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Exciting New Things

I know I’ve been absent for quite some time, and I am deeply sorry for that. I am here now to announce some exciting new things coming in the new year. As I have already told you, I am planning a New Year’s Resolution Cooking List. I’m leaning more toward calling it a New Year’s Revelation. During this time I plan to attempt to cook things that I have never made before and record the experience. I have some awesome dishes in mind and hope to do at least one, if not two per month.

But wait! There’s more! I also intend to introduce a new monthly post of “Ingredient of the Month”. I will feature a new ingredient every month and discuss things such as its uses, what it tastes like, what it pairs well with, how choose ripe/fresh ingredients, and possibly do’s and don’ts. I will try to choose unique ingredients each month and my goal is to post at least one dish with in that month with that ingredient. If I use common ingredients, I will try to find interesting or uncommon uses or pairing for them.

Along the same lines as the ingredient of the month posts, I am also toying with the idea of random monthly posts featuring handy or favorite utensils, appliances, techniques, and the like. I think that these posts will help me complete my mission of not just teaching recipes but inspiring people to get in their kitchen and experiment on their own! My favorite part of cooking is creating, and I desperately want to share that passion with others.

 

Here are some fun links to hold you over until the new year! I hope everyone has a fun and safe holidays and I will see you in 2013!

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 Whether you are from Italy, New York, or Timbuktu; a pepperoni and cheese traditionalist or a gourmet creationalist, most people can appreciate a good pizza. And a home-made one is even better!

Now everyone knows that the crust is the hardest part to get right when making a home-made pizza. What if you could remove that part all together? I know what you’re thinking…. “Come now! You are not suggesting that we buy store-bought pizza dough/crust are you? That stuff is disgusting!” And OF COURSE NOT!  I would never suggest such a thing! It is blasphemy to pizza everywhere! What I am suggesting is to not use pizza crust at all!

I have a made a wonderful discovery. It is called Naan bread! You can buy this in both original or garlic flavored. (as you have probably guessed, garlic flavored is my favorite). It is a premade, flat bread that is sold in a roundish shape and it comes with a recipe for pizza right on the back of the package! It is delicious by its self, so why wouldn’t it be just as yummy with cheese? Here I have gone the traditional route with mozzarella and pepperoni. Next I believe I am going to try mushrooms, greek olives, and feta cheese. The sky is the limit! Even play around with the sauce. I suggest trying pesto, alfredo, or even an avocado paste (such as guacamole) for some extra creative fun!

Where can you find this amazing pizza crust substitute? Well I bought this at Target, but I’m sure it can be found in the bakery department of many national grocery chains. Brookshire’s is always a good place to go for unique and international ingredients. But the best place to find things if you have access is a farmers market or local bakery. 🙂

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