This is my rig for Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite at the Saint Louis Symphony. The dangler on the left is Black Swamp 8″ Artisan and the one on the right (and on the table) is a lovely Grover Bronze Pro Hammered 6″. The Black Swamp is for the heavy lifting of cutting through a large orchestra (with nine percussionists) and the Grover is for shimmer in the soloistic passages. I double up for the loud rolls at the beginning and the end. Also note that it’s not a reversed image; I play lefty and have the triangle openings on the right side.
We got Alton Brown’s Feasting on Asphalt from the libarry last week. In it, he gives an application for chicken drumettes inspired by a visit to Fast Eddie’s Bon Air in Alton, IL (no relation). They were easy to make and darned tasty and I figured I could find the recipe on the interwebs, but it turns out it’s not so easily found. I will attempt to remedy that situation here.
Start with 16 chicken drumettes. In a large bowl, toss them with 1 tsp of seasoned salt and 1 tsp of cajun spice. I would use a bit more cajun spice, but that’s just me. At this point the recipe called for the wings to go on kebab skewers, four at a time, but I didn’t bother with that.
Bake the drumettes in a 425 degree oven for 45 minutes on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. (When I do this again, I’m going to put them on a cooling rack to let the fat drain off more efficiently.)
Finally, AB says to grill them for 5 minutes on each side. It was cold out and I didn’t feel like heading out to the grill, so I broiled them for the same amount of time. It worked great and I stayed warm!
Not too long ago I was watching an old “French Chef” show on the Cooking Channel. Julia Child was making pizza. I remember my mom watching Julia in olden times, scribbling notes as fast as she could and hollering at anyone who had the temerity to interrupt her. With the advent of the digital video recorder, I didn’t have to resort to such draconian methods, I just went back and re-watched the salient bits a couple of times. More leisurely note taking ensued.
You might ask why I didn’t just Google the recipe, to which I would reply, “I did, but the recipes I found weren’t exactly the same as this one.” For example, this version mixes all purpose flour and pastry flour. For me, this supersedes all of my other pizza dough recipes (and yes, I have lauded at least one other one in these pages) as my go-to dough. It is easy to make and produces a medium thick dough– a mama bear dough, if you will. It browns nicely and has pleasant nutty flavor.
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups pastry flour (cake flour also works well)
2 1/4 tsp. salt
1 package dry yeast (rapid rise is fine)
3 Tbs olive oil
Start the processor and run for a few seconds to mix this all together and then slowly add:
1 1/2 cup tepid water
Run it for at least one minute until you get a nice ball and then remove the dough onto a lightly floured surface for minute or two of hand kneading. I put it into a lightly oiled bowl and stash it in the fridge for a day or two, but you can leave it out and let it rise at room temperature for same day use. If you do it that way, punch it down after the dough has doubled in size (an hour or so) and then continue the rise for another hour. When you’re ready to make the pies, split the dough in two and form each one into a 12″-14″ round. Roll them out (I know, some people don’t approve of taking a rolling pin to pizza, but Julia did it so I give you permission) and be top with your favorite pizza ingredients.
I bake the pies on a pizza stone in a 475 degree oven for 8 or 9 minutes, depending on the toppings and cheeses.