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Interesting facts about saffron and how to use it

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The most expensive spice in the world is also one of the most useful and versatile in taste. It is self-sufficient, its rich tart and slightly burning intense taste is highly valued, and saffron also gives dishes a beautiful warm yellow color. What kind of spice is saffron - find out in our interesting facts.

 

Facts about Saffron

 

This spice is dried stigmas of flowers.

 

Saffron is made from a special kind of crocus. To get 1 kg of spice, you need to collect about 100,000 flowers, which are processed by hand and then dried over the fire or in braziers, where even one mistake will lead to loss of the crop. Such a laborious process makes it the most expensive spice in the world.

 

 

The highest quality and most delicious saffron is considered to be from Spain and then India. Crocus fields here are located in south-central Spain and in Kashmir. Less fragrant but inexpensive, is considered a spice from Iran, Pakistan, Italy and France.

 

Saffron is included in the recipes of all major growing regions - they cook paella, biryani, soups, stew meat, and poultry, and prepare curry with it.

 

Despite the mild aroma, it has a very intense taste. For one dish, you can take only 3-4 stigmas. The taste contains deep spicy overtones, and the aroma is vaguely reminiscent of laurel and flowers.

 

Saffron is an excellent natural preservative. Food prepared with it can be stored for a long time without refrigeration.

 

Saffron price

Saffron is a costly spice and is usually bought in grams. The price for one kg fluctuates, but usually, it is not less than a few hundred dollars.

 

The average price per gram starts from 6 dollars and depends on its quality and country of production.

 

With regards to the price per kilogram - you can find a spice at a price of around 205 dollars.

 

Where to add saffron

In ground form, it can be added during the cooking process, especially for stewing and boiling recipes.

 

Saffron stigmas need to be soaked before use. 3-6 stigmas should be poured with 20-30 ml of hot water or boiling water and let it brew for at least 5 minutes. Add orange concentrated liquid to the dish you are preparing.

 

The spice also has medicinal properties. In folk medicine, saffron has been used for many centuries, it is included in hundreds of recipes for treatments. The most distinguished are its disinfecting properties, a beneficial effect on the skin and the normalization of metabolic processes in the body.

 

Saffron can be found in dietary supplements - for example, iHerb sells vegetable capsules with the saffron extract.

 

According to the information from the manufacturer, the vegetarian dietary supplement increases energy and mental activity, supports the nervous system (which is important for perpetually twitchy office workers), improves mood and eliminates stress.

 

However, we remind you that dietary supplements are not a universal and individual thing, and it is better to consult a doctor before taking them.

 

What can replace saffron

There is a much cheaper analogue of saffron - turmeric. It is quite budgetary, is available in any grocery store and gives the dishes a pleasant tart flavor and beautiful color.

 

With regards to taste, it is better to combine turmeric with other spices for a richer taste of the dish. Alternatively, take a curry seasoning that contains turmeric and a mixture of other spices.

 

If you are looking for a substitute for saffron in paella or pastries, take turmeric - you will not lose.

 

The history of Saffron

This is the most aristocratic seasoning, which is often worth its weight in gold. However, saffron also has a hidden history. It has been used for centuries as a coloring agent, a luxurious self-tanner, and even as a serotonin stimulant. And this is true - all of the above refers to those very fragile reddish threads that are removed from the center of the purple crocus flower. 

 

The origin of saffron is a mystery. Contradictory statements name various regions of a wide semi-desert belt as the original place of growth of this plant, ranging from Greece in the eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia. Today, the vast majority of saffron is still grown in this belt, with Iran being the largest producer in the world.

 

However, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the center of the "saffron universe" temporarily shifted from the sun-drenched Mediterranean to rainy, foggy England. One particular region of England has become world famous for its saffron. In fact, every autumn its entire territory was covered with a carpet of purple petals. This fame was so great that the local trading town of Cheping Walden was eventually renamed Saffron Walden.

 

However, by the beginning of the nineteenth century, the saffron fields in Britain were completely destroyed. Two hundred years later, the restless British geophysicist David Smale decided to try again to cultivate English saffron. Theatlantic.com correspondents met with him right in the field, located in one of the protected corners of Essex, to learn how saffron is grown, how it is harvested by hand and dried, as well as about the "battle" that Smale is leading to to revive the lost art of successfully growing saffron in the damp soils of England.

 

Smale also said that "crockers," as the locals called the saffron pickers, have to take breaks during packing to keep from laughing. "This plant has a special aroma," said Smale. scientific data, and an absolutely amazing story.

 

Saffron - How is it stored?

Saffron should be kept away from light and extreme temperatures, tightly closed, preferably in a glass container.

 

Saffron - How is it used?

As much as possible, add it towards the end of the preparation period to avoid destroying the flavor.

 

The smell of saffron brings fresh earth, accompanied by a pleasant and refreshing breeze. The stamens are wide at the base and sharp at the tip when dry.

 

Saffron - the intensity of the pigment

The International Organization for Standardization imposes parameters that measure the intensity of the filament pigment: the more intense, the more valuable. The value scale is worthy of consideration especially when counterfeiting methods are so vast.

 

Saffron consists of the three pistils of the crocus. They are delicate, similar to filaments, each 2.5 - 4 cm long. They have an intense reddish-orange color, which is uniform for good quality saffron. Saffron with white stripes or discolored spots is of inferior quality, and when white threads appear in the saffron powder, this is a sign of counterfeiting. The aroma is strong, similar to that of honey and the taste is strong, honey, slightly bitter.

 

The benefits of saffron

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, a kilogram costing around 4,000 euros. About 150,000 flowers are needed to collect a kilogram of dried saffron. Luxury spice contains iron, volatile oils, proteins, sodium, potassium, vitamins B1 and B2, phytohormones. Here are some of the benefits of saffron:

 

1. Destroys cancer cells

According to The Telegraph, several substances found naturally in saffron have anti-cancer properties - inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

 

2. Inhibits fat deposits and lowers cholesterol

Curcumin can also stop the spread of fat cells in the body.

