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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Stanley Tucci can't Make a Proper Negroni

 

 



STANLEY TUCCI Does Not Know How to Make a Proper NEGRONI


Yes it's true. The person who has become popular for making Negroni Cocktails, more than anyone else in the history of mankind, does not even know how to make a proper Negroni. This is scariligous, and shows once again, how people jump on the Band Wagon, so to speak.

I was horrified when I was looking in Tucci's latest book TASTE "My Life Through Food"and saw his recipe for the Negroni. In his recipe and instruction, Tucci cals for 50 milliliters of Gin, 25 millileters Campari, and 25 milliliters Sweet Vermouth with a slice of Orange. "oh my God, I can't beleive it, totally wrong Stanley. The proportions are totally wrong and would make a "Horrible Negroni, and one I'd never ever want to drink." and I've been drinking these bad boys Since 1985, a good 25 years before the Negroni Craze reached the American Shores.

How can you do it Stanley? Everyone who knows anything about a Negroni knows that you use equal parts of Campari, Gin, and Sweet Vermouth, and not and never ever twice as much Gin as Campari, you complete destroy the taste, by completely throwing the cocktail out of balance, a primary prerequisite to any good cocktail. How can you do it Stanley. Futhermore, it is beyond me that the press and general public have practicallymade Tucci the King of The Negroni, and the man doesn't know how to make one. This is horrifying ! Really Stanley? How can you do it. 

I've written extensively about the Negroni (in La Tavola), a good 10 years before the Negroni Craze even started. And as I've stated, I've been drinking these wonderful cocktails since the Summer of 1985, on my first trip to Italy.  My first Negroni? I remember it well. It was at the Caffe Giacosa (formerly Caffe Cassoni), in FLorence.  I went in and sat down. The waiter brought me a menu. I already knew what I wanted, as I had read of the Negroni in an Italian travel guide. I knew it was invented here, and that's what I was going to get. So when the waiter came back, I said, " Un Negroni pro favore." The waiter nodded and, replied, "Prego." A few minutes later he brought me my Negroni, with a few cocktail treats that they serve with cocktails in Italy. I took a sip. Yum, that's pretty good I thought. That was the first. The first of many hundreds to come. Way back then, very few Americans drank Negroni's. There were a few. The well traveled, but nothing like today. It really doesn't make me that happy that everyone and their grandmother drinks them these days. It sort of takes away from their specialness a bit. But what are you going to do" That's the way it is. They're still tasty and refreshing to me. Tasty and refreshing? Well yes. Just don't have Stanely Tucci make one for me. "Yuuk! Not very good. Not a Negrone (the way Stanely makes them). 

Sorry Stanley, but you got it all wrong.





... Daniel Bellino "Z" ....




HOW to MAKE a PROPER NEGRONI

1 ounce Campari
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
1 ounce Gin

ICE

1 fresh slice of Orange

Preparation :

Fill a rock glass with ice.

Add the Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and Gin. 

Stir.

Add a slice of Orange, and serve.


NOTE :  You can change the proportions a little. Just don't change them up too much, or you will throw the cocktail out of balance, and it will not taste like a Negroni, defeating the whole purpose of making the drink, as is the case with Mr. Tucci's recipe. "It's all wrong. Way too much Gin."

If you wanted to stick around the prescribe recipe of equal parts of Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and Gin, to make a proper Negroni, you can put in just a little less Gin, but not too much less, or you'll change the make-up too much.

Also, it is very acceptable to add a plash of Club Sod on top. Just not too much. Make sure it is just a small splash.

Bitters : Campari

Sweet Vermouth Brands : Cinzano, Marini & Rossi, Antica Carpano.

GIN :  Any London Dry Gin. Most popular brands include : Beefeater, Bombay, Gordon's, Tanqueray, and Hendrick's.


Final Note : Negroni's can be made straight-up, or on the rocks, however, 95% of the time, they are                         served on the rocks. 







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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Happy National Pizza Day

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John Travolta eating Brooklyn Pizza

At LENNY'S PIZZERIA

Brooklyn,  NY
"SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER"

John shows us the Proper Technique of Eating a "DOUBLE DECKER"

"Only in NEW YORK" !


 
HAPPY NATIONAL PIZZA DAY !!!


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PIZZA ?

 

    “Yes You Can Make It” !

