Friday, May 24, 2013

The Greater Journey by David McCullough

I simply LOVED this book. It covers the time beginning just after the Civil War, the great minds and artists of the day and their sojourns in the city of light. It was thrilling to me to learn about the people behind the famous canvases like George P.A. Healy who painted this iconic picture of Lincoln in the state dining room. I was fascinated by the incredible efforts and the artistic process of Augustus St. Gaudens who composed the sculpture of Sherman and Victory.
In case you are interested, THESE are some of the other folks in the book which reads like a page turner.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pizza Dough from Betty Crocker

1/2  cup warm water
2 1/4  tsp instant yeast
4 cups bread flour
1 ½  tsp salt
1 1/4 cup water, room temp
2 tsp olive oil

Measure the warm water into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Sprinkle the yeast over the top. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the bread flour and salt, mixing briefly to blend. Measure the room temperature water into the measuring cup with the yeast-water mixture. With the mixer on low speed, pour in the yeast-water mixture as well as the olive oil. Mix until a cohesive dough is formed. Switch to the dough hook. Knead on low speed until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, 1½-2 hours.
Press down the dough to deflate it. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Form dough into a smooth, round ball. (If freezing the dough, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze at this point.) Cover with a damp cloth. Let the dough relax for at least 10 minutes but no longer than 30 minutes.
To bake, preheat the oven and pizza stone to 500° F for at least 30 minutes. Transfer the dough to your shaping surface, lightly sprinkled with cornmeal. Shape the dough with lightly floured hands. Brush the outer edge lightly with olive oil. Top as desired. Bake until the crust is golden brown, and cheese is bubbling, 8-12 minutes.

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