A few weeks ago on public broadcasting, 177 Milk Street aired an episode on focaccia. What is focaccia? In Italy it’s considered a street food, a flat bread made with a dough similar to pizza. Focaccia can either be sweet or savory. The version Milk Street demonstrated was savory. The focaccia was topped with green Castelvetrano and grape tomatoes. The dough has a high ratio of water to flour, which makes the focaccia light and airy.
For the recipe you will need bread flour, yeast, granulated sugar, water, olive oil, grape tomatoes, Castelvetrano olives, dried oregano, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. You will also need an extra-large bowl in which the dough will rise.
Can you believe it, Thanksgiving is 26 days away! I’ve been digging through my recipe files to come up with a menu. This year I’ve been blessed with both my son and daughter coming to dinner with their families. We haven’t had a holiday with both children together in a long time.
Recently, I found a recipe on The New York Times Cooking webpage for Apple Crumb Crostata. Who can resist a baked good with a crumb topping, I know I can’t. The recipe is by famed pastry chef, Claudia Fleming, formerly of Gramercy Tavern in Manhattan.
I miss Medusa Stone Fired Pizza in Asbury Park. While they had their standard pizza offerings, it was their seasonal pizzas that really really appealed to me. Recently my son-law-sent me a recipe from the website “The Pioneer Woman” for White Pizza with Butternut Squash and Prosciutto. Occasionally I enjoy eating something other than a pizza with red sauce and mozzarella. This savory pie sounded very appealing and takes advantage of the new crop of squash.
It seems I neglected to blog about a recent supper of Lemon-Dill Chicken Skillet that I prepared last week. I am also going to include two other recipes that came on the heels of this one.
I had some remaining feta cheese from the baked eggs recipe I recently prepared for my friends. I was quite happy to find another recipe utilizing feta cheese. This was found in the May 2022 issue of Southern Living Magazine. The ingredients needed include Yukon gold potatoes, olive oil, bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, freshly ground black pepper, kosher salt, fresh lemon juice, feta cheese and fresh dill fronds. This is a great recipe to keep close at hand as it has a prep time of 25 minutes and completed overall in 40 minutes.
Growing up in north Jersey, there was a local bakery, on Stephens Avenue in Little Falls, whose name I can’t recall, that had the most delicious baked goods. Offerings included marble loaf cake with walnuts, lemon filled coconut buns, honey buns and crumb buns.
Over the years I had come to like a particular type of crumb cake. I don’t like an overly moist or soft cake, but prefer one that’s chewy, yet tender, and a crumb topping that isn’t overly sweet. Also, there has to be a higher ratio of crumb topping to cake.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.