Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Best Pizza Around

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to Kyle Brutschy's house for a homemade pizza dinner. This is something that he does quite often and sometimes when my kid goes over there to play with his kids I get the good fortune of having his pizza for dinner.

He makes the dough a day or two ahead of time, he makes his own sauce and he uses a combination of cheeses, the result is delicious. I think the real key to the success of the pizza is the dough. My husband and I sometimes make pizza at home and Brad often says, "We really need to get Kyle's dough recipe."

So, while Kyle was busy cooking, I wrote down the recipe, took notes as he worked and told him I was going to put it on my blog. So here it is.

• 4-1/2 cups bread flour (chilled)
• 1-3/4 tsp salt
• 1 tsp instant yeast
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1-1/3 cups ice cold water
• Semolina flour for dusting
  1. Stir together flour, salt and yeast in an electric mixer bowl.
  2. With a large metal spoon dipped in water, stir in the oil and cold water until the flour is absorbed.
  3. Use an electric mixer with a dough hook and mix on medium for 5 to 7 min., until dough is smooth and sticky. Sprinkle a little bread flour if the dough is too sticky or more ice water if it is too dry.
  4. Gather dough into a mass in the bowl and sprinkle with semolina flour to avoid sticking.
  5. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days. Dough should rise a bit (if you go in and out of the fridge a lot the dough may rise too much).
  6. Remove from fridge 1 to 2 hours before you want to make pizza.
  7. Cut into 4 large pieces and shape.
  8. Make your pizza on a peel or sheet dusted well with semolina flour.
  9. Bake at 500 degrees on a pizza stone for 6 minutes.
He says the chilled bread flour and using semolina flour for dusting are key. He buys his semolina flour at Lucca on Valencia St. in San Francisco (www.luccaravioli.com).

Good luck, if you try it, let me know how is turns out!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Tiny Sparks Design

My husband Brad has just opened an Etsy store! Tiny Sparks Designs is where he creates original designs screen printed onto wood.

All of his pieces are printed on domestic woods which are salvaged or locally harvested, he uses water based inks and does all the printing by hand.

Brad is a furniture maker by trade, he has been doing it for almost 20 years, it is pretty much all he knows how to do. He also teaches furniture making at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has been there for almost 10 years.

In addition to making art, he also builds custom furniture. He has an amazing eye for detail and the quality of his work is beautiful, you have to see it in person to really appreciate it.

Here are are couple of his designs. He has more on the Etsy store and more in production. I'll post more when they are done.

I love the birch logs with the heart. They are printed on a piece of Birch, cool huh?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

My Swallow Tattoo

In January my husband Brad and I got matching tattoos. Well, they are similar but different.

We chose to get tattoo's as a way of renewing our wedding vows. We had talked about renewing our vows for a year or two but could never decide on where or when or whatever. Then last year, on our anniversary he asked if I would like to get matching tattoos. He suggested that we get them on our wrists so that when we held hands they would be together. How could I say no.

So we researched tattoo art and various artists for a few months until we found Henry Lewis at Skull and Sword Tattoo in San Francisco. We met with him and liked him right away, he is quite a character and a very talented artist.

Here are the FAQs:
Did it hurt?
YES it did. More than I had expected as a matter of fact.

How long did it take?
It took him about an hour to draw it out and then an hour to do the actual tattoo. I think he is exceptionally fast.

What does BB stand for?
They are my husband's initials, they stand for Brad Boggie.

Are you going to get more tattoos?
I think I probably will and when I do I will probably go back to Henry. I really liked him as a person and as an artist. I have one on my back that I might get covered up. I'll see.

Sometimes I still freak out a little that I have a big tattoo on my forearm but I really love it. I think it is beautiful and I think of my husband when I look at it. It is better than any diamond ring could ever be.

Starting a blog

So, I have decided to start a little blog. I have been doing Facebook, just started on Twitter and am now venturing into the world of blogging. It is very much a work in progress as of now, I am hoping to post things that I really enjoy mostly having to do with health and wellness and things of that nature.

I find that I meet and talk to so many interesting people, both in my work and in my personal life, who always have great tips and information on how to live better. For example, today at work one of my clients is a great sports medicine doctor and another is a chiropractor/neurologist. Needless to say, every time I see each of them I learn something new and helpful.

Last night I was browsing blogs and came across a recipe for kale chips. I made a kale and white bean soup for dinner last night and had almost an entire bunch of kale left over. So it was just serendipitous to come across this recipe. I tossed the kale in olive oil and salt and put it in a 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes. It came out FABULOUS!! It is crispy and tasty; unbelievable!

If you are not familiar with the beauty of Kale, has more beta carotene and vitamin C than other greens and possibly any other vegetable, according to a study at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston. It is a rich source of folate, to prevent heart disease, and calcium and magnesium for strong bones.

Here are the directions:
• 1 bunch of Kale, I used dinosaur kale but you can use green or curly kale too
• Toss with olive oil and salt to lightly coat
• Put on baking sheet in a single layer
• Bake at 350 degrees (or 325 in a convection oven) for 8 to 10 minutes

Okay, that is it for my first post on my new blog.