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Pizza Making U-Turn Back To Sturdy Square Shape In 2017

No matter how you slice it, pizza is one of the most satisfying foods on the planet. Just ask the millions of New York City strong who enjoy getting a slice to go. In Manhattan alone, there are 362 local pizza restaurants, according to an item in the NewYorkDailyNews.

 

Most of these pizza parlors serve up slices from a round pie with thinner crust, because that’s been the longtime tradition. Watch out, folks, because things are about to change in 2017. That’s right; NYC is turning square, but in a grande way.

 

Don’t be afraid of the dimensions, ladies and gentlemen. The square slice will feature thicker dough, heartier toppings and a deeper gastronomical satisfaction.

 

Square pizza is the trendy food item of the new year in New York City. You won’t have to worry about all the good stuff sagging from your slice, because you won’t even have to fold your pie. Square pizza has a sturdy form with nice crispy edges.

 

The culinary landscape has begun to change in the pizza world, taking us all back to our youth, when square masterpieces full of molten cheese and sauce were a thing of beauty in school cafeterias.

 

BonAppetit says the trend is on and stretching across the country.

 

In New York City, pizza lovers can go square at eateries like Scarr’s Pizza on Orchard Street, where an 18 inch by 12 inch pizza will run you $26. There is Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Pizza, which offers classic NY slices at $2.50. Some folks prefer the square kale-sausage-and-­Taleggio slice, where vintage meets edgy.

 

Emmy-Squared in Brooklyn also serves it up hot and non-circular. The restaurant is big on Detroit-style pizza, and residents love the crisp square pies with the yummy, springy dough.

 

Go on, America; get square.

 

Disaster Averted

There are numerous restaurant chefs in New York who offer a bit of advice on how to fix some of the common problems associated with Thanksgiving dinner. One of the common fails is to have lumpy gravy. It could be because you don’t let the gravy simmer long enough on the stove, or you might add too many dry ingredients, which can easily make your gravy full of lumps. Transfer the gravy to a blender so that you can get it smooth to go over the turkey, potatoes and other items. If it’s too thin, add very small amounts of flour until it’s the right consistency.

 

Sometimes, stuffing can just get too soggy. This is a dish that isn’t appealing at all as there’s too much moisture. Spread the stuffing in a thin layer in a larger dish before putting it back in the oven to bake for a few minutes. This will help to remove some of the moisture, giving it a beautiful crunch. If your stuffing is too dry, then pour a but of belted butter and broth over the top. Don’t add too much because you’ll end up with the soggy stuffing that you don’t want.

 

If you don’t thaw out the turkey all the way, then it can turn out to be a burnt disaster on the outside and not done on the inside. Submerge the turkey in cold water until it’s thawed. You can also cut the turkey into slices to make it easier to cook.

 

Proper Ways As A Thanksgiving Guest

When guests come to the house for Thanksgiving dinner, there are a few things that they should do while at the table and a few things that you should do as a host. One of the things that you want to do is to take a dish if you are a guest. You should take something even if the host tells you not to worry about bringing food. Even if it’s a simple pack of rolls or a pie, it shows that you’re thankful for being in the home with family and friends.

 

Show your thanks to the host by taking your food in a new dish that the host can keep. It’s suitable to take the food in a disposable container so that the host doesn’t have to wash dishes, but it’s a better idea to take what you prepare in a baking dish or bowl. If you have other plans that come up, don’t wait until the last minute to let the host know about them. Keep your plans with the host if something changes in the day or two before the holiday. The host has likely gone to a lot of work to prepare the meal for you, so the least that you could do is show up at the house and enjoy the company. If there’s a true emergency, then that’s different, but if you simply don’t want to go, then that could be a little on the hurtful side to the host.

 

Freeze The Meal

When it comes to Thanksgiving, you want your meal to be as easy as possible to serve and eat. You can easily make your Thanksgiving meal ahead of time with tips from some of the best restaurant chefs in New York. The main dish of roast turkey can be prepared in the days before Thanksgiving and frozen. Add a bit of butter on top of the turkey to put moisture back into the meat.

