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Archive for March 8, 2011

TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Pizza

Cook veggies before adding to pizza. Photo
courtesy California Asparagus Commission.

 

You don’t have to wait for a lukewarm pizza delivery. Keep a ready-made pizza crust and a few other ingredients (sauce, cheese) at home and your pizza will be ready in as little as 20 minutes.

If your homemade pizza crust is not as crisp as you’d like, try these tips:

  • Before adding the sauce and toppings, put the pizza crust on the top rack of the oven for 3-4 minutes, until slightly browned and slightly crisp (a quarter of the way baked).
  • Then sprinkle the crust with grated Parmesan cheese, which helps as a barrier to the moistness of the sauce.
  • If you’re adding vegetables—bell peppers, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, etc.—cook them first (a quick sauté in olive oil). Raw vegetables give off moisture when cooking.
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    Another tip: Line the bottom of the oven or cover the bottom rack with aluminum foil. This makes it easy to clean up the drippings.

      

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    TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Guayusa Tea

    Save the rainforest, save the world.

    This adaptation of a catchphrase from the first season of “Heroes” floated through our head as we enjoyed cup after cup of delicious and refreshing guayusa.

    What is guayusa (why-YOU-suh)?

    It’s a perkier cousin of yerba maté, a tea brewed from South American holly leaves. Maté and guayusa come from different species of the holly bush. They have similar benefits—including caffeine alertness without the jitters. But the taste is as different as black tea and green tea.*

    *Conventional tea, made from the Camellia sinensis plant, is totally unrelated to holly-based teas.

    So how does this save the world?

    Guayusa is farmed on the ancestral lands of the indigenous Kichwa people in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. Your purchase provides an economic incentive for farmers to keep the rainforest intact.

     

    Guayusa tea: crisp, refreshing, healthy,
    caffeined and no jitters. Photo by
    Leah Hansen | THE NIBBLE.

     

    So save the rainforest, save the world and energize with a terrific cup of tea in the process.

    Guayusa is certified organic, Fair Trade Certified and certified kosher.

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    TREND: Popbar Custom Ice Cream Pops

    Our favorite: pistachio gelato dipped in
    dark chocolate and rolled in crushed
    pistachios. Photo courtesy Popbar.

     

    Food on a stick is fun. Ice cream pops were a favorite treat of our childhood.

    So we’re happy that a Popbar opened in our town, serving gelato, frozen yogurt or sorbet on a stick.

    An idea imported from Italy, Popbar serves handcrafted gelato or sorbetto made with all-natural ingredients in small batches: just 24 popbars at a time.

    The customized designer pop of your choice is is hand-dipped by a “certified popologist” in your choice of dark, milk or white chocolate.

    Then, it’s rolled in a choice of toppings—almonds, biscotti crumbles, brownie chunks, coconut, coffee grains, granola, hazelnuts or pistachios.

    It’s not a revolutionary concept, but it’s a fun and tasty one. If popbars prove popular, there could be Popbar franchises all over America.

    Popbars are all-natural, certified kosher and gluten free (some toppings have gluten; consult with your popologist). They’re becoming popular catering fare at parties in New York City, site of the first U.S. Popbar.

    Want to own a Popbar? Visit Pop-Bar.com.

     

      

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