New recipes

Pizza Hut Fires Manager Over Thanksgiving and More News

Pizza Hut Fires Manager Over Thanksgiving and More News

In today's Media Mix, how much Americans drink on Thanksgiving, plus 'Sleep No More' restaurant opening

A Pizza Hut manager stood up for Thanksgiving, and may have gotten fired because of it.

Check out the headlines you may have missed.

Pizza Hut Fires GM Over Thanksgiving: Apparently, an Indiana Pizza Hut decided it was a good idea to fire a general manager who took a stand and refused to open on Thanksgiving. [Eater]

Hindenburg Beer: A bottle of beer was found intact in the wreck of the Hindenburg disaster, and it's set to be auctioned for almost $10,000. [Drinks Business]

'Sleep No More' Restaurant: The interactive play based on Macbeth, which already boasts a rooftop bar, has now added on a restaurant. [ABC]

Drinking, Food Thanksgiving Stats: This nifty infographic shows you exactly how much people drink on Thanksgiving (not much) and what they all eat for dessert (pumpkin pie). [HuffPo]

Nigella Lawson Court Case: Two kitchen assistants are alleging that the celebrity chef took cocaine and was a regular drug user. The women are being accused of fraud; Lawson's lawyer says the claims are completely untrue. [Reuters]


Pizza Hut Manager Says He Was Fired For Refusing To Open On Thanksgiving

A Pizza Hut employee (who is not involved in this story).

A former manager at an Elkhart, Ind., Pizza Hut trying to give his employees some time off says he was fired for refusing to open the store on Thanksgiving, local CBS affiliate WSBT is reporting.

Tony Rohr, who started out at the pizza chain as a cook before working his way up to general manager, confronted his superiors after being told the store would need to be open on Thanksgiving.

In years past, Rohr said, Pizza Hut stores have been closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to Fox 8.

"Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they're closed in the whole year and they're the only two days that those people are guaranteed to have off and spend it with their families," he told WSBT.

His bosses told him to tender his resignation, but he wrote a scathing letter instead.

"I am not quitting. I do not resign, however I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company," Rohr wrote, according to WSBT. " . I hope you realize that it's the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible."

The company is already seeing quite a backlash on their official Facebook page, with some commenters calling the chain "greedy" and threatening to never eat there again. The page did not respond to any of the negative comments.

One of Rohr's bosses claimed that he quit, and being open on Thanksgiving wasn't an individual's decision — it was a company decision, according to WSBT.

Update 11/28: Pizza Hut has responded and reinstated the manager, according to an official statement.

"As follow up to the situation in Elkhart, IN, we feel strongly that the situation involving our independent franchisee and the local store manager could and should have been avoided. We fully respect an employee’s right to not work on a holiday, which is why the vast majority of Pizza Huts in America are closed on Thanksgiving. As a result, we strongly recommended that the local franchisee reinstate the store manager and they have agreed. We look forward to them welcoming Tony back to the team."

More From Business Insider

Rock on: Germany on track for open air gigs, fans at soccer games

Iran Likely to Extend UN Nuclear Monitoring Deal by a Month

India denies asking state banks to withdraw cash held abroad over Cairn dispute

Windhorst Restructures H2O Debt He Was Supposed to Buy Back

UPDATE 1-Chairman of Israeli airline El Al steps down after bailout

Goldman’s Crypto Chief Worries About Fraud, but Not Cryptocurrency’s Future

The investment banking giant’s Global Head of Digital Assets Mathew McDermott said the company would continue to expand its offerings in the cryptocurrency space to meet surging demand.

How Dovish Monetary Policy Affects Interest Rates

The U.S. central bank, known as the Federal Reserve, has a dual mandate of managing inflation and promoting full employment. When Fed officials are said to be “dovish,” it means they are more interested in promoting job creation than in … Continue reading → The post How Dovish Monetary Policy Affects Interest Rates appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

AdPlace A Bag On Your Car Mirror When Traveling

Brilliant Car Cleaning Hacks Local Dealers Wish You Didn’t Know

Why Do I Owe State Taxes?

Filing taxes may not be your favorite financial chore but it is a necessary one to stay in the good graces of the IRS. Why do I owe state taxes is a question you might have if filing your return … Continue reading → The post Why Do I Owe State Taxes? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

SEC approves Nasdaq proposal to allow IPO alternative to raise funds

In a filing https://bit.ly/3vc3jHV dated May 19, the SEC said Nasdaq's proposed rule change was consistent with the regulator's rules and regulations and could be beneficial to investors as an alternative to a traditional initial public offering. The move is a big breakthrough for the exchange operator that has been pushing for an alternative for companies to raise money. Reuters had reported in August https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nasdaq-direct-listing-exclusive-idUSKBN25L1BC that Nasdaq had filed with the SEC to change its rules to enable companies that debut on the stock market through a direct listing to raise capital.

Nvidia sets 4-for-1 stock split, shares rise

The company's stock, which was last up at over $600 in premarket trading, has gained nearly 12% this year after its value more than doubled in 2020. Stock splits can potentially attract retail investors who make small trades. Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia said stock holders of record on July 21 would receive dividend of three additional shares after the close of trading on July 19, with the stock trading on a split-adjusted basis beginning July 20.

Why Nvidia Stock Jumped After Announcement Of Four-For-One Split?

The stock is trying to settle above the $600 level.

15 places to look for — and find — extra money this weekend

Here are several ways to essentially (and easily) give yourself a raise.

