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Focaccia can be described as, a flat Italian bread similar in style to pizza without the sauce and cheese. Its crust is more "cake like" than pizza. The word focaccia in Italian actually translates as "cake". The cake like quality comes from the use of Italian Tipo 00 flour, and a very high ratio of oil in the dough. The real secret though, is that Italian bakers use a biga, or starter dough to increase yeast growth and prominent pockets of air holes showing in the final baked product. Another secret is the mixing of the dough---slow and long and full proofing both after mixing and while in the pan before baking. I do not recommend high-gluten flour if you don't have the Tipo 00 flour, using regular all-purpose flour will yield excellent results.

Focaccia may be topped with herbs or other ingredients. Popular in its homeland of Italy, it's simply seasoned with olive oil, salt and herbs. You may also find it topped with onions, garlic, black olives and even cheese. Focaccia with Rosemary is a popular focaccia served with antipasto or any number of appetizers or simply as a bread or snack. Here is a great recipe on goodcooking.com

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Hot Peppers

Did you know...

Hot chili peppers are really not scorching hot; yes some are but it's really the seeds and stems of them that provide a lot of the heat!

Cajun Blacking Spice...Better than the late Paul Prudhomme's

Mix all these ingredients together...

1 tbsp. paprika
1 T. thyme
1 T. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. ground white pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder

Dip your chicken, fish, shrimp or whatever in melted butter, and then in this spice mixture. Pan seared in a very hot skillet---it will get smoky, so only do this indoors if you have a kitchen exhaust fan that is vented to the outside!