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Green Olive and Bacon Pizza

Karen: YUM! My husband LOVES bacon, I LOVE green olives, we LOVE this pizza. Actually, I’ve never met a pizza I didn’t like but this one if now on my favourite list 🙂 I am not a good pizza crust maker but I keep trying and I think I’ve finally managed to find a recipe that makes sense to me and one that I was successful with. You can find it here: http://www.spoonful.com/recipes/perfect-pizza-dough . Although the recipe allows for toppings for two pizzas, I added everything to one. I like a pizza piled high with yummy stuff! I also put the mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce and not on top of the toppings. I like this method better. I think this is more “Italian style” -istic. Make this for supper or for a wonderful late night snack. Either works fine for me 🙂

Chef Jonathan: This recipe for Green Olive and Bacon Pizza is one of the best recipes I’ve seen lately. I was very impressed that there was only need for 1 proofing instead of the usual method of proof, punch and proof again, very time efficient! I also love how the ingredients are so minimal and simple, and most importantly delicious! I was going to make 1 pizza and freeze the rest, but I saw how small the pie was and decided to make two after all, why not?! I also love how the pizza is so rustic, it makes it seem very authentic, all in all love this recipe, you all should try it!

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/5xFd85/:TpgJuufQ:Y$8clFSy/www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Food/Stir-It-Up/2012/0530/Green-olive-and-bacon-pizza/

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S’mores Pie

Karen: I was soooo excited about this idea. I had thought about the idea for weeks and then decided to see if anyone had ever made this kind of pie. I guess I’m a bit slow; there are many recipes for it “out there.” As usual, I tried a few shortcuts to make my pie taste awesome but take less time. This turned out to be a bit of a failure. I’m still posting because I want our blog readers to see that even “bloggers” fail.

The pie is pretty simple. Graham cracker crust, chocolate filling and a meringue to stand in for the “marshmallows.” When it came out of the oven, my husband commented, “It even smells like a s’more.” And it did. Here’s how I made it. I started with a store bought graham wafer crust. I then made an instant chocolate pie filling and cooled the whole pie. After it was cool, I made a simple meringue with egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and vanilla. I baked it for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. We let it cool and then had a piece. It was very tasty. This morning, when I looked at in the fridge, it was quite runny. Not very appealing.

Chef Jonathan: I was also looking forward to this week’s S’mores pie challenge. I used the concept for S’mores Pie from this month’s Bon Appetit, although I used my own recipes for the graham crust, chocolate pie filling, and meringue. For the graham crust, I did a simple graham crumb and butter mixture, then pressed into the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate. For the chocolate pie filling, I used my Creme Patissiere recipe, adding melted semi-sweet chocolate after completion. I then filled the pie shell with the filling and made my meringue. I baked the pie for 12 minutes in the oven, just long enough to brown the meringue perfectly like a marshmallow!

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Frozen Lemonade Pie

(This week it’s just “One Recipe, One Kitchen” as Chef Jonathan had the weekend off.)

I decided to try this new recipe for a family get together.  I’d never heard or seen it before and thought it sounded very good.  I wasn’t disappointed.  It was easy to make (I know, I keep saying that!) and very tasty. I thought it might be a bit tart due to the concentrated lemonade but it wasn’t. It was sweet with a bit of welcomed tartness. I cheated and used a ready-made shortbread pie crust. I know, I know… that’s cheating but I was short on time and patience. I made up for the “laziness” by adding fresh blueberries and raspberries to the top of mine instead of the lemon peel.  It does melt quickly so don’t be slow about serving this refreshing dessert.  It was a hit at the family  gathering. I highly recommend it!

Frozen Lemonade Pie with fresh berries

It’s from The Foodnetwork website:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/neelys/frozen-lemonade-pie-recipe/index.html