UPDATE 4-Apple App Store profits look ɽisproportionate,' U.S. judge tells CEO Cook

A federal judge on Friday grilled Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook over whether the iPhone maker's App Store profits from developers such as "Fortnite" maker Epic Games are justified and whether Apple faces any real competitive pressure to change its ways. Cook testified for more than two hours in Oakland, California, as the closing witness in Apple's defense against Epic's charges that the iPhone maker's App Store controls and commissions have created a monopoly that Apple illegally abuses.

Daimler Disagrees With Tesla and VW’s Batteries-or-Bust View

(Bloomberg) -- Daimler AG’s truck chief expects hydrogen-powered big rigs to play an important role in slashing emissions from the transportation sector despite the technological hurdles and skepticism raised by two prominent rivals.Focusing solely on battery-electric vehicles would be risky because of the scarcity of certain raw materials and challenges grids will have supporting wide-ranging charging networks for trucks and buses, Martin Daum, Daimler Truck’s chief executive officer, said in a phone interview.“We cannot afford to bank on just one technology to reach the climate goals,” Daum said. “The focus until 2025 will be 100% on battery-electric vehicles. Between 2025 and 2035, we’re going to need both battery-electric and fuel cell vehicles because the massively growing infrastructure requirements require a two-legged approach.”Fuel cells, which generate electricity from hydrogen and therefore eliminate the need to recharge batteries, have been touted for years as a potential alternative to combustion engines. But high costs and sparse fueling infrastructure have stood in the way of broader adoption and left the technology far behind battery-electric powertrains in the passenger-car market.Electrifying commercial vehicles is more complex -- they’re larger, heavier and used for everything from deliveries to supermarkets in urban areas to long-haul transport in remote areas. Daimler recently formed a joint venture with rival Volvo AB to jointly develop fuel cell stacks.Daimler’s DetractorsWhile prominent industry leaders including Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk and Volkswagen AG’s Herbert Diess have repeatedly criticized fuel cells and argued battery power is the only way forward, Daimler and Volvo aren’t alone in seeing long-term potential.“Decarbonization of the energy mix represents the most profound shift in energy since the start of the industrial revolution,” Sanford Bernstein analysts led by Neil Beveridge said in a note to clients. “It is simply impossible to reach net zero by 2050 without hydrogen playing a major role.”Daimler’s truck division is the world’s largest maker of commercial vehicles and on track to be spun off from the Mercedes-Benz luxury-car operations this year. The split reflects the diverging technology trends between passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Both will need enormous investment in new technology to comply with stricter emissions standards.Daum, 61, mapped out more aggressive profitability targets on Thursday and objectives to generate the funds needed to navigate the industry’s transformation.“We want to be a resilient company that can avoid losses even in difficult years,” he said. The unit plans to list at the Frankfurt stock exchange later this year and could enter the country’s blue-chip DAX Index.Global PresenceDaimler boasts a truly global footprint that’s unique among commercial-vehicle manufacturers. While Volvo just trimmed its presence in Asia by selling its UD Trucks business in Japan, VW’s Traton SE unit is finishing its takeover of U.S. truckmaker Navistar International Corp. next quarter.Apart from Mercedes trucks, Daimler’s trucks and buses division comprises Fuso in Japan, BharatBenz in India, Setra in Germany and Freightliner, Thomas Built and Western Star in North America.The company has relied heavily on profits from Freightliner in recent years, as North America tends to generate much of the industry’s earnings. Executives said Thursday that boosting profitability at European operations will be a top priority and pledged to reduce personnel and material costs to become more competitive in the region.Asked whether Daimler may consider an acquisition of CNH Industrial NV’s Italian business Iveco, Daum said his focus is on the company’s own operations. “I don’t see the need for us to add an asset to our European business,” he said. “There are no plans for any structural changes.”More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

Credit card debt has plunged — but what if you're still up to your neck?

If your finances are being hit hard by the pandemic, you may need to get creative.

Nvidia Shares Jump After Announcing 4-for-1 Stock Split

(Bloomberg) -- Nvidia Corp. shares jumped Friday after the graphics-chipmaker said it would split its shares 4-for-1 in an effort to make them more accessible to investors and employees.The split, in the form of a stock dividend, is subject to shareholder approval at the Santa Clara, California-based company’s annual meeting on June 3, Nvidia said in a statement Friday. The move, if approved, would increase the common stock to 4 billion shares. The shares jumped 3.1% as trading got underway in New York Friday.Currently Nvidia has about 622.4 million shares outstanding, valuing the company at $363.8 billion, based on Thursday’s closing share price of $584.50. The stock has gained 12% so far this year.If shareholders approve the plan, each Nvidia stockholder of record on June 21 will receive a dividend of three additional shares of common stock for every share held, to be distributed after the close of trading on July 19. Trading is expected to begin on a stock split-adjusted basis on July 20.More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

Zara owner Inditex to close all stores in Venezuela, local partner says

Inditex, owner of brands including Zara, Bershka and Pull & Bear, will close all its stores in Venezuela in coming weeks as a deal between the retailer and its local partner Phoenix World Trade has come under review, a spokesperson for Phoenix World Trade said. Phoenix World Trade, a company based in Panama and controlled by Venezuelan businessman Camilo Ibrahim, took over operation of Inditex stores in the South American country in 2007. "Phoenix World Trade is re-evaluating the commercial presence of its franchised brands Zara, Bershka and Pull&Bear in Venezuela, to make it consistent with the new model of integration and digital transformation announced by Inditex," the company said in response to a Reuters request.

