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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #820 on: June 24, 2012, 01:42:31 PM »
John,

Seeing your outstanding work, I would say that you are in the same boat as Craig.

Peter

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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #821 on: June 24, 2012, 02:13:22 PM »
Craig, your pies really are some of the best out there and your passion is truly unmatched.  I am always inspired by your work.  It's just too bad that not everyone will have the opportunity to taste them if you decide not to open your own place.

Marlon


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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #822 on: June 24, 2012, 02:55:07 PM »
Craig, your pies really are some of the best out there and your passion is truly unmatched.  I am always inspired by your work.  It's just too bad that not everyone will have the opportunity to taste them if you decide not to open your own place.

Marlon



Thank you. I feel the same way about your beautiful pies.

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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #823 on: June 24, 2012, 04:01:13 PM »
Craig,

I sure wish there was a drool icon!  All of your pies look fantastic!  :chef: Your passion for making pizzas keeps me inspired to try new things with pizza.

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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #824 on: June 24, 2012, 04:43:37 PM »
Craig,

I sure wish there was a drool icon!  All of your pies look fantastic!  :chef: Your passion for making pizzas keeps me inspired to try new things with pizza.

Norma

A drool emoticon would be cool. Why don't we have one???

Thanks for the kind words, Norma.

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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #825 on: June 24, 2012, 04:45:10 PM »
Craig,

I sure wish there was a drool icon!  All of your pies look fantastic!  :chef: Your passion for making pizzas keeps me inspired to try new things with pizza.

Norma


not that hard to add icons...  see this howto.  http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?P=b89f7ff8aa0704634c545b131974f35d&topic=18623.msg151764#msg151764

I'm sure there's a array of cooking-inspired icons available.  If not, I could make a few.
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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #826 on: June 24, 2012, 05:02:36 PM »
This on is pretty good.
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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #827 on: June 24, 2012, 09:07:21 PM »
Great pies as usual! 

Scott D.

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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #828 on: June 24, 2012, 11:59:57 PM »
Hey Craig

Wow... I look forward to every weekend that you cook and post.  Unbelievable work... this set of pies to me looks a lot more "lively" and a"rustic" in the most positive way.   Is that just me or did you tweak something? 

Scot

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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #829 on: June 25, 2012, 09:55:12 AM »
Once again very nice pies Craig. I'm amazed with your attention to detail, and knowledge of this craft that so many of us seek. Your thread is among the ones I visit most often to gain some information on different methods. What I've learned from this forum is a lot, and it has helped me understanding various processes, and hopefully that will help me reach my goal of one day opening my own place.

But the most significant we all learn from this place is to try to figure it all out. Yes, we can all take a recipe and make a good pie, but the true passion comes when we try to tweak the recipe to gain what we all think is our perfect pie.

So my question to you: Do you feel you have reached your perfect pie? In any case, what do you define as your perfect pie?  :)


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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #830 on: June 25, 2012, 10:30:16 AM »
For an artist, perfection is best not quite achieved.
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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #831 on: June 25, 2012, 10:56:47 AM »
Very nice!  I really like #4.

craig - do you make your own sausage or do you buy it?

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« Reply #832 on: June 25, 2012, 05:20:48 PM »
Very nice!  I really like #4.

craig - do you make your own sausage or do you buy it?
Thanks deb!

It was really good. I usually buy Johsonville Sweet italian sausage and add a bunch of fennel seeds, cayenne pepper, and a little balck pepper. I knead it all up together and let it sit in the fridge a few hours before using. It goes in the pie raw.

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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #833 on: June 25, 2012, 05:22:13 PM »
For an artist, perfection is best not quite achieved.

I have nothing to worry about!  :-D
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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #834 on: June 25, 2012, 05:23:13 PM »
Hey Craig

Wow... I look forward to every weekend that you cook and post.  Unbelievable work... this set of pies to me looks a lot more "lively" and a"rustic" in the most positive way.   Is that just me or did you tweak something? 

Scot

Yes, Scot. I did a couple things a little different. I got the oven a little hotter, and I had the dough a little cooler.

Thanks!

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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #835 on: June 25, 2012, 05:26:06 PM »


It was really good. I usually buy Johsonville Sweet italian sausage and add a bunch of fennel seeds, cayenne pepper, and a little balck pepper. I knead it all up together and let it sit in the fridge a few hours before using. It goes in the pie raw.

