To celebrate… I will be sharing your stories on my blog about your memories of great pizza.
And here’s the first! From one of my friends, Maegan:
Best pizza story has to be the first time my bf and I cooked a meal together… it was pizza. Fresh dough, fresh ingredients. We made a BBQ chicken pizza with great sauce and goat cheese. It was perfection!!
Doesn’t that pizza sound incredible? It’s truly amazing how pizza making is more than just two people together making a pizza, it’s an amazing memory.
I look forward to hearing (and sharing!) more of your pizza stories on here! And if you have any pictures/videos of you eating/making pizza, I would love to share them too!
Happy Pizza Month!
(PS, I definitely ate pizza today…It was “John’s Favorite” from Papa John’s with extra sauce….Incredible! I loved the mix of the crispy pepperoni, the meaty, tender sausage and the herbs and spices on top of the cheese!)
Welcome to my new blog, KAT EATS SYRACUSE. Join me as I take you on my food adventures throughout Syracuse, N.Y. through pictures, video and text! Please leave me a comment if you have any restaurant/food suggestions I should try/review!!
A few weekends ago I decided to make a homemade eggplant parmigiana. I had bought an eggplant from the store and wanted to use it. I got to slicing it into the length-wise pieces and I got to thinking…”How can I spice things up a bit?”
Which led me to my new twist on the original recipe:
Kat’s Spicy Eggplant Parmigiana
1 jar Wegman’s Diavolo Sauce
1 portion of pasta of your choice ( I chose Wegman’s Whole Wheat Linguini!)
1 bag shredded Mozzarella cheese
2 small cups applesauce
1 Italian sweet pepper
2 cups breadcrumbs
Cut eggplant into 1 inch lengthwise pieces.
In a medium bowl, place breadcrumbs in a bowl. In a smaller bowl, place applesauce inside.
Dip eggplant pieces into applesauce and then roll them around in the breadcrumbs.
In a medium frying pan- place olive oil in pan. Cook eggplant pieces in pan until pieces are golden brown.
In a small baking dish, layer diavolo sauce, eggplant pieces. Place bag of mozzarella cheese on top. Cook until cheese has melted/ turned golden brown.
In a sauce pot, boil pasta to your liking.
Chop Italian sweet pepper into small pieces and boil with pasta.
When plating, place pasta/pepper mixture down first, then plate the eggplant.
I remember watching the video of how they made their ice cream and thinking, “Wow, this place looks really great, I HAVE to try it!” Another friend of mine had told me about it too and how great it was.
This past Thursday was the perfect opportunity to try it.
I picked up Avantika and headed to one of their two locations: Onondaga Hill’s location. I had driven there before exploring the area a few weeks back and I discovered the Gannon’s Isle location happened to be there. I turned on my “Sacred TomTom” (as my mom and I call it) and Simon (the British male voice) led us there.
The drive to Onondaga Hill is very peaceful: once you leave the city vicinity of Syracuse, you enter a world of luscious trees and lots of hills. Because it was so dark outside as well (we went around 9 p.m. that night), we were wondering if we would actually find the place.
Lo and behold, we pulled up to Shadybrook Plaza on McDonald Road. The parking lot was PACKED.
This location of Gannon’s Isle is a very cute sized location: not too small, not too big. A white picket fence surrounds the building, as the line to get into Gannon’s took up the entire picked fence when we got there. It was an exciting experience.
There were lots of families and groups of friends there, getting their ice cream and eating outside. There are a few benches and picnic tables outside and there are also a few tables outside the deli in the plaza, where we ate. We also found people eating their ice cream in their cars, which is another great place to eat ice cream.
Avantika and I waited on line for a little while. The line was moving fast, but it was just a long enough wait for us to figure out what we wanted. We both knew we wanted a sundae.
The atmosphere inside Gannon’s is great; you are directed to walk in one side of the building and leave through the other, for good traffic flow.
The decorations made me smile very wide. The animated characters on the wall of different ice creams (in the picture above as well) on an island are so adorable. This is a very family-friendly atmosphere.
Avantika got a single scooped sundae with chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge, nuts and whipped cream. She absolutely loved hers, and it looked fantastic.
I decided to try one of their named ice cream sundaes versus the make-your-own. I tried the “Oreo Explosion”: crushed oreos with hot fudge, nuts, whipped cream and the ice cream of your choice. Going along with the Oreo theme, I got their Oreo Cheesecake ice cream.
WHAT A SUNDAE.
My sundae cost around $6, which was well worth the money spent. It came in a huge bowl, with my ice cream filled to the top and their thick hot fudge spread all over the sundae. Every bite I took tasted of oreos and fudge. Mmm. I cleared my bowl on this ice cream very quickly, and I didn’t feel overly full either: many times if you get a large ice cream like that you may end up feeling really full afterwards. I felt very comfortably content.
Gannon’s Isle, has two locations for you to check out, one in Onondaga Hill, where I went, and another in the Valley. According to their website, they have over 200 rotating homemade ice cream flavors for you to try. Their website also tells the story of how the Gannon’s Isle locations came to be: siblings Eileen and John Gannon have been making ice cream at their business since 1982.
If you’re in the mood for some ice cream today, definitely check out Gannon’s Isle at one of their locations. It’s well worth the trip.