Greek Style Pizza: Not Your Traditional Pie

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Most people are familiar with the favorite traditional pizza, slathered in marinara sauce, covered in gooey cheese, and topped with delicious toppings like pepperoni or mushrooms. The Greeks have their own version of this all time favorite dish, and while it’s very similar to a regular pizza, it has some very distinguishing characteristics of its own. Here’s some more information about Greek style pizza and what makes it so special. Toppings While some of the toppings you will find on a Greek pizza are somewhat traditional, these ingredients are specifically Mediterranean in flavor and have a delicious Greek flair all their own. Some examples of what you will find on these pizzas are salty Kalamata olives, feta cheese, gyro meat such as lamb, sliced tomatoes, and onions. Another distinguishing feature of Greek pizza is that in most cases, there is no tomato sauce on the crust. Instead, it is usually brushed with olive oil and maybe sprinkled with a bit of sea salt. This allows the main toppings to really shine through and highlights their taste.  Crust A Greek pizza’s crust is made in a very different way than many other pizzas. The crust is usually baked in a pan rather than right on the bricks inside a brick oven or directly on an oven rack. The crust itself is baked in a shallower pan than you might find in a deep dish Chicago style pizza crust. The pan is coated heavily with olive oil and comes out of the oven very chewy and more closely resembles bread. It’s a bit oily, but this actually helps to enhance the pizza’s overall flavor. If sauce is added to the crust, it’s usually comprised of crushed tomatoes with plenty of chopped oregano. While some Greek pizzas will have cheese on top other than feta, it’s usually a cheddar and mozzarella blend.  Making Your Own You can make your very own Greek pizza at home using simple ingredients. For the crust, simply mix flour, salt, dry yeast and olive oil together until it forms a dough. Let it rise and then bake it in a shallow pan coated with olive oil for about fifteen minutes at 375 degrees. You can add almost any topping you like including crushed tomatoes, crumbled feta, spinach, and a combination of black and Kalamata olives. You will be pleasantly surprised at the new and exciting difference in flavor that Greek style pizza has to offer. For more information about pizza, contact Il Greco or a similar...

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Pizza Party Etiquette Tips For A Large Group

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are the coach of a kid’s team, and the season is coming to an end, you may want to do something fun to celebrate and say farewell to great teammates. Consider hosting a pizza party at your favorite pizza establishment to celebrate the accomplishments your team has done for the season. Here are a few tips for you to use to make sure your party goes off without any problems, with the pizza establishment in mind, allowing your team to have a festive time while enjoying a favorite meal: Make Advance Reservations Although you could probably walk in the door and get seating for a large group, it’s best to make advance reservations. Many pizza establishments will have a private room or secluded area in their restaurant, giving your group some privacy while allowing you to enjoy the time you are spending together without disturbing other customers.  Call and ask if there are any specials available for larger groups and see if there is a time preference for the best service. Setting the time before or after normal dinner hours will allow the pizza place to cater to your party without competition from other guests. Order In Advance One large time-saver is to put your order in before you arrive. This will allow the pizza place to make sure they have the ingredients needed to make the food you wish to have. You will also have the option of having some more exotic pizzas, if wanted. If you let the pizza parlor know in advance that you want to try a certain meal or topping, they will be able to order from their food supplier to make sure they have the ingredients on hand to make specialty items. Ordering in advance will also allow the pizza place to put on extra staff if your party is very large. Bring Your Own Place Settings Let the pizza place know that you are going to bring your own paper place settings to help keep their dish washing minimal. Many establishments will appreciate this gesture and you may be able to get faster service if there is no need for the pizza place to put out settings for many people. Pick out something appropriate for the team, such as a congratulations or baseball theme. Set Up Decorations Go to the pizza place early to set up some decorations around the area you will be using. Make sure you have tape for wall hangings or to tape balloons to the chairs. Bring along a trash bag so you can take down all of your decorations when you have finished the...

