Basic Potato Focaccia

Ingredients 1/4 ounce active dry yeast or 1/2 ounce fresh yeast 1 1/4 cups very warm water (120-125°F) 1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 cup potato buds (instant mashed potatoes) 1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk 1 tablespoon salt 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon olive oil Instructions 1) In a large mixing bowl or the bowl ofMore »

Basic Peperonata

Ingredients 5 large bell peppers, various colors make the best presentation, cut in strips 8 ounces of diced, peeled, seeded Roma tomatoes 1 small sweet onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 5 basil leaves 8 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste Instructions Sauté the onions and garlic in 3 tablespoons of olive oil,More »

Basic Marinara Sauce

Ingredients 4 ounces olive oil 8 ounces onions, diced small 4 cloves garlic, minced 7 pounds fresh plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped 2 cups canned tomato puree 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped Instructions 1. In a large, heavy walled pot over medium heat, sweat onions in olive oil until translucent.2. Add garlic and sauté untilMore »

Basic Marinade for Beef

Ingredients 3/4 cup red wine 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper Instructions Combine the ingredients in a glass or non-reactive pan (stainless steel, for example). Add meat and marinate for 6 hrs in the cooler orMore »

Basic Garam Masala (sweet)

Ingredients 5 parts ground coriander 4 parts ground cumin 2 parts ground cardamom 2 parts ground black pepper 1 part ground cloves 1 part ground cinnamon 1 part ground nutmeg 1 part ground ginger Instructions Mix until evenly distributed. Store in airtight container.

Basic French Bread pizza

Ingredients Sauce 15 ounces tomato puree 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon dried basil 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme 1 cup mozzarella 1 cup provolone 1 loaf (16 ounces) French or Italian bread, cut in half Instructions 1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over mediumMore »

Basic Focaccia

Basic Focaccia

Ingredients 1/4 ounce active dry yeast or 1/2 ounce fresh yeast 1 cup warm water 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt Instructions 1) In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water and let sit for 10 minutes. Add the olive oil and stir to combine. 2) InMore »

Basic curry powder (mild)

Ingredients 1 part ground coriander 1 part ground cumin 1 part ground black pepper 1 part ground ginger 1 part tumeric Instructions Mix until evenly distributed. Store in airtight containers. To make a “hotter” curry powder, add finely ground chili powder, varying the proportion to taste.

Basic Cannoli

Ingredients 1 pound ricotta cheese 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels Instructions Whip the ricotta cheese with a mixing spoon. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract and whip again. Fold in the chocolate chips. Place the filling in a pastry bag fitted with a very large starMore »

Basic Balsamic Salad Dressing

Ingredients 1 clove garlic, put through a garlic press2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard2 tablespoons traditional balsamic vinegar1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil Instructions Put all of the ingredients in a glass measuring cup and whisk to combine. Use for any green salad or house salad. Scale up in direct proportion.