When Did We Start Folding Pizza?

It’s easy to understand why someone might think folding pizza started in New York City. Most of Italy eats pizza with fork and knife, so it appears as though the tradition started after the dish left its native country. But we have to keep in mind that pizza is not necessarily Italian to begin with, it’s Neapolitan, and the culture of Naples is key to the understanding of pizza at its origin. Naples was an active port and one of the most densely populated cities in Europe at the time pizza was gaining popularity in the 19th century, but as a peasant food it was not often eaten by outsiders. Even today, the most common reason for visiting Naples is as a connecting point to go somewhere else (Capri, Amalfi, etc). Pizza was a street food enjoyed by the lazzaroni (peasants) thanks to its low price point. It’s unlikely these people were eating a meal at a table with fork and knife. But because of their circumstances and the culture of Naples, this method was isolated until its resurgence a century later in New York City.

To sum it all up, people were definitely folding slices of pizza before post WWII NYC, but it was only happening in Naples and never achieved the status of compulsory eating method the way it did in New York City. So your 20-something friend might want to be careful about using television programs as historical references.

Recipe of the Week: Pulled Pork and Sriracha Guacamole Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 slices french bread
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Sriracha Guacamole Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce

Instructions:

  1. Make the guacamole first so the flavors have a chance to meld. To make the guacamole, mash avocados together in a bowl. Add in remaining guacamole ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over a medium heat. Cook onions over medium-low heat until they start to brown and caramelize. About 20 minutes. Add in pulled pork. Cook just until pork is warmed through. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. To assemble a sandwich, butter one side of each slice of bread. With the buttered side down, place one slice of cheese on the bread. Top with 1/4 of the pork. Spoon guacamole over the top. Place a second slice of cheese on top of the guacamole and place another slice of bread on top with the buttered side facing up. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  4. In the same skillet that you cooked the pork and onions in, cook sandwiches over medium heat until bread is golden brown and cheese has melted. Serve immediately.

A New Type of Farm Is Letting Us Grow 100 Times More Food

Farming has been a cornerstone of civilization for a long time — even before sewer systems. As humans have evolved, so has farming. Thanks to drones, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, and a host of other innovations, we have come farther than we would have ever thought possible — including reaching new heights with vertical farming.

The pinnacle of modern agriculture can be found in Kearney, New Jersey at Bowery farms. The farming company claims it has the capacity to grow 100 times more per square foot than average industrial farms. This might be because the vertical farm calibrates “synthetic” parameters for its produce. Thanks to indoor LEDs that mimic natural sunlight, and nutrient-rich waterbeds that are easy to stack from floor to ceiling, Bowery is able to grow over 80 different types of produce. Bowery will begin selling its produce, — including popular salad fixings such as kale and arugula — in NYC come March 6th, at around $3.99 per five-ounce package.

THE FUTURE OF FARMING

What’s so remarkable about Bowery is that it underscores the next generation of agriculture. While traditional farming is unlikely to disappear anytime soon, vertical farming showcases increased automation, reduced emissions, and all-around reduced costs.

Automated machines efficiently move water around the plants using a proprietary software known as FarmOS. The unique operating system adapts to new data, adjusting environmental conditions to the warehouse. Trays are optimally stacked to the ceiling and crops are produced year round, increasing the overall efficiency of the process.

Traditional farming reduces soil productivity, wastes water, can foster the growth of pesticide-resistant insects, and increases levels of greenhouse gases. The practice itself is quickly becoming unsustainable, as there’s less land available for farming: since the 1970s, almost 30 million acres have been lost to urbanization.

While traditional agricultural methods may endure, it might be prudent to acknowledge the global and local benefits of vertical farming with so many new companies cropping up.

How to Carve a Turkey

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means one thing: turkey. Preparing, and especially carving, a turkey for loved ones at Thanksgiving is a task often assigned to the family patriarch. Roasted flesh, sharp knives, popping joints — it just doesn’t get much more virile than that! Rather than fumble around and end up with a disorganized and mangled platter of bird flesh, impress your friends and family by masterfully carving and plating your turkey with cleanly cut and sliced pieces.

How to Carve a Turkey — In Text and Pictures

Let the bird rest. 

After you take the turkey out of the oven, you want to let it rest for about 20 to 30 minutes before you start carving. If you start carving too early, the juices from the bird will run all over the place and your turkey will dry out. Also, letting the turkey rest and cool will reduce the chances you’ll scald yourself with delicious but molten hot turkey juice.

Separate the leg and thigh from the body.

Take a sharp knife and cut the piece of skin in between the body and the leg. Once you have some separation, grab the body of the bird in one hand and the leg and thigh of the turkey in the other, and start pulling them apart to expose the joint that holds the leg to the turkey. You know you’ve reached it when you hear a pop. Carve around the joint until you don’t get any resistance. Pull the leg and the thigh away from the body of the turkey all in one piece. Repeat on the other side.

Separate the leg from the thigh.

