Welcome to the River School Blog!

Happy Father’s Day! Cooking With Miss Katie

Happy Father's Day from River School - Cooking with Miss KatieWhen I was just eight years old, I was so excited to join my dad for a special “take your daughter to work” day. Without question, everyone knew exactly who’s daughter I was… After all, I may have had my momma’s hair and eye coloring, but I looked a lot like my daddy (sans-beard, of course). Those were the days when we’d sing Van Halen’s “Domino” at the top of our lungs, shouting “pizza” together, every time “Domino” came up in the lyrics. To this day, whenever I’m down in the dumps, my dad calls me up and starts singing that song. He will actually refuse to stop until I’ve shouted, “pizza!” and have given him a laugh… This recipe is for my POP, and for all the other daddies out there. Happy Father’s Day!

Van Halen Pizza Dough

(Recipe adapted from MSLO’s “Quick Basic Pizza Dough” recipe)


1 ½ cups warm water (100-105 degrees F)

2 packets (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for bowl and brushing

2 teaspoons Kosher salt

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface (note: for those with a gluten allergy, “Cup 4 Cup” AP flour may also be used)



  • Pour the warm water into a large bowl. If you don’t have a kitchen thermometer, the water will feel like slightly too-warm bath water. Sprinkle in the yeast and let it stand until foamy (about 5 minutes).
  • Whisk in the sugar, oil, and salt into the yeast mixture. Add in the flour and stir until a sticky dough forms. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and brush top with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside in a warm, draft-free place until dough has doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead it 1-2 times before using. Use the dough fresh, within two hours of making it, or freeze it for up to three months. Enjoy!
  • Bake at 400’ until slightly browned then top it with your favorite fixins’ and enjoy!

Do you have a question for Katie, or something you’d like to share with the River School community on the blog? Feel free to email her at! If you are looking for preschools in New York City or Jersey City – River School has openings! Give us a call to schedule a tour today.