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Fresh Homemade Semolina Pasta

Fresh Homemade Semolina Pasta

Wow, what a week. A long and busy week. I was definitely unprepared to return to the Army after a month off. Wednesday we ran the dreaded “gulch” which is a four mile route with extreme hills. It’s an ankle, knee, and shin nightmare. Needless to say, after not having run for weeks, I got shin splints. Then Friday there was a short ruck march, but it exacerbated my shin problem and the crappy boots I have gave me some nasty blisters the size of golf balls. That’s what I get for taking time off.

Full days at the motorpool aren’t usually so bad, but this week was a little different. Mostly because I’m used to coming home from work to relax and unwind. Oh, right, I have a baby now! It’s been difficult finding a new groove to get into and my time management hasn’t exactly been super efficient. Then I had 24 hour staff duty sprung on me on Friday last minute, so that just cut my weekend in half.

Alas, I have now found some time to rest and relax. Of course, that means a new recipe (finally!) Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Army, Entree/Main Dish, Food

 

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Creative Calzones!

Creative Calzones!

One of my very first jobs in the food business was working for a pizza place. It was called Pizza USA, and it was one of those food court pizza places you’d find in a mall. Think of Sbarro, only worse. Of course, at the time, I didn’t know any better. I was in high school just trying to make some spending money. I actually enjoyed the job quite a bit, and it introduced me to a few cooking skills that helped to lay the foundation of my knowledge today, to include bread making.

Of course, the place is out of business now. It was owned by shady people and managed by even shadier people. We had a manager that ended up being convicted of embezzling money from the petty cash safe. Funny story: I got fired for it! It wasn’t long, though, before the manager got caught and I got my job back, with a fairly hefty raise 😉

Once again, I digress. One thing I remember well from that job was making calzones. They were actually pretty decent and one of the few things that I enjoyed eating from there on a regular basis. When I made the ricotta earlier, my mind went immediately to making calzones! This time, though, I wouldn’t be limited to just pepperoni or spinach. And, since I’ve already got a pretty good pizza dough here to work with, it should be pretty easy! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Entree/Main Dish, Food, Pizza

 

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Pizza Time!

Pizza Time!

I am a man who loves his pizza. It has everything I look for in a meal. Crispy crust with a soft crumb, sweet and tangy tomato sauce, savory and fatty meats, loads of crisp veggies, and chewy, salty cheese! I’m a sucker for pizza, for sure.

Laura and I eat too much pizza, which is just enough for me. However, we’ve found that we end up spending way too much money on mediocre crap. Our only choices for pizza around here are the chain restaurants. We usually order Papa John’s because it’s far less greasy than the alternatives. Besides that, pizza out here on the island is terribly expensive. Without a coupon, a large specialty could cost us $28, before delivery fee and tip.

So why on Earth have I not been making it myself? I asked myself that the other day. It was a “duh” moment. Granted, it’s time consuming, but given a little planning, it really isn’t that much of a bother. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Baking, Entree/Main Dish, Food, Pizza

 

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