 

Turkey or chicken stock can be used to make gravy that you can also freeze and heat up to serve with dinner. Add a little salt and pepper when it’s heated for flavor. Green bean casserole is a popular dish for Thanksgiving. You can make the casserole before Thanksgiving and freeze it for a day or two. When you heat the casserole, top it with onions instead of freezing it with the onions. Whipped sweet potatoes are a delicious dish that can be made ahead of time. When you reheat them, add chopped pecans, brown sugar and marshmallows to complete the dish. If you want to freeze your stuffing, then consider pouring melted butter and broth over the top of the dish when it’s reheated so that it has a bit of moisture. Almost the entire Thanksgiving meal can be prepared ahead of time so that all you have to do is take the dishes out and heat them before putting them on the table.

 

New Legislation Changes Food Truck Scene In A Major Way

When it comes to the fast-paced hustle and bustle of New York City, food trucks are there to provide quick and delicious food. But, did you know that behind every Bahn Mi and onion-covered hot dog, there was a illegal movement making it all possible?

 

For the past thirty years, the state has been working with outdated food vendor legislation. New York has a ridiculous restrictive cap on the number of food-vendor permits available. With only 3,000 up for grabs, an illegal scheme was created by those that could get their hands on a permit. Potential food vendors could “rent” overpriced permits from the legal owner on a sort of black market food permit trade. Some people are literally paying thousands of dollars to be able to operate their food vendor business.

 

However, the Street Vending Modernization Act could change all of this. If this bill passes, this would mean that the number of available permits would increase and continue to increase as the years went by.

 

Supporters of the bill explain that not only would the Street Vending Modernization Act help out the thousands of people on the permit waiting list, but also help inspire a surge of new street food options.

 

Currenty food vendor feels such pressure to make a profit to keep their permit that they only sell tried and true favorites, such as hot dogs. However, if the pressure is lifted with the introduction of more permits, perhaps food vendors will take some chances on their menu offerings.

Disaster Averted

There are numerous restaurant chefs in New York who offer a bit of advice on how to fix some of the common problems associated with Thanksgiving dinner. One of the common fails is to have lumpy gravy. It could be because you don’t let the gravy simmer long enough on the stove, or you might add too many dry ingredients, which can easily make your gravy full of lumps. Transfer the gravy to a blender so that you can get it smooth to go over the turkey, potatoes and other items. If it’s too thin, add very small amounts of flour until it’s the right consistency.

 

Sometimes, stuffing can just get too soggy. This is a dish that isn’t appealing at all as there’s too much moisture. Spread the stuffing in a thin layer in a larger dish before putting it back in the oven to bake for a few minutes. This will help to remove some of the moisture, giving it a beautiful crunch. If your stuffing is too dry, then pour a but of belted butter and broth over the top. Don’t add too much because you’ll end up with the soggy stuffing that you don’t want.

 

If you don’t thaw out the turkey all the way, then it can turn out to be a burnt disaster on the outside and not done on the inside. Submerge the turkey in cold water until it’s thawed. You can also cut the turkey into slices to make it easier to cook.

 

Proper Ways As A Thanksgiving Guest

When guests come to the house for Thanksgiving dinner, there are a few things that they should do while at the table and a few things that you should do as a host. One of the things that you want to do is to take a dish if you are a guest. You should take something even if the host tells you not to worry about bringing food. Even if it’s a simple pack of rolls or a pie, it shows that you’re thankful for being in the home with family and friends.

 

Show your thanks to the host by taking your food in a new dish that the host can keep. It’s suitable to take the food in a disposable container so that the host doesn’t have to wash dishes, but it’s a better idea to take what you prepare in a baking dish or bowl. If you have other plans that come up, don’t wait until the last minute to let the host know about them. Keep your plans with the host if something changes in the day or two before the holiday. The host has likely gone to a lot of work to prepare the meal for you, so the least that you could do is show up at the house and enjoy the company. If there’s a true emergency, then that’s different, but if you simply don’t want to go, then that could be a little on the hurtful side to the host.

