Spinach And Ricotta Quiche

Spinach And Ricotta Quiche

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Note: 1) when baking blind, line the pastry in the pan with crumpled wax paper, not parchment or foil, the crumpled paper will conform to the shape of the pastry in the tart pan

I was searching for a quiche recipe that included spinach when I found this recipe. This recipe uses ricotta, eggs, and cream. I believe that this combination creates a dense or firm filling. I still need to find a recipe that makes a soft or fluffy filling. Maybe Thomas Keller has an epic quiche recipe! This quiche is savory and refreshing. Nutmeg can overpower the flavor of the filling. When I make this again, I am probably going to double the amount of filling. I have had thick slices of quiche that were very exciting.

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Spinach And Ricotta Quiche

Short Pastry

1. Le Cordon Bleu Home Collection: Quiches & Savories (Periplus Editions, 1999), 14, 58-59.

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Ham n’ Cheese Pizza & Sourdough Garlic Bread

Ham n’ Cheese Pizza & Sourdough Garlic Bread

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Note: 1) I currently like Penzeys garlic salt for making garlic bread, especially since it contains parsley, I have some pictures where I mix butter with garlic salt, but this garlic bread was made by buttering bread and sprinkling garlic salt over the butter

This pizza was GREAT! I remember the first time that I put prosciutto on a pizza when I did not have much experience cooking. The prosciutto baked until it was crisp and I did not believe that it was exciting. This time the prosciutto was still partially raw. Since the prosciutto is made by curing ham with salt, it adds a savory experience to the pizza. The steamed broccolini was exciting.

This recipe was from a Pizzacraft cookbook. The recipe included adding mozzarella and cheddar cheese. I used sharp cheddar cheese because I did not want to take risks and I did not want to experiment. Sharp cheddar has a distinct flavor when it is melted. The sauce was perfect. It was zesty. I made it with domestic tomatoes. I might put the sauce on the pizza with a slotted spoon to reduce the amount liquid I put on the raw crust.

I included links to videos on how to use a pizza peel. Next week I will make firmer dough using my Pizzacraft pizza dough recipe. This fine pizza dough should probably be put on the stone on parchment. After the crust is partially baked, the parchment can be removed to brown the pizza more effectively while baking.

Pizza:

  • Mozzarella
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Prosciutto
  • Broccolini (steamed)

Sauce

  • 1 (28 oz) can whole tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Download The Recipe And Some Links On Using A Peel For Making Pizza:

Pizzacraft Thin Crust Pizza Dough

How to Get Pizza Off the Peel

How to Stretch Your Pizza Dough & How To Use a Pizza Peel

How to Use a Metal Pizza Peel (So Your Dough Won’t Stick!) 

1. Pizza: From Every Day to Gourmet (Berkley: The Companion Group, 2014), 19, 73.

Bread Flavored With Brown Butter

Bread Flavored With Brown Butter

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This bread does not need to be served with oil or butter. Brown butter adds a pleasing flavor to this bread. The dough in this recipe is firm. I used traditional techniques. The dough rises for 2 hours, once in a bowl, and once in the shape of a loaf. I made the brown butter by simmering the butter until the white solids in the butter turned brown. The flavor is great. Some people put brown butter over vegetables or pasta. I am very excited that I am able to make bread effortlessly. One year ago I lacked the experience to be excited about making bread.

 

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Bread Flavored With Brown Butter

Grilled Chicken Bianca Pizza

Grilled Chicken Bianca Pizza

Note: 1) the pizza with more dough should have been baked longer, 2) either pizza may have been baked longer, 3) the pizza I remember in Berkley, California has a thick edge on the crust of the pizza; pizza from other places do not have a thick edge; this is the technique for making a thick edge on the crust

Original Proportions

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25% More Dough

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Bianca is an Italian word for something that is white. I am very excited by pizzas with white sauce. This pizza was very good! The book from Pizzacraft has great recipes for making pizza. This pizza is made with Alfredo sauce, a mixture of mozzarella and parmesan cheese, grilled chicken breasts, bacon, artichoke hearts, and basil.

I made the pizza with the original amount of dough, and with 25% more dough. The original pizza is lighter and more exciting. I am going to try adding 10% more dough because I want to attempt to put more dough in the middle. The size of the outer edges will be determined by the thickness of the dough when the dough is pressed into a disk. When adding more dough, the disk size must be the same thickness as the disk size of the original recipe to create similar pizzas.

Since the original pizza dough recipe is very exciting, I may not discover a better recipe than the original. A pizza with a lot of toppings must be pushed off the peel onto the stone. This is difficult. Baking the crust before putting the toppings on a heavy pizza may be desirable. I will have to find a video that demonstrates how people use a peel.

