It's no secret that I love many things related to New York. That IS my home state after all. But I swear I wasn't thinking New York the day we tried a new pizza place. In fact, pizza wasn't even on the agenda.
My oldest daughter and I were on an errand and all of a sudden I see this vehicle with I love NY all over it. So, of course we were delighted at the design. Then, I thought “..hmm, wait a second, most people do not decorate their vehicles like this. Could this be pizza?” I seem to be drawn to all things New York and I can always sniff out a good pizza.
The vehicle was driving and we were walking. So that was the first challenge. Luckily, they turned the corner and pulled into a car wash. So we followed them, of course. Don't worry people, I am totally not a stalker – unless New York style pizza is involved. Anyhow, sure enough once we got closer, we saw that it was in fact a pizza vehicle – one for I Love NY Pizzeria Denver (nypizzadenver.com/). So we robbed them for the pizza. Kidding. We took down the name and number nonchalantly and went home and ordered it.
We opted for ordering online, as this was most convenient for us. The online menu was simple to navigate, even with all of their options. The prices were more than fair as compared to similar styles of pizza restaurants we've tried in the past. Payment processing online went smoothly as well. You can choose from paying cash at delivery or paying via PayPal, which allows more options such as credit card payment.
When the pizza delivery driver arrived, the kids were playing just outside the door with their friends. They excitedly shouted “Are you the pizza dude?” He replied back very friendly stating that he was and joked with the kids for a second. That was already a win – that and the fact that he didn't have to call me to figure out where my place was. Most delivery drivers get lost trying to find us. But he had no issues and arrived earlier than expected. The pizza smelled so good before he even handed it to me.
The delivery driver was very friendly with me as well. The conversation was the perfect amount of time – not so fast and rude like you don't matter, but not too long that you're wondering when the person will leave.
The kids and the dogs were all immediately in line behind me as I carried the food inside. It did smell pretty darn good. But the taste test would be the true test. I threw the dogs a few pepperonis (yeah, I know they're bad, they don't get them often) and they wouldn't leave me alone after that. So that was a good sign. Then, the rest of us dug in.
The cheese was very “melty” just like New York pizza should be and the toppings all tasted fresh, unlike many delivery pizzas we've tried. I ordered more than we usually order because I had planned on us having some for lunch the next day. However, we ended up eating it all that night. We chose a few different types of pizzas and toppings and equally enjoyed them for different reasons.
Customer Service: Excellent
Wait Time: Exceeded Expectations
Taste: Above Average
Rating: 5 Stars
Photo Credit: Lyn Lomasi
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The coolest thing about hot wings is that there are so many different ways to make them. This can come in handy on Super Bowl Sunday but really works any time of the year. It's especially handy when you have a ton of people coming over because you can make sure there's something for everyone. Here's Mama's Wings (my wings) with different sauces from mild to fiery hot and even a vegan version, since we have a mix of meat-eaters and vegans. This is one of my specialty recipes and is often requested. I hope you enjoy these wings as much as everyone else who has had a chance to try them. Scroll to the bottom of the wing sauce recipes for the vegan version.
Ingredients for Mama's Wings:
5 lbs uncooked organic, free range chicken wings or cauliflower (for vegans)
Frank's Red Hot (gallon size)
Frank's Red Hot Xtra Hot (optional substitute for original)
Crushed Red Pepper (1 bag or jar)
Habanero Sauce (any brand, small jar)
2 sticks of organic salted butter (or Earth's Best vegan, non-gmo)
Bill's Best Organic BBQ Sauce
Y.S. Organic Honey or your favorite Agave Nectar
Ranch or other favorite dipping sauce (optional)
Directions for Mama's Wings:
No matter which flavor you choose, the basic directions for making Mama's Wings are the same. Preheat the oven to 400F. Clean the wings and place them on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Cook them at 400F for about 30 minutes. Take them out and spread on the sauce of your choice. Put them back in for about 30 more minutes. Take the wings out and spread more sauce over the top. Then, serve with ranch dressing, carrot sticks, and celery.
Mama's Mild Wing Sauce:
Melt 2 sticks of butter in a saucepan. Turn the heat off. Stir in about 16 oz of Frank's Red Hot. Add garlic powder and salt (optional) to taste.
Mama's Medium Wing Sauce:
Prepare this the same as mild sauce, except add in about ¼ cup of crushed red peppers.
Mama's Hot Wing Sauce:
Prepare this the same as mild sauce, except add in ½ cup crushed red peppers and use Frank's Xtra Hot, instead of the original.
Mama's Fiery Hot Wing Sauce:
Prepare this the same as hot wing sauce, except in addition to the red peppers, add ¼ cup of habanero sauce.
Mama's BBQ Wing Sauce:
Use Bill's Best BBQ Sauce (original or spicy), thinned out with just a little bit of water mixed in. For extra flavor, add onion powder and garlic powder to taste.
Mama's Honey BBQ Wing Sauce:
Prepare this the same as BBQ wing sauce, except also add 1/2 cup of honey.
Mama's Spicy BBQ Wing Sauce:
Mix Bill's Best BBQ sauce (spicy) with an equal amount of Frank's Red Hot. For extra flavor, add onion powder and garlic powder to taste.
Vegan Wing Instructions:
To make vegan wings, simply boil 5 pounds of cauliflower heads until soft. Then, break up into pieces about 1" x 3". The size doesn't need to be exact. Spread your favorite wing sauce on the bottom of a cookie sheet,m about 1 inch thick. Then, pour over the top and cook for about 15 minutes or until browned. Pour more heated sauce over the top and serve with your favorite vegan dipping sauce.
Serves: 10 (or less if they eat large portions) -- can be doubled, tripled, etc.
Try one or more of these dishes along with Mama's Wings for more flair:
- Boiled Cabbage
- Southern Potato Salad
- Mashed Potatoes
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Green Beans & Potatoes
- Southern-Style Greens
- Texas Style Smoked BBQ Ribs
- Mama's Spicy Gucamole Dip
What happens when you crave something sweet at night, but don't have the ingredients for your usual treats? Tonight I glanced in the cupboard to see what I could bake with what I had on hand. I had cookie-making ingredients, but was missing some of my usual add-ins. Then I realized I did have oats. "Hmm, what if I put these dried cranberries in there too?" I threw it all together and came up with a great cranberry oatmeal cookie recipe. There aren't any left, so apparently, the eight people in the house approve.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Many cookie recipes call for creaming the butter (or spread) and sugar first, but I'm very non-traditional. I'm also a risk-taker. So, sometimes my baking is a little haphazard, but it always comes out good. Just ask my live-in taste testers (aka my kids). If they'll eat it without a complaint, it's good.
I just throw everything in the mixing bowl in whatever order I feel like at the time. Stir it all together until it's blended well. The consistency should be soft and easy to create a ball with. If it's too sticky, add a little bit of flour until you can work with it better.
Now, take your cranberry oatmeal cookie dough and create small 4 inch balls and place them on the cookie sheet about an inch apart. Cook for about 15 minutes or until brown. I usually prefer my cookies soft. If you'd like more firmness in your cranberry oatmeal cookies, just cook them a touch longer. Once the cookies are done, let them cool on a plate or cooking rack and serve.
Yield: About 3 dozen cranberry oatmeal cookies
For different taste variations, add some cinnamon, nutmeg, or both. Note that my recipes are made in a high altitude environment, so no altering for that will be necessary.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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