 

3. Helps the heart and neurons

Added to food, saffron has a tonic effect on the heart.

 

4. Prevents blindness in old age

Several studies have shown that saffron improves vision and prevents macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness, especially in the elderly.

 

 

5. Treat depression

Saffron tea has long been used to treat depression.

 

6. Improves blood circulation and regenerates the skin

In Chinese medicine, saffron is used to improve blood circulation.

 

7. Helps digestion

Saffron infusion facilitates digestion and is a good natural remedy for those suffering from bloating or constipation.

 

8. Healing in erectile dysfunction

The Greeks and Arabs used saffron as an aphrodisiac because it has hormone-like properties.

 

9. Anti-drunk medicine

10-15 g of saffron pistils, soaked for 3-4 hours in alcohol (50 ml) and administered on an empty stomach before a party prevent the onset of drunkenness and can induce repulsion to alcohol abuse.

 

Contraindications

 

Do not consume more than two grams of saffron a day. Saffron can also cause abortion, so pregnant women should avoid it.

 

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Who among us would refuse practical advice that is sometimes so necessary? Probably only the one who knows everything in the world and does not need hints, but there are probably only a few such people. Therefore, we want to share with you culinary life hacks that will surely come in handy if you decide to conjure in the kitchen.

 

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Use an apple slicer to cook chips

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Two frozen pizzas and one baking sheet? Not a problem!

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Nowadays, people are well aware of what and how to eat, what food is healthy, which is a rare delicacy. Restaurateurs go off their feet to surprise their sophisticated and demanding customers with new combinations of tastes. But it was not always so. Our ancestors made fundamental discoveries when they found a new way of cooking or found out which fruits are edible and can kill.

 

Unique and strange products that we eat

 

We at Bemorepanda have selected unique and strange products that are now well known to everyone. But how did people learn about their properties for the first time? How could one guess what to do with coffee beans, that honey is edible, and poisonous fish can be eaten? Internet users tried to answer these and other questions, and we share their answers with you. How do you think our ancestors learned about edible products? Share your opinion in the comments.

 

1. Oysters

Someone looked at the mucous contents of an accidentally broken shell, and suddenly a bright thought came to his mind: “Let me taste this rubbish! ... Look, it's not bad! — youdontknowme6 / Reddit

 

2. Coffee

What genius managed to pull off an experiment with coffee beans? After all, they first need to be fried. And then to realize that they can be ground ... Still tasteless. What if you add some water and boil it? Well, that's already something! This is how our ancestors came up with coffee in the morning! — OriginallyFromNYC / Reddit

 

3. Dogfish

Only a tiny part of this fish of the pufferfish family is edible, and the rest of the features are deadly poisonous! So how did the first gourmets of humanity know which piece of fish was edible? They probably cried and injected themselves, but ... they continued the experiments! — Michael_Stone_UDA / Reddit

 

4. Lobster

Most likely, the fisherman who caught such a lobster decided and took a chance: “Well, he looks terrible with these claws of his. Let me try and see how it tastes...” — quoted / Reddit.

 

5. Gympie Gympie

The Gympie Gympie tree, or stinging tree, grows in Australia. It is also known as the suicide plant because its burn is so painful that local sources have reported that people and animals have even committed suicide to avoid the pain. This pain can last for weeks, months, or even years.

 

Stinging tiny hairs cover the entire plant, but someone (perhaps a smart native) discovered that if each hair was carefully removed from a mulberry-sized fruit, it was quite edible! Imagine how much people worked to ensure that the fruit could be eaten! — __hey__its__me__ / Reddit

 

6. Chili pepper

Imagine that you find this bright pepper pod, bite it with an appetite ... and feel that a volcano has flared up in your mouth! But this does not stop you, and you decide he is perfect! You start adding it to your dishes like a spice. -Edgar- / Reddit

 

7. Bread

All the sky stars must converge so that someone would be the first to suddenly think of combining the ingredients and baking bread! He took flour and yeast from somewhere, got salt - and here you are not a cake, but a loaf! spheroid / Reddit

 

8. Honey

When you meet a swarm of aggressive wild bees in the forest, which are so easy to anger, it will forever discourage you from climbing into their hollow. But someone took a chance and climbed in, giving humanity sweet fragrant amber honey! Thank him very much! — coconut-greek-yogurt / Reddit

 

9. Mushrooms

People have always picked mushrooms. But how can you tell what is edible from what is not? No way - only guided by bitter experience. Take some pretty mushrooms, eat them raw, or even cook them, and you'll die. But if you boil them 3-5 times, everything will be in order! — anon/Reddit

 

10. Snails

The French must have been omnivores or very hungry since it occurred to them to collect slugs and cook hearty dishes from them! Not only that, but they also declared them a delicacy! — anon/Reddit

 

11. Cassava

An exotic root crop from the South American continent is like our potato. It is common in hot countries, just like our potatoes. There is the same side dish, and they make flour from it.

 

But cassava is poisonous unless it is peeled and thoroughly cooked. If eaten raw or improperly cooked, one of its chemical components will be attacked by human digestive enzymes and release the deadly poison cyanide. Just two cassava roots can contain a lethal dose. But one ancient Indian from Peru or Bolivia still figured out how to cook cassava properly! — Nuovo/Reddit

 

12. Castoreum

Castoreum, or beaver stream, is a sweet-tasting exudate released from the glands of the beaver, with which the animal marks territory. It has a powerful creosote odor and is used as an odor fixative in perfumery. And it is also used by some culinary specialists (though secretly).

