, CA does a Pear and Pancetta Pizza (with blue cheese -- I love these fruit, cheese, and cured meat pairings!) on her blog Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity. She even drizzles some lemon and ginger infused cream honey on top!

From San Fransisco, Denise of Chez Denise et Laudalino makes Donna Hay's Classic Tomato Pizza! Looks just as simple and delicious as Donna's! Love the toasty crust edge :)

Gretchen from Lima, Peru serves up a tasty Shredded Chicken & Vegetable Pizza over at her blog, Canela & Camino. The topping consisted of shredded chicken, swiss chard, roasted bell peppers, and toasted garlic...sounds lovely!

Doesn't that look like a cover of a Donna Hay magazine? Who else but Bron of Bron Marshall: Classic & Creative Cuisine! Not just a gorgeous "cover shot" but also a pretty appetizing combination of flavors in her Mango Chili Prawn Pizza. Based in New Zealand she talks about New Zealand and their neighbor Australia and all the things they like to share :) And interesting read to boot!

From the UK, Katie of Apple & Spice makes a Carrot, Mushroom & Pumpkin Seed Pizza. I love the thick fluffy edge she got on her pizza...will be trying to recreate this next time! Thanks for sharing your technique Katie :)

Kari from Seattle, WA, blogging at AnticiPlate makes a Goat Cheese and Butternut Squash Pizza. Butternut Squash! I like! :) It has some prosciutto on it too!

From Quebec, Canada, Lynn gets all excited about pizza (us too Lynn!) and creates a delectable Caramelized Onion, Fig and Prosciutto Pizza with Goat Cheese. Another sublime combination! Check out her blog and then I do the dishes...love that name :)

At A Spoonful of Sugar, Angela from the UK a most comforting pizza -- Meatball Pizza! I could just curl up with this on a rainy night and feel all my worries melt away :)

In Australia, KJ of A Cracking Good Egg bakes the gorgeous La Pizza Rossa. Unlike traditional thin crust pizza, this more like a "soft pillowy bread". KJ got the recipe from one of her most favorite cookbooks -- Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros...so nice to hear as I'm a Tessa Kiros fan myself! :)

Dianne from Savannah GA blogs at 1700 Miles of Cooking with her friend Mimi about their Nearly Perfect Pizza they had during their Pizza Night. Aah, pizza night...one of things I love about pizza :)

And here's Mimi's post about the pizza night at 1700 Miles of Cooking! These pair of friends still manage to share cooking fun even with 1700 miles between them!

And in case you didn't see it when I first posted...here's my pizza right here :)

So that about wraps it up! The round up for Hay Hay it's Donna Day - Pizza Edition is officially closed! I hope you all enjoyed whipping up your pizzas as I did hosting this event.

Now comes the tough part for you...to choose one winner among all these fabulous entries! The voting begins now and will continue until February 9, 2008, afterwhich I will be announcing the winner. The winner gets to host the next round of HHDD as well as a prize courtesy of me :) Since you have all shown such enthusiasm and creativity with this theme, I hunted for a cookbook to both commemorate and continue all the pizza madness as the prize -- Pizza by Diane Morgan & Tony Gemignani! (Tony is a 5-time world champion pizza thrower and they've got crusts in here that go from Naples to New York!) As a bonus, I will also slip in a little cookbook on some on my local eats here :)

So check out the entries and email your vote to me at eighty_breakfasts(AT)yahoo(DOT)com!

P.S. If you are wondering why this round up is a day early, it's because I leave tomorrow with my good friend and travel buddy Christine for the Northern reaches of our archipelago...Can't wait! See you all when I get back! :)