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Happy Thanksgiving!
Brad English

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Pizza Quest.

I just had another round of left-overs for lunch.  We did our Thanksgiving up north with our in-laws on Wednesday because we had to be back in town this weekend for our daughter's Softball Tournament.  It turns out that the rains came and today's games were cancelled.  So, instead of being out in the cold watching our daughter play ball, I just re-heated yet another plate of the good stuff.

So, as I sit here wishing I ate a little bit less again, I thought I'd leave you with a teaser photo of my next pizza that I'll hopefully get posted up next week.  This one surprised me.  I intend to remake this again this week because I want to make sure it was as good as I thought it was -- sort of a pinch myself moment, but with a wood fired oven!  Stay tuned...

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
Special Holiday Discount
Peter Reinhart

Hi All,

Just a quick announcement.  I just heard from Craftsy that they are running a Memorial Weekend Sale and will be donating a portion from each sale to various veterans groups.  Some of the courses are as much as 60% off.  To check out their courses go to: http://www.craftsy.com/ext/PeterReinhart_holiday

This sale ends at midnight Monday.  BTW, the free Mini-Pizza Course now has over 37,000 people enrolled -- I'm blown away!!  Thanks for all your support.

We'll be back soon with new postings, recipes, and webisodes.  In the meantime, Happy Memorial Day!!

Peter

 
Next Peter's Blog coming in a few days
Peter Reinhart

Hi Everyone,

Tonight at midnight is the celebration of Eastern Orthodox Easter (Pascha -- yes, it's one week later this year than the Western Easter, as they only fall on the same dates about once every 4 years) so I don't have my Part 2 of last week's blog ready yet. I'll be working on it in a couple of days and get it posted as soon as I can. As always, we keep adding new postings every week and will continue to do so, so keep checking in. I'll be back soon....

Peter

 
This Week on Pizza Quest
Peter Reinhart

Usually, I post a new Peter's Blog on Tuesdays but this week we received such a great Guest Column from our friend and frequent contributor, John Arena, that I wanted to post it ASAP, so I'm switching places with him (see below) and I'll be back at the end of the week with my regular Peter's Blog. In addition, Brad is currently in NYC on a filming project and is going to try to retrace some of the suggestions that you'll read about in John's Guest Column. Hopefully, when he gets back home (he lives in Southern California), he'll fill us in about how it went and who he met on his mini-quest, and share his adventure.

I've been asked when we'll be posting new videos and all I can say is that we're working on it. It's more a technical challenge, getting the many hours of footage organized and edited. Sorry that it's taking so long but eventually well get it posted for you. In the meantime, we'll keep things rolling with our ongoing features and commentary, so keep checking back. As you know, there's always something new on Pizza Quest.

 

 
Coming Attractions, Week of October 17th
Peter Reinhart

Things get back to normal this week now that we've reported on our whirlwind trip to Denver and are settling back in. Our usual schedule is:

Tuesday: Peter's Blog

Wednesday: Instructional or Recipes

Thursday: Webisode or other videos

Friday: Guest Column

We don't always have something every week for each of these sections, and we're putting together our content now for this week, so keep checking back to see what's new (as we so often say, there's always something new on Pizza Quest). I'll be back on Tuesday with a new Peter's Blog and will fill in the rest of the Coming Attractions then. See you Tuesday!!

 
Coming Attractions, Week of Sept. 26th
Peter Reinhart

This is going to be a wild week for us, as we head to Denver on Friday to film the final stage of the great Pizza/Beer Challenge. I'll try to blog from there on Saturday, after the event (see the recent Peter's Blog for details on where and when we'll be filming, baking, and drinking the first Birra Basta).

So, no promises, but our plan is a new Peter's Blog on Tuesday, a recipe pictorial on Wed., a new Tony Gemignani video on Thursday, and a Guest Column from our friend Michael Hanson, the "Sacred Baker," on Friday (Michael's columns always generate lots of interest -- he's onto something that touches a nerve, or perhaps it's our souls).

In other words, unless the week's adventures make us crazy, we have a full week of new content ready to share with you. So do keep checking back and we'll keep bringing you new adventures in search of the perfect pizza. Even when we're on the road, there's always something new here at Pizza Quest....

 
Coming Attractions, Week of Sept. 12th
Peter Reinhart

Lots of new things this week, including Part Three of the Tony Gemignani webisode series on Thursday. If you haven't seen last week's webisode, check it out, as Tony shows how he makes his World Championship Margherita Pizza. This week, he shows us some new tricks.

Also, on Tuesday We'll continue exploring the beer/pizza parallels in Peter's Blog, which will include a report from Brad about his first taste of The Bruery Challenge Beer, while still in development, which will be unveiled on Sept. 30th at The Great American Beer Festival in Denver (we'll be filming all that for a future webisode, for those who are just joining us for the first time).