 

For example, Blue moon contains the secret ingredient that gives Blue Moon its vanilla and berry flavors - gourmets suspect the product is spiced with castoreum. Who came up with the idea to add this “beautiful smell” to food? — BCProgramming / Reddit

 

13. Yogurt and cheese

At first, people drank fresh milk directly from under the cow. But they wanted to save some for later, and that's how sour cream, butter, cheese, and yogurt were born. Or maybe everything is more straightforward - the products turned sour, and I had to strain my brains and prepare fermented milk products. — NCCAM/Reddit

 

14. Blue cheese

The first one who declared it a cool delicacy, most likely, got hungry and went to the pantry for cheese. There he saw that the cheese was covered with mold, absolutely all! “So what? I’ll eat it anyway,” the gourmet decided and ate it. And so as not to point fingers at him, he declared moldy cheese the most expensive and best. — chayne108 / Reddit

 

15. Hakarl

This Viking dish is, in fact, rotten and then dried shark meat. Shark meat is unsuitable for food, but the ancient Icelanders were not at a loss and came up with a way to cook it - do not throw away the caught fish!

 

The Greenland shark is gutted and decapitated, then placed in a shallow hole, covered with sand and gravel, and pressed down with rocks to drain the liquid. So the shark is fermented for as long as 6-12 weeks, after which the carcass is cut into strips and hung to dry for several months. The crust on the meat is removed and then cut into small pieces and served. — msvivica / Reddit

 

16. Pokeberry

The plant, which lives in the southern United States, has edible leaves. Well, how edible? Eating them raw will make you sick or even die, as the whole plant contains a neurotoxin that causes respiratory paralysis. The toxin will still kill you if you boil or fry the leaves.

 

How can this be edible? The Indians found the recipe! If you boil three times, drain the water three times, and only then fry the leaves, then perhaps you will eat and stay alive! — Kulladar / Reddit.

 

17. Maple Syrup

It was invented where a lot of maples grow - in Canada. A curious mind suggested: "Let's poke a hole in this tree, collect the juice, boil it for three days and see what happens!" — lovelyb1ch66 / Reddit.

 

18. Rice

It's just a cereal that grew itself and did not touch anyone. But a wise guy looked at a bunch of thick grass and thought: “Let me take these spikelets and dry them, break them, then polish them and cook them. Let's see what happens!" And the result was a lumpy and tasteless mess that has been feeding countries such as China and Indonesia for millennia. — snortypuff / Reddit

 

19. Artichoke

Walking along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the first connoisseur of artichokes was very interested in the weed - prickly purple thistle: “What a wonderful plant! I’ll take it and start growing it, so it later becomes a gourmet delicacy!” — Sidmesh / Reddit.

 

20. Durian

A prickly and smelly fruit that is difficult to open. But, oddly enough, it has a very delicate vanilla taste. Someone hungry ate it for the first time, holding his nose with his fingers! — yirao / Reddit

 

21. Nopal

The cactus, known to us as prickly pear, whose fruit has been a staple food in Mexico for thousands of years. They still eat it now, cutting off the thorns - it tastes like green beans, and the texture is tender, crispy, and juicy. The first gourmets did not see that the cactus pads were covered with sharp thorns. "It's nothing! I bet this cactus tastes amazing!” — ThePeasantKingM / Reddit.

 

22. Truffles

It is now truffles served in Michelin-starred restaurants for big money, and the first person who appreciated them most likely herded pigs in an oak grove. “What is it that my piglet is rummaging under a tree and eating with appetite? It must taste damn good if pigs eat it!” — anon/Reddit.

 

23. Cranberry

Having tried cranberries directly from the bush, you can wrinkle - the berries are tart, sour and bitter. But someone did not look at it and began to use cranberries in pastries and salads - and it went! Yummy, what else to look for? — ctophermh89 / Reddit

 

24. Onion

How can one recognize the current favorite and leader in cooking in this nodule with a terrible smell and tears when cut? No way! But it occurred to someone to dig, remove the husk, chop, and put the onion in the stew. — dogsolitude_uk / Reddit

 

25. Chocolate

A true genius has created this sweet masterpiece from bitter cocoa beans! But how did he know? — Skitzcordova / Reddit

 

26. Lutefisk

Fish in lye is another strange Scandinavian masterpiece. First, you go to the fish store. Then you leave it hanging on a stick for a few months to dry. Then put in water for a couple of days. Then you put it in lye water for a couple more days. And at the end, you put it back in clean water, cook, and eat. Why so much work to spoil the fish? — anon/Reddit

 

27. Noodles

Five points to the one who first thought of rolling out the dough thinly, then cutting it into long strips. It turns out delicious! buzzbuzzwakeup / Reddit

 

28. Sea urchin

The first person to taste a sea urchin most likely dived into the depths of the sea and suddenly saw ugly prickly lumps at the bottom. "Remove anyway!" thought the diver, piercing all his hands. — Miryam / Reddit

 

29. Palm's heart

“Something this year is a crop failure of coconuts! Let's eat the whole coconut tree! No, only the core is better, and we will throw everything else away! — Cracked_Emerald / Reddit

 

30. Acorns

You can't eat them straight from the tree. But how hungry you must be to figure out how to grind acorns into powder or leach tannins three times! And then they can make flour or "coffee." — mobiusteph/Reddit

 

31. Aki fruit

Even though most of this fruit is poisonous, it is still eaten. In Jamaica, aka is considered the national fruit and delicacy. They do not cook poisonous seeds but fresh hard peel. How was anyone able to figure this out in the first place? Xero-theory / Reddit

 

32. Caviar

It is hard to believe, but there used to be so many sturgeon, beluga, and stellate sturgeon that caviar was the food of poor fishermen. Once upon a time, they walked knee-deep on it ... - jack28415 / Reddit

 

33. Guinness, cola, or any black drink

How did these drinks become popular? They were created by accident, and the sales went: “Look, this is not so bad for our business!” — Zeruvi/Reddit.

