The recipes here are favorites for at least one of the kids or myself, and tailored to three people with some leftovers. In most cases I have pulled the base if not the entire recipe from one or more sources, and have noted links where applicable. I have no formal training--just YouTube videos, Internet blogs and experimentation--so these are more for the kids in case they want to know how I made something that they remember liking. Of course, if you want a sample of what it is like to eat at the Stein household feel free to try some of the things found here.
Although I first tried this recipe as a larger effort to make Gyros (see Gyro Meat), it works well for sandwiches, or instead of dinner rolls, (see Quick Buns for a fast way to make dinner rolls). The dough can also be frozen after the first rise to make it quicker to use when wanted. I am still looking for tips on how to consistently get a balloon-type "puffing" when cooking these, but if I am not filling them that is not important. Usually with one batch I will have enough fillable pieces to make what I need and I use the others as sides for another meal. Note that this recipe assumes the use of a stand mixer.
For general sliced bread needs, this is my go-to option. In my view good uses of this bread are things such as a cold cut sandwich, French toast, or for sopping up chili. I do not make the "2lb loaf pan" type of bread too often, but when I do this is what I prefer.
This is my son's favorite pizza at least at the time of writing. He says it is even better than a well-known local pizza chain! It has a crispy, fried crust, but the interior while dense is fluffy. I use a stand mixer, a special 10x14 pizza pan, and an oven that can reach 500°F. Kneading by hand and a different high-sided metal pan may work fine, but a hot oven is really needed to get the char on the crust.
I like this recipe as it comes together quickly so you do not have to really plan ahead. Plus they are better at holding together against a greasy hamburger than some other recipes I have tried. I use a stand mixer so the steps reflect that. These also make great dinner rolls. Since you are making these you can control how large they are.
Except in certain cases (like breads or making a roux), measurements are estimates. Spices I usually eye then adjust with tasting. Pepper should be freshly ground to get the best flavor.
The following abbreviations are used in the recipes:
fl oz: fluid ounce
1T = 3t
1/4C = 8T
8fl oz = 1C