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Brad’s Red Hawk Triple Cream Pie

Written By Brad English
Saturday, 30 May 2020 Brad's Corner

I think I stumbled onto something here. I was out market foraging one day recently and a little round of cheese caught my eye. It was a Cowgirl Creamery Triple Cream called Red Hawk. I was looking to make some pizza and I thought maybe I could play around with this, or worst case play around with it over some crackers! When I got home I tasted it. Yeah, it…Read More…

A Turkey/Pesto Meatball Pizza — for my sanity and for my soul….

What day is it?  For that matter what time is it? I woke up the other night after a “nap” and heard my kids downstairs talking and laughing.  I walked downstairs and my son was sitting playing a video game talking to my daughter who was at the kitchen table painting – making some art.  It was about 3 AM!  I grabbed a glass of water and chatted with them…Read More…

Avocado Toast ‘d Pizza

Written By Brad English
Saturday, 19 October 2019 Brad's Corner

There is nothing quite like a good Avocado Toast. Am I right?  These days, it’s all the rage and it seems like there is no end to what can be done to gourmet it up!  My favorite is with a runny egg and some red pepper flakes and, of course with a good sprinkling of flaky sea salt and pepper. At home I’ll add whatever I might have around:  chopped…Read More…

Brad’s Corner: Queso Fundido Pizza!

Written By Brad English
Tuesday, 03 September 2019 Brad's Corner | Recipes

Queso Fundido! When life gives you lemons the old adage suggests you make lemonade.  I love good lemonade.  It’s sweet, but it has to be tart!  When it’s perfect it balances on the edge between the two taste sensations. Well, today I asked for some lamb merguez sausage at the market and was instead given some pork chorizo sausage. What to do? What to do?!! One thing was for sure,…Read More…

My Porchetta Pizza(s)

It’s been raining here in Los Angeles a bit lately.  Being hunkered down, I kept thinking about what I could make to eat.  Rain usually means make a stew!  I love stew in the rain.  It tastes better knowing it’s raining and cold outside and you are inside warming your body up as you enjoy a bowl of homemade stew. But, my inner yearning this time kept bringing me to…Read More…

Prosciutto Cotto Pizza w/cool creamy Burrata and Fresh Arugula

This is a beautiful pizza!  I can’t take credit for the recipe…only my efforts to create one here at home in my Primavera wood fired oven.  And, as you can see, I think I did well! There is a local Italian restaurant here in LA called Eatalian Cafe.  The cafe is in an industrial district in Gardena and, when you go inside, it’s like a food processing warehouse that is…Read More…

Brad’s Corner: Wood Fired “Kundalini Cauliflower” Pizza

I was talking to Peter the other day and, since I was going to make some pizzas, I asked if he had any ingredient ideas he might throw out for me to play with.  He said “Cauliflower”!  I really do like cauliflower, but to be honest, it’s one of those things that still has my childhood memories of flavorless, steamed cauliflower ingrained in how I perceive it.  It’s an ever-present…Read More…

Brad’s “Smashed” Tomato Sauce

Written By Brad English
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 Brad's Corner | Guest Columns

The full name of this sauce is actually Big Brad’s Super Fantastic Smashed Tomato Sauce, but I am only mostly serious about that. I like to alternate the sauces I’m using to find new flavor combinations, textures, and themes for my pizzas.  I do make a lot of pizzas and I’m always looking for something new, or ways to make something different and, ultimately, “better.”   I often use cherry tomatoes alone on…Read More…

Brad’s Corner: Sausage, Fontina and Pesto Pizza

Written By Brad English
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 Brad's Corner

Remember when mom or grandma used to make you a toasted grilled cheese sandwich when you were still an innocent child?  There was something comforting about that simplest of meals.  First of all someone made it for you and often went the extra step of presenting it cut up in bite sized pieces, or with a warm bowl of soup if you were lucky and it was raining outside.  Right?!!…Read More…

Brad’s Corner: Fresh Pesto and Shrimp Pizza

Written By Brad English
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 Brad's Corner

I felt like pesto.  Good pesto.  Fresh pesto! So, I looked around for some recipes that felt right and set about coming up with a few pizza ideas using some fresh pesto. It’s really quite simple and like anything, you can add and subtract and come up with your own version quite easily, which is really what cooking and enjoying food is all about — at least for me. I want…Read More…

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