 

34. Olives

They are so tasteless on the tree that someone decided to pickle them: maybe at least they can be eaten like that? Or crush and get oil? This ancient Greek was a genius. — _thatsmeinthecorner_ / Reddit

 

35. Pufferfish

How did people know that only a certain part of the pufferfish is not poisonous if cut properly? — SuccessfulFailure9 / Reddit

 

 

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Are you interested in the best pizzerias in New York? Indeed, New York is a city of pizza lovers. Each resident chooses their favorite place. In all pizzerias, you can order pizza in slices, but there are places where you can spend the whole evening. Read about the best pizzerias in New York below.

 

New York pizza has little in common with thin Italian pizza. In an authentic Pizza slice - sauce, cheese, and dough and portioned pieces of such a size that you can eat one crust. There are hundreds of pizzerias in the city, but only those that are popular among the city's residents deserve the title of a real New York one. Below you will find a list of places where you can taste “the same” pizza.

 

How many pizza places are in New York City?

 

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there will be 78,092 pizza restaurants in 2020. Nearly 53 percent of these restaurants will be independent. According to industry reports, chain restaurants – those with ten or more locations – will have 36,213 locations in 2020.

 

What are the most iconic pizza places in New York City?

New York is not only full of expensive and fine restaurants but also small pizzerias on the corners of busy streets. The history of one of the most famous and oldest pizzerias in the city, which you have probably heard about more than once.

 

Pino "Joe" Pozzuoli immigrated to the US from Naples in the mid-1950s. When he moved to America, he first renamed himself, Joe, as Pino is the Italian form of the name Joseph. Joe began working in pizzerias throughout the Northeast, and by the 1960s, he was personally coaching the best pizza chefs in the area. In the early 1970s, he moved and opened Joe's Pizza at the intersection of Bleecker and Carmine Streets in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. He liked ​​setting up pizzerias in unique neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, which has a diverse population.

 

Joe and Pat’s Pizzeria

Another place in New York has ceased to please connoisseurs of good pizza for more than half a century. The restaurant's decor is made in the Mediterranean style and sets the visitors in a positive mood as if transferring them to the cozy towns of the Italian coast. The owners and employees of the pizzeria come from the same family and are always happy to keep up the conversation in English and Italian. A feature of Joe and Pat's is a pizza cooked in the shape of a heart. This underlines the chef's love for this dish. Like Grimaldi's, you won't be able to order a single bite at this restaurant. Going to Joe and Pat's, be prepared to beat the whole pizza or share it with a "brother in misfortune." In addition to delicious pizza, the restaurant's menu is rich in traditional salads and hot dishes, allowing guests to taste other delicacies of Italian cuisine.

 

Grimaldi's

According to the owners of this restaurant, the skill of cooking pizza on coals is a dying art. It is this skill that Grimaldi's chefs are proud of. The pizza here is distinguished by a light smoky flavor and the thinnest crust, which is impossible to achieve by baking the dough in a gas or electric oven. This high quality of the product is gained through coal from Pennsylvania, the highest quality on the planet. Each of the three New York restaurants burns about half a ton of coal every day, allowing heating of the ovens to 650 °C. The result is satisfied smiles on the face and excellent guest reviews. It's no surprise that queues for restaurants start to form long before they open!

 

Di Fara

According to the Zagat rating, for eight years now, Di Fara has been at the top of the list of the best pizzerias in New York. The restaurant owner comes from an Italian family of bakers and pizza makers and has even won the title of "rock star" among local fans. He makes his pizza for the restaurant's customers. And on those rare days when House DeMarco is away on business, the pizzeria is simply closed. All restaurant recipes are based on family traditions passed down from generation to generation and are kept in the strictest confidence. The ingredients are imported from Italy, which provides an indescribable authentic taste of the finished product.

 

When ordering a whole pizza at Di Fara, you will be given a choice between a round and square ($4 more expensive) shape. Remember also that there is no menu as such in the restaurant. All pizza is automatically served as plain (the combination of cheese and tomato sauce already described above). If you want something more interesting, you will have to choose the desired filling for a fee. Fans of the restaurant simply call the local pizza "di best"! Restaurant rules allow you to bring your wine or beer. This will enable you to have a pleasant and cheap time while waiting for a tasty piece!

 

Artichoke

This relatively new (by New York standards) pizzeria was opened in Manhattan by enthusiastic cousins ​​in 2008, followed two years later by second and third establishments in the Chelsea and Greenwich areas. The menu full of improvisation will surprise you with juicy broccoli and pecorino cheese sandwiches and the culinary intrigue of the restaurant - artichokes stuffed with cheese. This delicacy is also served with spinach on one of the restaurant's pizzas. Or maybe you prefer crab stuffing? How about pizza with meatballs and parmesan? In any case, be prepared for long lines, as the place is already trendy. This is perhaps the only minus of the restaurant.

 

If you do not want to waste time in line, come at 3 am or order home delivery. The restaurant is open and delivers 24 hours a day!

 

Lucali

The history of the creation of this pizzeria has a romantic touch. Its owner and chef, Mark Yokano, volunteered to save his childhood favorite candy store from the rock of chain restaurants and decided to buy out the premises by opening an independent restaurant in it. Mark had to spend days and nights learning the art of making the most delicate dough in a traditional brick oven. However, his efforts paid off. Lucali instantly won the hearts of the area's residents and became famous for its great pizza throughout New York. The central place in the pizzeria's interior is occupied by the chef's desk, where this cherished dish is prepared in front of the visitors. The playful elements of the former candy store show through, giving the restaurant an air of freedom and spontaneity.

 

When you stop by Lucali for lunch or dinner, you can taste either the traditional pie or its sub-varieties wrapped in a cheburek (calzone). You will not find any other types of pizza or dishes here. In addition, all toppings are offered separately. But, as in Di Fara, you can bring your booze and spend the whole night in this homely restaurant.

