Tuesday, September 14

More Pizza-related Pictures

Spotted at my local movie theater. Despite not being enthused about the movie (haven't seen it but it looks rather boring), I love this advertising.

The boys decided that they wanted Frito pie. Being at a pizza place, the natural thing was to try to put it on a pizza dough. They picked up a few things at the convenience store next door (Wolf brand chili, Fritos, and pickled jalapenos) and added a few things we keep on hand (white cheddar, red onions, and cherry peppers). It was actually pretty good. If we cranked up the quality of the chili about two notches it would have been delicious.

There is a giant whisk in our breakroom. I assume it's for mixing dough though I've never been around during dough-making time, so I don't know for sure. I can just imagine making brownies with this thing and getting to lick the utensils.

At night, to clean the oven floor, we scrape all of the coals over the floor. It is one of the most beautiful things I've seen (and this picture doesn't even begin to do the sight justice). In real life, the coals don't look this bright but instead create an awesome fiery glow throughout.

Our caramelized onions look and feel like worm guts.

Thursday, September 9

Beautiful Pizza

An update on my skills: I was shown the other day how to use the long-peel (I wish I knew if there was a proper name for this tool; it's essentially a small metal paddle with a long handle that's used to manipulate the pizza within the oven) without burning myself. Previously, when manipulating the pizzas (especially if they are in the back of the oven) I was burning my left hand and outer wrist. Even using the new technique (using the mantle as a pivot point instead of my left arm) I'll need to get faster at working the pizzas when there's more than one in the oven, but this should help when there's only one or two pizzas in.

I'm also getting better at perfectly cooking the pizzas. If you look at the picture above you'll notice the bottom is spotted, there aren't any wide swaths of burned part nor does it flop when lifted (ok, the above pizza did flop a little but that's because I loaded it with sauce and cheese which is something our crust isn't designed for).

Here's some other pizza porn for your enjoyment (I didn't personally make either of these):

Potato Goat Cheese add sausage (actually pretty good though I think next time I'm going to try it with mushrooms instead)

Pizza Florentine - reduced spinach, mozzarella, garlic, egg over easy - one of the experimental Sunday morning pies