Basic Pizza Dough

Ingredients
1 packet active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
Olive oil
Dried herbs (optional)
Directions
In a large bowl gently mix the warm water, yeast and honey until frothy and creamy for about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute for activation of the yeast. In a separate large mixing bowl [...]

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Calzone Dough

A calzone is simply an Italian savory turnover of sorts that is made by folding pizza dough in half and forming a “pizza pocket”. The pizza pocket is then filled with sauces and/or vegetables combined to create the flavor and textures of your choice.
Ingredients
1½ packets active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon [...]

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Makes 2 loaves
INGREDIENTS
1½ cups milk
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110°F)
3 eggs
½ cup white sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins
8 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons milk
¾ cup white sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted
PREPARATION
Warm the milk in a small saucepan until bubbles, then remove from heat. Let cool until [...]

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Grilled Zucchini, Portabella’s and Eggplant with Lemon Ricotta & Grilled Flatbread

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 zucchinis, sliced long and thin using a mandolin
1 portabella mushroom, sliced thin
1 grilled Japanese eggplant, sliced round and thin
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
1 cup fresh ricotta
1 tablespoon lemon zest plus 2 teaspoon
Grilled flatbread (recipe follows)
Directions
Follow instructions for the grilled flatbread and keep warm. Place all the ingredients on a flat baking sheet and season [...]

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Herb crusted Chicken with Caramelized Onion Jam on Ciabatta

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
For herb crusted chicken
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lemon
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups arugula leaves, for sandwich
Ciabatta, recipe follows
For caramelized onion jam
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 sweet onions, sliced thin
3 tablespoons sugar
¼ cup sherry vinegar
¼ cup water
Salt
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven [...]

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Lemon & Herb Focaccia

Makes 1 focaccia
INGREDIENTS
2¼ teaspoons (or 1 package) active dry yeast
5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading
¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
Zest of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt
DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together 12⁄3 cups lukewarm [...]

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New York Street Pretzels

Makes 12-15 medium pretzels
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1½ cups warm water
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 large egg, beaten
Pretzel salt
DIRECTIONS
Mix together sugar, yeast and water in a metal or glass mixing bowl until frothy. Let sit until foamy, about 5-7 minutes. In another large mixing bowl [...]

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Semita de Piña (Pineapple Tart)

Makes about 12 tarts
Semita is the most popular pastry in El Salvador and its basically a bread dough filled with jam. The most popular filling is pineapple utilizing El Salvador’s sweet pineapples!
Ingredients
1 cup milk
½ cup butter, unsalted
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1⁄3 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
5 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon [...]

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Spicy Cherry Pretzel Knots

Makes 30 knots
INGREDIENTS
For the knots
½ cup warm water (105° to 115°F)
1¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
¼ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons golden brown sugar (packed)
¾ teaspoon sugar
1½ teaspoons vegetable oil
¼ cup spicy mustard
1⁄3 cup dried cherries, chopped fine
2 cups bread flour
1½ teaspoons salt
Nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray
For the [...]

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Spicy Horseradish Herb Pretzels

Makes 12-15 medium pretzels
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1½ cups warm water
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh horseradish, grated
2 tablespoons of each of the following fresh herbs, chopped: thyme, marjoram, chives, parsley, tarragon
1 large egg, beaten
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine, for garnish
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Sundried Tomato & Herb Chicken Sausage Pizzas

Makes 3 10-inch pizzas
INGREDIENTS
2 pounds boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cubed
½ pound pork fat, cubed (optional)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine
2 tablespoons salt
Casings, of your choice
Canola or olive oil
Pizza Dough (recipe follows)
Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce (recipe follows)
Cheese, of [...]

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