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How Gluten-Free Pizza Is Prepared And Served

Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Gluten-Free Pizza Is Prepared And Served

With a growing awareness of what a gluten intolerance is and how it affects individuals, many restaurants now offer gluten-free menu items in addition to their signature menu items. The option of gluten-free food enables families to enjoy an evening out together. If you or a child of yours has a gluten intolerance, you know that it can be frustrating to go out to eat and have to take a separate meal because a restaurant doesn’t offer a gluten-free menu. However, even pizza places – one of America’s top 10 favorite foods – have gluten-free options to choose from. Pizza places are very careful in how they prepare your gluten-free pizza so you can safely enjoy a family favorite. Gluten-Free Crust: Where it Comes From and How it’s Handled While most pizza restaurants boast their own, home-made crusts, they don’t risk making a gluten-free crust in their store. Instead, they ensure that the gluten-free crust has not come into contact with their other crusts in these ways: Specially Ordered: Gluten-free crusts are ordered specially. If the restaurant is part of a chain, they are typically ordered through the company so that each store offers the same size and style of gluten-free crust. Individually Sealed: Crusts are individually sealed and only one package is open at a time. If crusts were to be sealed in packets of 10 or so, the restaurant would have a difficult time preventing contamination. Open packages could come in contact with other crusts being stored. Prepared Separately: When a gluten-free pizza is ordered, cooks must handle the pizza separately from other pizzas being prepared. If the restaurant is large enough, a separate preparation table is used. If it is a smaller restaurant, the pizza is placed on a sanitized tray so it doesn’t touch the countertop. Gluten-Free Pizza: How it is Prepared and Served Special precautions are taken in preparing and serving gluten-free pizza to customers. Any chance of cross contamination must be eliminated. To do that, the restaurant has these guidelines for preparing and serving gluten-free food: Sanitize First: Not only must a tray be sanitized before the crust can go on the preparation table, but workers must wash their hands or wear new gloves before handling a gluten-free order. Use Separate Utensils: Cooks cannot use the same bowl to measure pizza toppings. They have to exchange the sauce spoon for a newly cleaned one, as well. If they don’t, they risk contaminating the crust because these measuring bowls and utensils come in contact with regular pizza crust. If you have a high gluten intolerance, you know that even touching breads can cause uncomfortable symptoms and is a major health risk for you. Serve Carefully: Baking and slicing the pizza are done with as much care as creating the pizza is. When serving a gluten-free pizza, servers must either wash their hands immediately before serving the pizza or wear gloves to bring it out. The pizza is brought separately from the rest of the family’s order so you don’t have to worry about it touching any other pizzas while the kids clamor and jostle for the first slice. Delivery Guidelines: If you opt for pizza delivery, the gluten free pizza will be stored in a separate compartment or bag as the rest of the...

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From Appetizers To The Main Course: Adding A Splash Of Horror Movies To Your Wedding Reception

Posted by on July 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on From Appetizers To The Main Course: Adding A Splash Of Horror Movies To Your Wedding Reception

Whether you have a love of horror movies or are getting married around Halloween, the themes are great for presenting a fun and engaging meal at your wedding venues. Your love of ghost movies, slashers, or vampire flicks can be mixed into your wedding reception meal. By working with caterers and wedding venues, you can add horror themes to every course you serve guests. Browse through the following courses for ideas on how to create a “horribly” good time at your wedding. Appetizers Start your meal off with some fun treats that call back to classic horror icons and genres. Slimy Popcorn: Whether it’s The Blob or Slimer from Ghostbusters, green slime popcorn is a sticky and delicious treat that can be served in small cups to guests. The recipe features a mix of brown sugar, marshmallows, and food coloring to top the popcorn with. Deviled Eggs: Take a traditional appetizer and add a little horror theme to it. Whether it’s a monster egg or something more sinister, add some red food coloring and paprika to the top of a deviled egg to give the horror color and theme. Witch Finger Sandwiches: When appetizer sandwiches are sliced vertically, they resemble the long and creepy fingers found with witches. The sandwich fillers are completely up to you and can include a variety of meats or cheeses. Drinks Red drinks can easily represent blood at your wedding reception. This can include a variety of red wines, mixed drinks, and juices for the younger kids. Take the drinks and horror theme up a notch by offering some specialty ice cubes with each beverage. A number of ice cube molds can be purchased with a variety of themes and designs. Body part ice cube molds allows you to make cube shapes like fingers, eye balls, and brains. Scream-inspired molds feature the Ghostface mask from the horror franchise. Vampire teeth molds makes a drink look like a pair of dentures has fallen inside. Traditional Halloween ice cube trays include ghosts, bats, and pumpkins. Side Dishes Side dishes can make or break a complete wedding meal. By planning ahead, you can truly shock your guests with these horror inspired treats. Brain Macaroni Salad: Showcase your love for zombies with a delicious macaroni salad that is formed into the shape of a brain. With a little food dye, the recipe even gives off a pink color to emulate the true color of a brain. Roasted Cauliflower Brains: Another great take on the brains is by serving up some roasted cauliflower. When cooked right, the cauliflower gives off a rich color and can be topped with a little red sauce to emulate blood. Pasta Worms: A classic horror inspired treat is turning a pasta side dish into a plate of worms. A thick spaghetti works well as the pasta. Serve it with a butter sauce to give the appearance of slime. Bones: Celebrate the spooky skeletons of film by serving up some bread stick bones as a side option. Dough can easily be shaped into bones before the bread sticks are baked. Pair this off with some marinara sauce to complete the side dish. Main Course Enhance your main course selections with a few cooking tricks and a little decorating. Your guests will enjoy the visuals as...

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