'Blogwatch' on Serious Eats

Blogwatch: NYC Pie Chart

Michael Berman of Pizzacentric has harnessed the power of the Yellow Pages to chart the growth of pizza domination in the most pizza loving city in the States. Using microfilm records of old phone books, Berman was able to compile date to create this graph that says a lot about the culinary history of pizza in NYC. More

Blogwatch: WFO Turned UFO

How do you get a two ton plus imported Italian WFO oven into a Brooklyn brownstone? With a crane of course. Scott Wiener covers the details on the hoist of Neapolitan newcomer Sottocasa's oven over a three story building and into it's new home outside the building. More

Blogwatch: Pizza Goon's Grilled Freshwater Scampi Pizza

[Photograph: Pizza Goon] Over at Pizza Goon, John snagged some big ol' local freshwater scampi, which he says taste a little like lobster. What to do with them? Get them a little charred on the grill, then marinate them in garlic-shallot oil before using to top a homemade pizza. Sweet and fresh, with a little basil and late-summer tomato. I'm drooling. Get the recipe and more information about these little critters at Pizza Goon.... More

Blogwatch: Sour Cream Pancakes on 'Smitten Kitchen'

[Photograph: Smitten Kitchen] I can't get these pancakes that Smitten Kitchen posted about on Sunday out of my head. They're based on the Pioneer Woman's husband's grandma Edna Mae's recipe. Got all that? No matter. All you need is the recipe, right here, and you're good to go.... More

Grapes, Four Ways

[Photograph: Herbivoracious] Seriously Meatless columnist Michael Natkin, the man behind Herbivoracious, takes some time to play with his food: This is one of my favorite kitchen creativity games. Take a single ingredient, and cut it as many ways as you can think of, then observe the way the cuts and textures change your perception. Then take it a step further and let those new perceptions suggest simple flavor pairings. Here he's applied this exercise to black seedless grapes to stunning effect.... More

Blogwatch: Apple Cider Cake Doughnuts

[Photograph: realmomkitchen.blogspot.com] If you were drooling over the cider doughnuts from Russell Orchards earlier this week but can't make it out to the New England orchard, try this recipe from Real Mom Kitchen. Another thought on the topic: hard cider doughnuts. Why don't more of those exist? No offense to the delicious non-alcoholic versions, but it could be worth investigating. Related Recipes Spiced Buttermilk Doughnut Holes Apple Fritters Low-Fat Applesauce Doughnuts... More

Blogwatch: Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal

[Photograph: Thought 4 Food] How do you capture the mall food court's Cinnabon in a bowl? Like this. Thought 4 Food's cinnamon bun oatmeal is a very beautiful thing. Related Cinnabon-Esque Cinnamon Rolls Bacon Cinnamon Rolls Oatmeal Brûlée... More

I WANT This Pizza for Dinner

pizzablogger.org Pizzablogger says this version of his Sicilian pizza is "not quite where I want it just yet." Whatevs. If that's truly the case, I'll take a couple slices (one corner and one side-center) of imperfection. Look at the hole structure of that thing! And I second HollandJim's comment, "Ooooooooooh. Giiiiiiimmegimmegimme [that recipe]!"... More

Buddy's Deep-Dish Pizza in Detroit: Better Than NYC Pizza?

This is rare: a New Yorker who travels somewhere outside NYC, eats pizza, and claims it superior to Big Apple pies. Who knew a Gothamite could admit such things?! ;) In this case, it's Buddy's, with its Detroit deep-dish pizza: So what makes Buddy's so great? As my dad likes to say, it all begins with a well-seasoned and greased blue steel pan. The dough rises in the pan, before brick cheese and then sauce is added. Different toppings find their way to different layers of the pizza. Brick cheese is also an important part of the whole equation.... More

10 Perfect Pizzas

Over on I Think This World Is Perfect... the blogger and Friend of Slice who goes by "Dad" ranks his top 10 pizzas: Frank Pepe's, New Haven, Connecticut Mario's, Arthur Avenue, The Bronx Nick's, Forest Hills, Queens, Una Pizza Napoletana (now closed) Totonno's, Upper East Side, Manhattan Caioti, Los Angeles Colosseo, Long Island, New York Pizzeria Paradiso, D.C. John's of Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan His own I've had six of the 10 from this nicely varied list—minus Caioti, Colosseo, Paradiso, and "Dad"'s own pizza. On that note, including your own pizza on a best-of list is at once a... More

Blooming Champagne Cocktail

As if I needed yet another excuse to drink Champagne, here comes what may be the prettiest cocktail I've ever seen. The Hungry Mouse demonstrates how to use wild hibiscus flowers in syrup in a Blooming Champagne Cocktail. Just place a preserved hibiscus flower in a Champagne flute, and fill with your bubbly beverage of choice! The flower slowly opens and "blooms" in the glass, making it a beautiful treat that's "a little bit sweet—with just the faintest hint of raspberries."... More

Blogwatch: Zabaglione Ice Cream

Keiko Oikawa of Nordljus is churning up zabaglione ice cream with a fresh berry swirl. With inspiration from David Lebovitz and Tessa Kiros, Keiko turns this classic Italian dessert into something cool, creamy, simple, and just a tad boozy. Zabaglione ice cream sounds like a perfect way to welcome the true start of summer.... More

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