CL

thanks Craig

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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #836 on: June 25, 2012, 05:38:15 PM »
Once again very nice pies Craig. I'm amazed with your attention to detail, and knowledge of this craft that so many of us seek. Your thread is among the ones I visit most often to gain some information on different methods. What I've learned from this forum is a lot, and it has helped me understanding various processes, and hopefully that will help me reach my goal of one day opening my own place.


Thank you very much! Iím glad you find value in it. That is one of my goals for posting what I do each week.

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But the most significant we all learn from this place is to try to figure it all out. Yes, we can all take a recipe and make a good pie, but the true passion comes when we try to tweak the recipe to gain what we all think is our perfect pie.


I agree. People have been perfecting pizza for a long time. Itís not likely that we will see a lot of wholesale innovation, but there are countless variables to tweak to maximize your unique situation and taste.

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So my question to you: Do you feel you have reached your perfect pie? In any case, what do you define as your perfect pie?  :)


No. I have not reached perfection, and it might not even be possible. Iíve had a few pies that come pretty close. I see being able to produce consistently great pies as more important than focusing on a single perfect pie.  These are a couple of my best: http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,19335.0.html

I give my thoughts on the elements of the perfect pie in this interview:

http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2012/01/pizza-obsessives-craig-lindberg-and-his-neapolitan-garage.html?ref=title

CL
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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #837 on: June 25, 2012, 05:38:59 PM »
Great pies as usual! 

Scott D.

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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #838 on: July 16, 2012, 02:54:03 PM »
That sweet, spicy, salty sausage pie is haunting my taste buds.....want so badly.

Also really want to try that variation on the margherita. Where are you getting the Allepo and Calabrian chile's? Are they fresh or dried or flakes or what?

The pies came out pretty good last night. 61.5%, 3.0%, 1.3%. 24h bulk at 65F, 12h balls at 65F, 12h at 65-77F. Not much I'd change about them. I had the oven running pretty hot, 910F+ on the bricks farthest from the fire. I also kept the dough cool (~74F). In the past couple weeks, I'd been letting it get up into the mid to high 80's. I'm convinced that cooler dough leopards better. I'd noticed this before and have talked to others who have had similar observations.

1) Margherita (with Aleppo pre-bake and Calabrian chilies post-bake)
2) Same pie
3) Asparagus birds nest with mascarpone+blue cheese, Meyer lemon evoo, fresh lemon juice, salt
4) Mozz, dried cherries plumped in brandy, hot fennel sausage, red pepper flakes, local wildflower honey post-bake
5) Mozz, cremini mushrooms (raw), parm, black pepper, white truffle oil post-bake.
6) Tomato, sopressata, mozz, cherry tomato, Calabrian chili oil post-bake
7) Mozz, cherry tomato, arugula, Meyer Lemon evoo, Aleppo, salt
8] Tomato, good anchovies, olive, Calabrian chili oil post-bake
9) Mozz, Brussels sprouts, pancetta, sliced garlic, parm, evoo
10) Margherita (with Aleppo pre-bake and Calabrian chilies post-bake)
11) Mozz, cherry tomato, parm, arugula, Meyer Lemon evoo, fresh lemon juice, Aleppo, prosciutto


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Re: Craig's Neapolitan Garage
« Reply #839 on: July 16, 2012, 03:37:09 PM »
That sweet, spicy, salty sausage pie is haunting my taste buds.....want so badly.

Also really want to try that variation on the margherita. Where are you getting the Allepo and Calabrian chile's? Are they fresh or dried or flakes or what?



Thank you! That margherita with Aleppo and Calabrian chilies is probably my all-time favorite pie. I think it is best when you put the Aleppo on the tomato and the Calabrian chili oil on post-bake.

The Aleppo is a dry flake. I get it from the Spice House:
http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/crushed-aleppo-pepper?utm_source=g-base&utm_medium=shp&utm_campaign=feed

The Calabrian are whole chilies packed in oil. I get them from Taylor's Market - I don't know of any other place selling them unless you want to buy a Kg (buy 3 or 4 bottles at a time so the shipping doesn't eat you up. If you're like me, you'll go through them pretty quick): http://taylors-market.amazonwebstore.com/B000OLBA9A/M/B000OLBA9A.htm

CL
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