New York Style Sourdough Bagel

New York style sourdough bagel you say? Oh yes, love this deli style bagel. A long fermentation developers the dough making it chewy, light and delicious. Spread with creme cheese and a slice of smoked salmon and enjoy.
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Homemade Cavatelli Dough

Cavatelli means little caves because of the pocket that is done with you thumb, similar to gnocchi. The homemade cavatelli dough has three ingredients, water, durum flour and salt. The dough is rolled into a long rope the with of your pinky finger and then cut into 1/4" pieces. Take each piece and roll between your palm to make the shape of a log. Place on flour dusted surface, using your index finger smash and roll bring the dough towards you. The result will be a gnocchi like pocket. Italians use a tool called cavarole board to make a pattern...Read More
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Homemade Pasta Dough

There is nothing like homemade pasta dough. Pasta is enjoyed everyday in Italy. I make it twice a month for my family. It is simple to put together. If you can't eat it all at one time it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. You can also dry the pasta using a pasta drying rack. Serve with your favorite sauce and a homemade sourdough loaf. I have an instructional video for you if you need some visualization. Rolling the dough out can be done with a pasta machine or an attachment to your KitchenAid mixer....Read More
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Chinese Chicken Dumpling

Chinese chicken dumpling AKA the potsticker. A flavorful filling of chicken and cilantro stem that lend a robust flavor along with the traditional ginger and soy sauce. Not only is the filling delicious the dough is just a perfect texture and chew you'll only find in homemade dough. Don't be intimidated by the dough, it is not difficult to make, just takes a bit of muscle to knead. I will use the metric system for the chicken and dry ingredients for more accurate measurements. If you don't have a scale there are metric conversions online that are helpful.

Chinese Egg Roll

The Chinese have been well known for their egg rolls over the years. However, these egg rolls are special. My son-in-laws family fled China in the late 30's because of WW2 when the Japanese invaded. They fled to the Philippines and shortly after the Japanese invaded that country also. Melvin's family feared persecution and annihilation so they moved to the mountains where they lived for many years. In the 70's his parents moved to the U.S.A and this is were Melvin was born. So what makes these egg rolls different? It is the wrapper, which is very similar to the...Read More
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Homemade Ramen Noodles

Did you ever think you could make Homemade Ramen Noodles? Remember those days in the college dorm?  Boiling a package of dried ramen noodles and adding the powder flavoring they called broth? It was adequate in your younger days, when flavor was not your primary concern, just sustenance. Now we're all grown up and want a more sophisticated broth and noodle. Culinary Immigration is where you'll get the knowhow to making your own Homemade Ramen Noodles and broth that will rival the local Japanese restaurant. You'll want to get the family in on all the fun making the noodles. You...Read More
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Stiff Sourdough Starter Recipe

You say you can't get your sourdough loaf to rise properly. Well I have the solution, stiff sourdough starter. Use the sourdough starter in the no-knead or traditional process. I have included a recipe which takes more time then the no-knead, but it is virtually a no-knead bread. Treat yourself and your family to this beautiful boule. Perfect for entertaining and if it drys out use it for toast the next day. Delicious with slices of avocado and olive oil. For a healthy breakfast and quick snack.    
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Savory Galette

The French savory galette is one of my favorite and a fast way of making a pie. Wether it is savory or sweet the process is the same. Roll the dough in a circle and fill with desired filling, fold edges into the center and bake. Couldn't be any easier, right? This recipe has a squash filling, however you can change it to anything you like. Try a zucchini, eggplant or for a sweet version apples and berries go well with this dough, just add 1/2 teaspoon sugar to the dough when making it into a sweet galette.    

Chili Relleno Recipe

This Chili Relleno recipe will WOW the family. Not only is it easy to make, but it has the best flavor when paired with my Red Sauce.  Sweet pasilla peppers are stuffed with jack cheese for a mildly hot flavor, while the red sauce gives a kick.
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Corn Tortilla Recipe

A corn tortilla recipe can be a dime a dozen on the internet. Why, because it is the simplest and most rewarding flavor you'll ever experience. It takes a bit of practice and a good quality masa harina to get the right flavor and texture. Once you've mastered the technique, experiment by adding poblano pepper juice for a green tortilla or turmeric for orange ones. The ideas are endless, start making them today and you'll be on your way creating your own street tacos that everyone will request. Serve them with refried beans for a meatless meal. I enjoy making...Read More
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Carta De Musica Recipe

Sardinian cracker called Carta De Musica, meaning "sheets of music" are a treat for anyone.  This Carta De Musica recipe is a wonderful crisp cracker. Pairs well with a summer salad acting like a crouton, or even eaten as a snack. Sardinian sheep herdsmen ate these crackers while they worked the hills of Sardinia.  Served with a bit of hard sheep's cheese like Pecorino Toscano for added protein. I had a creative idea, by adding fresh oregano and sourdough to the cracker dough for added flavor and nutrition. I also make them without the oregano and top with cinnamon and...Read More
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Chili Verde Recipe

Green is the perfect color for this Chili Verde Recipe. The perfect color was given by Pasilla chilis and tomatillos, sharing their vibrant green with our delicious roasted chicken for an enchilada or tamales. Why buy when you can experience this one of a kind sauce, store bought doesn't compare. See the difference for yourself!  
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Sourdough Crêpe

Do you have a lot of sourdough starter on hand? Then try these delicious sourdough crêpes that can be made sweet for breakfast and savory for dinner. I enjoy them both ways, try my turkey filled crêpe with chicken and the mushroom sauce, you won't  be disappointed. Stack your crêpes, layering with ground nuts and powdered sugar for a Hungarian crêpe called Palacsinta.  How ever you fill or stack your family will enjoy their mildly sour taste and healthy benefits.

Chinese Pork Bao

The Chinese pork Bao is over 2,000 years old. Made before the terra cotta warriors and before the 1st Emperor of China. It has a very impressive history to say the least. In the USA every China Town has the humble Chinese pork Bao to buy. I was on a quest to make this humble Bao for myself. As a student of Asian cooking I sought out the chefs with knowledge of traditional Chinese foods and customs. My son-in-law is Chinese and his family couldn't give me advice on the Bao. If they want Dim Sum they will go out....Read More
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