Tag: Food

  • Vinnie’s is a restaurant known for its innovative cuisine that combines classic style and ingredients. While the Williamsburg location has been open since 1960 and still uses the original recipe, much else has changed. The current owner has worked for more than 15 years which the company has still been going strong. Vinnie’s is now celebrated globally as one of the most creative pizzerias. Visit either of their locations to experience it firsthand.

    My experience was amazing because I heard about from The Internet Went Viral on Cheddar TV, which I always wanted to tryout their special type of pizza. I went there in April 2021 while it was a nice day which I wanted to check out the place. They always had it on advertising for all of the other types of pizza but I was lucky enough to order a few slices of pizza on pizza because that was reason why I came in to try of it for the double pizza. It was so delicious which I wanted to come back whenever I get chance to come back to Brooklyn. I came back 2 years later on a Summery Spring April to spend the day in Astoria Queens to Williamsburg after a nice walk in the Park in Astoria Park next to the East River. I stopped by to get a pie of pizza on pizza and Avery was very helpful to talk about the place. The whole part of making of the pie took 20 to 25 minutes which I thought it was going to take longer but the pizza was excellent. I would love to experience it again if I ever plan to back to do it all over again. You can stop by have to go like for a pizza party or special occasion with the pizza on pizza.

    Vinnie’s, a popular slice shop in Williamsburg, became famous for creating a pizza-topped pizza slice that nearly caused the internet to break. The demand for the item has been so high that Vinnie’s has now added it to their menu, satisfying the cravings of countless customers. The pizzeria has a lot of ingredients with different types of pizza while you get a full pie. The place has creative ways to add simple ingredients and often make their pizza customisable. The place also has very interesting board signs from the greatest person from history or a tv show or even a celebrity, even a video game character and much more to make it more entertaining. The art has a very unique style of history that it shows purpose of the true meaning of pizza and other toppings on the pizza or a joke of the day that has humor on pizza.

    Vinnie’s Pizzeria is famous for its daily special boards that feature mouth-watering specials, creative puns, and lots of dry erase markers. Co-owner Sean Berthiaume has been designing the boards since 2010 and has amassed a collection of over 700 unique designs. The boards have gained widespread attention, being featured on popular websites such as Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and Time magazine, as well as making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel. Even Cheaddar News once did an episode on The Business Going Viral.

    The Pizzeria had some big sponsors that helped their businesses from Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Bowl, HBO, NBC, Paramount and much more in the coming years.

    Here’s how to make a slice of pizza on pizza if anyone is willing to go for a fun activity.

    • Add 2 pizza doughs while add 1 large includes a small
    • Add marinara sauce
    • Add mozzarella cheese
    • Put it in the oven
    • When it’s done separate the small pie and cut it into tiny slices and put it in the giant pizza pie and that’s how you make pizza on pizza.

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  • Small Bites, Big Taste

    We decided to make a winter appetizer tonight called

    Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese originally called “Devils on Horseback. “

    This appetizer was started back in the 19th century. It is usually commonly served during winter holidays.

    The origin of the name “devils on horseback” is unclear. Some articles state that they are “Probably so called on account of being typically served very hot” and give the earliest reference to 1885, in the American agricultural magazine The Country Gentleman.[4] Another source states that there is “a surfeit of theories” but dates the idea (as a refinement of the oyster in bacon combination) to 1800.[5] One recurring suggestion fancifully suggests the name derives from “Norman raiders (who) would ride into towns wearing rashers of bacon over their armor to scare villagers.”[6] However, the earliest mention of this is from 2008,[7] while the dish itself dates from the 19th century,[5] 800 years after the Norman Conquest.

    Recipes vary, but generally, they are a variation on angels on horseback(bacon wrapped oysters), made by replacing oysters with dried fruit. There are many variations on the basic concept of a bacon-wrapped prune stuffed with cheese, almonds, or other foods. Devils on horseback are commonly served as part of a Christmas feast. We made our version with turkey bacon and stuffed it with blueberry goat cheese. We had to baste the Turkey bacon with some ghee ( clarified butter) to make it crisp up and give it a bit of fat. As a team, we loved it. This appetizer was something new, and all of us enjoyed it.
    We give this holiday appetizer 5 stars !!

    Recipe three easy ingredients !!!!

    Dates, blueberry cinnamon goat cheese, and turkey bacon.

    Try to find dates that are already pitted.

