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Italian Sausage

Fresh Italian Sausage Recipe

A great recipe for loose Italian sausage, used in my Chicago style deep dish pizza. This Italian sausage also makes a great pizza topping for other styles of pizza as well including New York, Sicilian, and Neapolitan. If using for pizzas other than Chicago, crumble and cook in a pan first, draining any liquid and fat before using.

Reconstructed Berry Pie

Reconstructed Berry Pie - lime macerated berries with basil, vanilla chantilly, pie crust

This "reconstructed" berry pie is a simple play on a traditional favorite. I love macerated berries in the summer time, and who doesn't like a good berry pie? This dessert takes half the work and a third of the time as a normal berry pie, and by rethinking its structure, it allows you to keep your berries moist and macerated in a delicious simple syrup while keeping your crust crisp and flaky.

Tomato Vierge

Tomato Vierge is a simple yet flavorful emulsion of tomatoes, aromatics and oil. It is most notably missing egg, which makes this preparation much lighter then it's sister sauce, aioli.

Thai Basil Vinaigrette

An aromatic and refreshing vinaigrette that works great on a hot summer day. The pungent punch of the Thai Basil paired with the sour of rice wine vinegar and sweetness of honey yields a full flavored salad dressing

TCD 011| Heirloom Tomato Capresse

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad - Video Recipe

Heirloom tomatoes are a special crop that I look forward to every year. Unlike other common supermarket tomatoes that have had their flavor bred out of them (not to mention they're usually picked green and forced ripened using ethylene gas), heirlooms are true, unique strains of tomatoes that haven't been messed with. Each variety of heirloom tomato has it's own unique color, flavor and shape, just like nature intended. And did I mention that they're absolutely delicious and about to hit their peak?

SNS 015| Sauce Vierge

How to Make Sauce Vierge - Video

Sauce vierge is one of my all time favorite sauces. The word "vierge" is French for "virgin," meaning that the ingredients in a vierge are not cooked. This is the sauce that we use for our heirloom tomato caprese, which I will demonstrate in an upcoming video.

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