Original Proportions

25% More Dough

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Pizzacraft Thin Crust Pizza Dough

White Sauce

1. Pizza: From Every Day to Gourmet (Berkley: The Companion Group, 2014), 3, 23.

Pizzacraft Thin Crust Pizza Dough

Pizzacraft Thin Crust Pizza Dough

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Note: 1) I use the highest temperature of my oven to bake pizza with this stone and these rocks, 2) to make more dough multiply each value (in grams) by 1.20 (20%), 1.25 (25%), 1.50 (50%)…

Pizzacraft gave me the answer. I wanted the answer. When people give me the answer, I am able to enjoy myself. I remember learning to program and solve problems at a university. The professor was very good and shared the best information with people. Changing myself to have the ability to solve problems was terrible. When I buy the answer, and when I see the ideas that I want to know without having to solve a problem, I am usually very very excited. I have had the resources to enjoy solving problems. This book has the best recipes!

Pizzacraft Thin Crust Pizza Dough
The adapted recipe is for making a single 10 inch crust
Ingredients For The Adapted Recipe

  • 1/2 cup water (115 g, 80%)
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons + 1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour (144 g, 100%)
  • 1/4 + 1/16 teaspoon yeast (1.75 g, 1%)
  • 3/4 teaspoon corn/olive oil (3 g, 2%)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Diamond kosher salt (3 g, 2%)

Ingredients For The Original Recipe

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Put everything but the flour in a bowl
  • Add the flour to the mixture gradually while mixing the dough with a spoon
  • Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes
  • Put the dough on a floured surface (since the dough is sticky, put flour on the surface of the dough, then the dough will not stick to hands)
  • Shape the dough to make a rectangle and fold the rectangle into a letter from side to side and from top to bottom
  • Let the dough rise in an oiled bowl for about 1 hour
  • Put the dough on a floured surface
  • Shape the dough to make a rectangle and fold the rectangle into a letter from side to side and top to bottom
  • Shape the dough into a boule (ball)
  • Let the dough rest for 20 minutes
  • Shape the dough by pressing on it to make a 6 inch circle
  • Lift the circle of dough from the floured surface and turn the dough in your hands, permitting gravity to stretch the dough, use the thumbs to create a 1 inch wide (or greater) edge on the dough
  • Stretch the dough with knuckles to create a 9 or 10 inch crust
  • Bake the dough for about 20 minutes at 400°F/204°C (this amount of time browns the bottom of the pizza and browning bread adds flavor and texture to the bread)(this amount of time makes the crust “crispy”)

1. Pizza: From Every Day to Gourmet (Berkley: The Companion Group, 2014), 3

Baking A Pizza From The Store

Making Thin Crust Pizza Dough

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Pizzacraft Thin Crust Pizza Dough

1. Pizza: From Every Day to Gourmet (Berkley: The Companion Group, 2014), 3.

Snap’s American Bread

Snap’s American Bread

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Note: 1) this bread is flavored with butter, the butter adds an exciting flavor to the bread

Here is my new bread recipe. This is great bread. I was proud because I knew that I had witnessed the creator work though my vulnerable hands when I tasted this bread (8; I knew I was important because the creator visited me (8. This is great bread! I have a new technique for making bread. Because I noticed that the dough is different based on how the liquid is added to the flour, I added the flour to the liquid. Putting all of the liquids in the mixing bowl first works well. I only have to use the dough hook when I use this technique. I am not excited when I use the dough hook when I add the liquid to the flour.

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Snap’s American Bread

Chili 9000 – Very Very Exciting

Chili 9000 – Very Very Exciting

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I was making a simple dinner with Jacques Pépin when I realized that this may be the most exciting chili that I have eaten. This is very good. This recipe requires Chili 9000 chili powder from Penzeys. In the future, I plan on using traditional chili powder. I want to believe that the proportions for the spices in this recipe will work with any chili powder. If the results are as exciting when I use Chili 9000, I will have created a great recipe! Jacques Pépin created the original recipe that I used to make this recipe.

Exciting Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 6 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
  • 2 cups yellow onions, medium dice
  • 2 tablespoons garlic paste (from a garlic press)
  • 3/4 cup scallions, chopped
  • 2 jalapeño chili peppers, small dice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes in sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (Penzeys Chili 9000)
  • 1 tablespoon + 3/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons Diamond kosher salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil
  • 1 quart (4 cups) water

Variations

  • Thicken and add flavor with 1-2 tablespoons corn meal or maseca

Instructions

  • Prepare the vegetables
  • Prepare the spices or seasonings
  • In a pot, brown the ground turkey
  • Sweat the vegetables with the turkey for about 10 minutes
  • Add the spices while sweating the vegetables after about 7 minutes
  • Add the beans
  • Add the water
  • Boil
  • Simmer for 30 minutes
  • Put in serving bowls
  • Serve after permitting the chili to cool for about 10 minutes

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Exciting Chili

1. Episode 217: Game Day Pressure,” KQED, accessed August 5, 2017, http://www.kqed.org/w/morefastfoodmyway/episode217.html.
2. Chili Con Carne Of Jacques Pépin,” Snap’s Blog, accessed August 5, 2017, https://timothysnapmassey.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/chili-con-carne-of-jacques-pepin/.