Cooking with Parker – A Homemade Pizza Recipe

Hello, all food enthusiasts and welcome to my cooking blog! In today’s post, I’ll be talking about homemade pizza. Pizza is a versatile food that is loved by millions. Whether you are looking for a classic pepperoni pizza or a gluten-free veggie pizza, you can put together amazing ingredients using homemade dough and an adaptable sauce! Why go out and buy from a tech company like Domino’s when you can get creative and make a perfect pizza at home! After reading this recipe, you’ll be baking delicious pizza for friends and family in no time! Get off Twitter, turn off Netflix, put on some Yacht Rock and let’s get cooking!

Before getting into how to make a pizza, I want to tell you about my childhood inspiration. Growing up with 5 siblings…

Here’s my claim – This class and digital transformation are similar to a pizza.

  • Prepare in advance
  • You are going to make mistakes, so learn from them
  • Each pizza can be different, don’t hesitate to try something new
  • While being creative is great, there are still basic rules to follow

If this blog is not up to the creative standard as Master Chef Kane expects, I hope he embraces his inner Gordon Ramsay and provides some “constructive” criticism. Gotta embrace that growth mindset. And, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this course for many reasons, but the best part was learning from my peers – you all are knowledgeable, passionate, and exceptional storytellers.

Prepare in advance

Yes, you need to prepare ahead of time for this class – a great blog post (at least for me) cannot be written in an hour. Twitter may be a different story based on how it’s designed to be used, but to make meaningful contributions, you need to read that article before tweeting it! More importantly, you need to prepare ahead of time if you are to pursue digital transformation. Sure, you can go out and buy dough, but it can be expensive and it might not be as good. Sure, you can go out and hire a consulting firm to help with digital transformation, but it can be expensive and you still need to make cultural or infrastructure changes to succeed. Making the homemade dough is time-consuming and you cannot rush it – there’s no technology that can help the dough rise. Preheating the oven is a key step, and we have not yet invented a technology that makes an oven go from 0 to 450 in a second. There’s no technology for organizing a team to generate momentum or conduct an analysis of your value proposition. A good foundation for the pizza, a good foundation for ushering in digital transformation, will not only leave you satiated but will also beckon others to ask for more. Bringing together important stakeholders, introducing new ideas from the top-down and bottom-up, and understanding your company needs will help give rise to a moldable foundation that can be rolled into a shape that can support various ingredients.

You are going to make mistakes, so learn from them.

A burnt crust, a disorganized slide deck, and inadequate messaging for managers can all lead to failed pizzas, a lackluster presentation, and an unsuccessful digital transformation. With every setback, there comes a moment of learning. A growth mindset can be applied to transitioning your data to the cloud just as much as making a pepperoni pizza or better designing a slideshow. Mistakes come in various sizes and shapes – you may end up setting off the fire alarm or fail to recognize that your algorithm inaccurately priced homes leading to a massive loss (looking at you Zillow). Embrace the fact that every pizza is different, every oven is different, every class is different, every leadership team is different, every organization is different. Sometimes you have to own the mistakes as a personal error, sometimes it’s an error outside of your control. Feedback from peers on our presentations is an example of learning from mistakes in this class. The best chefs in the world didn’t make a perfect pizza on their first try and companies that have succeeded in digital transformation had their fair share of mistakes along the way. Understanding how your oven works, how your organization functions, are key steps to avoiding mistakes, but make no mistake, you will make mistakes.

Each pizza can be different, don’t hesitate to try something new.

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During undergrad, I had an excellent dining commons with a brick oven for pizza. They would serve breakfast pizza with grapes on it. Surpisingly, it was delicious! With this class, many had to blog or tweet for the first time. For me, it has been an interesting experience, just like trying the pizza with grapes. Similarly, when pursuing digital transformation, new can be terrifying but that shouldn’t stop you. Surround yourself with ambitious and creative people when trying something new, but also understand how to persuade more cautious people to take the leap. Knowing your audience is a key ingredient. I have been inspired by other blog posts, but at the same time, I needed to find my own voice and follow my own passion in order to write an authentic post that I was proud of. Same with organizing an initiative for pursuing digital transformation – yes, you can look at others for inspiration, but you need to consider your own company culture, vision, and purpose. And remember that while pizza has been around for a long time, people are constantly coming up with new combinations of ingredients or techniques. We won’t know with 100% certainty what pizza will look like in 10 years, and we won’t know what the future of work will look like in 10 years. Embrace creativity and drive innovation both in your kitchen and in your work.

