Jim Lahey's Pizza Recipe

This was our first attempt to try making pizza from scratch!

Jim Lahey's Recipe for the pizza dough is:
+3.5 cups Bread Flour
+2.5 teaspoons of instant or other active dry yeast
+3/4 teaspoon table salt
+3/4 teaspoon plus a pinch of sugar
+1.5 cups room-temperature (about 72 degrees F) water
+olive oil for the pans
These ingredients are enough for two medium sized pizzas.

The key is to put the dough in a bowl and cover with saran wrap,
then let it rise for about 2 hours,
and then split the dough into half and cover it with a moist paper towel
and let it sit for another 30 minutes.
We were SUPER hungry so we cut down the initial 2 hours to about 1.5,
and for the first pizza we skipped the extra 30 minutes.

Bake it in the oven at 500 degrees for about 20-30 minutes,
depending on the thickness of the crust and what you put on top...

Sauteed Kale with Garlic, Mozzarella & Burrata Pizza.

Organic Tomato Sauce, Artichoke Hearts, Red Peppers,
Mozzarella & Burrata Pizza with Organic Italian Flat Parsley


Cooking Class

海老入りニラ玉 (Chives and Egg with Shrimp)

ナムル (Korean Style Bean Sprouts Namul)

スンドゥフ (Soon Tofu with Pork)

黒米と紫芋入りごはん (Purple Rice cooked with Purple Yam)

(Pumpkin Steamed Buns with Red Bean Filling)


Stella Artois

"She is a thing of beauty."


Homemade Ravioli

Step 1: Mix together the flour and semolina.

Step 2: Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
Crack the eggs into the well.

Step 3: Put a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt in the well.

Step 4: Knead the pasta dough by pushing down and away from you
with the palm of your hand.
Continue this until the dough is smooth.

Step 5: Cover the dough and let it rest for 15 minutes.
With the slot of the pasta machine on its widest setting,
turn the handle while feeding the dough into the slot.
Gently hold the flattened dough as it comes out of the pasta machine.

Step 6: Place any kind of ravioli filling and use an
egg wash to seal the two sheets of pasta together.
Use a pastry brush to work around the filling and
thinly coat the entire surface of the pasta sheet.
Gently lay the top sheet of pasta over the layer covered with filling and cut.
Fresh pasta will cook in minutes, so make sure to not overcook them.

Top with an organic tomato sauce made from scratch like this one,
or simply drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Buon Appetito!!


Look Closer...2

A sequence to my last post of close ups...


Swinging Kitchen

Swinging Kitchen is one of the newer
additions to the food truck services in Orange County.

Their menu items features
healthy gourmet tapas dishes with an Asian influence,
and are always made with the freshest ingredients possible.
Left: Tomato Salad Bruschetta
with Lemon Oil, Basil, Shaved Romano, Balsamic and Crostini
Right: Perfect Lettuce Taco
with Crispy Tofu and Kumquat Apple Salsa and TNT Sauce

Left: Pho-Rench Dip
with Brisket, Marinated Olives and Anise Jus
Right: Sweet Corn Cakes
with Red Pepper Relish, Chipotle Cream and Crispy Spinach

Left: Heritage Pork Belly Lettuce Taco
with Apple, Char Siu BBQ Sauce, Scallions and Sesame
Right: Banana Split S'mores
with Scratch made Banana Marshmallow, Hot Fudge, Peanuts and Fresh Whip

Keep an eye out for this bright colored truck!!
Check their website for their daily schedule.



Airr Restaurant, San Diego

Airr is a new restaurant opening up soon in San Diego.
Some of the items on the menu include:


Ferry Building, San Francisco

I love going to the Ferry Building when in San Francisco.
They have so many great little shops and eateries;
A few of which are still on my list of places to try.
Definitely a must visit when in the city...