Pizza Barn

Pizza Barn in Edgewood marries the charm of a rustic barn with the zest of New Mexico's green chile, crafting an unforgettable dining experience for families and craft beer aficionados alike.

PIZZA BARN

Mark Stens Land

11/1/20224 min read

Blog Post Title: "Pizza Barn: Where Rustic Charm Meets Zesty Innovation"

In the quaint town of Edgewood, there's a pizzeria that's as integral to the local landscape as the rolling farmlands themselves: Pizza Barn. Gino Giannini's vision was simple yet profound—to meld the rusticity of a barn with the communal joy of pizza. And it's this unique blend that beckons travelers from across New Mexico to this cozy culinary haven just off Interstate 40.

Pizza Barn is more than a stop; it's a destination where the decor pays homage to the rural surroundings, capable of welcoming over 120 patrons under its lofty, barn-like structure. Here, the warmth of tradition meets the thrill of innovation. The menu is a proud testament to New Mexico's prized ingredient—the green chile—adorning top favorites like the Route 66 and South Mountain pizzas with its fiery goodness.

But don't let the playful names like Plow King and Wrangler fool you; this is a spot where culinary seriousness is cloaked in fun. It's where families gather, enticed by the promise of pizzas that carry the spirit of New Mexico in every slice. And for the adults? A craft beer selection that's as robust as it is refreshing, ensuring that mom and dad can unwind as the kids revel in the laid-back, barnyard vibe.

With amenities like five big-screen TVs and treats like crispy baked zucchini, Pizza Barn doesn't just feed the body; it entertains and delights, making every visit a memorable experience.

So whether you're an Edgewood local or an Albuquerque city dweller with a craving for something different, let Pizza Barn be your next culinary adventure. It's a place where every meal is steeped in local flavor, every visit feels like coming home, and where the pizza is, quite simply, unforgettable.

Transform Your Pizza Box into a Food Dehydrator (AKA: Pizza Flakes Maker)

Why throw away produce when…

Every year, Americans waste about 30-40% of their food supply, which then contributes to the 8% of global greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Let's save the planet one slice at a time and turn that old pizza box into a DIY food dehydrator! This hilariously easy project will transform your leftovers into delicious dried snacks.

Materials:

- 1 large pizza box (clean, without grease – yes, that means ordering another pizza)

- Aluminum foil (to make it shiny like your future)

- Plastic wrap (because who doesn't love plastic?)

- Black construction paper (very goth, very functional)

- A utility knife or scissors (sharp objects: handle with care!)

- Tape (the universal fixer of all things)

- A small fan (optional, if you want to go high-tech)

- Wooden dowels or skewers (also optional, but let’s get fancy)

- Mesh or cheesecloth (to keep it all in place)

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Pizza Box:

Open that pizza box and line the inside with aluminum foil, shiny side up. This will reflect heat and make your box look like a science experiment. Cover the bottom of the box with black construction paper. This will absorb heat and add to the mystery.

2. Create a Window:

On the top of the pizza box lid, cut out a rectangular window, leaving about a 1-inch border around the edges. Make it artsy. Cover the window with plastic wrap and secure it with tape. This will allow sunlight in and create a greenhouse effect. Now your pizza box is officially smarter than your last smartphone.

3. Create Air Vents:

Cut small air vents on the sides of the pizza box to allow for airflow. You can make these by cutting small flaps and folding them back slightly. These vents are like your dehydrator’s nostrils.

4. Optional: Add a Fan:

If you have a small fan, place it near the air vents to enhance airflow. This will help to speed up the drying process and make you feel like an engineering genius.

5. Create Racks:

If you have wooden dowels or skewers, create racks to hold your food. Simply poke holes in the sides of the box and insert the dowels through the holes, creating a grid. Now it’s looking like a mini barbecue. Alternatively, use a piece of mesh or cheesecloth to lay your food on inside the box. It’s like a hammock for your snacks.

6. Place Your Food:

Arrange your food items on the racks or mesh, ensuring they are spread out evenly and not touching each other. Give them space to breathe – it’s yoga for your veggies.

7. Position Your Dehydrator:

Place the pizza box dehydrator in a sunny spot outside. The plastic wrap window should be facing the sun to maximize heat absorption. Your neighbors will be jealous of your eco-friendly contraption.

8. Monitor and Rotate:

Check on your food periodically and rotate the box if necessary to ensure even drying. You’re basically a helicopter parent for dehydrated snacks. Depending on the weather and the type of food, drying times can vary from several hours to a couple of days. Patience, grasshopper.

Dehydrating Specific Foods:

Red and Green Chiles:

Preparation: Wash and dry the chiles. Slice them into rings or halves, removing seeds if desired. Fun fact: Spicy foods can increase your metabolism by up to 8%! Drying Time: Chiles typically take 1-2 days to dry completely. They should be brittle and break easily when fully dehydrated.

Tomatoes:

Preparation: Wash and dry the tomatoes. Slice them into ¼ inch thick slices or cut cherry tomatoes in half. Did you know tomatoes are technically a fruit? Mind blown. Drying Time: Tomatoes can take 1-3 days to dry. They should be leathery and pliable when done.

Popular Herbs (e.g., Basil, Oregano, Thyme):

Preparation: Rinse herbs and pat dry. Remove leaves from stems if they are large. Herbs can improve memory by up to 75%. Okay, I made that up, but it sounds good! Drying Time: Herbs generally dry within 1 day. They should crumble easily when touched.

9. Enjoy Your Dehydrated Food:

Once your food is sufficiently dried, remove it from the dehydrator and store it in an airtight container. Congrats! You’ve just saved the planet one dehydrated snack at a time.

This DIY food dehydrator is an easy and cost-effective way to preserve your favorite foods using just a few household items. Happy drying, and remember, every little bit helps in the fight against climate change!