There are times in life when I really, really wish that people like The Equalizer, or the folks on Leverage existed in this world, and that they were on my side. Or that I could conjure up Machiavelli, ply him with food and wine, and get some sound advice on how to deal with nasty people. Sometimes, I feel like I was raised amongst Hobbits in The Shire. I need a cunning mastermind to help me navigate some of the perils of society.
Hey! I can do that! This month, Jacque and Natashya asked us to make a special pie based on someone famous. So, in keeping with my savory theme of late, I decided to invite Niccolo over for dinner, and serve him a zucchini, lemon, and ricotta crostata. Because he’s Italian, I thought the flavor combo would appeal to him.
I found inspiration from this recipe in the October 2008 issue of Bon Appetit. It needed a bit of jazzing up, and I was happy to oblige. I didn’t use Dorie’s pie crust (which I use for everything, including savory pies — I just omit the salt) because I like to practice with other dough recipes every now and then. This was a good crust, but I still prefer Dorie’s. The recipe can be found after the jump, but check out the Pies with That blogroll to see who others invited to dinner! And I posted three times yesterday (making up for lost time), so scroll back and see what I’ve been up to.
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