Homemade Pizza Dough

After suffering for years with the dough-in-the-can and graduating to the dough-in-the-bag from the store, I finally decided to put my cherry red KitchenAid 90th Anniversary stand mixer to work on pizza dough.  It came out absolutely delicious, fluffy and crispy, and it was much easier than I thought it would be.  And so I share…

Pizza Dough Recipe:

1 package active dry yeast (if you have the Costco-sized bag of yeast, use 2 1/4 tsp)

1 cup warm water (heated in microwave for no more than 30 sec)

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp olive oil (extra virgin or don’t bother)

2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp cornmeal (optional)

Warm the mixer bowl by turning it upside down in the sink and running hot

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Spanakopita – My New Year’s Eve Tradition

I make spanakopita, a Greek appetizer, every New Year’s Eve.  It keeps for a few days, reheats well in a toaster oven, and saves me from having to cook New Year’s Day when I just want to sleep in.  This is especially important this year because tonight I am breaking out the margarita machine I got for my birthday.

I believe the traditional recipe calls for spinach, which always tastes gritty to me, no matter what kind of spinach is used.  And requires it to be layered like a lasagna in a baking dish, which lacks the flaky deliciousness of phyllo dough.  I thought I’d share my recipe for your NYE celebration.

The trick to working with phyllo dough is to thaw it in the refrigerator, unroll it onto a

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Year End Tips for Small Business Owners

The holidays are almost over and you’re looking forward to the new year.  You may have taken some time off in December to spend with family and friends and your business has taken a back seat.  In a day or two it’s time to get back into the swing of things.  For the new year, what should you do with your business?

Make sure you’ve attended to all your corporate formalities – holding an annual meeting and putting your minutes in your corporate book, assembling all your receipts and records for your accountant, and making any last-minute charitable contributions.  But what about the bigger picture?

First, take a few minutes to clear your head of any negative thoughts about the previous year.  We all make mistakes and it’s important to

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Homemade Bread Recipe – I did it!

Last Christmas I asked for, and received, a bread machine. Like I did with my Barbie Dreamhouse at 5 years old, I tore into the packaging and briefly read the directions. I furiously unpacked the machine and set about measuring the ingredients before the wrapping paper hit the floor. I pushed a few buttons and stood back. It took a good eight hours for that first loaf to emerge, and another ten minutes for me to surgically remove the metal paddle from the middle of the loaf. No problem, no one will notice…until I cut into the middle of the loaf where it looks like something had gnawed its way out the bottom. Okay, let’s try another loaf. Paddle made its way into the middle again. Same with loaves 3,

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