Saturday, May 30, 2009

MC Chris - Pizza Butt

Video for MC Chris's song "Pizza Butt" off of the album MC Chris is Dead.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Okonomiyaki - Japanese Pizza?

This is from a guest blogger, Kelly, who also happens to be my best friend. Kelly recently traveled to Japan where she discovered this fun dish that you cook yourself.

Thursday night, Lauren and I made okonomiyaki, which is a traditional Japanese dish ("okonomi" means "whatever you like, and "yaki" means "cooked"). Some people call it "Japanese Pizza", but really, it's more of a non-breakfast pancake. In an okonomiyaki restaurant, you place your order (you can get almost any kind of filling) and they bring the uncooked ingredients to you in a big bowl. You mix it up and grill it yourself on the hibachi grill they have at every table, and then you and your friends can cut and eat it straight off the grill.

Although we don't have our own hibachi grill, we decided to make do with a frying pan and try our hand at making okonomiyaki Richmond-style. I was able to find okonomiyaki mix, bonito flakes (little fishy flakes that curl as they heat up), tonkatsu sauce (a veggie and fruit condiment vaguely like ketchup) and Japanese mayo at Tokyo Market in Carytown. We also picked up cabbage, onions, corn, and bacon to add to our dough. You can also try adding squid or other seafood, roast chicken, pork, or beef, kimchee, mushrooms, carrots, scallions--anything you can chop up into little bits, you can add to the batter. Other great toppings include aonori (dried seaweed flakes), sakura-ebi (tiny dried shrimp), and beni-shoga (diced pickled ginger). You can also serve it with sauteed soba noodles--that's Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.

Neither of us was really sure how to make okonomiyaki, but we found a recipe online and cobbled together instructions from that. First up, Lauren chopped the veggies while I mixed up the dough. Then we heated up the bacon and onions a bit in some sesame seed oil. We added everything else to the mix and threw it into the pan on top of the bacon and onions, shaping it into a pancake. After about 5 minutes, the pancake was solid on the bottom so we flipped it and cooked it for another 5, until the dough was cooked through.

After that, we threw it onto a plate and brushed on the tonkatsu sauce, then the mayo. The bonito flakes went on top of it all, and once that was done, we were ready to dig in. We were a little anxious about how it turned out, but it was delicious and flavorful--not bad for a first try! Sadly we weren't able to find any Kirin Ichiban to go with it, but the sake we picked up served as an acceptable stand-in. We'll definitely be making this again and spreading the okonomiyaki love to our friends. Thanks to visualrecpies.com and Kyomi for the recipe!

Pizza Hut song



This Jamaica Ave. NYC Pizza Hut Location is living in infamy thanks to this song from Das Racists from Brooklyn, NY.


Song after jump.

Photo from www.benrowlandphotography.com.

Friday, May 22, 2009

iWant


So cute from Urban outfitters

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Pizza Face

There is this pretty cute and vaguely punk rock show on Nickelodeon called Yo! Gabba Gabba. They have posted some cute recipes for making funny face pizzas with kids. I think it's a great idea.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I did NOT fall in love with a pizza girl.

Do you know what is not really that pizzalicious? This. I thought those dudes were supposed to be good at singing and being cute. This almost made me not eat pizza... almost.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ray's Pizza

There is a great piece on the 50 year legend of Ray's Pizza in the Huffington Past today. Check it out!


Photo from wallyg's flicker!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Pizza for ELL (ESL) Students!

I some times teach English to non-native speakers. I came across this unit of really cute lessons for ELL (English Language Learners) where you can use Pizza to illustrate your lesson. You can learn counting, new words, how to follow recipes (in imperial measurements) or read menus, or maybe just show your ELL class a new culinary treat that they may not have had too often before. This site doesn't look great, but has a lot of cute songs, games and activities for little kids and a great list of fun pizza books.

Here is my expansion on one of her crafty ideas.

Tissue Paper Pizza
Cut a circle out of brown craft paper or cardstock. Paint a smaller red circle on it for sauce. Use shredded white or yellow tissue paper for cheese, crumpled small pieces of brown for sausage, small round circles for pepperoni, yarn loops for onions, green straws cut up into 1" pieces for green pepper. Make and add other toppings. Just be creative!

Or you can use this coloring page to get your kids to draw their own pizza with the toppings they like and use it to practice saying those words by identifying them on the drawing.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

U.S. Pizza Team

Congratulations to the 2009 U.S. Pizza Team on bringing home these World Titles at the 18th Annual World Pizza Championship:

Silver: Team Acrobatics
3rd Place: Freestyle Dough Throwing - Juan Hermosillo. Hermosillo stars in that pizzalicous new Visa commercial.
4th Place: Freestyle Dough Throwing - Ryan LaRose

I'm not so great at tossing dough, but I'd love to really learn how. It takes a lot of practice. Luckily for all you wannabe pizzaiolos out there you can get glow-in-the-dark, fake pizza dough (!!!) to practice with from Pro Dough USA or ThrowDough. They both come with a "how to" DVD. Ridiculous!
Get really good at it and you could make some dough... get it? According to the US Pizza Team's website, to book just one acrobatic show by a two man pizza team will cost you $1500! These are skilled professionals ladies and gentlemen. They also occasionally teach pizza spinning classes.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Pizza Rules!

It's true! Pizza DOES rule! If you can't get enough pizzaliciousness here I suggest you head over to Pizza Rules! This is a totally cute Boston based blog penned by fellow pizza aficionado and graphic designer Nick Sherman. He just finished up Pizza Month, a special time in this young man's life when he has pizza every day for a whole month. What a man! His recent blogs include one about this new pizza shirt from Threadless.com.

Going Green with Pizza Boxes



ECO Inc., a company dedicated to "green" inventions has just launched their product the Green Pizza Box (United States Patent 7,051,919). The box is made out of 100% recycled materials according to the FDA Title 21 standards. The top of the box is perforated and can be torn into four serving plates. The bottom of the box can be folded into a closed storage container HALF the size of a full pizza box! I think we've all wrestled one of those into the fridge or the garbage can. What's even more awesome is that Green Pizza Boxes are produced at no additional cost. I'd love to national chains and local pizza parlors pick up this amazing idea!




This is another good idea on the pizza box front, though, not as green. The folks over at BestPizzaBox.com are marketing a pizza box with a zip cord around the center that will enable the user to divide the box in half. One side folds up for storage in the fridge. It also takes up half the space of a full sized pizza box. or you can put both sides in the garbage or recycling bin.

Which brings me to my next point. Can you recycle a pizza box? Sure it's cardboard but what about food contamination? Did you know that food is one of the biggest contaminates in the paper recycling process? According to the column "Ask Vanessa" on the Mother Nature Network website, pizza boxes are a no go for the recycling bin because of food contamination. Perhaps you can recycle just the lid if there's no food on it or if there is very minimal pizza leftovers. Or scrape it out before you put it out for collection.
I make a habit of washing out things like Chinese food containers and ice cream pints before they hit the bin. She also warns against recycling paper with adhesives, or any paper that is wet. Just a little contamination can ruin a whole bunch of paper for the recycling process. So check that weather report before you put your bins out.