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A supple pizza dough that bakes up crisp but chewy –not dry, not heavy or bready – perfectly balanced pizza dough. Garnish it as you like and check on the Pizza on the Grill Techniques. This pizza was tested on the Primo Grill, available at www.PrimoGrill.com. It is the perfect size for monster (or smaller) pizzas and the dome cover ensures a bistro quality finish to your savory pie. They also sell a super cast iron pizza stone. You can make this dough thick or thin - it suits either approach.

 

Pears are overlooked in autumn, as apples take top billing but they are so elegant. Small pears, poached in Earl Grey Tea, with some honey and vanilla are sublime. You can also make these in red wine or apple cider instead of the tea, or use green tea and add orange zest to the brew.

Pomegranate juice seems to be vying with blueberries of late, for its health benefits. Sweet potatoes, slow braised in this juice, yielded deeply rich and flavorful potatoes. I also suggest half mango and half pomegranate juice for a variation on a great theme. ….and just in case you tire of the marshmallow and sweet potato bake (also in my recipe archives)

Top of the morning to you with these crisp diced potatoes, replete with peppers and onions. A confetti-like cheer of pototaes to go with some eggs, over easy.

Potatoes lightly browned in olive oil, with a smattering of wine, pancetta, parmesan cheese, and a taste that leaps out of the pan. This is a great crowd pleaser of a potato dish.
Serve with.....anything. Serve alone - they won't notice the absence of the main dish. These are especially good with any sort of grilled chicken, even store-bought rotisserie or Portugese chickens. If you can, use California or local (Quebec) garlic, versus Chinese garlic for a beautiful garlic bouquet.


 

There are a few recipes for this on the net and one in Secrets of a Jewish Baker by George Greenstein. The main elements are the same: potatoes, flour, yeast, eggs, and oil but the proportions differ substantially. I distilled this recipe down from all those I researched. To say this is outstanding, foodwise, is to say that the Mona Lisa is passing fair, as far as dabbling with oils go. This tastes like a potato latke, cuts like a quiche, and is a side dish wanting to go center stage. This is great hot, warm, or cold. Slather it with sour cream, or serve a thin wedge with a green salad and a BBQ chicken or grilled rib eye steak.

This is too special to wait for Thanksgiving or fall –make this anytime of year when you want a smooth and spicy treat.

This is  a heady confection of milk and white Belgium chocolate, along with some orange-tinted, pumpkin-pie flavoured chocolate that gest (melted and) marbled in. It’s pretty, intriguing, a fine gift and holiday perk, and as gourmet as you please. I use Callebault as well as white chocolate wafers, coloured with orangefood colouring. If you don’t have orange chocolate wafers (mine are from a local bulk food store), tint white chocolate, as it melts with orange food colouring. 

I worked for hours to make this recipe extra special and it is as fine as any bistro offering. Make as many ravioli as you want and then freeze them and pop them in simmering water when you want a special meal or a unique Thanksgiving offering. You can use fresh pasta sheets to make the ravioli (and cut with a paring knife into small squares or a round or square ravioli cutter) or handier still, won ton wrappers. Won ton wrappers are easier to work with unless you you’re your own fresh pasta or really supple, soft, fresh pasta from a gourmet shop. Store-bought fresh pasta (in our testing) was too tough to work with. Canned pumpkin is a noble shortcut but make sure you purchase plain pumpkin (not spiced pumpkin puree). For your own pumpkin filling, roast (not boil) the pumpkin.

This is easy if you make the filling ahead (it keeps for two days in the fridge) and assemble what you need for a meal and freeze the rest. Bakers tip: parchment paper to lay the ravioli out on, a pastry brush for the egg wash and make sure your pasta is very thin (whether it is store-bought or homemade) for a very tender ravioli.

A bit of Patak’s to the rescue, a few spices, a few vegetables and a nutritious, delectable entrée in minutes. Meat eaters and vegetarians will finally agree on something: this is delicious and easy. It has a ton of vitamens and if you added steam kale, spinach or broccoli, you would be more than all set.

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