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Paulie Gee Ricotta Pie Winner: Ricotta Be Kidding Me

There are two winners for the ricotta pie that Paulie Gee needed some help naming.

Winner #1 is Meghan O with “Ricotta Be Kidding Me!” (Email me at greenpointers at gmail.com to claim your prize!)

Johnny Boy who commented with “Feel Like Bacon Love” also won, but for another pie that was formerly named Marcella Matricana.

Paulie said, “I thought Feel Like Bacon Love was a better name for that pie so I renamed it.  Johnny came in last night with his fiancé so I gave them both pies.”

Feel Like Bacon Love – Italian Tomato and Butter Sauce Flavored with Onion and Smokey Bacon, Fresh Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano and Post-oven Milled Black Pepper
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Name that Paulie Gee Pizza Pie: Win a Pie!

After a windy and cold shoot last night, my photo crew warmed up with a great dinner at Paulie Gee’s. When we walked in I couldn’t help but notice the delicious smell of fresh tomato sauce. Paulie said they’d just made a Vodka Sauce, but instead of vodka used Sake. Well that’s a fantastic idea. He gave us a try of the pie, that was topped with mozzarella and basil. It was delicious, less sweet and more deeply flavored and richer than his regular marinara sauce. Before he puts it on the menu he needs to come up with a name, but he needs some help.

That is where you clever readers come in! If he picks the new name of the pie from the comments, you get a free sake sauce pizza pie!

Think, japan, sake, samurai swords, dragons, etc. Good luck!

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RECIPES: SUMMER IS STRAWBERRIES

They sell gigantic and often tasteless strawberries all year round at the supermarket, but when the local farmers start wheeling and dealing these heavenly berries, I go insane. Often over $4 per pint, local strawberries seem pricey, but they are so worth it because they taste like they have been ripened in the sun not like they have been sitting in the refrigerator section of the produce isle. There are so many things you can do with these little treasures.

I have been on a jam rampage. Straight out of the 1970 Blue Ball Book of Canning, I make the trusted and true strawberry jam recipe, but I half the amount of strawberries and 1/4 the amount of sugar and it comes out great.

Strawberry Jam
2 Quarts Crushed Strawberries
3-6 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Lemon Juice (optional)

Slowly bring ingredients to a boil then fast boil it, stirring often, for 40 minutes until it passes the jam test. Hot water boil for 10-15 minutes in sterilized ball jars.

If you’re unsure about anything, don’t risk it, check out the National Center for Home Food Preservation or Ball’s Fresh Preserving.

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