Pizza Lab #45: Savory Maple Apple Pizza

September is kind of a weird month.  Half of it is still summer, then the other half is fall.  One day you’re still enjoying hot dogs and corn on the cob, and then the next pumpkin has taken over the world.  Since we made this pizza in the latter half of the month we decided to go with a slightly more fall-themed pizza.  An obvious choice was pumpkin, but we’ve already done two pumpkin themed pizzas, both sweet and savory, so we weren’t quite ready to revisit that yet.  Apple was the next main fall flavor to come to mind.  We’ve used apple on pizzas before as well, but not on a savory pizza, so that seemed like a good place to start.

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Smoothie Sunday: Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie

It’s now officially fall which means it’s seasonally appropriate to start eating pumpkin again!  It also means that Smoothie Sunday is coming to a close for the year.  But they’ll be back again next year!  But for now we’re winding down with a yummy fall themed smoothie.  I’ve made a couple of smoothies that use overnight oatmeal before, and that makes up the base of this smoothie as well.  It does require a bit of advanced planning (I myself actually almost forgot to get the oatmeal ready last night) but it’s worth it.  This smoothie is super creamy and really filling.  It’s a nice hearty smoothie to get you through those early fall mornings.

 

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The Cereal Report: Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

The Cereal Report is a column in which PCFG conducts various cereal reviews, of new or limited products, as well as providing brief backgrounds on the cereal. Cereal is delicious and fairly cheap as far as meals go. Everyone should eat cereal!

Fall is on the way, everyone! And with every Autumnal equinox comes a plethora of limited edition pumpkin spice variants of foods. We’ve seen cookies, coffee, drinks, etc… but someone new is taking a crack at the annual craze. This year, we saw the arrival of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, which if I recall correctly is the first time a cereal brand has harnessed the power of pumpkin pie spice. As always, I’m always a little skeptical of almost all pumpkin spice editions of foods and drinks because it’s such a quick and dirty cash-in, and frequently isn’t even that good.

That said, let’s give Cheerios the benefit of the doubt. Afterall, they’re a venerable cereal that puts on a persona of wholesomeness and doesn’t typically use wacky gimmicks to rope people into buying it.

 

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Smoothie Sunday: Guavacado Smoothie

Full disclosure – this is not the most attractive looking smoothie I’ve ever made.  In fact it’s probably one of the least attractive ones.  Like, I was actively disappointed in how not good it looked.  But fortunately looks aren’t everything.  Taste is important too, and luckily it tastes good.  While I’d had guava juice in stuff before, I’d never actually eaten just guava fruit before, but I found them when I was at the store picking up an avocado and thus this smoothie was born.  The fact that the words “guava” and “avocado” blend together so well is merely coincidence.

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Food 102: How To Drink Whiskey Like An Adult

Food 102 is a satirical column on PCFG. Do not attempt any of the below directions, as they are not meant to be taken seriously. Doing so may result in low-quality food or possible injury. Do not try at home; you’re gonna have a bad time.

Whiskey is without a doubt the manliest of drinks. It is made from the oak-casket-aged tears of miners and cowboys, and is capable of temporarily morphing human females into males for a short time. You typically see it as an ingredient in mixed drinks since most people are too intimidated to have it straight, save for grizzled folk singers and the Irish. However, if you are willing to give it a go, this timeless spirit of a drink can be well worth your time, should you survive its ingestion.

Many foolish college students and pop singers attempt to drink whiskey irresponsibly, thinking that they are immune to its dangerous qualities. Do not believe false claims from false idols like Ke$ha. If you have never clenched a fist in a mixture of sadness, anger, and disappointment in response to a life-altering tragedy, whiskey will poison you and make you revert to a fetal state. Thus, this brings us to the major question: as a grown-ass adult, how do I drink whiskey properly? The answer may surprise you!

As with most drinks, to initiate the drinking process, you’ll need to begin with a glass.

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Smoothie Sunday: Prickly Pear Kiwi Smoothie

So, my original intention for this smoothie was to be kiwi and star fruit, but my usual grocery store didn’t have any star fruit.  I scoured another local grocery store for star fruit and came up empty, but I needed some other fruit to go with the kiwis.  Then I spotted the prickly pears.  I’d eaten prickly pears once before a long time ago and had vague memories of liking them, so I decided to give it a try.  Prickly pears are the fruit of a cactus.  Out in nature they have spikes on them like the rest of the cactus.  But when you buy them in stores the spikes have been removed so there’s no danger of stabbing.  They do however still have a bunch of annoying seeds inside.  Experimenting with new fruits is always a little tricky, but the kiwi and prickly pear flavors went well together so it was worth it in the end.

 

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Smoothie Sunday: Anti-oxidant Power Smoothie

You hear a lot about antioxidants but you don’t hear very often what they actually are.  Antioxidants are molecules that prevent the oxidation of other molecules.  This is important because oxidation can produce free radicals, and too many free radicals can set off a chain reaction that may damage cells.  How good antioxidants are for you is in debate (as is almost every health related thing it seems) but keeping the oxidative state in your body balanced is important, if nothing else.  The body likes homeostasis.  I decided to call this smoothie the Antioxidant Power Smoothie because blueberries, pomegranates and cocoa are all fairly high in antioxidants.  Surprisingly this was my first time adding chocolate to a smoothie, probably because I generally don’t like having chocolate for breakfast.  But this smoothie turned out really yummy and wasn’t overpoweringly chocolate-y.  Scientists can argue about how good this smoothie may or may not be for you, but your taste buds will all agree that it’s delicious!

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