Microsoft exec says CEOs that force workers back into the office ‘are missing the point’

According to Microsoft, companies that don't offer employees the ability to work from home will miss out on top talent.


Most Read

Rohr is still looking for a new job but feels that standing up for his workers was worth the sacrifice.

"I'm glad I did what I did. I was proud."

Pizza Hut's corporate office said that a restaurant's decision to be open or closed on a holiday is up to the independent franchisees.

"We respect an employee's decision not to work on a holiday if they so choose, which is why the vast majority of Pizza Huts in America are closed on Thanksgiving," the company said in a statement.


I'm Todd Wilbur, Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

($23.88 annually)*
Save $12 vs. monthly

Includes eight (8) 79¢ recipes of your choice each month!

Nothing finishes a meal in the islands better than traditional rum cake. And the 37-unit island-themed Bahama Breeze chain knows how to do rum cake right with a mini Bundt-style serving, topped with ice cream, and smothered in three delicious sauces. It's no less than pure paradise for your mouth.

At the restaurant, they bake this single-serving cake in a mini Bundt cake pan, but if you don't have one of those you can use a jumbo muffin pan, or use small cake pans and slice the cake before serving.

What makes this rum cake presentation special are the sauces: a rum sauce that soaks into the cake, a vanilla sauce that’s spooned onto the bottom of the plate, and the delicious raisin butterscotch sauce that oozes over the top and down the sides of the ice cream and cake. Of course, all these amazing sauces are hacked here for your food-cloning pleasure, and they're a breeze to make.

Combine all the flavors in one bite and you'll experience one of the best rum cakes you've ever tasted.

I never thought dinner rolls were something I could get excited about until I got my hand into the breadbasket at Texas Roadhouse. The rolls are fresh out of the oven and they hit the table when you do, so there’s no waiting to tear into a magnificently gooey sweet roll topped with soft cinnamon butter. The first bite you take will make you think of a fresh cinnamon roll, and then you can’t stop eating it. And when the first roll’s gone, you are powerless to resist grabbing for just one more. But it’s never just one more. It’s two or three more, plus a few extra to take home for tomorrow.

Discovering the secret to making rolls at home that taste as good as the real ones involved making numerous batches of dough, each one sweeter than the last (sweetened with sugar, not honey—I checked), until a very sticky batch, proofed for 2 hours, produced exactly what I was looking for. You can make the dough with a stand mixer or a handheld one, the only difference being that you must knead the dough by hand without a stand mixer. When working with the dough add a little bit of flour at a time to keep it from sticking, and just know that the dough will be less sticky and more workable after the first rise.

Roll the dough out and measure it as specified here, and after a final proofing and a quick bake—plus a generous brushing of butter on the tops—you will produce dinner rolls that look and taste just like the best rolls I’ve had at any famous American dinner chain.

This delicious new appetizer from the Cheesecake Factory features four little sandwiches, each packing big flavor. Smoked pork belly is slathered with barbecue sauce, then stacked on soft slider buns with spicy sauce, creamy coleslaw, and crispy fried pickles. Smoked pork belly is the star, so you’ll either smoke some yourself using a smoker or use your grill with the technique described in the Tidbits below. You need around 10 ounces of pork belly to get 6 ounces when smoked, or 1½ ounces per sandwich.

The coleslaw is easy, the spicy sauce is easy, the barbecue sauce is premade (bottled), and the fried pickles are a simple exercise in breading and frying that anyone can master. After the pork belly is perfectly smoked and fall-apart tender, stack everything on your favorite toasted soft slider rolls and let the devouring begin.

Click here for more clone recipes for Cheesecake Factory's famous cheesecakes, appetizers, entrees, soups and more!

There’s one copycat recipe for these famous biscuits that’s posted and shared more than any other, and it’s downright awful. The dough is formulated with self-rising flour, baking powder, powdered sugar, shortening, and buttermilk, and many complain that the recipe creates dough that’s much too loose and the resulting biscuits are a complete disaster. Yet there the recipe remains on blogs and boards all over the interweb for unsuspecting home cloners such as yourself to waste time on. But that won’t happen anymore, because I have made a good copycat Bojangles' buttermilk biscuits recipe that works the way it should, guaranteeing you’ll get amazing golden buttermilk biscuits that look and taste just like a trained Bojangles’ pro made them.

In addition to the obvious overuse of buttermilk, the popular recipe I found online has many problems. The author gets it right when calling for self-rising flour, which is flour containing salt and a leavening agent (aka baking powder), but why would the copycat Bojangles biscuit recipe be designed to use self-rising flour and then add additional leaving? Well, it probably wouldn’t. Biscuits are job number 1 for self-rising flour, and the leavening in there is measured for that use, so there’s no need to add more. If you were planning to add your own leavening, you’d probably start with all-purpose flour, which has no leavening in it. And let's just be clear: baking powder tastes gross, so we want to add as little as possible, not more than necessary.

It’s also important to handle the dough the same way that workers at Bojangles’ do. They make biscuits there every 20 minutes and there are plenty of YouTube videos showing the preparation technique. In a nutshell, the dough is mixed by hand (in the restaurant they use their hands because the quantity is so large, but for this recipe use a mixing spoon), then it’s folded over a few times on a floured countertop before it’s rolled out. This gentle handling of the dough prevents the gluten in the flour from toughening and adds layers, so your biscuits come out of the oven tender and flakey.

For the best results, find White Lily flour. This self-rising flour is low in gluten and makes unbelievably fluffy biscuits. If you use another self-rising brand, you’ll still get great biscuits, but the gluten level will likely be higher, the biscuits will be tougher, and you’ll probably need more buttermilk. Head down to the Tidbits below for details on that.

