In The Kitchen

2011 July: GREASED LIGHTING

2011 July: GREASED LIGHTING

For some folks, that layer of grease that drips down your arm as you eat a slice of pizza is welcomed. For others, it can be a major turn-off and a reason to go somewhere else for dinner. The challenge here is to create a healthier pizza by eliminating some of the grease (fat) onMore »

Desserts: Sweet Ending

2011 July: SWEET ENDING

We all love the sweet melodious sound of our cash register’s “cha-ching” as we make another sale, and I want to help you make that happen more often. Selling desserts is one easy way to accomplish that goal.Collectively we’ve tried it all, from going around the neighborhood putting door hangers with special offers on themMore »

2011 June: Dough Doctor

2011 June: Dough Doctor

My pizza dough gets too soft to hand toss after only two days in the cooler. What do I do? A: In reviewing your dough formula and management procedure, I see that your dough formula contains nearly 10 percent oil in addition to 60 percent water. This is much more oil than the two toMore »

Gotcha Covered: Breaded chicken makes a great pizza topping

2011 May: Gotcha Covered

Think breaded chicken, and the ubiquitous chicken tender may come to mind. Yet many pizzeria operators find that breaded chicken also fits nicely in entrées and salads — and even as specialty pizza toppers. At Casa Del-Dio Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen in Orlando, Florida, breaded chicken appears in traditional dishes such as chicken parmigiana andMore »

A Cajun Kick

2011 May: A Cajun Kick

Cajun-inspired dishes add flair to traditional Italian menus Cajun-Creole cooking is hot (as in trend, but also because customers are taking to spicy-heat dishes like never before). So why not jump on the bandwagon and play along? I am sure your customers will love the variety. Some of the specialities of New Orleans in particularMore »

2011 May: Dough Doctor

2011 May: Dough Doctor

Dough Doctor Mix it Up The Dough Doctor explains mixing time, oven decisions By Tom Lehmann What will happen if I mix my dough less than the normal time? A: If you mix your dough in the 15- to 20-minute range, you probably won’t see much change in either the dough or the finished pizza.More »

2011 April: Ground Days

2011 April: Ground Days

Good, old-fashioned hamburger has adorned pizza across America for decades now. Using ground beef is simple, but bear in mind that there are different levels of leanness to consider when purchasing the ingredient. The leaner you go, the more expensive it gets. It’s important to figure out how to cross-utilize all the ingredients on yourMore »

2011 April: SOURCING FRESH INGREDIENTS

2011 April: SOURCING FRESH INGREDIENTS

When Chris and Kate Saville opened The Flatz Company in Wyckoff, New Jersey, about a year ago, they knew they wanted to use fresh ingredients. They just didn’t know where to find them. “It took a lot of trial and error and calling people,” says Chris, who is from England and did not have foodserviceMore »

2011 April: I CRY FOR YOU

2011 April: I CRY FOR YOU

While there are many varieties of onions, the four types most commonly used in just about every restaurant are: yellow, Spanish, red and scallions (also know as green onions). When we get into fine-dining restaurants, however, the usage expands to include more exotic onions such as Maui sweet, Vidalia, Walla Walla, cippoline, pearl, shallots andMore »