Italian all over Italy, as well as their Italian-American cousins in America,love to make this tasty homemade pan pizza at home. It’s absolutely delicious, and a lot easier to make than you’d think. This is the basic recipe for a Pizza with Tomato & Mozzarella, and you can add other toppings like; Sausage, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, and / or Sweet Peppers if you like. You can even make some delicious Rosemary Focaccia by eliminating the tomato and mozzarella, and adding fresh Rosemary instead. Once you know how to make this basic pizza, you can do a lot of things with this recipe. so give it a shot. Make it a few times and you’ll become a pro, and a hit at the Friday Night Pizza Party, or anytime at all. Buon Appetito! 

Ingredients for the Dough :

 

1 packet Dry Yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)

1 teaspoon Sugar

1 cup Warm Water  (about 110 degrees)

3 cups Bread Flour

2 teaspoons Kosher Salt (or Sea Salt)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil for dough & more for pan

You will need a Food Processor to make this dough.

 

Place the water, Sugar, and Yeast in a small bowl, stir it a little, then let it rest at room temperature until it starts to foam (about 10 minutes).

 

If your food processor has a plastic dough hook use that. If it doesn’t, then insert the metal cutting blade onto your processor.

 

Add the Flour and Salt to the food processor and pulse for 2 seconds.

 

Add the water / yeast mixture and 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil to the processor.

 

Turn the processor on and let it run until the dough starts to form a ball, and is pulling away from the processor bowl. Then turn the processor on again, for exactly 30 seconds and stop.

 

Get a large glass or ceramic bowl and lightly coat the whole inside with some Olive Oil. Place the dough in the bowl and move it around so it gets coated completely with olive oil. If you need it, add a bit more olive oil.

 

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and leave the dough to rise for one hour, in a draft-space. Usually somewhere on the kitchen counter is fine.

 

After one hour to 1 hour & 15 minutes, your dough should have risen to double its original size. The dough is ready ro roll out and make pizza.

PIZZA TOPPING :

 

A jar of Italian Passata di Pomodoro (Tomato Sauce)

Olive Oil

Sea Salt

½ pound whole milk Mozzarella Cheese (Polly-O)

¼ cup grated Pecorino Cheese

8 Basil Leaves, torn by hand

 

Note : Passata di Pomodoro is puree of Italian Tomatoes, aka Tomato Sauce. I recommend getting the absolute best quality Italian product like, Mutti, or anything labeled San Marzano for best results.

MAKING THE PIZZA

 

You will need a half sheet pan (16.5” x 11.5” ) to make the Pizza.

 

Turn your oven on to 400 degrees.

 

Place 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil in the sheet-pan, and spread with your fingers so the whole bottom surface of the pan has a thin coat of oil.

Remove your dough from the bowl and place it in the center of the sheet-pan. Push the dough down with your hand, and push and stretch the dough until it forms into the size of the pan, and is completely covering the bottom of the pan.

 

Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rest inside the pan for 10 minutes.

 

Take a spoon and spread enough of the tomato passata (tomato sauce) over most of the pizza dough, leaving a half inch around all sides without tomato, as a border that pizzas always have. 

 

Drizzle a couple tablespoons of Olive Oil over the pizza. Sprinkle a little Salt over the whole pizza. 

 

Sprinkle the grated Pecorino Romano Cheese evenly over the whole pizza. 

 

Evenly spread all the torn Basil over the pizza. 

 

Then evenly spread shredded mozzarella evenly over the pie. Don’t over do it with the cheese. There should be spots where there is just tomato and no cheese over it. You don’t want the cheese to completely cover the pied or it will be out of balance.

 

Place the Pizza in the oven and bake for about 16 to 20 minutes, until the crust looks nicely browned. Serve and enjoy.

 

Note : Naturally you can add other toppings to this basic tomato pizza, such as Pepperoni, Sausage, or Mushrooms, whatever you like.

 

You can make tasty basic focaccia by not adding the tomato and cheese as the toppings on the dough. Instead, add a little more olive oil, some extra Kosher or Sea Salt sprinkled on top. Then add some chopped fresh Rosemary on top, throw it in the oven and bake, and you’ll have some tasty Rosemary Focaccia.

 

 

 

This RECIPE was EXCERPTED from POSITANO The AMALFI COAST COOKBOOK / Travel Guide by Daniel Bellino Zwicke who says "HAPPY NATIONAL PIZZA DAY to ALL"

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