 

Freeze The Meal

When it comes to Thanksgiving, you want your meal to be as easy as possible to serve and eat. You can easily make your Thanksgiving meal ahead of time with tips from some of the best restaurant chefs in New York. The main dish of roast turkey can be prepared in the days before Thanksgiving and frozen. Add a bit of butter on top of the turkey to put moisture back into the meat.

 

Turkey or chicken stock can be used to make gravy that you can also freeze and heat up to serve with dinner. Add a little salt and pepper when it’s heated for flavor. Green bean casserole is a popular dish for Thanksgiving. You can make the casserole before Thanksgiving and freeze it for a day or two. When you heat the casserole, top it with onions instead of freezing it with the onions. Whipped sweet potatoes are a delicious dish that can be made ahead of time. When you reheat them, add chopped pecans, brown sugar and marshmallows to complete the dish. If you want to freeze your stuffing, then consider pouring melted butter and broth over the top of the dish when it’s reheated so that it has a bit of moisture. Almost the entire Thanksgiving meal can be prepared ahead of time so that all you have to do is take the dishes out and heat them before putting them on the table.

 

The Quest To Grow The Sweetest Carrot

There’s a place in New York where the locals go to get the freshest food. It’s a one-stop shop for local goodies that are nutritional. I’m talking about Union Square Greenmarket. These goodies that are sold come in the form of fruits, vegetables, and other homemade treats. There’s also some friendly rivalry that happens among those who sell there. That’s because they want to be the best at their craft which is growing food. There’s one local farmer who’s attempting something new and causing some friendly competition among the others.

 

According to GrubStreet, there is a farmer who won’t stop until he grows the sweetest carrot. Rick Bishop of Mountain Sweet Berry Farm has been testing carrots lately. He’s been experimenting with different growing techniques and types of soil. That’s because he wants to create the best tasting carrot at that New York market. He wants people to flock from all over because they desire his carrots that badly.

 

It seems that he’s been doing a great job! In fact, people have rated this carrot one of the best. It’s high on the sweetness scale and it’s been selling out. It’s amazing that something as simple as a carrot is in this high of demand. It seems that someone might be infringing on his territory. There is another local farmer who is growing carrots that appear just as sweet! Hey, there is nothing wrong with some friendly competition when it comes to carrots. Plus, people always love to have their options, especially New Yorkers.

 

NYC Restaurant Owner Pays the Price of Supporting Trump

The owner of a restaurant in the Queens Borough is learning a hard lesson about American politics. The owner of Corfu Grill, a Greek cuisine restaurant located in the Forest Hills district, had taken to social media to his diners about how much he supported New York billionaire Donald Trump.

 

As Election Day got closer, Georgios Aspiotis increased the rhetoric on Facebook and Instagram even as his diners voiced their displeasure. Aspiotis’ initial posts were misogynistic and inflammatory, but the straw that broke the camel’s back was when he posted a selfie from his polling station and included a comment about grabbing women by their genitals after the election.

 

That social media update proved to be very detrimental to Aspiotis’ business. Corfu Grill used to get decent reviews on Yelp.com; however, in light of the owner’s vulgar support of Donald Trump, diners have returned to Yelp with a vengeance. A flurry of one-star negative reviews are currently affecting the bottom line of Corfu’s Grill, and many diners are taking extra steps by going on social media and destroying the reputation of the restaurant.

 

Even though Trump is a New Yorker who lives in Manhattan, specifically in the most spectacular penthouse at Trump Plaza, the voting constituency across the five boroughs is made up of people who have a very negative opinion of the President elect. The few restaurant owners who support Trump in New York City are watching the controversy surrounding Corfu’s Grill and keeping their political views to themselves.

 

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