On Wednesday, we'll be posting an Instructional recipe and pictorial from Teresa Greenway, our sourdough expert, on sourdough dessert pizzas. You'll want to check that one out!

We're still working on the Friday Guest Column and am hoping it will be ready in time. If not, we'll put it up when it's ready. Things happen fast around here when they happen and then, sometimes, they don't. It's always something new, even for us, here at Pizza Quest.

 
Coming Attractions, Week of August 22nd
Peter Reinhart

As summer begins to wane and autumn slowly fades in through the falling and changing leaves (for me, summer seems to end when August ends, not on Sept. 21s), here at Pizza Quest we find ourselves in transition too, moving from the Central Coast of California up to San Francisco to visit with Tony Gemignani, for a whole new adventure and series of webisodes featuring this world champion pizzaiolo. On Thursday I will post a preview of this series and tell you what we'll be covering, and then, on the following Thursday (Sept. 1st), we'll begin showing you the new webisodes.

On Tuesday we continue our exploration of the beer/pizza, pizza/beer connection with more about the upcoming collaboration between Pizza Quest, The Bruery, and Pizzeria Basta. This series is still being filmed and edited, but we don't want you to have to wait till it's finished to come along for the ride, which culminates during the last weekend of September in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival. Ooops, I've already said too much--join us Tuesday for more on this....

On Wednesday we have a new recipe from Brad for you called Pizza Balsamico. If the name of that pizza doesn't grab you I don't know what will, but check it out on Wednesday when our resident "If I can do it so can you" Pizza Quest co-founder, Brad English, shows you how it's done.

And on Friday, a special Guest Column from Brad's sister, Kristin English, on her first visit to Pizzeria Bianco. Yes, lest you wonder, it rocked her world.

All this and more where there's always something new, here at Pizza Quest!

 
Coming Attractions, Week of Aug. 8th
Peter Reinhart

This week marks the final segment of the Cass House Inn webisode series, featuring a spectacular lamb loin, with ratatouille and raitta prepared by Chef Jensen that evokes all the flavors of the lamb pizza shown in an earlier episode. In other words, an upscale version, the papa bear, of what we experienced in its offspring downscale baby bear version in the earlier video segment. It brought our visit with Jensen and Grace Lorenzen full circle, and I'll comment more on that on Thursday when we post the webisode, so be sure to join us then.

On Tuesday I'll post another Peter's Blog, this time from Niagara Falls where, believe it or not, I made my first pilgrimage to this most spectacular natural wonder of the world. My ruminations on Tuesday....

On Wednesday we follow Brad English's natural progression from his Caprese Salad of last week to, what else, a Caprese Pizza. As always, lots of photos and instructions as only Brad can dish them. A perfect pizza for high summer enjoyment, on Wednesday!

And, another guest column on Friday from one of our growing list of, well, guest columnists.

You'll never get bored--there's always something new here at Pizza Quest.

Peter

 

 
Coming Attractions, Week of July 25th
Peter Reinhart

I'm back after some wonderful R&R, and we have lots of new postings for you this week, beginning on Tuesday with the latest Peter's Blog about my recent trip to the Caribbean full of some pretty amazing non-pizza meals. Can't wait to fill you in....

On Wednesday, we'll be posting Brad's latest creation -- a barbecue pizza that meets Tom Carrig's recent BBQ rant (see the Guest Columns archive) -- at least part of the way. Regardless of which side of the BBQ purist debate you are on, Brad's BBQ Spare Rib Pizza is a winner!

On Thursday we return to the Cass House Inn for a new webisode featuring Chef Jensen Lorenzens's beautiful Lamb Sausage Pizza -- yes, we've been doing a lot of lamb sausage pizzas lately here on Pizza Quest, but it's hard not to when they are all sooo good. You'll see what I mean on Thursday.

And on Friday we'll be posting a new Guest Column from one of our wandering fellow pizza freaks.

Like I said, a week full of new, exciting content. As you already know, there's always something new here at Pizza Quest.

Peter

 
New Pizza App Campaign
Peter Reinhart

There is a new app in development that will help any traveler track down the best artisan pizzerias wherever they go, at least in the USA (for now -- maybe they'll cover the whole world if it succeeds). The developers have just launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds they need to complete the project. They have figured out a method to limit the recommendations to only highly rated pizzerias, artisan quality, so I hope they succeed.  Here's the link to the campaign and I hope our viewership can help them succeed: www.indiegogo.com/projects/iphone-app-that-locates-the-best-pizza-places-in-america. We'll let you know, as we hear more, as to when the app will launch and how to get it.

