I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday mainly because I saw the same matchup four years ago and didn’t want to relive that day again. Except, when it boils down to it, I basically did. It was like a case of Deja Vu. There I was in the same grocery store buying that same wagon full of Dr. Pepper and month supply of tortilla chips. Fast forward a few hours and I was standing in front of the same oven monkeying around with pizza and kale chips. At game time I sat down in front of the same television and pushed the same on-off switch wearing the same shirt and pants (I’m not really sure about that part). It was only at this moment where things diverged, where I finally took the road less traveled. Instead of turning on the New York-New England battle of Indianapolis I chose to participate in the New York-New York battle of New York. We’re talking gang warfare here, 1860′s style, between some rag tags, crusty bitches and miss nancies. All crafted by the wondrous hands of Martin Scorsese.
And to the Gangs of New York I dedicate this Five Points Pizza Bread.
-pizza dough (if you make this one, you’ll need only half of it)
-2 cloves of garlic, minced
-4 Tbsp. olive oil
-1 can artichoke hearts, drained and diced
-handful of spinach, sliced thinly
-2 ounces smoked gouda
1. Make the pizza dough according to directions.
2. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan. Add the garlic and cook until it begins to darken. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. Brush the inside of a bundt pan with the garlic oil.
4. Mix the artichokes, spinach and mozzarella.
5. Pull off small balls of dough and roll in flour. Flatten. Place the artichoke mixture in the center. Add a small cube of smoked gouda. Wrap the dough around and seal well.
6. Brush the ball with the garlic oil. Place in the bundt pan.
7. Repeat until all the dough is used. Pour the remaining oil and garlic in the pan being careful to spread it around. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
9. Remove the bundt pan from the refrigerator and uncover. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top has browned.
10. Remove the bundt pan and let the bread sit for ten minutes. Turn onto a plate and serve with marinara. Dip, eat, repeat.
When talking New York it is impolite not to mention singer-songwriter Brian Sendrowtiz who performs under the moniker Beat Radio (here). It is even more impolite not to mention him when Beat Radio has a new EP (that you can get for free). Hard Times, Go, Part 1 features excellent DIY indie pop that fans of Golden Age will quickly recognize. The title track is a magical song that revolves around the idea of evaluating your failures. It sounds like a downer, especially when you read the description of it, but when you actually take a moment to listen to it you realize that it isn’t about the way down but the way up. It is the chance to take something ordinary, something you don’t like and change it for the better or (gasp!) make it extraordinary. It is the album’s shining moment.