Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Quentin Tarantino is Pizzalicious

Academy Award winning director, Quentin Tarantino, 46, hosted a pre-Oscar party at his home in Hollywood. Tarantino treated the cast of Inglourious Basterds to pizza, champagne and cupcakes while he took a spin at the turntables, playing 70's music.

The UK Press Associeation reported that Eli Roth, Christoph Waltz and Diane Kruger, were all in attendence and getting well sauced before their red carpet walk. Roth said ""It's truly a celebration, we're wasted - that's the only way to do the carpet - you don't want the filter on, you want to incinerate that filter of appropriate speech before you go down a carpet."

Christph Waltz, full on pizza and champaign was awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Role for his performance as Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds. The film was also nominated for Best Achievement in Cinematography, Robert Richardson;  Best Achievement in Directing, Quentin Tarantino;  Best Achievement in Editing, Sally Menke;  Best Achievement in Sound, Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Mark Ulano;  Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Wylie Stateman;  Best Motion Picture of the Year, Lawrence Bender;   Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Quentin Tarantino. 

I'd say that deserves one hell of a pizza party!

 L-to R: Eli Roth, Dianne Kruger, Quentin Tarintino, Christoph Waltz, at the 2010 Academy Awards
Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cut Sausage Pizza!

Free pizza with every vasectomy...? Whoa. Al Harris of Richmond Biz Sense just reported that Virginia Urology is launching a "March Madness" style campaign  (check the URL address!) to encourage men to get vasectomies during the month of March. They are claiming March is a great time to recover from the minor, out-patient  reversible procedure because you'll be able to recover on the couch and watch basketball un-harassed by your wife or boss. Papa John's is gifting each newly... uh... "edited" man with a free pizza. Other similar promotions are being run across the country, but this one has free pizza!

How do you guys feel about that?

Look at this Bubble Buster

My sister Rose recently sent me a link to this ridiculous contraption made to pop bubbles in pizza dough while it is baking. A pizza bubble popper! Personally I don't mind a few bubbles. I like crust to have good hole structure. I suppose it is a matter of personal taste. Sometimes the big bubbles burn and that is maybe not so great.  My other sister Maya just pointed out that it looks the same as this!

Why are there bubbles in pizza dough?
There are two reasons that your dough might be blowing bubbles. The first is that your dough may be under kneaded. If a recipe says knead for 10 minutes, do that. Over kneading can mess your dough too, but  you know it is a finesse you will learn with practice. 

The other reason you may be getting bubbles is that your dough may have over risen. If you make dough in advance, make sure you punch it down before you press or toss it for a pie. You can also try using another silly kitchen gadget called a docker. A docker is a brayer with little nubs or points on it that make small punctures in the dough. that will keep your dough from blowing bubbles,  you can do this with a fork too. Of course you can always just get this bubble popper.  Ha ha.

Photo: ·Will·