And I noticed another thing most copycat Bojangles biscuit recipes get wrong. For biscuits that are beautifully golden brown on the top and bottom, you’ll want to bake them on a silicone baking mat (or parchment paper) at 500 degrees F. Yes, 500 degrees. That may seem hot, but this high temp works well with self-rising flour, and in 12 to 15 minutes the biscuits will be perfectly browned.

Counterintuitively, it’s the lower temperatures that end up burning the biscuits, while the higher temperature cooks them just right. At lower temps the biscuits must stay in the oven longer to cook through, which exposes the surfaces to more heat, and they end up too dark on the outside, especially the bottom. For even better results, if you have a convection setting on your oven, use that and set the temp to 475 degrees F. Your biscuits will look like they came straight from the drive-thru.


Nutrition

This is not like pizza Hut. It is so much better! I've been looking for the perfect pizza dough recipee and have tried several different recipes. I needcto look no further. I didnt have powered milk so I used powered creamer and it was AWESOME! I love it! My kids love it! NAILED IT!!

We tried this today. I cant say it tasted exactly like Pizza Hut, BUT that wasnt a problem . the taste was close and we thought it actually tasted better than the original. The dough was lovely and fluffy inside while crisp on the outside. I used metrics making the dough (found them im one of the comments) ..I added some garlic powder, used a good tsp of salt (which tasted just right), used real milk instead of dry and opted for olive oil. I added a little thyme and pepper to the sauce. The smell coming from the oven was excellent and the result was delicious. we re looking forward to another Pizza night next week

Can you use a stand mixer to knead this dough?

Yes, that should work fine

I worked at Pizza Hut in the late 70's and early 80's. Pan pizza was introduced while I worked there. I have been making it at home using the recipe I learned back then. This recipe is very close, but when we made dough back then we used a LOT less powdered milk. I make dough in batches sufficient for 2 medium pizza's and I use just a couple tablespoons for both pizza's. Some helpful tips: There is a video on YouTube entitled "1988 Pizza Hut Training video." I stumbled onto this accidently and it reminded me of a few things I had forgotten over the years. Watch it. The script and acting is horrible, but it is a goldmine of information on technique and other details. Good technique is just as important as a good recipe! It was a bit tricky trying to transfer what I learned in the restaurant into the kitchen at home. I recommend buying a kitchen scale and using it to weigh out the ingredients. You will get much more consistent dough by weighing the flour and water. Kitchen scales are cheap. Make the investment. Even after mastering the art of making the dough, you still need good quality sauce and cheese. Unfortunately, we made sauce back then by mixing a spice packet into a sauce mixture and letting it sit overnight in the cooler. The exact spice mixture is a corporate secret. Do NOT buy cheap supermarket cheese, and never use the shredded cheese they sell commercially. It is all garbage. Buy a low moisture high quality cheese in a block and grate it yourself. It's more work but it greatly improves the quality of the pizza. I prefer low-fat mozzarella that I purchase from a restaurant supply store in 5 pound blocks. If you don't use a lot of cheese buy one pound blocks. Finding a good pepperoni can also be a challenge. Deli pepperoni is much better than regular supermarket stuff. If you need a lot the stuff sold in restaurant supply stores works pretty well. When I worked there we used to sprinkle a little spice mixture on the top of the pizzas. The store manager used to call it "fairy dust" and I thought he was making it up. But they use the term in the training video for their mixture so I guess he wasn't. As far as I can remember the mixture they used was somewhat like the Italian Seasoning mixtures sold in the spice section of stores. I don't remember cheese being in it when I worked there, unlike the video. But the video was made a few years after I left so maybe they changed it. For added flavor I usually sprinkle some grated Parmesan on top, and sometimes I add some grated provolone if I have some on hand. For ham, I like to buy small blocks of low fat ham and thin slice it. The meat department in the store will usually do this for you if you do not have a meat slicer at home.

Made yesterday and recipe was amazing! Super easy and delicious! Thank you!

Excellent better than I expected I used bread flour and a little less oil I also made the sauce I've always heard less is better this is a simple recipe with few ingredients I gave it a Solid 5 star

Sold! It really does taste like PH pan pizza! It was delicious!! I have never been able to make an edible pizza crust but this crust is awesome! Only issue I had was not rolling out the crust thin enough so it was a bit thicker than it should have been. Even so, the crust was still airy & crispy. Sauce was super simple and delicious too! So happy to have this recipe! Will be a staple in my recipe box! You've got to try it.

Incredible. I'm working in the Middle East, and the Pizza Huts here, while good, aren't quite like back home -- and I really miss the pan pizza! I could not believe how authentic this tastes it's very much like the real thing. As someone else mentioned, ovens vary, and so I think my crust was a little "off" as a result. With an actual pizza oven, I'm sure the outcome would be 100 percent. I could kiss the person who developed this recipe. Thank you very much!

Made this tonight I converted to grams and used my kitchenaid to kneed for 10 min. I used reg milk instead of powered And worked out fineI swear this is it chief, better than Pizza Hut 7 grams dry yeast𔆑 tablespoon sugar𔆑/2 teaspoon salt
 115 grams milk
 200 grams warm water 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (for dough)� grams all-purpose flour

Hello, I have a question regarding the recipe. I have followed it very precisely and have tried the recipe twice. However both times the pizza crust.dough turned out dry. I was wondering if someone can help explain? I would like to figure out why and make it right. Thanks in advance.