Holding the drumstick, stand the thigh and leg piece up on its end. Take your knife and cut between the drumstick and the thigh bone. When you meet some resistance with the thigh bone, move your knife around it a bit until you don’t get any resistance. Make the final cut and separate the drumstick from the thigh. Place the drumstick on the platter so the kids can start fighting over who has dibs on it at dinner time.

Cut the thigh meat.

You’ve got some great meat on the thigh bone. Don’t let it go to waste by just hacking away at it. There’s one bone in the thigh meat and your goal is to separate the meat from the bone. Grab the end of the thigh bone, and take your knife and carefully start scraping the meat away from the bone. If you’re really careful you can take the thigh meat off in one piece. But if you need to separate it in two pieces when cutting it away from the bone, it’s no big deal. Once you get the meat separated from the thigh bone, you can carve it up for your platter.

Separate the wing from the body.

Our next step is to separate the wing from the body. The wing is attached to the turkey by a ball joint. Cut the area between the wing and body until you get to the joint. Once you get there, grab the wing and pull it away from the turkey until you hear a pop. Once you hear that pop, take your knife and start cutting through the tendons and ligaments surrounding the joint until you separate the wing from the body. You can serve the wing whole on your platter. Repeat on the other side.

Carve the turkey breast.

You have some options on how you carve the turkey breast. The traditional way is to carve small slices off the side of the breast. There’s nothing wrong with this way, but it does tend to dry the meat out. Also, if you get the wrong kind of knife, you can tear the meat and it won’t look as good when you serve it.

Another way you can carve the breast meat so that you maintain juiciness is to cut the entire breast off the turkey and then carve it up into smaller slices. Find the breastbone in the middle of the turkey. Pick which breast you’re going to carve first, and make a cut right next to the breastbone on that side.

Continue cutting down the side of the breastbone. It helps to use your hands to peel the breast away from the bone as you’re cutting. Keep making small slices with your knife until you can separate the entire breast from the turkey.

Once it’s off, grab your large carving knife and slice the meat against the grain starting at the small point of the breast. You can make the slices as thin or as thick as you want. If you don’t think you’ll eat the entire breast, just cut what you’ll use, and wrap the rest of the breast in plastic wrap. It will stay nice and juicy for later.

 

From The Art of Manliness

Brett | November 10, 2017

10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF BACON!

Almost everyone loves bacon. It’s ridiculously awesome. And many people have very mixed views about whether bacon is actually good or bad for you. It’s not defined as completely healthy, but does have some amazing health benefits if you have it just about once a week.

HERE ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF BACON:

  1. It’s packed with protein that helps regulate your energy level’s. And keep you feeling full. Plus protein in general boost’s your Norepinephrine, Epinephrine and Dopamine levels. Which will lead you to feel happy and energetic. No wonder it’s so addictive.
  2. Helps to lower your blood pressure as well as your blood sugar.
  3. Can help ease the symptom’s that come along with Diabetes.
  4. Helps to prevent Stroke’s, Heart Disease and Heart Attacks.
  5. Contains Choline that improves your memory and IQ. It also help’s reduce the symptoms that come with Alzheimer’s Disease.
  6. Can help you feel happy and reduce your stress levels.
  7. Contains high amount’s of: Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Protein, Niacin, Vitamins B12, B6 and Thiamine.
  8. Contains Omega 3 Fatty Acids which help reduce inflammation throughout the body.
  9. Is used as a treatment for Salt Depletion (Hyponatremia).
  10. Helps prevent Anemia.

So don’t believe the hype that bacon is the worst thing you could possibly ingest, and go out and grab yourself a handful of salty, pork goodness!

Where To Get Your Crunch On For National Taco Day

Taco Tuesday isn’t the only day for taco deals this week.

Wednesday is National Taco Day and it’s a fiesta for taco lovers with many national taco chains marking the day with free tacos and specials.

According to the made-up food holiday’s website, NationalTacoDay.com, last year Americans ate more than 4.5 billion tacos.

Taco Bell

At participating locations on Wednesday, the chain has a special “National Taco Day gift set.” For $5, get four classic Taco Bell tacos — Nacho Cheese, Cool Ranch, Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos and the Crunchy Taco — “gift wrapped” in a limited edition wrapper and specially boxed. Learn more about the deal hereTaco Bell also has teamed up with teen retailer Forever 21 to create a collection of bodysuits, sweatshirts and hoodies, which will go on sale Oct. 11 at select Forever 21 stores.

Tijuana Flats

Get $2 tacos and $2 Mexican drafts Wednesday at participating locations. Many locations of the fast-casual Tex-Mex chain have a Tuesday taco deal called Tijuana Tuesdaze where two tacos, chips and a medium drink are $5.99. Also, all locations have a take-home “Hardly Homemade” taco meal kit for $31.99. Find locations here.