 
Special Weekend Only Offer
Peter Reinhart

Hi Everybody,

A quick announcement: I mentioned in my previous posting that Craftsy.com will be creating a free pizza mini-course with me soon (as a follow-up to my longer artisan breads course, which has just passed the 2,500 mark in sign-ups), but I just learned that they are also running a special holiday sale through Monday night (midnight), Nov. 26th. Not only is my course on sale but every course in their catalog is going for $19.95 this weekend.  This includes their cooking courses but also their many crafts course, for which they were originally known. If interested, check them out out:

http://www.craftsy.com/ext/PeterReinhart_holiday

It is only through this link, not their regular website link, that you will gt the holiday price. While you're on their site, check out the Artisan Cheese Making Course by my friend Mary Karlin, as well as the Chocolate Desserts course by another friend of mine, Alice Medrich. Anyway, it's a really cool site and I hope to continue making instructional videos with them -- they've really figured out how to deliver video streaming classes into your home and I like their business model.

I'll be back in a few days with more postings. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Peter

 
News Update
Peter Reinhart

Hi Everyone,

A quick update to let you know that the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) opened voting today to the general public to vote for your favorite food blog as well as cook book and a couple of other categories. We'd love your vote -- Pizza Quest is already a nominee in the judges category but the People's Choice Award would be even more meaningful. So please pass the word to your friends and I'll report on the results when I get back from the IACP Conference and Awards on April 3rd.

To vote, click here: www.iacp.com.  Then, just follow the prompts. Everyone only gets one vote and you don't have to be a member of IACP to vote.

(BTW, if you are a culinary professional, this is an amazing organization and the annual conference is one of major highlights of the year (at least for me)-- probably the single best networking group I've ever been associated with.  If you're trying to grow your own culinary career, regardless of the category, you might want to consider exploring their website to see if it's right for you.)

Anyway, don't forget to vote -- think the voting closes on March 29th -- and my heartfelt thanks for all your ongoing support!

Sincerely,

Peter

 
This Week on Pizza Quest
Peter Reinhart

We're taking a Thanksgiving break this week, questing for the perfect turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.  I will, however, be doing some test baking this week with sprouted wheat flour crusts for the new pizza cafe project we're opening here in Charlotte soon, so it won't be a totally pizza free week. More on that in upcoming weeks.

Meanwhile, this would be a great time for newcomers to the site to look back over the great archive of webisodes, guest columns, recipes, and instructional videos in each of the sections.  We'll be back with all new content next week as we approach (hard to believe) our first anniversary next month. We're still editing all the footage we've been teasing you with these past few months -- the pizza-beer challenge (Birra Basta), the tomato harvest, Peppe Miele at Antica Pizzeria, and much more.  Lots to come but, for now, all of us at Pizza Quest wish you a joyous Thanksgiving and we give you our heartfelt thanks for joining us on the quest. May your pizzas (and turkeys) all be perfect!

 
Recap of Denver coming Tuesday
Peter Reinhart

Hi Everyone,

Just got back from Denver, where we did, indeed, film the "Big Reveal" with Kelly Whitaker and Alan Henken (Pizzeria Basta), and Patrick Rue (The Bruery). It was a smashing success (yes, pun intended)!

If you are just joining us for the first time, read about everything leading up to the climactic event in my previous Peter's Blogs of the past few weeks.  I know I promised to blog live from the event and I did try, but for some reason my IPad wouldn't let me add copy to our site, so I had to wait till I got to my home computer (it might have been more me and my lack of skills than the IPad -- not sure).  So, now that I'm home and have a chance to do it right, I've started writing up our adventure and will begin posting on Tuesday, Oct. 4th as my regular Peter's Blog. We'll be focusing on the Denver recap all week long. Next week we'll return to the Tony Gemignani webisode series and our usual array of never ending posts, recipes, and guest columns.

So, more on our Quest to Denver, which included some unexpected and delightful bonus adventures, beginning on Tuesday and continuing throughout the week....

 

 
Coming Attractions, Week of Sept. 19th
Peter Reinhart

This week we're taking a break from the Tony G. webisode series but will be posting some other interesting and cool stuff for you before we return to him the following week:

On Tuesday, as usual, Peter's Blog will be back with more on the upcoming Pizza/Beer Challenge in Denver.

On Wednesday, another recipe from Brad, our intrepid home cook, eternally in search of the perfect home pizza.

On Thursday, I'll be posting the recipe for the dough we're using in the challenge, and we hope you'll make it as well.

On Friday, a new Guest Column.

We're gearing up for Denver so are scrambling to get all the logistics in place, but we'll keep putting up new content as often as we can, so keep checking back. There's always something new on Pizza Quest.

