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Naan “Pizza”

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I love  to make pizza from scratch. I used to make it at least once or twice a month, mostly making my own dough, sometimes using fresh dough I bought at my favorite pizzeria.
However, since I now live in a small apartment, with a small kitchen which has the counter space the size of a hand towel, for practical reasons I sometimes use naan instead of pizza dough.
Although the texture is completely different, I like it as an uncomplicated, quick fix 🙂
Since I am already at a distance from a “real” pizza, I also like to use spicy salsa mexicana (picco de gallo) instead of tomato sauce, which add’s a wonderful extra layer of heat and debt of flavor.
“Real” pizza this is not – naan pizza it is, and it is at it’s best as such 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Naan Pizza

Naan Pizza

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Naan Pizza

Naan Pizza

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Preparation :
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If you wonder why there is a whole tomato as a garnish – I like to squeeze very ripe tomato on top of my pizza just before eating it 🙂
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How To Turn Radiators Into A Delicious Dish…….

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Radiatore  with Salame and Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Garlic-Confit Cream”
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Pasta, garlic, cream and other “stuff” 🙂 – always quick and easy to prepare, yet very rewarding with big flavors and a lovely texture.
This is the kind of food I prepare when I “don’t feel like cooking”. After all, the whole preparation takes only a few minutes and is easy enough to be handled by a novice in the kitchen, all one needs is a few good ingredients and a passion for food, the rest will fall into place all by itself 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Radiatore with Salame and Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Garlic-Confit Cream

Radiatore with Salame and Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Garlic-Confit Cream

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Radiatore with Salame and Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Garlic-Confit Cream

Radiatore with Salame and Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Garlic-Confit Cream

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Preparation :
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Casarecce Gorgonzola

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I was  going to make a quick salami and gorgonzola sandwich, when I realized that I felt I had to treat myself to a better lunch than a simple sandwich, so I checked the larder for a few available goodies and the following is what I came up with. By the time the pasta was cooked al dente, I had all the other ingredients prepped and it took only about another five minutes to complete the dish. While I love a good sandwich, this dish was a far more rewarding lunch and it took only slightly more time to prepare.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Casarecce Gorgonzola

Casarecce Gorgonzola

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Casarecce Gorgonzola

Casarecce Gorgonzola

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Preparation :
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Trottole Alla Fortunello

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Although  this dish might not look very “light and healthy”, the small portion served makes it as promised – “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food”. (I share the portions pictured with one of my neighbors) 🙂
I have, contrary to classic cooking methods, omitted to saute the coppa ham, prosciutto ham and the salame. I rather love the taste and texture of the protein without sauteing them over piping hot pasta (make sure you slice the coppa, prosciutto and the salame paper-thin), but as usual, if you prefer to saute them, don’t hesitate to do so.

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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Trottole Alla Fortunello

Trottole Alla Fortunello

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Salad Of Romaine, Swiss, Peccorino, Salame, Radish And Grape Tomatoes In Sherry Vinaigrette



Trying to make up for the sumptuous lunch by having this simple salad for dinner.
I just hope the munchies will not attack me before bed time 🙂

Salad Of Romaine, Swiss, Peccorino, Salame, Radish And Grape Tomatoes In Sherry Vinaigrette

Salad Of Romaine, Swiss, Peccorino, Salame, Radish And Grape Tomatoes In Sherry Vinaigrette

Salad Of Romaine, Swiss, Peccorino, Salame, Radish And Grape Tomatoes In Sherry Vinaigrette

Salad Of Romaine, Swiss, Peccorino, Salame, Radish And Grape Tomatoes In Sherry Vinaigrette

Salad Of Romaine, Swiss, Peccorino, Salame, Radish And Grape Tomatoes In Sherry Vinaigrette

Salad Of Romaine, Swiss, Peccorino, Salame, Radish And Grape Tomatoes In Sherry Vinaigrette

Salad Of Romaine, Swiss, Peccorino, Salame, Radish And Grape Tomatoes In Sherry Vinaigrette

Salad Of Romaine, Swiss, Peccorino, Salame, Radish And Grape Tomatoes In Sherry Vinaigrette




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How Every day Should Start – Good Stuff By The Lake

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This  is what we call in Germany a “Bauernfrühstück”, a farmers Breakfast, usually taken around 11.00am.
Cold cuts and/or cheeses, rustic bread and a glass of red vine.