 

Roberta's

The pizzeria is located in the hipster area of ​​Brooklyn - Bushwick. From the outside, the restaurant resembles an old garage. If you love thin crust pizza, then Robrta's is a gourmet paradise. Many ingredients are grown in a small garden right on the roof of the establishment. Pizza is not sold in slices, but in small individual portions. If you are in the eternal search for culinary delights, then you can safely go here.

 

Lombardi's

Gennaro Lombardi opened the first pizzeria in the United States in 1905. Since then, the restaurant has changed its location, but the descendants of the family follow the traditions and cook pizza in an original way - in a coal oven. Lombardi's only sells whole pizzas, so it's worth going here for dinner with friends.

 

Giuseppina

Giuseppina's owner and founder, Chris Iacono, proudly celebrates his apprenticeship at his brother's pizzeria, Lucali, for his craftsmanship. Chris Iacono's use of top tier ingredients, such as a cheese blend of low moisture mozzarella, homemade fresh mozzarella and imported Italian parmigiano reggiano cheese, as well as hand-cut pepperoni, fresh mushrooms, Italian olive oil and fresh basil, is evidence of commitment Giuseppin quality. The incomparable sauce comes from a secret family recipe handed down to the owner from his grandmother named Giuseppina.

 

NY Pizza Suprema

Very unexpected to find one of the best pizzerias in the city next to Pennsylvania Station. I learned about NY Pizza Suprema when I read about a guy who tried every pizzeria in Manhattan in two years. This place received very good reviews, and I had a desire to visit there urgently. The guy was right, it's really delicious here! Each pizza is excellently crispy, and the highlight of this place is the fragrant and slightly spicy tomato sauce. Try at least one slice of margherita pizza before you start ordering pepperoni.

 

John's Pizzeria of Bleecker Street

The interior of the pizzeria, also known as John's Pizza, is decorated with wood paneling and colorful paintings. Hipsters, artists, elderly Italians and many celebrities spend time here (at least I saw their photos on the camps). Here they canceled the sale of pizza in slices, so you can only order a whole one, such a portion will be enough for two or three people. All dishes are baked in a brick oven. This traditional method covers the edges of the pizza with a perfect, crispy, golden crust. John's Pizzeria prepares every dish in a traditional style. The pizza here is more refined than the American types. All ingredients used are exceptionally fresh. Hot sauces and premium cheese are used. The most popular dish is cheese pizza, for a change you can add toppings. You can also order a bottle of inexpensive wine.

 

Totonno's

Lombardi collaborator (and Neapolitan) Antonio Totonno Pero perfected the pizza recipe, and in 1924 he opened his place. Totonno's is still owned by the same family, although temporarily closed by Hurricane Sandy. It uses tomatoes imported from Italy, handmade mozzarella cheese, and dough made daily on the premises, but the crust is plump and thick rather than the usual thin plate (starting at $19.95). Totonno's should resume in the next couple of months. Cash only, no slices.

 

L&B Spumoni Gardens

The square pie at Spumoni is a classic Bensonhurst, one of the best Sicilian slices in town. Ludovico Barbati immigrated to the US in 1917 from Torella dei Lombardi, Italy. In 1939, he purchased property on 86th Street in Brooklyn to sell his spumoni (Italian ices); in the 1950s, his business expanded into a second building, which is now a pizzeria.

 

The pizza is still delicious: sweet tomato sauce covered in clear rectangles with a crispy toasted bottom, topped with melted mozzarella and a dash of parmesan. Slice $2.25, half tray $19, full tray $36. Credit cards, slices available.

 

 

Top 10 Pizza Places in America You Have To Visit

 

10. Big Lou's - San Antonio, TX

A Texas pun would be too easy, so we'll just say that Big Lou in San Antonio has some of the biggest pies. Not just a novelty, there are some pretty cool flavor combinations here, like bbq with pickles. But having a pizza that devours the table and produces slices over a foot long is everyone's dream, right?

 

9. Antico - Atlanta, Georgia

There are several impressive pizzerias in Atlanta. Antico in Atlanta is a small, casual pizzeria that serves super authentic Italian pizza. Cooked in a wood fired oven, the lovely chewy crust has those tender pieces of dough that give the crust a lot more flavor. There are a few variations on the menu, such as those filled with spiced meats or vegetables, but the Lasagna pizza, with bright slices of aged meat and ricotta cheese, is a real gem, unique to Antico. Topping substitutions are not particularly important here, and when you try a piece of any well-balanced pie, you will completely understand why.

 

8. Picco - Boston, Massachusetts

Picco in Boston takes two whole days to prepare the crust for the brick oven. The dough is fermented, which adds flavor. Flame-fried onions, shallots, garlic, sour cream, bacon and gruyère are an Alsatian pie that may be Picco's most popular. Every dish - from pizza to salads - is a beautiful work of art, combining color and artisanal ingredients. Even the ice cream is homemade.

 

7. Cloverleaf Pizza - Macomb, MI

Detroit-style pizza can be enjoyed at Macomb Michigan's Cloverleaf Pizza, which was inspired in the 1940s. Pies are more in the form of giant rectangles, as well as in places where sauce and cheese are sold. Topping your pepperoni pie is highly recommended.

 

6. Mulberry Street Pizzeria - Beverly Hills, CA

Perhaps one day you'll be traveling Beverly Hills - don't leave without grabbing a slice of thin-crust pepperoni from Mulberry Street Pizzeria. Quiet and surprisingly affordable, they make more New York-style variations and also have the best meatballs that customers regularly talk about. You might even see a celebrity or two munching on their favorite comfort food.

 

5. Ken's Artisan Pizza - Portland, OR

Portland Oregon has its fair share of eclectic eateries, so you bet they have a selection of pizza spots. Ken's Artisan Pizza combines authentic Italian wood-fired pizza with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The combinations are sometimes unexpected, but quite refreshing. Brooklyn has tomato sauce, mozzarella, Fra'Mani capicollo, marinated jalapenos, and that unexpected factor, some honey. Perfection. Don't miss Affogato for dessert - a local cup of coffee with brown sugar ice cream.

