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Have you ever craved a pizza and someone suggested Domino’s or Pizza Hut and you just cringed? There is nothing worse than wanting an authentic Italian pizza and being offered a watered down version of a flat-bread pie that is referred to as pizza only because it was inspired by the original. Well there might be one or two things worse, but when you are hungry for authentic Italian-style pizza, it’s hard to think of them. True pizza aficionados are so serious about the creation of authentic Italian pizza that they actually have more than...read more
While many people are very familiar with the traditional pizza, there are an abundance of non-traditional pizzas that have rapidly gained in popularity due to the great taste and creative use of ingredients. Many of these pizzas have the same shape and roughly the same concept but the difference in ingredients can be astonishing. While a rose may still be a rose….a pizza may not always be the pizza you are familiar with… The Italians and the Greeks may be due the bragging rights for introducing the pizza to the United States, the American...read more
The Complete Pizza Seasoning Reference The making of pizza quite often makes use of a wide array of culinary herbs -plants which enhance both flavor and health benefits. Pizza offers a great balance of whole nutrition. It’s true that some pizza is made too greasy, and some places might skimp on the sauce used. However, if made right, pizza is one of the most “perfect” foods – and, needless to say, one of the most delicious. Culinary herbs are among the most anciently utilized foods for both taste and health. Herbs are aromatic,...read more
Toss and roll out the pizza dough. Spread a four fingered pinch of corn meal or bread crumbs or flower on the pizza peel. Try all 3 to see which you like better. If your peel is wet or oily the dough will stick to the peel. For smaller pies try using a rolling pin to stretch out the dough. For larger pizzas roll out a bit with rolling pin, maybe half-size. Pick up, and begin to spin a bit on the knuckles, pulling the dough gently outwards with each toss. Do this until the pizza is roughly the right size (big enough to almost touch the...read more
On the 8th Day… The actual origin of pizza-like products is unknown. There have been reports of many meals made by peoples and cultures whose description strongly resembles the modern day pizza. For example, the soldiers of the Persian king, Darius the Great, are said to have baked bread on their shields and then covered it with cheese and dates. The Ancient Greeks flavored a flat bread called “plakous” with toppings that included onions, garlic, and herbs, just to name a few. Some people argue that pizza evolved from the green onion...read more
Herbs are leafy plants that have uses as medicines, perfumes, healthy supplements and many are also used for cooking. Boston-born Elihu Yale was a former clerk of the British East India Company in Madras, India and began his own spice business in 1672. In 1797, Captain Jonathan Carnes began to bring huge quantities of pepper spices to Salem, Massachusetts. Texas settlers developed chili powders in 1835, which provided a simpler way to make spicy Mexican dishes. In 1889 food researchers in Watsonville, California developed techniques for...read more
Hey Good looking! – Colors Pizza is a visual work of art. One of its inherent aesthetic components is its harmony of color: Browns, tans, reds, greens, shades of white -and the black of an olive. • Do the colors compliment each other or does the combination of colors look like a bad painting? The simplest example of complimentary colors on a pizza is a Pesto pizza. The “red” against the “green” of the pesto looks great because red and green are complimentary colors. The “white” of the cheese ties both colors together...read more