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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Creamy Rucola/Arugula Ciabatta Pizza

Check out the YouTube video:
 This is a really nice snack that is easy to make. The recipe produces a ciabatta pizza that is roughly the size of a normal medium pizza. Serves 2-3 people. 
> 400-500 g of rucola (it will reduce down as you cook it, similar to fresh spinach)
> 1 loaf of ciabatta (at least ten inches by 4 inches. It's also possible to use the small 4in buns, but I find that these are more work), sliced longways.
> 4 Tbl cream cheese 
> 1 Tbl butter 
> 1 tsp salt, garlic, parsley, oregano, basil; 1/2 tsp white pepper. This is your pizza seasoning base for the rucola spread.
> 50-100 g sliced salami, ham, pepperoni, etc. This is to your taste. For veggie lovers you can opt out of the lunch meats altogether. 
> 1 sliced sprig of green onions, 2 medium mushrooms, 1/4 bell pepper, etc. Again this can be to your own preference. Meat lovers can throw the veg our completely if they like, although I would recommend the green onions as they complement the rucola nicely. 
> 100 g slice cheese. I like a lighter cheese on mine, but cheddar is always acceptable.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Meats vs Veggies: The Adventure that got it All Started

Check out the original meats vs veggies argument that stirs up so much creativity in the kitchen around here:

Marinades: Italian Salad Dressing

Watch the YouTube video here!

Yes, that's right. Italian Salad Dressing.

It makes a great emergency dressing when you have under an hour to marinate the meat. The only drawback? It's not all that great on red meats. My best results have been with pork and chicken. Chicken in particular takes to Italian dressing very well, but I have also successfully used this dressing on white fishes and shrimp. Please, don't ruin good crab with a hasty marinade - similar to good beef cuts. Take the time to do them right, or don't do them at all. Stick to favorites like hamburgers and crab cakes and buy the cheaper meats if you don't have time to marinade overnight and then stand in front of a grill all day.