 

4. Slab - Portland, ME

Now on to another Portland on the east coast where you'll find Slab, a Sicilian-style restaurant with pizza and street food. The dough is hand-kneaded and grown in an "old world" style to reflect its true origins. Your typical slice comes with tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone, and oregano, but you have choices for other toppings like savory provolone and sausage. Not a deep dish and not a thin crust, the classic slab-style pizza is perfect in the middle.

 

3. L&B - New York, New York

The L&B in Brooklyn, NY is refreshing on a classic if you want to shake things up a bit. The sauce comes on top of the cheese, fully blending the expected textures of the pizza while retaining phenomenal flavor.

 

2. Pequod's Pizza - Chicago, IL

Pequod's Pizza is for everyone who loves deep food and naturally in Chicago. Cheese, sauce, and caramelized crust fill the cast-iron platter that includes all of the "pan" pizzas, and you're likely to be stoked with a knife and fork. Deep dish pizza is amazingly delicious, and you'll taste some of the best at Pequod's. Starters and thin crust pizza are well received in this cozy place, but really deep dish pizza and pepperoni is the way to go.

 

1. Joe's Pizza - New York, New York

New York City is undeniably an amazing place to eat cheesecake, but to be honest, the choice of great places to do so is overwhelming. Joe's Pizza on Carmine Street has been around since the 1970s and is a community staple, so it's a good choice that's also easy on the wallet. Nothing beats the simplicity of a generous slice of New York-style cheese with just the right amount of sauce. Authentically cooked in a brick oven, the joint and pizza are no fuss and absolutely delicious.

 

 

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Weekends exist for that, to sleep, relax and not spend a lot of time on a routine. But no one canceled delicious family dinners. Therefore, fresh ideas for easy-to-cook dishes will come in handy.

 

What are the best fast lunch ideas to try?

 

Lunch is a meal that some very busy people neglect. Other people make a fuss if they don't get a delicious meal. The dinner recipes that we have collected for you will seduce the former and appease the latter.

 

Easy Chicken Salad

 

A step-by-step recipe with a photo of cooking chicken salad in a fragrant dressing at home. The soy-lemon dressing adds a special piquancy to the dish, which favorably emphasizes the taste of the dish. Of course, the salad can be dressed with ordinary mayonnaise, sour cream or even sunflower oil. However, using the proposed sauce, you will bring new fresh notes. Moreover, such a sauce is universal, it can be seasoned with almost any salad, and familiar dishes that have become boring for a long time will sparkle with a new interesting taste.

 

Ingredients for preparing a tender chicken salad in a fragrant dressing:

 

  • Boiled chicken fillet - 1 pc.
  • Processed cheese - 100 g
  • Eggs - 1 pc.
  • Cucumbers - 1 pc.
  • Green onions - 5-7 sprigs
  • Mustard grain or pasty - 0.5 tsp.
  • Soy sauce - 2 tbsp. l.
  • Vegetable oil - 3 tbsp. l.

 

Recipe preparation:

 

Wash green onions, dry and chop finely. Wash cucumbers, dry and cut into cubes with sides of 0.5 mm. Boil eggs. Cool, peel and cut into cubes the size of cucumbers. Cut the melted cheese into cubes of the same size as all the products. Boil the chicken in salted water and set aside. Then cut into pieces or tear along the fibers. Combine all foods in one bowl. In a small bowl, mix the mustard, soy sauce with vegetable oil and season the ingredients. Toss the chicken salad in the soy-lemon dressing, chill and serve.

 

The Quinoa, Avocado, and Cherry Tomato Salad

The Quinoa, Avocado and Cherry Tomato Salad recipe is presented in the Salads category, and it will take you no more than 15 minutes to prepare this dish. To make this dish at home according to the recipe from the author Evtushenko, you will need: quinoa, ripe avocado, cherry tomatoes, quail eggs, a handful of salad mix, half a bunch of parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, dry Italian herbs, a mixture of ground peppers, salt.

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 150 gr. kinoa1 pc.
  • ripe avocado 250 kg.
  • cherry tomatoes 6-8 pcs.
  • quail eggs 3 pcs.
  • salad mix to taste
  • half a bunch of parsley
  • 1-2 tbsp. l. lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp. l. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian herbs to taste
  • ground pepper mix
  • salt to taste

 

Recipe preparation:

 

Rinse the quinoa with cold water (to remove possible bitterness), add water and simmer for 15 minutes. Salt at the end. Cut the avocado into small cubes, and cherry tomatoes in half. Boil the sawn eggs, you can leave the yolk slightly watery, it will be even tastier. Cut in half. Let's prepare the dressing. Chop the parsley very finely, add olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and Italian dry herbs to it. Add the dressing to the cooked and cooled quinoa, mix. Now add avocado, tomatoes and salad mixture, mix and taste for salt. Add if necessary. We spread the salad on plates, lay the quail eggs on top.

 

Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice is just a godsend for those who follow a healthy diet. Similar in appearance to rice or couscous, this vegetable side dish is much healthier, lower in calories, carbohydrates, and sugars, and higher in fiber. It goes perfectly with meat dishes, and in itself it turns out very tasty if you mix it with herbs and roasted almonds. In addition, cauliflower rice is a great way to introduce a healthy vegetable into the diet of children who, to put it mildly, do not favor it. Mix it in half with regular boiled rice and serve as a side dish. Little picky people are unlikely to notice that not all the rice in the plate is real.

