Pizza Dough

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This is a fantastic Pizza Dough recipe.  I posted this recipe in the past only this time with a few variations or as I like to think, improvements.  If you’d like to check out the original post CLICK HERE, but it’s only recently I have been able to film a better quality step by step tutorial.  There are a few optional ingredients that will be labeled as such in the ingredients below just in case you want a straight forward authentic Pizza Dough.  I use this dough in my Calzone’s and my Stromboli’s as well as the, obvious, Pizza Recipes I’ve posted in the past.  All of which are listed below.

CLICK HERE for Margherita Pizza
CLICK HERE for Hamburger Pizza
CLICK HERE for Stromboli Supreme
CLICK HERE for Calzone
CLICK HERE for Canoe Calzone’s

Pizza Dough Ingredients:

Combine the following and let it stand 10 min. to activate.
You’ll know it’s activated if it doubles in size.

1 tsp. dry yeast
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1/4 cup hot water 110 degrees f

Separate bowl Combine in the following order

3 cups BREAD flour (All Purpose Flour works fine too)
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp Onion powder, (optional)
1 cup warm water
1 tsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Honey

FYI – I can cut this dough into 3rds, 1/3 for bread sticks and 2/3 for a pizza pie. The larger portion can flatten into a 14 inch pizza and I can roughly get about 8 bread sticks out of the leftover third.  You will also get the best results letting this dough rise for an hour before pressing into shape.  You should bake this crust with the oven temperature set as high as it will go and put the pizza pan on the lowest oven shelf height to ensure the bottom gets color and crisp.  Just to give you an idea, my oven  hits 550 f and I bake 6 to 8 minutes tops.

Smothered Salmon

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This Smothered Salmon recipe is something I came up with years ago.  My wife has a serious love for this fish so I wanted to create something that was undeniably the best and believe it or not, this recipe can be prepped and cooked in just 15 minutes.  It has a Garlic, Wine and Butter Broth that is just amazingly smooth.  I actually use this to saute the Onions and Peppers as well as steam the fish.  I like to prop the Salmon right over the top of the veggies so the filet can steam from below as well as from above when I top the pan with a lid.  Then after just a few short minutes I smother the fish with Mozzarella Cheese, then cover back up with the lid long enough for it to melt.  Once it has, you have a perfectly cooked Salmon that is ready to serve.  Total cooking time is, approximately, 6 to 7 minutes.  And once it hits the plate, I dash pieces of Bacon, I sprinkle freshly chopped Parsley and then I splash some Balsamic Vinegar right over the top.

If you’re interested in seeing how I cook Halibut, Rockfish or Swai, check out the links below.  I even have a Poor Man’s Lobster recipe if you’re interested.

CLICK HERE for Grilled Halibut
CLICK HERE for Grilled Rockfish
CLICK HERE for Pan Fried Swai
CLICK HERE for Poor Man’s Lobster

Smothered Salmon Ingredients:

1 Salmon Fillet
1/2 Bell Pepper
1/2 Onion
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cube butter
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
1 tbsp fresh or dried Parsley
1 to 2 tbsp chopped Bacon or bits
1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper Salmon to taste
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Pumpkin Pie Turnovers

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The Best Pumpkin Pie Turnovers

If you want to change up your Thanksgiving dessert this year or if you just want to try something fun, these Pumpkin Pie turnovers are just the thing and they taste great.  In this video tutorial, I make them small, like little mini turnovers but you can make them any size you want.  It doesn’t matter if you like to cook down a fresh a pumpkin and make these from scratch or if prefer to use a can of Pumpkin Puree.  Either way, you’re going to need basic Pumpkin Pie Ingredients, listed down below, to get this recipe started.

Pumpkin Pie Turnovers

Pumpkin Pie Turnovers Experience

My Experience with Turnovers is personal.  When I was a child, I was babysat by a family that owned an A&W shop that went belly up.  I stayed good friends with their son for years and eventually they got back on their feet and bought a bakery.  They delivered bread to local restaurants, sold all kinds of desserts, cakes, pies, donuts and of course Turnovers.  And just like the Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen, they didn’t care too much for waste.  So anything left over would often find its way home.  It wasn’t often, but sometimes my friends would offer me a slice here or there.  But, my absolute favorite was the turnovers.  I’m not sure they ever made Pumpkin Pie Turnovers, per say but I sure had my fair share of Apple, Lemon and Raspberry.

Be sure to check out my Pumpkin Pie Milkshake.  It’s so good and easy to make. You can even use leftover pumpkin pie as the base.

Pumpkin Pie Turnover Ingredients:

1 can or 4 cups Pumpkin Puree, plus can ingredients
(ground ginger, cloves, cinnamon, sugar, salt, eggs & evaporated milk)
Just follow the Manufacturer’s recipe recommendations

1 box Pie Crust dough
1 egg, for egg wash

Glaze
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
1 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Add more sugar if you want the glaze thicker

Be sure to watch and follow the instructions in my video tutorial and bake the Pumpkin Pie Turnovers at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.