In the Kitchen

Korea – Probiotics found in Swiss cheeses such as Emmental and Gruyère could help reduce inflammation and subsequently boost immunity, recent studies suggest. The Independent reports. | READ MORE
Rome – In a move aimed at protecting Italian farmers, all packets of pasta and rice sold in Italy will have to include labels of origin showing where the produce was grown, the Italian government has ruled. Canadian exporters and farmers fear the move will depress prices in Canada, the world's largest durum exporter. Reuters reports. | READ MORE
Calgary – Dry-aged beef is a growing trend in Calgary, but you may want to rely on experienced butchers if you'd like a taste, a Calgary food columnist says. CBC reports. | READ MORE
Did you know that women aged 19 to 49 require more than twice as much iron in their daily diet as men? And while you may already be eating foods with iron, depending on what you’re eating with them, your body may not be absorbing much of it. There are two kinds of iron: heme iron and non-heme iron. Heme iron, found in meat, fish, and poultry, is well absorbed by the body. Non-heme iron, found in beans, lentils, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and eggs, is not as well absorbed by the body.  
Cambridge, MA – Researchers from MIT’s Tangible Media Group have created flat sheets of gelatin and starch that, when submerged in water, instantly sprout into three-dimensional structures, including common pasta shapes such as macaroni and rotini. The innovation could save on shipping costs. MIT News reports. | READ MORE
Pizza chefs seem to have an endless appetite for finding ways to improve their crust. Ancient grains are getting a lot of attention in the baking world these days, and including them in your pizza crust may be one way to make your pizza rise above the crowd and appeal to customers with adventurous palates and a keen interest in nutrition.
Chef Stefano Manfredi shares recipes and details of his new guide to pizza making, which suggests there's been both a movement back to pizza's origins, before industrial flour milling, and an interest in using modern stone milling, machinery and oven technologies. Good Food reports. | READ MORE
This pizza recipe from the Culinary Institute of America features shellfish, lemon and a rich, creamy sauce reminiscent of New England clam chowder. It appeared in The Chronicle-Herald. | READ MORE
Italian-Australian chef Stefano Manfredi provides a recipe for a classic parmigiana in the shape of a Roman pizza. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Simcoe, Ont. – With summer in full swing, Canadian Pizza asked pizza makers to describe their favourite summer pizza and what they like to wash it down with.
San Francisco, CA – These 17 bright and beautiful pizza recipes from food blog Brit + Co are al fresco-approved, seasonal and ready to be plopped onto your plate. | READ MORE
This recipe appears courtesy of Robyn Gleason, @simplyfreshdinners, and was developed for Chickapea Pasta.
Phoenix, AZ – Chef Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Ariz., has just published his first cookbook – Bianco: Pizza, Pasta, and Other Food I Like – in which the renowned pizzaiolo discusses how to make his famous pizza dough. Food & Wine reports. | READ MORE
My conversation with Rodolfo Santo begins with a description of limoncello that is almost a love letter. The version of the drink he loves is a specialty of the Amalfi Coast in Italy, says Santo, who was born in nearby Naples. “The lemons there are bigger and sweeter. If you are driving along the coast and look down, you’ll see a hillside of lemons covered with black nets for harvesting,” he says.
Food smoking is an artful way to add flavour and it’s not just for protein anymore. Learn how your pizzeria can tap into this hot trend.
Las Vegas – Justin Wadstein of Pizza My Heart in Los Gatos, Calif., went home the World Pizza Games masters champ after wowing judges and an enthusiastic audience with his acrobatics at Pizza Expo on March 29. Wadstein narrowly edged out this year's champion, Scott Volpe of Fiamme Pizza Napoletana in Tuscon, Ariz.
Simcoe, Ont. – "Real" sourdough is relatively easy to make, maintain and work with, writes chef Alan Dumonceaux. Find out how in the latest issue of our sister magazine Bakers Journal. | READ MORE
Toronto – Chef Paolo Cacciani of Rome shares pasta-making tips at Centitalia, a food forum recently hosted by the ICCO and Centennial College's Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts program in Toronto.
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Las Vegas, NV – Hobart has announced it will give away a custom-painted Legacy HL662 Pizza Mixer valued at $20,000 during the 2017 International Pizza Expo next week in Las Vegas.
Spicing up pizza toppings with ethnic influences was a noticeable trend from ingredient exhibitors at this year’s Canadian Pizza Show, but it was simplicity that won over the judges in the Canadian Pizza magazine Chef of the Year competition, which saw a repeat champion showcasing a very modern-world pie.
I’ve had the honour and privilege of judging for the International Pizza Challenge and finals at the annual Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, and I’ve also judged in Italy and France.  I’m often asked about how a pizza is evaluated. While most competitions have their own distinct rules, after years of experience, I’ve incorporated my own methods into the guidelines for each event.
Charlottetown – An entrepreneur in Prince Edward Island has developed a fry-cutting machine that can cut 23 kilograms, or 50 pounds, of potatoes in less than a minute. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Salinas, CA – California oven manufacturer Forno Bravo has updated the Intertek certification in Canada of its wood- and gas-burning commercial pizza ovens and wood-burning residential pizza ovens.

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