 

Ingredients for the recipe:

 

2 small cauliflowers, broken into florets, strong stems discarded (about 8 cups florets)

3 art. l. olive oil

1 bunch green onions, chopped, white and green parts separated

1/4 st. chopped almonds

1/4 st. chopped parsley

 

Recipe preparation:

 

Pulse the cauliflower in the bowl of a food processor until coarse crumbs are about the size of a grain of rice (see note). It should turn out 6 - 7 tbsp. cauliflower rice. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over moderately high heat. Stir in the white parts of the onion and fry until lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Add cauliflower, 1 tsp. salt and a little black pepper. Stir to coat cabbage completely with oil. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender but still crumbly, 6 to 7 minutes. Meanwhile, toast the almonds in a small skillet over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove the cauliflower from the heat and stir in the green onions, parsley and toasted almonds. Transfer to a large bowl and serve. 

 

Arugula, Tuna, and Avocado Salad

Easy, beautiful salad of tuna, avocado, tomatoes and arugula recipe. Ideal for a festive table, as a light snack. In general, this is a Spanish salad called "Timbal". It looks beautiful, it cooks very quickly (you don’t need to cook or prepare anything in advance), and most importantly, it’s tasty and healthy! Save quickly so you don't forget!

 

Ingredients

 

Avocado (large) - 1 or 1.5 pcs.

Cherry tomatoes (the sweetest) - 10 pcs.

Canned tuna in oil - 1 can (170g)

Arugula - 1 bunch

Garlic - 1 clove

Lemon juice - 1-1.5 tsp

Olive oil - 1 tsp

Sea salt - to taste

Black pepper - to taste

 

How to cook tuna, avocado, tomato and arugula salad recipe step by step:

 

We cut the avocado in half, remove the stone, take out the pulp with a spoon and knead it with a fork / spoon in mashed potatoes. Add lemon juice, olive oil, crushed garlic clove. Salt, pepper and mix. ⠀ Cherry tomatoes cut into small cubes (you can also take ordinary large tomatoes, but they are less sweet and you will need to peel them, remove the hard core, seeds and drain the juice). We transfer the tuna to a plate and drain most of the oil (so that the salad does not float during assembly) and knead a little with a fork. I collected the salad in a serving ring, but it can also be served in portioned cups, here, as you like. Put a layer of mashed avocado on a dish, then spread a layer of cherry tomatoes, and on top - tuna. We take off the ring. Decorate with arugula leaves. ⠀

 

Black Bean and Corn Quesadilla

Quesadillas are especially popular in the southwestern United States. Here it is cooked like the traditional Mexican version, only sometimes local ingredients may be included. This recipe has a lot of vegetables and no meat. However, if desired, you can add, for example, cooked chicken. Sour cream sauce only enhances the pleasure of an already tasty quesadilla, which definitely cannot be called bland. If the dish seems too spicy, reduce the amount of dried red pepper. In any case, by preparing such a quesadilla, you can arrange a real feast for the taste buds.

 

Ingredients for the recipe:

 

Quesadilla

4 wheat tortillas with a diameter of 25 cm.

  • 450 gr. black beans with spices, mashed
  • 2 tbsp. l. olive oil, extra for grilling 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 3/4 st. corn kernels (about 1 ear)
  • 2 tsp crushed dried red pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 st. chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 st. grated cheese

 

Sour cream with lime and cilantro

  • 1/2 st. sour cream
  • 1/4 st. chopped cilantro leaves
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • A pinch of salt

 

Recipe preparation:

 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute bell peppers and onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add corn, dried red pepper flakes, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Stir and sauté for 3 minutes. Move everything to a bowl and add cilantro. Heat a 2-burner long cast-iron grill or large skillet over medium heat. Lay 2 tortillas on a work surface and evenly coat them with the roasted black bean paste. Place the tortillas on the griddle, buttered side up (if using a saute pan, place one tortilla first). Cover evenly with the onion and pepper mixture, then sprinkle with cheese. Top with another tortilla, spread with black bean paste, and cook until cheese is melted, about 4 minutes. Turn the quesadillas over to fry them on the other side. Cut each into 8 triangles, sprinkle with cilantro and serve with sour cream sauce.

 

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Nowadays, people have become more conscious about cooking. Now in the first place is not the nutritional value, but the taste and aroma of the dish. Of course, this added more hassle! But progress does not stand still, and people come up with more and more ideas on how to simplify the cooking process.

 

Working life hacks in the kitchen that will improve the taste of dishes

 

In the kitchen, we sometimes encounter things that cause us certain difficulties. For example, you need breadcrumbs, but as luck would have it, they ran out. Or you want the chicken to be crispy, but it turns out soft. What to do? In such cases, the food hacks subreddit comes to the rescue, where culinary tricks that users share are collected. Thanks to these tricks, you will not only cope with the problem that has arisen, but also learn how to cook in such a way that everyone will just gasp after tasting your treat.

 

1. When baking cookies, try using vanilla pudding mix instead of half the added sugar

It will keep the cookies soft for a few days longer and help the cookies look like a biscuit.

 

2. When making macaroni and cheese, add some mustard

The taste will be barely noticeable, but at the same time it will add a delicious aroma and a new flavor to the dish. You can use French mustard or mustard powder.

 

3. The secret to deliciously cooked frozen food is in the deep fryer.

Fry, for example, frozen potatoes until crispy, and you will be satisfied with the result.

 

4. To get as much juice from a lemon as possible, you need to heat it in the microwave for literally 20 seconds.

Then you can squeeze it much easier and get lemon juice.

 

5. Instead of sautéing mushrooms in vegetable oil or butter, try sautéing them in a dry frying pan.

Thus, the moisture from the mushrooms comes out faster, and they become brown.

 

6. Give stale bread a second wind

Rinse it under water, and then bake it at 150 ° C in the oven for 10 minutes. The oven will steam the bread, this will give it softness.

 

7. If you decide to cook something from puff pastry, then freeze the auxiliary ingredients: grated butter, flour and even a mixer bowl

This will give you the best results.

