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.
So I was born and raised here in New York. New York’s got some decent foods it calls claim to fame. Bagels, pizza, buffalo wings, etc… It’s great. But despite that, I have to admit part of me rues the fact I missed out on certain treats more exclusive to southern cooking while growing up. In particular, a few years back I became acquainted with the so-random-it’s-brilliant homestyle concoction known as chicken & waffles. Fast-forward to present day, and we’ve finally gotten around to crafting a Pizza Lab after this scrumptious classic of American recipes.
Cotton candy is a magical treat. It’s sugar that’s been transformed into something light and fluffy and fun. Cotton candy has been around since the 18th century, but it was expensive then, so not many people knew about it. Like many popular food stuffs today, cotton candy got its first real introduction to a wide audience at a World’s Fair, in this case the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.