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Picture Perfect Pizza Crust

This is the best pizza crust I’ve been able to achieve. The technique of cooking the bottom in a cast iron pan ensures that it is crispy and baked through. Finishing it under the broiler means the intense heat will char the crust and melt the cheese until it is golden an delicious.

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This recipe is based on a recipe in Serious Eats and goes great with the Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce.
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Perfect Rice Recipe

I have a confession to make: I have not been very good about cooking rice. It either comes out watery, gummy or scorched. Those days are now over since I have found this recipe on the New York Times cooking site. I have made it many times and the rice comes out perfect every time.

Note: To get the lid on the pot to fit tightly, I take two lengths of aluminum foil, fold it a few times and wrap it around the lid of the pot before I put the cover on.

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7-Up Glazed Carrots

Back in the 1970s there was a prime rib chain called Lord Charlie’s that had the best glazed carrots. I asked them how they cooked their carrots that made them taste so good. They told me the secret ingredient: 7-Up. More than 30 years later I found a recipe from Alton Brown for glazed carrots and was able to adapt it to recreate the Lord Charlie’s recipe.

Note: The easiest way to cut 1/4 slices of carrot is to use a food processor with the medium (6mm) slicing disk. If you don’t have a food processor, a mandolin will work.

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Chocolate Frozen Custard

This frozen custard is similar to what you will find throughout the midwest. We especially like Sheridan’s frozen custard at the Crown Center in Kansas City. This recipe is for two as you will want to eat it the same day you make it (you can always multiply the recipe with no problems).

Make sure you use whole milk and heavy cream otherwise the texture won’t be correct.

It is based on the Chocolate Frozen Custard recipe at Serious Eats.

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Pullman Loaf

This recipe makes the perfect white bread for sandwiches (especially grilled cheese). Because it has butter and sugar, it takes almost a week before it goes stale if you keep it wrapped in plastic. It is based on a Martha Stewart recipe and won a 2nd place ribbon at the San Diego County Fair in 2013.

Note: A Pullman loaf pan has a lid so that each slice is a perfect square. You can also make it in a standard loaf plan.

Pullman Loaf

Pullman Loaf

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Mudslide Cookies

This recipe makes cookies that are satsifyingly crunchy on the outside and velvety soft on the inside. It is based on a Martha Stewart recipe and won a 3rd place ribbon at the San Diego County Fair in 2013.

Mudslide Cookies

Mudslide Cookies

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Smoky Tomato Soup

This tomato soup is easy enough to make at home in less than an hour with a single saucepan, yet it tastes like it was made in a restaurant. Most of the smokiness comes from the smoked paprika (don’t substitute regular paprika, it won’t be the same). McCormick sells smoked paprika as part of its Gourmet Collection.

This recipe was adapted from Williams-Sonoma Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika and Bacon.
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