    Stuff them with the goat cheese of your choice

    Wrap with bacon of your choice

    Cook at 350 for twenty minutes.

    ( Because we used Turkey bacon, we broiled it for an extra 3 minutes with butter or ghee on top to crisp it up !!

    Cool a bit, and enjoy!

    Good Work, Team!

    Delicious!

  • By: Lisette Alexander

    HISTORY OF THE STUFFED MUSHROOM While the exact origin is unknown, stuffed mushrooms hit the food scene sometime between the mid-19th century and early 20th century. There is no one consensus on this, but it is unanimously agreed that the credit for this dish goes to the Italians, as the original stuffed mushrooms recipes hail from Italy, and the dish is very similar to another dish enjoyed by the Italians, stuffed zucchini. In the 19th century, the French started exploring fungi for consumption, leading to the first widespread cultivation of mushrooms for eating. The brown crimini mushroom was the go-to choice for most, but what started as an acquired taste eventually expanded to accept more gourmet flavors of mushrooms such as shiitakes, morels, and the rare and expensive truffles. Mushrooms are commonly filled with garlic, breadcrumbs, parsley, and cheese, but there are countless filling possibilities. Restaurants started serving stuffed mushrooms as a delicacy in the 1940s, using exotic ingredients such as crabmeat for the filling.

    Since then, stuffed mushrooms have become a popular appetizer and side dish, and their versatility has made them a go-to option for both home cooks and professional chefs. While the traditional ingredients remain popular, creative twists on the recipe have emerged, such as using goat cheese, bacon, spinach, or even quinoa as a filling.

    In recent years, there has been a growing interest in plant-based and vegan cuisine, leading to a rise in vegan stuffed mushroom recipes that use ingredients such as tofu, tempeh, or cashew cheese as a filling. Stuffed mushrooms have also become a popular option for those following a low-carb or gluten-free diet, as they offer a satisfying, flavorful option without the added carbs or gluten.

    Overall, the stuffed mushroom has evolved over time and continues to be a popular dish around the world. Whether served as an appetizer, side dish, or main course, stuffed mushrooms are a tasty and versatile dish that is here to stay.

    Spanakopita, also known as spinach pie, is a savory pastry dish that has existed within Greek cuisine for a long time. Spanakopita makes a great appetizer before a larger meal or a delicious afternoon snack to tide you over before dinner. Here are some basic facts about this mouth-watering Greek food treat.

  • “Life is too short, eat dessert first. The first thing we do is add apple, next we then we add the sunflower butter

    Yes, that’s true! Apples are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them a healthy option for dessert. Baking apples brings out their natural sweetness, making them a great alternative to sugary desserts. Additionally, baked apples are a great option for those who are looking for a low-calorie dessert. They are also very versatile and can be made with different spices and toppings, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and nuts.

    Overall, baked apples are a delicious and healthy way to enjoy a sweet treat. Whether you’re looking for a quick dessert to make at home or a dish to impress your guests, baked apples are a great choice.

    It is great to see your passion for cooking and love for trying different recipes from different countries. Baked apples, or pecheni yabalki, are a classic dessert that have been enjoyed for centuries, with the first recorded recipe for baked apples believed to date back to the 1685 edition of the London cookbook “The Accomplisht Cook”. Over time, the recipe has evolved and been adapted in different countries and regions, including Bulgaria, where the addition of walnuts makes the recipe a little more unique. With various ingredients such as brown sugar, cinnamon, honey, and raisins, the recipe can vary, but the one common ingredient is the walnuts. It is wonderful that you got to try the traditional Bulgarian version of baked apples and enjoyed serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    Ingredients:

    • 6 medium apples
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 cups water

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
    2. Wash and dry the apples. Cut off the tops and use a spoon or apple core to remove the core and seeds.
    3. In a bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts.
    4. Fill the cavities of each apple with the sugar-walnut mixture.
    5. Place the apples in a baking dish and dot them with small pieces of butter.
    6. Pour the water into the bottom of the baking dish and add the vanilla extract.
    7. Bake the apples for 45-60 minutes, or until they are soft and the filling is bubbly.
    8. Serve the baked apples warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of the sauce from the bottom of the baking dish. Enjoy!

