So, the 'baby' of the family turns 18 soon. We won't go into how that makes me feel as an older sibling... ;). Anyway, as the family's "chef" he gave me his menu requests. A couple are easy, but I could use advice on a few points.
First, he has requested steak pizza. I'm more than happy to make this for him...but I'd like it to be really good. That means making my own crust, but I'm rather short on time. I have a 12 hour shift the day before and who knows how long on his birthday. Are there any stellar make- ahead crust recipes? I'm pretty good with yeast breads, I just want to make sure it's good. Sadly, we have no pizza stone. Advice?
Secondly. He has requested jello shots. 18 is the drinking age here, and since it's a family dinner I'm happy to oblige him in a place where we can keep an eye on everything ;). He loves Pepsi and dr. Pepper, but not sure if I can do something with alcohol & jello (I have both plain gelatin and agar agar, which I am moderately comfortable using) again, I'll need to work in advance and, well, I'm not a drinker. Rum & Pepsi? Dr pepper & ... ?? Are there ratios for these things? How far in advance could I make jello shots?
Finally, he has again requested a mint chocolate ice cream cake. I have done this a few times in the past (sadly, don't have access to my ice cream maker right now ), but was hoping to make it a little nicer than an Oreo crust with store bought ice cream. I had visions of a bombe- type dessert with layers of a couple of ice creams and covered with ganache. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Any tips,recipes, creative ideas, and time-savers would be appreciated. The whole family is flat out with our various jobs right now, not to mention the holidays. But we all want it to be special for our favorite kid ;)