Next Permutation

Good morning! It is an average winter Sunday morning in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. In about an hour my wife and I will be heading out to go shopping for groceries at the St. Paul Trader Joe’s store.

Yesterday my wife and I made a couple Neapolitan pizzas that were quite close to the original ones. I am not going to go into the ingredients at this time. The technique resides in how the pizza is cooked. In general, in the USA we do not have pizza ovens in our backyards. A pizza brick oven heats up north of 600F which is not possible to achieve in a regular home oven. In addition, the initial transfer of heat, due to the size of the oven, is not possible. So, by reading and watching videos, we ended up with the following set of steps:

1. Preheat oven to 550F (takes about 15 minutes in our convection Thermador oven)
2. Add some olive oil to a large (14 to 15 inch cast iron pan)
3. Carefully place the dough on the cast iron pan
4. Turn on your largest gas burner on your range (we have a Viking with high heating capacity)
5. The first pizza will take about 7 minutes to cook (the following ones will take about 5)
6. Carefully move the pan into the oven
7. Finish cooking the pizza in about 7 to 8 minutes
8. Carefully remove the pan from the oven
9. Move the pizza from the pan to a tray and let it rest for 5 minutes (if you can)
10. Use a cutting wheel to cut 6 slices
11. Enjoy!!!

If you try this cooking technique, please share the experience with others. In general I enjoy reading and experimenting, not only with technical topics and subjects, but in general to improve on life. Continue reading “Next Permutation”

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I had to add a few paragraphs before finishing this post. My wife called me to go up to have lunch. During the COVID-19 pandemic, during the workweek, I help my wife with some lunch items just like I do on weekends. Today I made open face toasts with avocado; simple and delicious.

First take a couple ripe avocados, cut them in half and remove the pits. Then peel them. Leave them alone until the toasts are ready (about 3 to 4 minutes).

Today I used four slices of brioche bread that we purchased at Trader Joe’s a week ago. If you are not familiar with brioche, it is fluffy and somewhat sweet. Our bread loaf has been used and is still sitting in the refrigerator.

I pulled out our panini press (a.k.a. Breville Smart Grill & Griddle) and set it to start warming up to 400 F. Any electric grill, waffle maker or plain pan can be used as a substitute for a panini press. Continue reading “Graph Breadth First Search”