    These points are all interesting and showcase the significance of apples in history, culture, and society. The apple has a long and rich history, and its evolution from a bitter fruit to the sweet and diverse fruit we know today is a result of selective breeding and cultivation by different civilizations. The association of apples with fairyland and the tradition of apple bobbing at Halloween are examples of the cultural significance of apples. The Victorian era saw a major increase in the number of apple varieties being grown and a lot of work was put into studying apples and testing their suitability for cultivation. The importance of apples can be seen in the formation of organizations such as the British Pomological Association, and in works like Robert Hogg’s British Pomology. Your food historian friend Joanna’s research on the social and cultural history of the apple and the orchard is a valuable contribution to the understanding of this important fruit.

  • Apps-olutely the finest

    Our New Cook Book !

    Small Bites, Big Taste

    Authors by: Dr. Christine Grimaldi & Scott Weisbrot

    We decided to create a few different recipes for pizza appetizers, as newsmaker investigators, the first thing we investigated was where pizza was created.

    Pizza originated from ancient civilizations such as the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians who ate their bread in the form of flatbreads with toppings. In the 18th century, pizza was born in Naples, Italy as a cheap and simple dish for the poor. It was not until the late 19th century that pizza gained more respect and popularity, particularly when Italian Raffaele Esposito made a pizza for Queen Margherita in 1889, which was named after her and had the colors of the Italian flag as toppings. Pizza began to spread to other parts of the world, particularly in the United States, through Italian immigrants and the opening of pizzerias and pizza chains. Today, pizza is a beloved and popular fast food enjoyed by people all over the world.

    We decided to do a taste among the appetizers we created. We created gluten-free dairy-free, and traditional options to create a pizza for all abilities. Then we did a taste test, and I must say that they all came in 1st place. It was interesting to experience different kinds of crust from naan bread “the Indian form of pizza.” From gluten to dairy-free to oil and fat full.

    My favorite is the apple bacon pizza.

    1 ball of pizza dough
    ½ cup (125 mL) white Sauce (recipe follows)
    1 cup (250 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese
    2 tablespoons (30 mL) caramelized onions (recipe below)
    1 teaspoon (5 mL) chopped fresh thyme
    3 strips (3 ounces/85 g) bacon, cooked and cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) chunks (about ¼ cup/60 mL)
    ½ apple, cored and thinly sliced (we use Golden Delicious)
    ¼ cup (60 mL) grated smoked cheddar cheese, for garnish
    5 fresh sage leaves, for garnish

    Here are the instructions that will give you a recipe to make a pizza by using a pizza tray or stone. The recipe starts by preheating the oven to 550°F (290°C) and letting the pizza stone heat for an additional 30 minutes. If you don’t have a pizza stone, you can use a rimless baking sheet instead. Once the oven is preheated, the dough is stretched and placed on a floured pizza peel or rimless baking sheet, then topped with white sauce, mozzarella, caramelized onions, thyme, bacon, and apple slices. The pizza is then transferred to the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet and baked for 9 minutes (or 11 minutes if using a baking sheet), keeping a close eye on it. Once it’s done, it’s removed from the oven, garnished with smoked cheddar and sage leaves, sliced, and served immediately. To make it gluten and dairy free, you can substitute the cheese for vegan options or remove it from the recipe. There are so many gluten-free options for pizza dough. At Autisticana, we enjoyed chickpea, lentil, or cauliflower dough substitutes. Why don’t you enjoy and experience all the options there are out there for dietary restrictions.

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  • Stay tuned for our new book

    App-solutely the finest

    Small Bites, Big Taste

    by Christine and Scott

    Appetizers appear simultaneously in England and America in the 1860s, mainly to provide a global counterpart for the French ” hors d’ oeuvre.” Also called finger foods, these little bites have popped up in one form or another in practically every civilization since ancient times. One may say it was an instinctual evolutionary throwback to our hunting and gathering days of fruits and nuts.

    As the founder of Autisticana, I asked one of my newsmakers what the difference was between the two.

    Lisette replied,”” appetizers are usually served in restaurants or before you usually have a big meal.

    She then said, ” Hors d’ oeuvre is typically served at parties as one-bite meals.

    As investigators, we then researched the difference and this is what we found.

    Appetizers and hors d’oeuvres are similar in that they are both small bites of food that are served before a meal. However, there are some key differences between the two.

    One key difference is the time at which they are served. Hors d’oeuvres are typically served before the meal even begins, while appetizers tend to indicate the beginning of the meal. Another difference is that hors d’oeuvres are not considered to be part of the meal, whereas appetizers are usually chosen specifically to complement the following courses.