This was phenomenal, It’s identical to pizza huts and the flavor was gorgeous. I only brush the pans and the dough library without measuring, I only need about 1/4th a cup Oil for all 3 pans and dough.

This was the best one I have ever made was sooo Good ! Will be the only one I use from now on.

Yes this is the one you want. Dough is so good. Best homemade pizza crust I've made

Great pizza crust! For those struggling with a dry unmanageable dough, try weighing your dry ingredients instead of volume measuring. You can easily over measure the flour if scooping out of the flour bag.

My husband loves his pizza and I’m always looking for the next best recipe. We make pizza 2-3x per week but usually on the healthier side. After 15 years he says this is his favorite pizza ever! Sadly, you need the oil in the pan and even cutting back to 2 ounces instead of 3 it weighed out to be 57 grams, equal to 1/4 cup (yikes!) But if you like the crispy crust at PH use the oil and cut back as necessary. We used a cast iron skillet and a cake pan, the cast iron pizza turned out the best but pizza needs to be cooled on a rack to prevent the internal steam from softening the crust. Definite winner!

Can you replace some of the water with milk? I don't have any powdered milk on hand. Thanks!

You'll probably also have to add a little more flour since you're removing some dry ingredients from the ratio of liquid to dry. Go by feel when working with the dough as you wouldn't need the full 1/4 cup of additional flour as a replacement.

Hands down pizza dough!! Identical to pizza hut deep pan crust. It is fail proof!

As a former Pizza Hut employee I would say your recipe is on the right track need to use bread flour (1 tsp wheat gluten 1cup all-purpose Flour= 1 cup bread flour) bread flour will give you Pizza Hut style also after dough has risen to the size of your pan put it in the fridge to cool completely before making the pizza and bake at 450 degrees until golden brown on the bottom Pizza Hut flour was bread flour

Made last night. It's so close to pizza hut it's crazy. We divided Cough into two balls and used a 13.25" skillet. 4 oz oil in each. Everything else unchanged. Both pizzas came out beautiful and were perfect clones of pizza hut. Thank you!

Loved it! Only change i did was that i used safflower oil. I heard somewhere that that was the original oil used. I used a cast iron skillet and it came out delicious. Thanks for the recipe it’s a definite keeper!

I moved recently and can no longer get pizza hut delivery. Only a local pizza place delivers to me and it's not as good so I tried this. I used the crust and altered the sauce just a little because I had italian seasoning on hand but not the individual seasonings so I kinda winged it. Also added some crushed red pepper to the sauce and a little wine (because I had it open already - just like maybe 1/3 cup). Turned out very good. Love the crust.

(for those using bigger pans) At Pizza hut for circle pan dough weight: 12" - 16 oz 14" - 22 oz

Followed instructions exactly, definitely NOT Pizza Hut no where close. It was okay, that’s about it, nothing special, not much flavor kinda bland. Had store bought frozen oven pizza that’s better. I don’t recommend this recipe.

I’m not sure what went wrong with this, i followed the recipe exactly and this did not come out anything like Pizza Hut. The dough was extremely hard to work with, i had to keep adding water to even get it to be workable. It also wouldn’t roll out at all no matter what I did. It wasn’t a terrible recipe but i don’t think it resembles Pizza Hut at all. Not at all.

What kind of flour did you use? Sounds like something wasn't the same (missed, mis-measured, etc) because the dough shouldn't be hard to work with. I'd recommend giving it another try!

made this pizza yesterday and it was FANTASTIC. Best pizza we have had and being CADADIAN from WINDSOR, ONTARIO where everyone knows the best pizzas are made. People order from here and have them shipped to them. One couple moved out West and opened a pizza place using ingredients from Windsor. It takes time to make but oh so worth the wait. We did the 9"cake pans making 2 and freezing the 3rd but next time will be 8" pans and freezing rest of dough. We did make a change for next time with the amount of oil in the pan from 3 ounces to 1.5 ounces. The crust was so good and tasty but hubby would like a more spicy sauce, I was fine with the one in recipe but did use tomato puree to make sauce not tomato sauce and more cheese. We recommend this recipe to all.

This is a very good recipe. Best homemade I have tried. Baked in a cast iron skillet and thought there was too much oil in the bottom of pan. If you are using cast iron skillet, watch it closely. Cooks quickly. I burned my first one.

I will never call for take out pizza again. This recipe is amazing! I divide the dough by thirds and freeze it until needed. The dough freezes beautifully. Then I bake the pizza in a cast iron fry pan in the oven. Ohhhh . the crust. Once, I accidently let the dough rise twice, and it was even better. Now I let it rise twice all the time. It adds a more yeasty flavor which is what I love.

As a past Pizza Hut Supervisor, this recipe is Very close. The oil in the pan may seem excessive, but it gives the bottom of the crust a crispy finish. Before the company went for cost savings, the oil used for the dough and in the pan was Safflower oil. It really made a difference. The sauce was a 5 parts crushed to one part paste. Don’t use pre shredded cheese as it contains drying agents, like cellulose aka PAPER to keep it separate

I have made this recipe many times and i love it!! Had anyone tried to make the pizzas and then freeze them to use later before baking them.

This has become a staple recipe in my house. I have never found a better tasting pizza crust or sauce.

This pizza was great! My husband and I really enjoyed it. I made the crust recipe only. Some people suggested not using all of the oil that was called for in the recipe, and I cut back on it some. The next time I will use the amount you suggested. Move over packaged crust. This will be my crust by choice.