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3 Maintenance Tips For Your Commercial Dishwasher

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your dishwasher is probably an underappreciated appliance in your kitchen because it doesn’t produce food or store it for later. All it does is ensure that you have clean dishes on which to serve the food. However, without the dishwasher, your restaurant would not be able to function efficiently because you couldn’t serve the food unless you had someone manually wash all of the dishes, a huge task. In order to ensure that your dishwasher remains functional at all times, consider these three maintenance tips. 1. Check the Filter Every 20-25 Cycles The filter is what keeps any unwanted food particles from going down your drain. It is important to check this regularly because if the filter is clogged, then water will not be able to leave your dishwasher easily and you will end up having your dishes sitting in dirty water for an extended period of time. This completely negates any cleaning that you may have done beforehand. In order to keep this from happening, thoroughly clean the filter every 20-25 cycles. This will allow you to not have to spend a ton of time on maintenance, but will still make it easy for you to keep your dishwasher working efficiently. If you notice water build-up, however, check the filter earlier. 2. Clean the Spray Arms and Nozzles The spray arms and nozzles are the main reason why water can be applied all over the dishes and ensure that they stay clean. However, these parts of your dishwasher can also become clogged. At the end of every day, you should make sure that you thoroughly clean out these parts. This will keep the cleaning solution from building up and for food particles being sprayed back onto the plates. If you notice that the spray is weaker than it should be, or more concentrated than usual, consider cleaning the spray arms earlier. 3. Hire a Professional Even the best employees can’t keep a dishwasher totally clean. Because of this, you need to hire a commercial maintenance professional to clean your dishwasher. If you have a professional come in twice a year to tune up your dishwasher, you can be sure that you will be able to extend the lifespan of your dishwasher for as long as possible. For more detailed cleaning and maintenance instructions, consult your owner’s manual. Some dishwashers will have specific actions you can take to make sure that they remain...

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6 Sweet Ways To Display Your Cupcakes

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cupcakes have become incredibly popular for birthday parties, showers and even weddings. That’s because they are individually sized, fun to eat and versatile enough to fit any theme. How will you display the cupcakes at your next party? Here are 6 ideas: Clear Champagne Glasses Buy clear plastic champagne glasses with a wide top. Pour colorful candies into the bottom, and then place a cupcake on top.  In Flower Pots Cupcakes make great flower substitutes. You can buy terracotta pots made specifically for baking cupcakes. Simply frost the tops in a rose pattern or top with sugar flowers when they are cool.  You can also make a cupcake bouquet by placing a Styrofoam ball into a bucket, vase or flower pot. Put cake decorator’s sticks into the ball, and top each with a pretty cupcake. Use enough so that the cupcakes look like a collection of flowers bursting out of the container.  Doll Stand Start with a 3 tiered cake stand or cupcake stand. Place a doll torso on the top layer. Drape the doll torso and all of the cupcake stands in loose fabric to make it look like the doll is wearing a dress. Place color coordinated cupcakes on the stand to look like embellishments on the doll’s dress.  Make a Monogram Use cupcakes in two contrasting colors and simply arrange one color in the shape of the first letter of the name of the birthday child, the first letter of the married name of the bride to be or any other letter or number meaningful to the party. Then place the other colored cupcakes around the monogram.  In “Dirt” Make a cute display for cupcakes with a flower or a bug theme by filling a pan with crushed chocolate cookies and chocolate pudding. Place each cupcake in the “dirt’ and top with a sugar flower, a candy bug or a gummy worm. You could also use frosting to make the cupcakes look like carrots, strawberries or other delicious food that grows in a garden. Create Your Own One fun way to use cupcakes at a children’s birthday party is to let the guests decorate their own. You provide the naked cupcakes, several bright colors of frosting and a variety of candies to place on top. It’s a snack and a fun activity rolled into one.  There is no end to the fun you can have with cupcakes. You can make your cupcakes even better by placing them in creative displays. To learn more, contact a company like Glamorgan Bakery with any questions you...

