Ah, pizza. The mere mention of the word conjures up images of pure ecstasy, as life with pizza is a happy life well worth living. Pizza comes in many shapes and sizes, and can be topped, pretty much, with whatever you like. And yes, before we go any further, pineapple is a perfectly acceptable topping if that is what you enjoy (that should spark a few lively discussions). Pizza in the US is a topic of many heated debates. The forefront of this debate is the question, ‘who has the best type of pizza’? Is it NY style, Chicago style, or West Coast style? Well, before we can get to the bottom of which, if any, is the best, let’s get a better understanding about each one.
NY style – To begin with, we’ll get our great pizza debate up and running by looking at New York style pizza. New York style pizza is considered by many Americans to be synonymous with New York itself. The pizza is traditionally very thin, with wide and long slices that are crispy yet can easily be folded and eaten by hand. The traditional topping is simply tomato-based sauce, and grated mozzarella cheese on top of a thin and crispy base made from fresh dough. Despite this, many pizzerias use a wide variety of toppings, including cooked meats, vegetables, and seafood. Commonly, a whole pizza pie is 18 inches in size and is cooked in a wood or coal-fired oven, though some places use standard gas nowadays. NY style pizza is hard to recreate in other parts of the country because many enthusiasts are convinced that the minerals found in NY’s water are responsible for creating the unique and delicious taste.
Chicago style – Chicago is a city that takes great pride in its pizza pies, and this most certainly shows. When we say pizza pie, that is exactly what we mean as Chicago style pizza isn’t the regular style of pizza you’re probably used to. The most popular style is deep dish, which is made with a very moist, oil-rich dough that lines the base and sides of a deep dish pizza pan. Next, slices of fresh mozzarella are placed on the dough, before generous portions of sauce and any other toppings required, go on top. Yes, the sauce does indeed go on top of a Chicago-style pizza. The pizza pie is then baked in a hot oven until the dough forms a crust and the cheese and sauce are all melty and gooey. Stuffed pizza is also common in Chicago, which contains an additional thin layer of dough on top of the first layer of cheese.
West coast – West coast style is also known as California style pizza, and although lesser known, it is still equally as delicious as the other two styles on our list. California style pizza is best described as being a fusion of many different styles of pizza with very thin crusts. The Californian element comes in the form of the toppings. You see, because of the hot sunshine and great climate, California is perfect for farming and agriculture. California style pizza is often topped with aromatic herbs and sometimes organic produce that tastes divine and is locally sourced and produced. Servings are also much smaller. There are even a number of vegan options now available.
So, which is better? – Put simply, they’re all equally as great as one another, so make sure you try them all and make up your own mind.
Looking for an easy and quick but totally delicious lunch idea? Try this creamy crab salad sandwich using Brioche Pasquier Pain au Lait. These Pain au Lait's make for the perfect sandwiches!
1½ C Crab meat
1/4 C Mayo
1C Celery, chopped
1T Onion, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
Korean BBQ is becoming more and more popular! This Korean Bulgogi BBQ recipe is super flavorful and abolsutely delicious. Experience authentic Korean food by trying out this recipe!
1 lb. of thin sliced boneless tenderloin (ideally 1/8 inch thick)
Optional, sliced onion
1. Marinade the beef with bulgogi sauce for at least 30 minutes.
2. Grill the beef or pan fry with sliced onion.
3. Serve and enjoy! Try serving with kimchi, a traditional Korean fav!
~ Vegetarians? Simply replace the beef with mushrooms. Grill or pan fry the mushrooms.
Manti are traditional Turkish dumplings that are super delicious! These little purses of dough are full of flavor and paired with yogurt sauce and garlic. Give this authentic recipe for Turkish Manti a try!
1 Package Sanal Manti
16 oz. Plain Greek yogurt
4 Cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
½ Stick of unsalted butter (4 tbsp.)
¼ tsp. Mild paprika
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1. Bring 10 cups of water to a boil, then add Sanal Manti package.
2. Cook for 20-25 minutes.
3. As your Manti is cooking, combine the Greek yogurt and garlic together in a bowl.
4. Heat up a pan and melt the butter, stirring in the paprika and your desired amount of salt and pepper.
5. When your Manti is finished cooking, drain and serve in individual bowls or plates.
6. Spoon the yogurt and garlic mixture over the top of the Manti and then add the butter sauce.
7. Sprinkle fresh mint and enjoy!
Bonne Maman is a French company that produces a variety of delicious preserves and jellies using simple and pure ingredients. By far, one of their most beloved products is their Chestnut Jam. It’s made with chestnut puree, cane sugar, and vanilla for a sweet taste with a rich texture that is ideal for spreading on toast or blending into desserts for an elevated flavor.
The name Bonne Maman literally translates to “grandmother,” an apt symbol of the time-honored means of carefully crafting this delicious preserve. This distinctive preserve is made with non-GMO ingredients. You’ll find no artificial coloring, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup. The beautiful taste comes from the simplicity of this creation, which is made the same way it has been since the beginning.
Try this recipe for French crepes with Chestnut Jam!
Chestnut Jam (approximately 2T for each crepe)
4 eggs, beaten lightly
1 1/3C milk
¼ tsp salt
2T butter, melted
1T butter, for greasing pan
Optional, powdered sugar and berries for garnish
Father’s Day is only a few days away, which means the heat is on to find gifts and cards for Dad. It might surprise you to learn that Father’s Day is a more recent holiday, born from one woman’s efforts in Spokane, Washington. Early on in the twentieth century, Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to create a holiday on par with Mother’s Day for the Fathers of America. Despite being around for awhile, Father’s Day wasn’t made an official American holiday until 1972.
In America, Father’s Day is held on the 3rd Sunday of every June. It’s common for American families to cook for Dad, take him out, engage in sports, and spend time with him doing the activities he enjoys. However, other countries also celebrate their own version of Father’s Day. Read on to find out more!
In Russia, the holiday they now celebrate as Father’s Day was once a military commemoration day. It’s held on February 23rd and they hold a big parade to celebrate their armed forces. On this day, men get gifts from their wives, mothers and daughters.
In India, Father’s Day is very much a direct inspiration from America. They also use the 3rd Sunday in June as the day to revere fathers in India. However, there are a variety of cultural programs on this day to help inspire Indian children to show respect to their Fathers and help to care for them. The Fathers are expected to spend time doing quality activities with the children.
Thailand uses the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej to celebrate fathers all over the country. The king gives a speech on this day each year. The people of Thailand give Canna flowers to their fathers and grandfathers as a special token on this day.
The first Sunday in September is Father’s Day in Australia. It’s also the first day of spring. Aside from the difference in the date, the people down under celebrate Father’s Day much the same way as Americans do with gifts and plenty of family fun and celebration.
MexicoIn a country known for celebrating life, it should be no surprise that Mexicans go all out with food, music and gifts for their fathers. Dia del Padre, the day of dad, is held on the 3rd Sunday of June, though it is not an official holiday.
How will you celebrate Father’s Day this year?