The Science of Better Gluten Formation – In Pizza!

Pizza with potato, onion, and salami on a thin and chewy pizza crust

All about the science of gluten formation and kneading in dough – in relation to pizza! How gluten bonds are formed, how kneading facilitates rising, and how to create a regular or loose crumb. Plus some suggestions for fresh produce pizza toppings, including my favourite: fresh zucchini and corn pizza.

Ricotta Stuffed Mini Peppers

ricotta stuffed peppers in blue dish

Mini peppers stuffed with ricotta, shallots and fresh oregano are a tasty appetizer for late summer or early autumn. Also great with other sweet peppers if you can find them, like habanadas – the capsaicin-less (non-spicy) version of habeneros.

Mexican Street Corn (Elote) Salad

Mexican corn salad

The salad has all the flavours of your favourite Mexican street corn – otherwise referred to as elotes – with some extra late summer vegetables to give it a bit more bite. Mexican street corn salad is a great side for any late summer meal.

Prickly Pear Party Punch

GLass of prickly pear punch

This prickly pear ginger cocktail is a low alcohol punch perfect for serving in large pitcher at parties. The fresh prickly pear fruit is balanced with herbaceous tequila (of course) and a homemade ginger liqueur (recipe included!), all topped with effervescent soda water to be light and refreshing.

Blackberry Cream Puffs

Blackberry cream puffs bitten into

This late summer take on the classic cream puff blends a fresh blackberry flavour into the cream and is coated in rich dark chocolate. Perfect mouthfuls of blackberry cream puff indulgence and the chemistry of raising and stabilizing your choux paste for best results.

Heirloom Tomato and Cantaloupe Melon Salad

Tomato and canteloupe salad

 Juicy melon and tangy tomatoes mixed with basil and walnuts for a light side salad. This heirloom tomato and cantaloupe melon salad with a homemade balsamic reduction is great for appreciating the last few days of summer.

Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak

mediterranean marinated flank steak meal

This Mediterranean-inspired steak marinade includes smoked paprika, tangy lemon and sumac, and a hint of nutty sweetness from amaretto. Perfect for a summer evening with some flatbread and spreads for an assemble-your-own meal.

Sage Pesto Farro Salad

OVerhead shot of sage pesto farro salad

This summer farro salad has sweet, blistered corn, cherry tomatoes, crunchy green beans, and an intense but balanced homemade sage pesto with walnuts and parsley.

Blackberry Tomato Ketchup

blackberry tomato ketchup with sweet potato fries

A tangy homemade blackberry tomato ketchup with just enough sweetness and a hint of heat made with fresh tomatoes and summer blackberries. Especially amazing with sweet potato fries, but also so many other things.