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Great Low Carb Italian Restaurant Dinner Options

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If your friends want to go out for Italian food, there is no reason you should skip out just because you are on a low carbohydrate diet. Italians love keeping it basic with lots of vegetables and fresh meats. Here are a few items you could order the next time that you are out with your friends that are not only tasty, but will allow you to stick to your low carbohydrates as well. Salads Italian Tossed Salad: This salad is generally made with iceberg lettuce, arugula, red onions, pepperoncini, kalamata olives, and croutons. It is topped with an Italian vinaigrette dressing. See if they can hold the croutons for a truly low-carb salad. Spinach Salad: Most Italian spinach salads also include red onions, blue cheese, pine nuts and fruit. It is topped with a white balsamic vinaigrette. Grilled Salmon Salad: This salad combines fresh vegetables such as grape tomatoes, green beans and red onions with some grilled salmon. Grilled meats are the perfect way to stick to your low carbohydrate diet. Chicken Dishes Grilled Chicken Caprese Salad: This salad is really fresh and tasty. It contains always contains fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. It may even contain cucumbers, red onions and kalamata olives. It is generally topped with a white balsamic vinaigrette. Chicken Caprese: Very similar to the grilled chicken caprese salad, the chicken is cooked and then topped with tomatoes, mozzarella and asparagus with a balsamic glaze. Chicken Marsala: The chicken is sautéed in a marsala sauce and topped with some mushrooms. It may be served on a very small bed of pasta. Chicken Saltimbocca: The chicken is baked and seasoned with sage, and topped with some prosciutto and provolone. Seafood Dishes Shrimp Fra Diavolo: The shrimp is seared in the pan, and then it is topped with garlic, tomatoes and a diavolo sauce. It is generally served on top of some fresh fettuccine noodles. Grilled Salmon: You can almost always find a grilled salmon dish on an Italian menu. The salmon is generally grilled and topped with some fresh herbs or possibly a white wine butter sauce. You can also expect a side of fresh vegetables with it as well. Salmon Oscar: This is a sautéed crab dish that comes with sautéed vegetables as well, such as asparagus, spinach and tomatoes.  It can be really easy to stick to your low carbohydrate diet when you go out for Italian food. Order a salad with some grilled chicken or salmon, and ask them to hold the croutons. Or order a grilled or baked chicken or seafood dish with some fresh veggies on the side. (For more information, contact Gabriel’s Restaurant Bar &...

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Forget The Rice And Choose The Noodles!

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When people generally think about Chinese food they conjure up images of sweet and sour chicken served over rice or broccoli and beef served over rice. Give up the rice the next time you go to a Chinese restaurant and try one of the delicious authentic noodle dishes. Wuhan Noodles Wuhan, or hot-dry noodles, can be eaten for any meal of the day. They are traditionally served as a breakfast food in China. These noodles are served hot (hence their name), but they are generally not spicy. Each noodle strand is thick and muscular. It is slightly clingy, but not sticky at all. They are most commonly served with sesame oil, sesame paste, salted chilies and scallions. Liangpi Noodles Liangpi noodles are also known as cold-skin noodles. Don’t let the name fool you; there are no animal products in this meal. This dish is known for its rainbow of flavors. A single dish could be described as tangy, spicy, nutty, herbal, sweet, savory, moist and chewy. There are different varieties of Liangpi, but all of them are cooked in a hot chili oil. Other ingredients that may be used in the preparation include: black sesame paste, garlic, vinegar, bean sprouts and julienned cucumber slices. Qishan Shaozi Noodle Soup This soup is a delicacy in the Guanzhong region of China and is served at special occasions such as weddings and birthdays. You may also see this on the restaurant menu as Saozi noodles or Saozi Mian noodles. The soup is made with pork, tofu and a variety of vegetables, which could include potatoes, carrots, eggplant, and bean curd. This soup is going to have a slightly sour taste to it, and it will be slightly spicy as well. The noodles should be very thin and easy to slurp. Shanxi Noodles Shanxi noodles are known for being knife-cut. That means that the chef has a ball of dough in the kitchen and will cut your noodles for you right before they are cooked for your meal. There is no specific uniformity in the noodles. As they are boiled or fried they become like ribbons that are frilly and frayed. Westerners often associate Chinese food with rice dishes, but Chinese people actually eat a lot more noodles. Try the noodle dishes the next time you go to a Chinese restaurant, like Rose Bowl Restaurant, and you will find yourself transported to a whole new world of taste and...

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