So you might remember a pretty alarming study from 2012 back about how Americans throw out something close to half their leftovers per year. Well it’s 2017 and there’ve been a couple more recent ones since then and, well, things aren’t really getting better. As of 2014, America threw out close to 40 million tons of food waste, which was more than double the number in 1980. In 2015, we threw out $165 billion worth of leftovers, and over 20% of all waste in the U.S. is made of food, even more than plastics, papers, and metals.
What the frig?!
No matter how you want to try and spin those numbers, that’s an absolute embarrassment for us a country. And let me say this right at the outset, we at PCFG promise to never get political with our content, and as such this post is not politically-charged. But! Regardless of how you feel about environmentalism or the culture surrounding it, I think preeeetty much everyone here can describe themselves as “pro-food”.
If we all like food, and we all eat food, then why the hell are we throwing so much of it away?! There’s a few explanations, some of which might be a little bit more uncomfortable to hear about (and we’ll discuss in a future post), but let’s focus on the solution here: stop throwing your frigging leftovers away. It’s bonus food. Who doesn’t want BONUS food? At the very least, if you’re not worried about working on reducing the amount of waste we as humans create, you have to at least want to up your leftovers game if no better reason than to just have more food.
As the Fall draws to a close and we all curse under our breath about the impending cold, let’s take one dip into the pool of delicious Autumnal foodstuffs. Pizza Lab has experimented with pumpkins before, but to avoid repetitiveness we went for a more alternate take on the edible gourd, and used a butternut squash instead. There was a point where we actually had trouble thinking up an overarching theme besides just “Fall” but we eventually decided to toss in some smokey flavors since it seemed like a nice complement. Oh, and also because we recently bought a food smoker and smoked meats are reeeeeeally good.
Many of you are probably wondering what happened to PCFG, since we’ve slowed down on our post production lately. Our usual schedule of 1-3 posts per week has gradually calmed down to the halt it’s at right now, but not without reason!
Both Meg and myself are in the midst of moving to a new apartment! And in true Poor Couple fashion, our new digs will be at the affordable Art Space artist lofts in Patchogue, NY.
While for the time being we’ve been slacking on our posts, we still plan on keeping our promise of delivering a new Pizza Lab to you every month. So while you may only see a couple sporadic posts here and there, Pizza Labs will continue to enrich your life on its usual monthly basis.
We apologize to all our fans whom may be looking forward to our other articles, but fret not; we plan on returning to our regular posting schedule starting in January! Starting then, you can look forward to more Cheat Codes, Food 101s, even more Pizza Labs, newer content in our Musings section, and possibly even the return of Midnight Snack as well as a couple new videos! Thanks again for following PCFG, and until the next time, keep on cookin’!
Though it’s being posted late, this was October’s Pizza Lab. Since October’s main event is Halloween and we were due for a dessert pizza, we decided to take our inspiration from Halloween candy. We’re both huge fans of the chocolate/peanut butter combination so we tend to return to it frequently. Butterfingers and Reese’s are both at the top of my list of favorite candies. Since we’ve already done a Reese’s peanut butter cup inspired pizza, we turned instead to Butterfingers. We decided pretty quickly that we wanted to use Butterfingers, but figuring out what else to put on the pizza took a bit more time. Obviously chocolate and peanut butter would be involved somehow. But just putting chocolate, peanut butter and chopped up Butterfingers on would be a bit too similar to the Reese’s pizza. We had to get more creative.
Alright, maybe this seems a bit obvious to people out there who cook with pumpkin at home. But tragically, year after year we see the most despicable of Fall-crimes: throwing away pumpkins.
But let us make this very clear, here: pumpkins are FOOD. They’re not just decorations. They’re a healthy, delicious foodstuff that you can use as decorations, but that’s the best part, after they’re done you can freaking eat these things!