 

 
Next Week, Tony Gemignani
Peter Reinhart

In our never ending search to celebrate true pizza artisans and artisanship we're very excited to announce that next week, on Sept. 1st., we begin our newest webisode series, this time featuring World Champion Pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani, owner of Tony's Pizza Napolatana in San Francisco.  Tony is already well known to many as the amazing, many times World Champion acrobatic dough tossing master, featured often on The Tonight Show, Letterman, and the Food Network. But not everyone knows that he is also the World Margherita Pizza Champion  and, in our visit with him, he tells us all about how he did it. You'll learn, as did we, what the judges looked for, the type of flour he used, the tricks that put him over the top and allowed him to beat the Naples and other Italian pizzaiolos on their own home turf. He'll also take us on a road trip to the tomato fields where we'll harvest tomatoes with one of his main suppliers, Stanislaus Tomatoes (as pizzeria owners know, one of the most beloved of all sauce brands). Finally, we'll also get to see inside his SF pizzeria where he makes every style of pizza and has a different oven for each style (he recently opened a similar place in NYC called 900 Degrees, so our east coast followers can get to taste his pizzas there). This is a great series and will run for a number of weeks. It all begins on Sept. 1st -- you're going to love it!

 
Coming Attractions, Week of August 15th
Peter Reinhart

We left the Cass House Inn at the end of last week and are about to head back to San Francisco, where we'll be spending some time with super pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani. But, before we get there, we have to return one final time for a little dessert at The Taco Temple (you didn't think we were finished with that place, did you?). Owner/chef Adam Pollard bragged to us about his wife's killer carrot cake, so we're going to share a short video webisode with you on Thursday as we chomp down on a big slice of that moist, creamy, carroty wedge.

On Tuesday, in Peter's Blog, I'll begin a series of postings about a major new series that we're working on. Brad will be helping me with his behind the scenes background stories and photos (for those who are new to Pizza Quest, Brad English is one our three co-founders and he also co-produces and directs all the webisodes, as well as being a beast around the home grill and oven, which you've seen in his pictorials).

On Wednesday you'll see another example of Brad's cooking bursts as he shares with us his own original creamy gorgonzola pizza.

Finally, on Friday, well, we're still working on that so check back to see what we come up with. As you know, there's always something new here at Pizza Quest.

 
Coming Attractions, Week of Aug. 1st
Peter Reinhart

Wow--it's August already, which is really hard to believe (other than by this relentless cross country heat wave, which confirms that it is, indeed, August). So, this week we have some fun new material to post, including a Peter's Blog on Tuesday about my trip to Philadelphia and the incredible pizza I had at Osteria. Brad English is also lending me a photo or two of his recent visit to Tony Gemignani's hot new NYC pizzeria, 900 Degrees (great name!!!), and I'll be commenting on that as well.

On Wednesday we'll be posting a new recipe by Brad, who has been in a tomato frame of mind all summer (or, as he calls them, caprese, which means he's in his deep Italian phase that we'll happily enjoy with him). So Wednesday is Caprese day.

On Thursday, we have a short webisode interlude for you as we prepare for next week's final session with Chef Jensen at The Cass House Inn. This week's little "palate cleanser" features the ladies from The Brown Butter Cookie Shop in Cayucos (you saw on quick shot of their place in last week's webisode). I loved their cookies so much that I want to give you a closer look.

And on Friday we have a new guest column from our friend Wes Bailey on his own pizza quest, the beginning of a new feature in which we'd like to invite you, our viewers and fellow questors, to share your own stories.

As you can see, even in these dog days of summer (I can't get that crazy song out of my head but, no, she's wrong, the dog days are NOT over!), there's always something new here at Pizza Quest.

Peter

 
Coming Attractions, Week of July 18th
Peter Reinhart

It's mid-summer now, the tomatoes are coming in like crazy, baseball has started its second season, football pre-season practice might actually get the green light this week, and everybody is trying to get some R&R. This week, I'm taking some time off from Pizza Quest and calling in to the bullpen for relief. Brad English will be doing a Brad's Blog this week in place of the Peter's Blog, and we'll post it on Tuesday. It's a terrific retrospective piece that gives a little glimpse of the roots of Pizza Quest, at least Brad's roots as a man on a quest -- kind of a prequel! You'll enjoy reading it.

Brad will also be offering you a treat on Wednesday when he posts his latest kitchen creation-- a pizza he calls T.J.'s Asparagus Pizza, which is based on a recipe one of our members sent in!  Join up and keep the ideas coming.  I know that ever since he caught wind of the notion of shaving fresh asparagus into threads he's been thinking about this one. A great summer pizza!!

And, on Friday we introduce you to our newest guest columnist, Teresa Greenway, who will be serving as our resident sourdough expert. In her first Guest Column, she shares with us her method for making sourdough pizza crust, and you will also find out information for how to get a free download of her sourdough baking book and a link to her excellent website. All that on Friday!!

I'll be back next week and we'll post the newest webisode in our Cass House series as well as all sorts of other cool stuff. As you know, there's always something new here at Pizza Quest!

Peter

 
 

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