Posts made in May 2011

Kuh Kuh Kuh Katy's Cuh Cuh Cuh Carrot Cake

…but not just any carrot cake.
Katherine Z is the modest baker.  After many moons riding the LIRR with her and her hubbie Jonathan…and after hearing about her carrot cake and baklava (two of her many creations) more than once and not yet tasting it, I decided it was time to finally get that taste. I was hoping deep down inside that she would say “I’ll bring a carrot cake” when I invited her and Jonathan to join me, Sandy and a few friends for dinner at our home. Guess what? She did!
In short…Hype lived up to big time!
I’ll try to get the recipe for one of my upcoming posts. Stay tuned.
Until then…thank you Kuh Kuh Kuh Katy for the time and effort you put into creating your faaaaablous Cuh Cuh Cuh Carrot Cake.
Maybe I’ll see you folks on the train this Thursday.

Silvio Irece of Vincent's in Albertson with his "Old Fashioned Sicilian"

How does one pick a truly great pizza when there are soooo many pizza restaurants in this world?
The answer plain and simple is you have to be lucky enough to find Vincent’s Restaurant & Pizzeria at 1004 Willis Avenue in Albertson, L.I., NY.
A little pizza history.
We all know Neapolitan pizza served in the USA is a round thin crust pie with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce.
Authentic Neapolitan pizza…also known as Margherita is typically made with tomato, sliced mozzarella, basil and extra-virgin olive oil. More authentic is made with San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella di bufala.It’s variations between ingredients can include fresh sliced tomatoes and/or tomato sauce.
Grandma pizza is Thin Crust Sicilian Pie Baked with Mozzarella Topped with Marinara Sauce and
Grandpa Pizza is Sicilian Pie Baked with Fresh Mozzarella,Tomato and Basil.
Of course, there are slight variations of the same pies that may include fresh basil and or a bit of pesto.
Let’s not forget the traditional Sicilian Pie. Sicilian Pizza has its toppings baked directly into the crust.”Sicilian” pizza in the United States is typically a different variety of product, made with a thick crust characterized by a rectangular shape and topped with tomato sauce, cheese and optional toppings.
In short…the variations are endless.
Now, back to the award presentation.
The brothers Silvio and Ray Irece, in my opinion, have come up with a real winner…and as a result, have won my Plain & Simple Fourth Guarantee Award for their “Old Fashioned Sicilian” pizza pie.
Order a slice and ask Silvio to make it nice and hot so it has a chance to crisp up a little underneath. The flavor and freshness can’t be topped as you can see in the pictures below.
Thank you brothers Irece for your creativity…and personality!

Bert’s Note: Please remember that I am not writing a review for the restaurant. The purpose of my award addresses the Irece brothers “Old Fashioned Sicilian” Pizza.
Please feel free to comment. If you have any finds for me or have something to say or add with regards to my award for Vincent’s..don’t be shy…please comment.

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