    In summary, Hors d’oeuvres and Appetizers are similar in that they are both small bites of food, but Hors d’oeuvres are typically served before the meal even begins, whereas Appetizers are usually chosen specifically to complement the following courses and are considered as a part of the meal.

    The literal meaning between the two is really about serving time. Hors d’ oeuvres are typically served before the meal even begins, while appetizers tend to indicate the beginning of the meal.

    Hors d’ oeuvre isn’t considered to be part of the meal, but appetizers are usually chosen specifically to compliment the following courses

    We asked the team if they prefer to eat a whole meal, or do they enjoy eating appetizers instead.

    They said they rather eat appetizers and dessert and call it a night!

  • It was on the 5th of December, 2022 which we stopped by at Toast in Port Jefferson which they also have another location in Patchogue. The whole group went out for some brunch and had a wonderful time with delicious food and had some interesting conversations. I had Cinnamon bun pancakes which it was really delicious out of this world. There has to be stories about Scrooge and his life and time in the Victorian Era in the United Kingdom. Knowing old times of England is really good to know about their history and their past generations.

    We got to the Charles Dickens Festival Port Jefferson, New York. Next we stopped by to see some interesting events and people being all dressed up for “A Christmas Carol” which it was Charles Dickens famous plays in the local theatre for the performing arts. The show also popular in books, tv shows, movies, live plays, and other media sites. There was a campfire where everyone gathered and roast up their marshmallow with the whole crowd. I also saw a couple of people dressed up as Ebenezer Scrooge and saw other people being all dressed as people of London during the Industrial Revolution. Going back to the 1800s was interesting to see what was life back then. I took a picture with Ebenezer Scrooge with the cast of the “A Christmas Carol” and saw so much more live events. I saw a group of singing carol’s and then saw a horse on a wagon carried passengers around the Town Centre. At the end we saw the fire truck and get to see Santa Claus.

  • There’s so much things to do during the fall and winter months. People can go skiing snow tubing and community events, hiking. The town also often host local beer festivals and cultural activities in the area. The weather is cooler during most of the summer and it has the best scenery of the amazing different colors of leaves during the autumn. Lack of carbinonaxie which is good for the people to breathe in with the fresh air. It is also one of the most iconic places in Upstate New York with so much sceneries.

    Housings and ski resorts for the holiday tourism. People should consider moving to Upstate New York because there’s less population than Southern New York which they need to move up in the north. They also have a solar farm. They have colorful housings and stores in their local downtown area on Route 23A Main Street in Tannersville. There’s also art museums, historic places, antique shops and other local attractions. Upstate New York also has a lot of real life Cafes and Thrift Stores for local business.

    During the Winter Months, most of the time it always snow and has plenty for people to do skiing, snow tubing and so much adventurous activities during the day. People can sit by the fire and have marshmallows with hot chocolate to keep you warm. There’s also great shopping and dining options especially when people wanna enjoy their getaway trip to the resorts or Winter Lodging for fun activities. Others can do non winter activities like snowshoe trails through the woods, or shopping downtown and enjoying a craft beer tasting. There is plenty of activities like historic sites and other events which is the reason why the Catskills are the ideal destination! 

    The reason people should move to the Hudson Valley/Catskills because they can have the luxury life or find something that fits your budget but wanted to find somewhere with nature. Most of the houses would have more freedom of the walk around the property and often see wild animals once in a while or see the shooting stars on a clear night.

    The place is a the sense of wonders during the summer months like going out to so many fun places to go out for a trip to remember. Theres plenty of lakes and waterfalls for tourists to spend parts of the day like swimming in swim holes, paddle boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, fishing, and exploring animals in the nature preserve. The Catskills has local eatery and brewery for adults who love to socialize and have a good time. Hit the highlights or go through the horizon and see where the road takes you to find a great spot like, biplane adventures, the waterpark, mountain activities, or eatery cafes and restraints for the whole family. They can also stop by at local music festivals if they wanna have a good time especially theres the shops of Woodstock were they can check out and relive the memory of the Hippie Era. Also there’s a couple of petting zoo for kids and people who adores with animals and loves learning about history at some of the local museums and art museums.

    The scenery is beautiful during the autumn because of the Fall Foliage and theres much adventurous activities. The weather is also breezy and crisp during the autumn months. There’s also lots of fall festivals, horse back riding trails, hiking trails, farmers markets and trips to the farm.