I from canada so for the vegetable oil (for dough) i try to find in the grocery and i din't find it can i replace by regular oil thank you

Are you saying you can't find vegetable oil in Canada? Pretty much any grocery store should have it or canola oil.

Hey, is using full fat milk powder ok? I only have that on hand. Otherwise I guess I'll just use milk instead like you guys commented earlier.

Yes you can substitute it just fine.

Tastes like a french bread pizza. Its really thick and bready. Its decent but i wasnt blown away. I think using olive oil and some more salt might give it a better flavor. Mine was bland. I didnt make the sauce.

So, we just did a realtime taste test between this recipe and Pizza Hut. Honestly, this recipe for the dough is so darn close it's pretty amazing. The sauce was harder to judge only because you have so many options when ordering a pizza that we couldn't decide how to test it. Sauce is good and it is flexible so you can do what you want with it. Good job on this copycat whoever the sleuth is behind the recipe.

Hi. I'm really curious about this recipe. I was hoping to be able to just make one very large pizza as opposed to 3 mini ones. Would this recipe still work with just a large regular pizza pan as opposed to a mini cake pan? Assuming I figure out the proportions etc. I'm just wondering if the dough would turn out ok if stretched to a 14" pan. Thanks!

In theory, this recipe should work just fine as a larger version. However, when working with yeast/dough it isn't always as easy as cutting a recipe in half (which is about what you'd need for a 14-inch pizza pan). You may have to experiment with it the proportions of the ingredients.

This recipe looks amazing! Can the dough be made in a bread maker and then transferred to the pans?

Sure, just use the dough setting and that should work fine

This is the BEST copy cat version of Pizza Hut pan pizza! Thank you!

This is the BEST copy cat Pizza Hut pan pizza recipe I have ever tasted! Thank you! How do you I add a picture of my pan pizza?

Click on the camera icon at the top of the recipe to add a photo

I don't care if this tastes just like pizza hut or not because it's so good and easy to make at home it beats any fast-food pizza. Even my pickiest kid loved it.

how many grams does 1 package of yeast has? I live in the Philippines and they don't sell dry yeast by packages here.


Contents

Pizza Hut was founded on June 15, 1958, by two brothers, Dan and Frank Carney, both Wichita State students, as a single location in Wichita, Kansas. [4] Six months later they opened a second outlet and within a year they had six Pizza Hut restaurants. The brothers began franchising in 1959. The iconic Pizza Hut building style was designed in 1963 by Chicago architect George Lindstrom [5] and was implemented in 1969. [6] PepsiCo acquired Pizza Hut in November 1977. [7] [8] Twenty years later, Pizza Hut (alongside Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken) were spun off by PepsiCo on May 30, 1997, and all three restaurant chains became part of a new company named Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc. The company assumed the name of Yum! Brands on May 22, 2002. [9] [10]

Before closing in 2015, the oldest continuously operating Pizza Hut was in Manhattan, Kansas, in a shopping and tavern district known as Aggieville near Kansas State University. The first Pizza Hut restaurant east of the Mississippi River was opened in Athens, Ohio, in 1966 by Lawrence Berberick and Gary Meyers. [11]

Pizza Hut's international presence under Yum! Brands includes

Canada and Mexico in North America

India, [12] [13] Bangladesh, [14] [15] Pakistan, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Myanmar, and Macau in Asia [16]

United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, and Turkey in Europe

Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador in Central and South America [17]

Morocco, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Tanzania in Africa

Australia and New Zealand in Oceania

Pizza Hut's China operations are part of the Yum! spinoff Yum China. Pizza Hut was one of the first American franchises to open in Iraq. [18]

The company announced a rebrand that began on November 19, 2014, in an effort to increase sales, which had dropped in the previous two years. The menu was expanded to introduce various items such as crust flavors and 11 new specialty pizzas. Work uniforms for employees were also refreshed. [19] In 2017, Pizza Hut was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 24 in the list of 200 Most Influential Brands in the World. [20] [21]

On June 25 and 27, 2019, it was reported that Pizza Hut was bringing back their logo and the red roof design that was used from 1976 until 1999. [22] [23]

On August 7, 2019, Pizza Hut announced its intention to close about 500 of its 7,496 dine-in restaurants in the US, by the middle of 2021. [24]

In mid-March 2020, several Pizza Hut locations in Western New York temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 22, 2020, a statement was released by a company spokesperson from Pizza Hut saying that all 17 locations in the area have closed. The statement said, "As a result of 17 Pizza Hut dine-in restaurants in Western New York initially closing temporarily due to COVID-19 restrictions, the local franchisee made the decision to permanently close these stores. However, Pizza Hut has new franchisees coming into the New York region, and we are hopeful we will be able to serve our customers in this area again in the future." [25] Other restaurants began to abandon in-room dining while continuing pick-up & take-away service. [ citation needed ]

On August 18, 2020, it was announced that Pizza Hut will be closing 300 restaurants after the bankruptcy of NPC International, one of its franchise providers. A company representative stated, "We have continued to work with NPC and its lenders to optimize NPC's Pizza Hut restaurant footprint and strengthen the portfolio for the future, and today's joint agreement to close up to 300 NPC Pizza Hut restaurants is an important step toward a healthier business." [26] [27]

In January 2021, Pizza Hut launched a new style of pizza that is rectangular with cheese at the edges. This new pizza comes in "Detroit Double Pepperoni" which includes 80 pepperoni slices, "Double Cheesy," "Meaty Deluxe" and the "Supremo". [28]

Pizza Hut is split into several different restaurant formats: the original family-style dine-in locations storefront delivery and carry-out locations and hybrid locations that have carry-out, delivery, and dine-in options. Some full-size Pizza Hut locations have a lunch buffet, with "all-you-can-eat" pizza, salad, desserts, and breadsticks, and a pasta bar. Pizza Hut has other business concepts independent of the store type.