While being creative is great, there are still basic rules to follow.

If I needed to bake a pizza in 5 minutes, I could not crank up the oven to 1,000 degrees and get it done. I can’t cook a pizza in a dutch oven. I can’t say a prayer to make sure the dough doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. A pizza is a blank canvas and you are the artist, but there are basic rules of chemistry that dictate whether you have a burnt pile of dough and a delicious pizza. In this class, there is a format for writing blog posts, a set number of tweets, and a time limit for our presentations. Rules help guide us just as creativity can let us become artists. With digital transformation, it is important to generate momentum from various levels in the organization. Yes, you can choose which metrics to guide you, but choosing no metrics is a sure way to fail. It’s clear that cloud computing, machine learning algorithms, and hybrid work are some critical elements to consider for digital transformation, just as time and temperature are critical elements to baking a pizza. Choosing the correct time and temperature depends on the size, ingredients, and desired outcome. Choosing the correct elements of digital transformation to pursue depends on the company size, ingredients, and desired outcome.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and good luck with your homemade pizza! Like and subscribe for more recipes in the future!



  1. I like this “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” approach… “Pizza and the Path to Digital Transformation”? And your analogy holds up well over the course of this post (though you almost lost me with that “grape pizza” bit.)

    I could see you doing this a series… at first I naturally was thinking Food Network but maybe CNBC would be more appropriate!

  2. I really enjoyed reading your post Parker – great job! Just as Ravi stated, your pizza analogies hold up well and make the key concepts stick. Towards the end of the post, I started craving pizza!

  3. Tanker 2 Banker · ·

    I was glad to read I wasn’t the only one taking weeks to write my blog posts. I learned that writing rich content, similar to cooking rich food I suppose, takes time. For me, I would write a few paragraphs per day and edit for a few days once I got my first draft down. As much as I love learning about crypto, my brain can only take so much theoretical thought and Twitter drivel on the subject.

  4. Shannon Reardon · ·

    Thank you for the creative food analogy, Parker. I really appreciated how the analogy applied to both class content and class dynamics. As you so beautifully put “while pizza has been around for a long time, people are constantly coming up with new combinations of ingredients or techniques”; staying innovative and adaptive have been the two biggest takeaways I’ve resorted to in our digitally transforming world.

  5. Christina S · ·

    Love this analogy! And so many great insights and reminders – I particularly enjoyed the subtle nod to an earlier class discussion about how frustrating it is to weed through blogger’s life stories just to get to a recipe; well played!

    I think your 4 key takeaways are spot-on, and the clever tie in of the class itself and enterprise digital transformation was brilliant. “There’s no technology for organizing a team to generate momentum or conduct an analysis of your value proposition. A good foundation for the pizza, a good foundation for ushering in digital transformation, will not only leave you satiated but will also beckon others to ask for more.” – I nominate you to write the intro for @geraldckane ‘s next book! I’ll certainly miss reading your blogs and tweets.

  6. bccryptoassets · ·

    Thanks for the unique post Parker. You were able to teach us how to make exceptional pizzas all while summarizing the course in a blog. It’s been a pleasure being your classmate and reading your blogs throughout this semester. You’re a fantastic student, but an even better person. I won’t forget your presentation in class for a long time, you did an amazing job. Pizza can change and so do we. I wish you the best after BC and hope for positive changes.

  7. Nice, creative, post. This is a first for me!

  8. Great post Parker! Definitely enjoyed the creativity of it! But honestly, would have preferred it if it had been about those meatballs you brought in instead of pizza.

  9. DropItLikeItHox · ·

    Extremely creative post! I got into pizza making at home over Covid, watched hours of YouTube videos and reading a few recipe books on tricks when making pizza. I totally see what you’re getting at, there’s a lot of preparation involved, and you’ll likely fail the first few times. But in the end, it determines the success of your company (or in pizza terms, whether you eat dinner or not).

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