Pizza, Ham, and Muffins

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I was doing a little Google Searching just to pass the time. And you know what I discovered?

I discovered that I don't know half of what I thought I knew about where foods come from; case in point.

Did you know that a Hawaiian Pizza is not from Hawaii?

A guy named Sam Panopoulos claimed that he created the first Hawaiian Pizza in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. That was in 1962, at the Satellite Restaurant, that this all took place.

Partly inspired by preparing Chinese dishes, which commonly mix sweet and savory flavors, Panopoulos experimented with adding pineapple, ham, bacon and other toppings on his pizzas.


Hawaiian Pizza. Did you know that Canadian Bacon got it's name because it was first imported from Toronto to New York City.

True Canadian Bacon is made only from the lean eye of the loin and is smoked, meaning it is ready to eat.

Its flavor is described as more pork-like than other types of bacon because of its lean cut. However, some butchers say that smoked pork-chops, that have been cut thin, taste the same.

They also say that "Canadian Style Bacon" is not Canadian Bacon at all, they say it is just Smoked Bacon and that the flavor is more bacon than anything else.

So I guess if your having Hawaiian Pizza, then Canadian Bacon should be the meat of choice.


The English muffin, on the other hand, first called a “toaster crumpet,” was invented in 1894 by a British immigrant to New York, Samuel Bath Thomas.

After coming to America, Samuel opened up a bakery in modern day Chelsea, that is where he created and sold an item he called the “toaster crumpet".

It was immediately called a more elegant alternative to toast, so it was served at the finer hotels and restaurants.

And like white bread, it ultimately became a mainstay of American breakfast cuisine.


At this time I might note that a British biscuit is an American cookie, and an American cookie is a British cookie, and an American biscuit is a British scone, and an American scone is something else entirely.

That was simple, Right?


What about French Fries, are they French?

The story from Namur, in Francophone, Belgium, says that the locals liked to fry their fish in oils. But in the year of 1680, the River Meuse froze over, so the locals fried potatoes instead. Thus, the deep-fried potato was born.

Anyway, if the idea came from Namur or Paris, it really doesn't matter; just deep fry.

After all, they are tasty weather they are called French-Fries, Chips, Frites, or Tater-tots; add salt to taste.


And that brings me to the final point, salt.

The older I get, the less salt the doctors and nutritionists say I should have. So now I am down to no added salt at all.

Please understand, I come from a family of people that grew up in the south-central region of the United States, and salt was a must on anything we ate.

Without a ham-hock or added salt, beans suck. Without salt, (SOS), hamburger gravy over bread isn't worth eating. And when it came to Potatoes, no matter how you fixed them, they had to have salt added. We put salt on most cooked vegetables too.

We even salted Apples and Cantaloupes for added flavor.


Over the last several years I have shied away from salt, switching to garlic and onion for added flavor. I have even tried seasoning mixes, after checking the labels for salt content, zero being a must.

The other week I bought some Garlic-Pepper seasoning and used it while cooking some extra-lean hamburger. It was Delicious! I told my wife what a great find this garlic and pepper seasoning was. Saying that the combination on the hamburger was astounding!

She laughed and said, "Well of course it tastes great, it has salt in it."

"Oh no?" I replied, "the label says Garlic-Pepper. So only Garlic and pepper are in the mix, Right?"

She smiled and said, "Read the label on the back."

Well, --- I read the back label and then tossed the Garlic-Pepper Seasoning container in the trash!

But just between me, you, and the lamp post, I'm not tossing the hamburger that I've already cooked using the Garlic-Pepper Seasoning.

"Waste not, want not," that's what Granny always said.


D. Thurmond / JEFalcon


Submitted: April 30, 2021

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88 fingers

Your article made me hungry. But I never liked pineapple on pizza. Those pesky Canadians. It had to be them.
Think I will have hamburgers and use toasted English muffins instead of hamburger rolls.
Done this many times. As Tony the Tiger says, "There Great!!!".

Fri, April 30th, 2021 8:24pm


Ummm! Or a chicken breast patty with Swiss cheese works. --- Good Eats.

Sat, May 1st, 2021 3:27pm

Serge Wlodarski

Fat fingered that blank comment. Anyhoo, you can now get a cheeseburger at Sonic with bacon jam, whatever that is.

Sat, May 1st, 2021 5:30pm


I think it is Mined Spam in mayo, or maybe freeze-dried bacon bits in a jell, Whatever it is, it will taste great and harden your arteries faster than you can say, "Drive-up window".

Sat, May 1st, 2021 3:24pm

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