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Happy Birthday Lou Malnati’s!

On March 17th, 1971, (Yes, St. Patrick’s Day!), Lou Malnati opened his very first Deep Dish Pizza restaurant in Lincolnwood, IL. Lou’s was my very first deep dish and it has forever influenced my love of the style. HAPPY BIRTHDAY,


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DD101: EXTRA – Always Room For Improvement 2 (Electric Pizzaloo)

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2014! New year – New Recipe! No, it’s not the Chicago Thin Crust recipe. I’m still working on that. (If you are up for trying an intermediate level recipe and you have some skills, here’s my latest test recipe for


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Deep Dish 101 – Lesson 3 : Styles of Chicago Pizza and Maybe a Dough Recipe

Lesson 3 – Styles of Chicago Pizza and Maybe a Dough Recipe I was just working out what I was going to post for Lesson 3 when World Famous Pizza Master Tony Gemignani replied to a mini-rant that I had


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NEW: Deep Dish Anatomy Chart – version 2.0

I’ve redone the Deep Dish Anatomy Chart, in the style of a vintage hanging school chart. It includes some additional information about each layer, and also contains some phrases in Latin, just for good measure. This chart is also available


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New Year – New Oven – plus Pizza Food Pr0n

New Year’s Eve, 2010: I am making a deep dish pizza when halfway through the baking, smoke starts coming out of the oven and the smoke alarm goes off. This is not an uncommon occurrence when I bake things in


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Happy 40th Anniversary, Lou Malnati’s!

I know I’ve been slacking on the pizza posts here, but I will be hitting you with a barrage of deep dish info as soon as I replace my oven (My oven died on New Years Eve – I will


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Toaster Oven Deep Dish Food Pr0n

You CAN successfully make deep dish pizza in a toaster oven. I used a 9″ round Wilton non-stick heavy duty cake pan and baked at 450 degrees F for about 30-35 minutes. In a toaster oven, I highly recommend rotating


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