In 1975, Pizza Hut began testing concepts with Applegate's Landing. [29] [30] These restaurants had exteriors that looked like Colonial Style houses and had eclectic interiors featuring a truck with a salad bar in the bed. The chain offered much of the same Italian-American fare, such as pizza and pasta dishes with some additions like hamburgers and bread pudding. Applegate's Landing went defunct in the mid-1980s except for one location in McPherson, Kansas that closed in fall, 1995. [31]

An upscale concept was unveiled in 2004, called "Pizza Hut Italian Bistro". At 50 U.S. locations, the Bistro is similar to a traditional Pizza Hut, except that the menu features new, Italian-themed dishes such as penne pasta, chicken pomodoro, and toasted sandwiches. [32] Instead of black, white, and red, Bistro locations feature a burgundy and tan motif. [33] In some cases, Pizza Hut has replaced a red roof location with the new concept. Pizza Hut Express locations are fast food restaurants They offer a limited menu with many products not seen at a traditional Pizza Hut. These stores are often paired in a colocation with WingStreet in the US and Canada, or other sibling brands such as KFC or Taco Bell and found on college campuses, food courts, theme parks, bowling alleys, and within stores such as Target.

Vintage locations featuring the red roof, designed by architect Richard D. Burke, can be found in the United States and Canada several exist in the UK, Australia, and Mexico. In his book Orange Roofs, Golden Arches, Phillip Langdon wrote that the Pizza Hut red roof architecture "is something of a strange object – considered outside the realm of significant architecture, yet swiftly reflecting shifts in popular taste and unquestionably making an impact on daily life. These buildings rarely show up in architectural journals, yet they have become some of the most numerous and conspicuous in the United States today." [34]

Curbed.com reports, "Despite Pizza Hut's decision to discontinue the form when they made the shift toward delivery, there were still 6,304 traditional units standing as of 2004, each with the shingled roofs and trapezoidal windows signifying equal parts suburban comfort and strip-mall anomie." This building style was common in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The name "red roof" is somewhat anachronistic now, since many locations have brown roofs. Dozens of these restaurants have closed or been relocated or rebuilt. [35]

Many of the older locations with the red roof design have beer if not a full bar, music from a jukebox, and sometimes an arcade. In the mid-1980s, the company moved into other formats, including delivery or carryout and the fast food "Express" model. [36]

In North America, Pizza Hut has notably sold:

  • pan pizza, baked in a pan with a crispy edge
  • "stuffed crust" pizza, with the outermost edge wrapped around a cylinder of mozzarella cheese
  • "hand-tossed", more like traditional pizzeria crusts
  • “Thin 'N Crispy”, a thin, crisp dough which was Pizza Hut's original style
  • Dippin' Strips pizza, a pizza cut into small strips that can be dipped into a number of sauces
  • the P’Zone, a calzone with a marinara dipping sauce that comes in plain, Supremo, Meaty, and pepperoni
  • the Bigfoot pizza, its largest product

The "stuffed-crust" pizza was introduced on March 26, 1995. By the end of the year, it had become one of their most popular lines. [37]

Regional differences are seen in the products and bases. [38] The company has localized to Southeast Asia with a baked rice dish called Curry Zazzle. [39] [40]

On May 9, 2008, Pizza Hut created "The Natural" pizza, which featured natural ingredients and was sold in Seattle, Denver and Dallas. This was discontinued on October 27, 2009, in the Dallas market. [41]

Pizza Hut developed a pizza for use as space food, which was delivered to the International Space Station in 2001. [42] It was vacuum-sealed and about 6 in (15 cm) in diameter to fit in the station's oven. [42] It was launched on a Soyuz and eaten by Yuri Usachov in orbit. [43]

In recent years, the chain has seen a downturn in profits. In 2015, the franchise stated it would be pumping more capital into its London branches. Pizza Hut is installing cocktail bars in its London branches as part of a £60 million bid to win back "the Nando's generation". [44]

In January 2019, Pizza Hut announced it had expanded beer delivery to 300 locations across the U.S., with plans to expand to 1,000 locations by the summer. [45]

In March 2019, Pizza Hut announced the return of the P'Zone after a hiatus of several years. [46]

In March 2020, Pizza Hut Hong Kong announced that it had partnered with furniture retailer IKEA on a joint venture. IKEA launched a new side table called SÄVA, which was designed to resemble a pizza saver. The table would be boxed in packaging resembling a pizza box, and the building instructions included a suggestion to order a Swedish meatball pizza from Pizza Hut, which would contain the same meatballs served in IKEA restaurants. [47] [48] A 2021 menu addition, designed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the introduction of stuffed-crust-pizza, was "nothing but the stuffed crust," a ring of dough filled with cheese. [49]

United States Edit

Pizza Hut's first television commercial was produced in 1965 by Bob Walterscheidt for the Harry Crow agency in Wichita, and was entitled "Putt Putt to the Pizza Hut". The ad looks just like an old movie, and set in fast motion. It features a man in a business suit and tie, played by Ron Williams, who was then a production manager for Wichita's ABC affiliate KAKE-TV, as he starts ordering take-out, leaves his house, and gets into his 1965 Mustang JR by driving to Pizza Hut, where he is chased by a variety of townspeople, portrayed by neighborhood kids, Walterscheidt and his daughter, and various employees for Harry Crow and KAKE-TV. He goes inside Pizza Hut by picking up his pizza, and gets back in the 1965 Mustang Jr to return home. They went eating all the pizza except the man who ordered it, which makes the man very upset, as he calls Pizza Hut again. The ad first aired on November 19, 1966, during halftime of the Notre Dame vs. Michigan State "Game of the Century", and dramatically increased sales for the franchise. "Putt Putt to the Pizza Hut" ran on TV for eight years and was nominated for a Clio Award. [50] [51]

