Pizza Night

While I am certainly not one to turn down a night on the town, sometimes you just want to stay in and have some delicious warm crisp homemade pizza. Who has the energy, you might ask. The truth of the matter is it isn’t hard or very time-consuming. Let me show you what I mean.

First mix one package of active yeast, a tablespoon of honey, and one cup of warm water. What is warm? Put a finger in the water it should be almost too hot to hold it there. Leave it for about 14 minutes and watch it rise. It should look something like this.

while you’re waiting mix 2 1/2 cups of flour with 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt. You might as well get your olive oil ready as well, all 3 tablespoons of it.Now comes the fun part, makes the olive oil into the yeast and then makes your liquid ingredients with your dry ingredients.

at this point for the mixture out onto well floured surface and knead it by hand until smooth.

after three or four minutes it should look something like this.no rub some olive oil on the base of a large mixing bowl cover with a towel and put in a warm place. 

Make sure your bowl is large enough because the dough should rise to twice its original size.

At this point your door was ready to be made into whatever you want to make it. You can do pizza, Stromboli, call zone, flatbread or even pick it up and turned it into regular bread. Me? Definitely going to be pizza. So next step is to put the pizza stone into the ovenand crank up the heat as high as your pizza stone can handle. In my case it’s only 415°

Don’t have a pizza stone? Don’t worry about it. While the pizza stone does add to the texture of the pizza you’ll still have a great pizza on your hands without it.

This mound of dirt will make two large pizzas or four medium ones. I’m going to make medium ones because they’re easier to handle. However this is the point where I freeze the dough I’m not using today, so take half of it though and stick it in the freezer!

The next big question is how do you roll it out into this perfect little circles? The answer is I don’t. We like weird shapes and make pizza fun and we don’t sweat it too much.

So let the Stonerise another 10 minutes or so and then put it into the oven to prebake. This makes it a lot easier to handle.

Pick your favorite toppings and and put it back in the oven to melt the cheese!

After about seven minutes in the oven this is what you get crispy gooey perfection. 



La Voz Hispana

So it’s been pretty exciting times as the articles I wrote for the hispanic publication here in Lancaster has finally gone to print! Here ya go:

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Our Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving just passed us by and I’m sure there was a lot of tradition and innovation in all of your kitchens. Our kitchen was more of a collaboration than usual. The reason I say that is because when I was little it was basically my mom cooking. Then when I learned how to cook and learned that I enjoyed cooking, I took over. My mom would step in from time to time to answer a question or two but she very gladly handed it over to me. One of the dishes I did own, however, was the cranberry sauce.IMG_1123 Continue reading

Our Third Anniversary

A couple weeks ago we celebrated our third anniversary (Yay for us!). To celebrate, we decided to go to Himalayan Curry & Grill. A few weeks later we wound up doing a photo shoot of their food (which we’ll get in to later) but that night was our celebration. We started off eating their wafer thin chips with what I believe to be anise seeds. Here is one with a bit of their tomato relish.

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Easy Pasta Recipe

After reading Adam Roberts go on and on about pasta, how delicious it is, how easy it is, I decided to make my own. After reading about his spring vegetables pasta, I ventured out to make a carnivorous and less cheesy (in the literal sense) pasta. So I decided to start off with the base of many great things, an onion.

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Taste the World – Exotic Food

This last week was the Lancaster Taste the World in Downtown Lancaster.

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Susan and I are always excited about this event but due to the rain, she stayed home and I ventured out with my dad (he heard about the pig ears and the cactus salad and was more than happy to go). Our first stop was Upohar.

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Carrabba’s Italian Grill

As I started writing this post I suddenly realized how far behind I am in these posts! You see February is a big birthday month and to celebrate my brother turning 31 we went to Carrabba’s Italian Grill. I was curious since I’ve had a couple good comments about it and I wanted to see how much of it was true. We started off the evening with a Sangria. I wouldn’t say that it was something that would compel me to rush back but it was a decent enough accompaniment to our meal.

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Food Photography

Recently I was approached about an interesting opportunity to support an organization called Kids and Cultures with a local foodie project called Taste the World (Lancaster) where people can buy a passport and visit local multicultural restaurants and try some of their food. They have a great Facebook page and if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that I’ve been posting some of those pictures and that is because I got tapped to take the pictures.Lonely_Mug

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Manna Pan Asian Fusion

A couple weeks ago was my birthday (as you may have noticed from my birthday posts) and we went to Manna Pan Asian Fusion with my family. Being fairly new in the area I decided to take to the internet and found that Manna has great reviews. It was a slow Friday afternoon so I was a little concerned that service might be off, but as soon we got there the waitress showed up to take our drink orders. I decided to try out the Tai Sweet Tea.

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