    Numbers and Links about Life of the Catskills

  • The first thing that Dr. Christine and I did was that we stopped by at the Cafe called Golden Russet Cafe & Grocery. It was a Cafe and Grocery Store which is very interesting and it only happens in less populated areas especially in the woodlands or the rural suburbs.

    I ordered myself a bacon and egg and cheese sandwich with tomato which was really delicious.

    There was a play room and a reading station for the kids while the grownups got to have coffee time with friends and family. I thought that was a great idea !

    I was able to meet Jenny( the owner) so Christine and I interviewed her about the place and how she and her husband ran it so successfully. We also got to discover the beautiful historic houses, a local farm, and a local brewery around Rhinebeck. We also visited the Omega institute which is the most famous health and holistic retreat center in the United States.

    Afterwards, we stopped by at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, a hamlet in Dutchess County, New York. We saw a very old tree which was over 350 years old, It is called the survivor tree as Christine always teaches us the tree pose and how to stand tall with resilience. ,

    I also thought it would be a very nice spot for holiday tourism or a weekend for a day trip in the area.

    When we drove to Poughkeepsie, there was a section of Marist College which is near the downtown area of Poughkeepsie.

    We also had great exercise and spa time at Mike Arteaga’s Health and Fitness

    We got to go swimming in a great salt water pool, and there was a hot tub included and a cold plunge and sauna that we rotated over and over for detox

    There’s also a cardio room in a movie theatre room where you can go on the treadmill while watching a movie. That was so cool , and we made a pact to go tomorrow again at 7 am.

    Then we got onto our obligation to wash our service animal doggies ( Mabel n Moon and company , of which their books are coming at soon!)

    Foam and wash is also a car wash which opens 24 hours a day. Two for one ! As conscious and accountable news makers, Christine has taught us how to really effectively multi task.

    Afterwards, we drove through the Mid Hudson Bridge which was beautiful with the rainbow lighting on the bridge which was meant to be as it represents us at Autisticana.

    Finally we drove all the way to Kingston to stop by at a progressive urban book store called “The Rough Draft Bar” and Books, which it’s a cafe where writers can work on their blogs or their upcoming books. The place was very interesting and we ended the night with a healthy and delicious dinner.

    I had a nice adventure and a great trip around the Mid Hudson Valley.

    The Cold Plunge Challenge for Autisticana
  • By Scott Weisbrot

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is something some people have. When the weather gets colder, people become less active and feel more unmotivated. People with ADHD are 3 times more likely to have SAD. I predict that this might be because of the change to cold weather. People with ADHD are more likely to be creative and feel elevated during the warmer weather. They may even feel pure happiness. SAD may be associated with oversleeping, fatigue, food cravings, and weight gain. It may also be linked to higher rates of loneliness, lack of interest in daily and social activities, and suicidal thoughts. This depression in the winter months is probably linked to the fact that it is too cold, and there is not much activity. Seasonal affective disorder can also be related to a lack of vitamin D, overproduction of melatonin, altered circadian rhythm, and reduced eating.

    In the United Kingdom and Ireland

    The facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is that the United Kingdom and Ireland has more people that are affected from this because of the gloomy days with less days of sunshine and more clouds and rain. SAD is also more common in areas around the globe that are far from the equator including Nordic Countries, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and even the Netherlands. Areas near the Arctic have more people with seasonal affective disorder because daylight gets short really fast and everyone is going to deal with no daylight during the winter months. Women are more likely to have SAD than men and people from the age range of 18 to 30 years are most likely to have Seasonal Affective Disorder.

    There’s always help for people if they have anxiety and depression like call a hotline to talk to a professional to understand your feelings and cope with your emotions. Doing therapy is also good for people on the autism spectrum disorder or work on a hobby that you enjoy. Doing sensory activities can be great for autism people to help them stay calm and focus on their maintaining strategies. You can spend some quality time with friends and family to keep yourself in a positive mood.

    seasonal affective disorder
    NIMH » Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): More Than the Winter Blues
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    5 Tips to Manage SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) - HorizonView Health
    Writing and Seasonal Affective Disorder — The Writer's Scrap Bin
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    The Websites with Helpful Tips for Seasonal Affective Disorder

    References:

    1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20364651
    2. https://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/2019/06/07/the-connection-between-seasonal-affective-disorder-and-adhd/

    Edited by Elliot Gavin Keenan