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tomato pizza-pie & green pepper pizza-pie
tomato pizza-pie & green pepper pizza-pie

In 1953, Dean Martin sang : “when the moon hits your eye like a big(ga)-pizza-pie, that’s amore . . .” I don’t know if Mr. Dean Martin was talking about this kind of pizza-pie or not. But I do know that I don’t often write the funniest or most clever stories. Those usually require a particularly well-developed...

25.06.2017
smoky roasted eggplant & black olive dip
smoky roasted eggplant & black olive dip

Listen carefully . . .  This is not a “baba ghanoush” nor a “tapenade” nor an in-between mix of the two because there is no ‘tahini’ sesame paste included, (like in the first) nor a few anchovies and capers, (like in the second). It’s closer to a greek “melitzanosalata” or a french...

10.06.2017
strawberry cream tartlets
strawberry cream tartlets

A MID-SPRING DESSERT CLASSIC made easy (or easier) . . . with simplified  steps : 1. No slicing up of strawberries (which is why I use very large whole strawberries that have been softened just enough with lemon/lime juice and sugar and have released part of their juices). 2. Using the released juices to create the syrup glaze for the...

27.05.2017
all-white four-cheeses pizza : part 4 of the ‘pizza series’
all-white four-cheeses pizza : part 4 of the ‘pizza series’

1, 2, 3, 4 - cheeses white pizza to wrap up part 4 of the ‘pizza series’. I’m not gonna lie to you, an all-white cheesy pizza is good, but a reddish tomato-sauce all-dressed pizza with all the toppings is better, but this is a nice & easy & quick recipe option and thus ‘deserving’ of being...

12.05.2017
pizza sauce : part 2 (of 4) of the 'pizza series'
pizza sauce : part 2 (of 4) of the 'pizza series'

Yup, me again … just about anything can be an ‘okay & acceptable tomato pizza sauce’ … even some crushed tomatoes with some salt and olive oil and maybe some pepper because simple is really nice too. But how great can that pizza ‘sauce’ be (and I say ‘sauce’ as opposed to a crushed tomato...

30.04.2017
nectarine & hazelnut “knuckle-buckle” cakes
nectarine & hazelnut “knuckle-buckle” cakes

This year, there will be alot of juicy succulent NECTARINES so we’ll start with the easiest recipe which is an adaptation of a simple cake with fresh fruits often called a “buckle” cake when topped with a "crumble", but I don’t like that “crumbly” stuff (like a streusel topping). I...

17.06.2017
mexican-mediterranean guacamole
mexican-mediterranean guacamole

KEEP IT GREEN ! . . . And I’m not only talking about guacamole. Like many foods, the best food is the food you like and the way you like it and not always the way it’s supposed to be . . . I guess you can see where I’m going with this. Many years ago (about ten or fifteen), the authentic and very Mexican version...

03.06.2017
chocolate & salted caramel & peanut tartlets
chocolate & salted caramel & peanut tartlets

A VERY SHORT & SWEET STORY : "One fine day, coming home after work (and on this same very fine day), when Angel was working from home and had time to do all the cooking, I discovered these wonderful little tartlets . . ." SHORTCRUST PASTRY DOUGH + CARAMEL + CHOCOLATE = Angel’s versions which were simpler but equally...

20.05.2017
montreal-style all-dressed pizza : part 3 of the 'pizza series'
montreal-style all-dressed pizza : part 3 of the 'pizza series'

MAYBE you’ll understand and MAYBE YOU WON'T ?! I’m obsessed with the pizza of my childhood, my teenage years and my younger to older adult life . . . It’s all memory-related. Ordering an XL PIZZA from our favorite neighborhood pizzeria was always a moment of joy and homey comfort. To this day, the first thing that my...

05.05.2017
'foolproof' thin-crust pizza dough : part 1 (of 4) of the ‘pizza series’
'foolproof' thin-crust pizza dough : part 1 (of 4) of the ‘pizza series’

YUP, I THINK WE ALL NEED TO HAVE A LONG & INTELLIGENT TALK in order to understand and to demystify "foolproof" thin crust pizza dough ingredients and techniques  (once and for all) … pffffffff ! Some equations and calculations will also be necessary … but WHY ? Because when you use only 6 BASIC...

22.04.2017