September 5 is...
National Cheese Pizza Day
Flatbreads and cheese are ancient! Dating as far back as 8000 B.C.E. man has been mixing flour with water to make dough (see the history of bread). Seasoned flatbread evolved with the addition of herbs, then, heating the dough on a hot stone. As for cheesemaking, nobody knows its specific origin, only that it is closely related to the domestication of milk-producing animals, whose history (particularly sheep) date 8,000 to 10,000 years ago.
The pizza, if it is defined as baked flatbread covered with cheese, could have been invented by the Greeks, the Phoenicians, the people who would become the Romans or anyone in the greater Mediterranean area of the time. While it has been associated primarily with Italian cuisine, food historians credit the idea of using bread as a “plate” for an assortment of toppings and seasonings to the Greeks. Flat round bread (plankuntos) were topped by stews, thick broth, meats, vegetables and fruits. Um-m-m-m? Perhaps we can think of the pizza as a edible plate! No utensils were necessary, even way back when!
Back to the pizza...
Thin crust, thick crust, hand tossed or stuffed crust…. whichever way you like it, have a slice or two (or maybe even more) of cheese pizza as September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day. Celebrate this day by going out for a cheese pizza with family or friends, ordering for home delivery or making a homemade cheese pizza just the way you like it!
Is your mouth watering yet?