Saturday, February 28, 2015

Veggie Pizza Heaven

I know some people insist on having meat on their pizzas. But this veggie pizza was delicious. It has sliced onions, red pepper, mushrooms, zucchini. The dough recipe is below. It is one I have used before.

I love making pizza. I am really trying to find a really good dough recipe. I tried this out tonight. The dough was thicker than my usual thin crust dough and was quite tasty. Take a look at the recipe. If you think I should be doing something different let me know.

Thick Pizza Dough

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour


1.In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.

2.Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.

3.Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe.

4.Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (220 degrees C). If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it.
5.Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tuna Melts

Got this recipe sent to me by a friend. Great tuna melts. Even better with a side order of duck fat fries.

Tuna Melts
2 (6 ounce) cans solid white tuna in water,
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
3/4 teaspoon red wine vinegar  1 pinch salt
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
4 slices seedless rye bread
8 slices ripe tomato
8 slices Swiss cheese
paprika, for garnish


1.       Preheat the oven broiler.

2.       In a bowl, mix the tuna, mayonnaise, celery, onion, parsley, and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.

3.       Place the rye bread slices on a baking sheet, and broil 1 minute in the preheated oven, until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and spread with the tuna salad. Place 1 cheese slice over the tuna salad on each piece of bread, layer with a tomato slice, and top with remaining cheese slices.

4.       Return layered bread to the preheated oven, and broil 3 to 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Perfect Prime Rib

This was a roast that I made for my birthday. First I brought the roast to room temperature and rubbed with pepper, and thyme and then slathered it with unsalted butter. I then covered it with onions and put it in the oven at 475F for fifteen minutes then lowered the temperature to 325F until I got an internal temperature of 135F. I remove the roast from the oven and let it rest for approximately 15-20 minutes covered in  tinfoil. It was delicious.