I had this at 10.00am today – Life is Good 🙂

Bon Appetit !   An Guate !
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Gorgonzola, Brie, Salame,  Asiago, Parmigiano Regiano, Aostino, Sour Dough Bread, Malbec Red

Gorgonzola, Brie, Salame, Asiago, Parmigiano Regiano, Aostino, Sour Dough Bread, Malbec Red

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Bauernfrühstück

Bauernfrühstück

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Gorgonzola, Brie, Salame,  Asiago, Parmigiano Regiano, Aostino, Sour Dough Bread, Malbec Red

Gorgonzola, Brie, Salame, Asiago, Parmigiano Regiano, Aostino, Sour Dough Bread, Malbec Red

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Farmers Breakfast

Farmers Breakfast

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Easy Does It # 7 – Mac & Cheese (Mac & Cheese Recipe # 3784)

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Dear  Friend’s,
Although most of my followers are culinary professionals, there is also a large segment of followers who are just starting to enjoy cooking on a slightly higher than basic level. I have therefore decided to publish, under the moniker “Easy Does It“,  from time to time some very basic recipe variations of dishes which otherwise might seem complicated to some folks. I will break them down to the easiest, most simple instructions, so that those of you who are intimidated by elaborate recipes will be able to prepare these dishes properly, adjusted to your taste and liking, right from the get-go.
Enjoy :-)
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In  anticipation of my splendid dinner to come (you’ll see), I decided to have a very simple late lunch. Before I came to the USA I had never seen or eaten mac & cheese and for the first few years I was not interested in it either, always having been served the packaged version and never been able to understand its appeal. However, when I started to make my own, using quality ingredients, good seasoning and pasta cooked al dente, I changed my opinion and became a fan like millions of others :-).
I have used all kind of different cheeses and added many other ingredients, such as mushrooms, vegetables, protein etc.
Here now is what I consider to be a basic version. Just make sure you season properly, don’t overcook the pasta and most of all, use the best quality sharp cheddar you can find.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Mac & Cheese. Recipe # 4794

Mac & Cheese. Recipe # 4794

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Every Day Should Start Like This- Bauern Frühstück

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I am  hoping that once I will be retired, this is how all my breakfast’s will look like 🙂

Bon Appetit And Have A great Day !   Life is Good !
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onion/garlic -focaccia, ham, emmenthaler, salame, brie, boiled egg, boursin, salted radishes, salted tomatoes, chilies & merlot

onion/garlic -focaccia, ham, emmenthaler, salame, brie, boiled egg, boursin, salted radishes, salted tomatoes, chilies & merlot

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bauern frühstück

bauern frühstück

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vesper

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Hans’ Wonder Bread – Best Bread Ever? Nope, But……

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Yesterday  afternoon I prepared some pizza for myself and had some leftover dough. Today I came home late and did not feel like cooking up a storm, so I made this stuffed bread for dinner. I guess I could call it a calzone?, but I am more comfortable with “Stuffed Yeast Bread”.
I ate the whole thing piping hot and I must say: Simply delicious 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

Pizza Dough Recipe

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Stuffed Yeast Bread

Stuffed Yeast Bread

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pizza dough, diced salame, spicy tomato salsa, gorgonzola, corn meal, red onion, olive oil, sage, rosemary, thyme, scallion

pizza dough, diced salame, spicy tomato salsa, gorgonzola, corn meal, red onion, olive oil, sage, rosemary, thyme, scallion

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roll dough, top with salame

roll dough, top with salame

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top with gorgonzola

top with gorgonzola

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top with spicy tomato salsa

top with spicy tomato salsa, thyme and sliced sage

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top with another sheet of dough. Coat finely sliced onions and chopped rosemary with generous amount of olive oil. Sprinkle over bread. Sprinkle with corn meal. Place on corn meal dusted baking pan. Cook at 375 F

top with another sheet of dough. Coat finely sliced onions and chopped rosemary with generous amount of olive oil. Sprinkle over bread. Sprinkle with corn meal. Place on corn meal dusted baking pan. Cook at 375 F. When done, sprinkle with scallions and chili flakes

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Stuffed Yeast Bread

Stuffed Yeast Bread

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Calzone

Calzone

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Stuffed Yeast Bread

Hans’ Wonder Bread

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Stuffed Yeast Bread

Stuffed Yeast Bread

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Caesar Salad “Royal”

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No such thing as a Caesar Salad “Royal” you say?
Maybe up until around noon today you were right. But, after I made myself a traditional caesar salad for lunch and looked at it with hungry eyes (Bella too) , we felt the strong need to embellish the salad somewhat and this was the result :

Trim and wash  romaine lettuce, cut into your preferred size or leave individual leafs whole. Prepare thinly sliced toast of your favorite bread. For the dressing, mash anchovy filets in a bowl, add egg yolks, roasted garlic pure, lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper and in a slow, steady stream add good quality olive oil until you have a dressing the texture of  mayonnaise. Add some finely grated parmigiano reggiano, mix well. Adjust taste and texture if necessary. Mix romaine with the dressing, arrange on serving dish. If you love anchovies (I do), top salad with additional filets. Sprinkle with finely grated or finely shaved parmigiano reggiano. Serve toast on the side.     Voilà – Caesar Salad.

For Caesar Salad “Royal”, add the following items :
Prosciutto ham, salame, brie cheese, asiago cheese, manchego cheese, grape tomatoes, chives.     Voilà – Caesar Salad “Royal”

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

P.S.
Caesar Salad “Imperial” coming up soon. ( Think crab legs, lobster, shrimp, caviar, etc) 🙂
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Ceasar Salad "Royal"

Ceasar Salad “Royal”


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