 

8. To save time when preparing dishes for which you need to boil the sauce, prepare the sauce in advance in large quantities, pour into portions and freeze it

 

9. Instead of regular sugar, use cane sugar - it has a richer and nuttier flavor that will make your baked goods better.

 

10. When making an omelet, quiche, or even frittata, add a dash of mayonnaise to beaten eggs to make them lighter and fluffier.

 

11. Original popcorn recipe: Take instant noodle spices, mix them with melted butter and add to popcorn

The taste will be better than in the cinema!

 

12. Make an interesting vegetable topping

Brown the butter in a pan, add breadcrumbs and nutmeg to it. And then add the resulting mixture to fried broccoli, sweet potatoes or Brussels sprouts.

 

13. Try adding some mayonnaise to the biscuit dough, it will make the taste softer

Mayonnaise is mostly eggs and butter, so don't be surprised by this suggestion.

 

14. When making fried cheese toast, brush the bread with salad dressing

Most people make this with mayonnaise, but the dressing works best - just drizzle it over the toast.

 

15. If you decide to cook a dish that should end up with a crispy crust in a slow cooker, then cover the lid with a paper towel

This will rid the food of excess moisture and eliminate condensation.

 

16. Use instant puree if you feel your soup or sauce is too thin.

Thanks to this trick, you can save the dish, even if you realize the mistake too late.

 

17. When breading meat products, use mayonnaise instead of eggs

 

18. You can fry eggs in a deep fryer without water!

Set the temperature to 130 ° C, put the eggs in a bowl and boil them. Boil 10 minutes for soft-boiled eggs, 15 minutes for hard-boiled eggs.

 

19. Foods like spaghetti, potatoes, or quinoa taste better when boiled in broth.

 

20. If you want to make a crispy crust for an open pie, then I advise you to use crushed shortbread cookies mixed with butter

 

21. For the softest, creamiest mashed potatoes, use egg instead of cream and butter

In warm mashed potatoes, the egg will cook and be safe to eat.

 

22. Instead of adding salt to your pasta, add a cube of chicken broth to it.

This way you make the taste more interesting with just one ingredient.

 

23. Want to make the best Caesar salad ever?

Then use fish sauce instead of anchovy sauce as it has a more subdued flavor but still provides the right level of salt.

 

24. Adding extra egg yolk makes pastries more fluffy and has the effect of preserving softness for several days.

 

25. To make homemade whipped cream, you only need a glass jar and the heaviest cream

Pour a small amount of cream into a jar, close the lid and shake-shake-shake! Seconds 20.

 

26. When in doubt about the correct spices for meat, then use seasoning for tacos

It is the perfect accompaniment to chicken, pork and any other type of meat!

 

27. Add some vanilla extract and cinnamon to pancake or waffle batter

This will give the taste a sweeter and richer hue.

 

28. When baking something like carrot cake or zucchini bread, replace half of the added butter with unsweetened applesauce.

It keeps the bread very moist and does not change its taste.

 

29. To add flavor to savory dishes like fried rice, mushrooms, or salmon, add oil mixed with soy sauce.

 

30. Add a little orange juice to the dough for baking - sourness will add brightness, make the taste more spicy

Suitable, for example, for pumpkin bread, banana bread or cranberry muffins.

 

31. For better frying potatoes, before cooking, dip them in ice water and dry them with a paper towel.

 

32. Do you cry while cutting onions? Solution found! Lubricate the cutting board with lemon or lime juice to help neutralize the fumes that come from slicing

 

33. To keep macaroni and cheese soft and creamy even after it has cooled, add cream cheese to the regular one!

 

34. You will be surprised to know that you only need one ingredient to make delicious homemade ice cream.

Freeze the bananas, and then grind them in a blender so that there are no lumps left. If possible, add cinnamon, chocolate chips.

 

35. When frying bacon, add some water - water reduces splattering of fat and makes the bacon crispy

 

36. If spices are important to you when cooking, then fry them in a pan before use - this way they will become more fragrant

 

37. Green onions (or other greens) will look more interesting on the table if cut with scissors with a decorative edge.

 

38. You can easily make sorbet from canned fruit.

Take a jar of fruit in light syrup, such as peaches or pineapples. Freeze it overnight, in the morning transfer the entire contents of the jar to a blender and beat. — Maxxters

 

39. Turn cake mix into homemade cake

To do this, you need to replace a few simple ingredients. Use real butter instead of margarine, milk instead of water, and add one extra egg. — jenipherocious

 

40. Add garlic to leftover bacon fat, let it steep, and then use it in cooking

It's especially delicious with hasselback potatoes. — MooseGoneApe

 

41. Use disposable chopsticks to keep your bag of chips closed when you run out of storage clips.

 

42. Make Crispy Fried Chicken with Baking Powder

To do this, rub the chicken skin with a mixture of baking soda, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper and leave in the refrigerator overnight before frying. — gkaukola

 

43. Cook the Perfect Poached Eggs in Plastic Wrap

Break each individual egg into a plastic bag, tie up the bags and boil the eggs in boiling water right in the plastic bags. — Jesse Szewczyk

 

44. Use a cookie/ice cream scoop to portion and freeze tomato paste

You will have perfect portions when you need it. — AnUnrulyLlama

 

45. If you are filling cupcakes, donuts or other baked goods, use a medical syringe without a needle.

It's more precise, neater and easier than using pastry bags." — Thea_From_Juilliard

 

46. ​​Place an ice cube on the leftover food you're reheating in the microwave to add moisture while reheating.

The ice won't melt, but it will steam your food. This is especially useful for rice. — NeverSeenAMoose

 

47. Grill the cheese in a waffle iron. The holes make it perfect for dipping into tomato soup— gooberdawg

 

48. If you run out of breadcrumbs, just toast and grate a slice of bread— gooberdawg

 

49. Use an apple corer to make fried potatoes

It will not only turn out beautiful, but also become very crispy. — craftyholic

 

50. Make quesadillas in the toaster by folding cheese into tortillas and placing them in the toaster - octoberalways

 

 

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