On the Border 

Mini tacos are 50 cents each when you dine-in Wednesday at participating locations. The chain also has a 20% off taco catering items through Oct. 8 with promo code Taco17. Learn more here.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill 

The chain is celebrating Applebee’s Neighborhood Appreciation Month all October long with $1 margaritas, also known as the Dollarita, at participating locations. Learn more here and find locations here.

El Pollo Loco

Buy one taco platter, get one free Wednesday at participating locations with a coupon posted on the company’s website. Taco platter options are Chicken Avocado, Chicken Bacon Cheddar, Avocado Tacos al Carbon and Shrimp Mango.

More deals: Check locally owned restaurants’ Facebook and Twitter accounts for additional deal announcements.

Recipe of the Week: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pound boneless pork roast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp barbecue rub seasoning
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup Coca Cola
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the pork into 2-3 separate chunks and cover with the barbecue rub seasoning.

  2. Heat the oil in a pan over a med-high heat and sear each piece of pork quickly on each side. Transfer to the slow cooker.

  3. In the same pan with the heat on low, add the ketchup, vinegar, sugar, Coke, Worcestershire sauce. salt and pepper and whisk until it comes together.

  4. Pour the sauce over the pork and seal with the lid.

  5. Cook on low setting for about 8 hours checking often to turn the meat and stir the sauce.

  6. Once the meat has become fork tender, shred it with two forks in the slow cooker combining it with the sauce.

Here’s Where You Can Get Free Coffee On National Coffee Day

Is it really National Coffee Day if you can’t get free coffee from at least one coffee chain? The holiday falls on this Friday, Sept. 29 and, since your love of caffeine is recognized by all, there are some pretty sweet deals being offered at coffee shops nationwide, where you can get all the free coffee you need for little to nothing. Here are all the places you need to hit up this Friday.

KRISPY KREME

National Coffee Day isn’t over until Krispy Kreme says it’s over, and because of that, the doughnut chain is turning National Coffee Day into National Coffee Weekend. From Sept. 29 up until Oct. 1, customers can head to Krispy Kreme to score a hot coffee in any size as well as a small iced coffee at participating locations across the U.S. and Canada.

DUNKIN’ DONUTS

Customers at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations nationwide can purchase a medium, large, or extra large cup of the brand’s signature hot coffee and get one additional medium hot coffee for free.

7-ELEVEN

7-Eleven is also extending coffee deals all into the weekend, but there’s a small catch. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 7Rewards members can receive one free coffee per day.

CINNABON

According to a tweet from the company’s official Twitter account, Cinnabon will be giving out free 12 oz. coffees all day on Friday.

STARBUCKS

Unfortunately if you’re looking for free coffee on National Coffee Day, Starbucks isn’t where you’ll find it. According to a release on the coffee chain’s website, instead of doling out free coffee, Starbucks will be shining a light on their ethically sourced coffee, letting customers know that buying coffee from the brand means supporting farmers.

Pilot/Flying J

Guests can get free small cup of Pilot Coffee or another hot beverage of their choice, including tea and cappuccino. To redeem, display an online coupon — available here or at Pilot Flying J’s Facebook page — at any time on Sept. 29.

Wawa

Receive a free coffee of any size all day at any of Wawa location.

Amazon Could Soon Deliver Chipotle, Five Guys & More to Your Door

After opening its first grocery pickup locations with AmazonFresh and having purchased Whole Foods earlier this summer, Amazon’s venture into the food industry continues by forming a new partnership with digital company, Olo.

Olo is a mobile and online food ordering platform which focuses on large restaurant brands and chains that allows customers to order and pay for delivery and takeout food online.

Some of their notable clients include Chipotle, Shake Shack, Cold Stone Creamery, Five Guys and Jamba Juice, with over 200 restaurants on their list that have a total of around 40,000 US locations.

With the agreement leaving Olo to handle the menu and ordering of purchases, Amazon Restaurants will be in charge of delivery, while the value for Amazon here is it gives them potential access to the many different chain restaurants in Olo’s client base.

Recipe of the Week: Cheesy Baked Meatball Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 12 Meatballs (use whatever meat you like, we used pork)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 700g Passata
  • 6 sprigs Thyme
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Pinch Chilli Flakes (use more if you like it spicy!)
  • 1/2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 ball Mozzarella sliced
  • 50 g Parmesan grated
  • 4 Bread Rolls
  • Truffle Oil
  • Extra Parmesan to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Start off by browning your meatballs in a drizzle of olive oil until they’re golden and a little crispy on all sides. Remove and set aside on a plate.

  2. In the same pan heat another drizzle of olive oil and add your onion, fry until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. Pour in the passata followed by the thyme, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, chilli flakes, tomato puree and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the sauce is thickened and is really unctuous.

  3. Place the meatballs in a heatproof dish and pour over the sauce. Cover the meatballs with the mozzarella and parmesan and place in the oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is all melty and the meatballs are cooked through.

  4. Serve the meatballs in bread rolls with a drizzle of truffle oil and extra parmesan.