I had heard of Vincent Van Doughnut, a lauded establishment in this doughnut-crazed City of Saint Louis.
Little did I know that VVD’s flagship store is within walking distance of my house.
This is happy but dangerous news.
On Saturday evening I stopped by Sauce on the Side, a calzone restaurant in The Grove. I parked the car, and walked by this doughnut shop, with the night crew already working on the next day’s yeast dough.
This morning, in the midst of street closures and general craziness surrounding the Rock and Roll Marathon, I found my way back over to VVD.
A maple bacon doughnut was the fat-oozing result. “Pace yourself,” I thought. So I only came home with one.
But I’ll be back!
One outgrowth of the pizza class a few days ago: homemade pizza sauce.
A pound of cherry tomatoes, some oil and garlic and oregano and sugar.
And one has blistered tomato pizza sauce.
I then made pizza on Monday, using the homemade dough I had frozen after the pizza class!
And the finished pizza:
Because sometimes you just need a baked potato . . . .
As a delivery device for sour cream, bacon, butter, and cheese. And green onion.
Early on a Sunday morning, the time was right to make plum jam. Two and a half pounds of plums, two cups of sugar, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, and a healthy dash of mace. That’s all it took.
My associate Jean the Magnificent, who keeps my life in order at Webster University, received an early Christmas present last evening, as we went to a pizza-making class at Companion Bread.
This was a fun, informative, and completely digestible evening. We gorged on pizza and breadsticks we made ourselves, and we learned about two different kinds of dough.
And did I mention, we had fun?
Thursday dinner. Ground lamb with spices, herbs, and onion. Homemade tzatziki. Lettuce and cucumber salad. DELISH!
I’m a product tester for Cook’s America. Occasionally I try out a new recipe they have under development.
On Saturday, that recipe was pancakes.
I won’t making this recipe again, and I shall report that on the consumer survey.