Until early 2007, Pizza Hut's main advertising slogan was "Gather 'round the good stuff". [52] From 2008 to 2009, the advertising slogan was "Now You're Eating!". [53] From 2009 to 2012, the advertising slogan was "Your Favorites. Your Pizza Hut" [52] From 2012 to 2016, the advertising slogan was "Make it great", a variation of the 1987–1995 slogan "Makin' it great!". [52] From 1995 to 1999, the slogan was "You'll love the stuff we're made of". [54] The advertising slogan is currently "No one outpizzas the hut". [55]

Pizza Hut does not have an official international mascot, but at one time, a series of commercials in the U.S. aired, titled "The Pizza Head Show". These commercials ran from 1991 to 1999 and was created by Walter Williams, creator of the Mr. Bill sketches from Saturday Night Live in the late 1970s - upon which the ad campaign was based. The ads featured a slice of pizza with a face made out of toppings called "Pizza Head". In the 1970s, Pizza Hut used the signature red roof with a jolly man named "Pizza Hut Pete". Pete was on the bags, cups, balloons, and hand puppets for the kids. In Australia during the mid to late 1990s, the advertising mascot was a delivery boy named Dougie, with boyish good looks, who upon delivering pizza to his father, would hear the catchphrase "Here's a tip: be good to your mother". Adding to the impact of these advertisements, the role of Dougie was played by famous Australian soap opera and police drama actor Diarmid Heidenreich. [ citation needed ]

Pizza Hut sponsored the film Back to the Future Part II (1989) and offered a free pair of futuristic sunglasses, known as "Solar Shades", with the purchase of Pizza Hut pizza. Pizza Hut also engaged in product placement within the film, having a futuristic version of their logo with their trademarked red hut printed on the side of a mylar dehydrated pizza wrapper in the McFly family dinner scene, and appear on a storefront in Hill Valley in the year 2015. [56]

The 1990 NES game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game came with a coupon for a free pizza. The game included Pizza Hut product placement in the form of background advertisements and pizza that would refill the character's life.

In 1995, 21 years before becoming President of the United States, Donald Trump and his ex-wife Ivana Trump appeared in a commercial. The last scene of the commercial showed Ivana asking for the last slice, to which Donald replied, "Actually, dear, you're only entitled to half", a play on the couple's recent divorce. [57]

In 1995, Ringo Starr appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial which also featured The Monkees. A commercial with Rush Limbaugh dates from the same year, in which he boasts "nobody is more right than me," yet he states for the first time he will do something wrong, which was to participate in Pizza Hut's then "eating pizza crust first" campaign regarding their stuffed-crust pizzas. [58] [59]

In 1999, the announcer says, "The best pizzas under one roof" in the Big New Yorker pizza commercial seen on the PlayStation Pizza Hut Demo Disc 1. Also, in 1999, the game Crazy Taxi for Sega Dreamcast featured Pizza Hut as one of the locations to which players were able to drive and drop off customers. However, in the game's 2010 re-release for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, all of the product placement, including the Pizza Hut locations, were removed. [60]

Early 2007 had Pizza Hut move into several more interactive ways of marketing to the consumer. Using mobile-phone SMS technology and their MyHut ordering site, they aired several television commercials (commencing just before the Super Bowl) containing hidden words that viewers could type into their phones to receive coupons. Other innovative efforts included their "MySpace Ted" campaign, which took advantage of the popularity of social networking, and the burgeoning user-submission marketing movement via their Vice President of Pizza contest. [61]

United Kingdom Edit

In 1996, as part of Pizza Hut's global advertising strategy using celebrities, Formula One driver Damon Hill and BBC motorsport commentator Murray Walker advertised the stuffed-crust pizza, which parodies Walker's extravagant style. [62]

Talk show host Jonathan Ross co-starred in an ad with American model Caprice Bourret. They advertised the stuffed-crust pizza, with Jonathan Ross saying "stuffed cwust" due to his rhotacism. [63]

Following England's defeat to Germany on penalties in the semifinals of Euro '96, Gareth Southgate, Stuart Pearce, and Chris Waddle featured in an advertisement, which shows Southgate wearing a paper bag over his head in shame as he was the one who missed the crucial penalty against Germany. Waddle and Pearce, who both missed penalty kicks at World Cup '90, are ridiculing him, emphasizing the word "miss" at every opportunity. After Southgate finishes his pizza, he takes off his paper bag, heads for the door, and bangs his head against the wall. Pearce responds with, "this time he's hit the post". [64]

Russia Edit

In 1997, former Soviet Union leader Gorbachev starred in a Pizza Hut commercial with his granddaughter Anastasia Virganskaya to raise money for the Perestroyka Archives. [65] The ad "obviously exploited the shock value of having a former world leader appear. [and] played on the fact that Gorbachev was far more popular outside Russia than inside it". It was filmed on a multi-million budget with a cinematic quality, including mounting cameras on the Kremlin and shutting down Red Square to get the establishing shots of the square, and dialogue entirely in Russian with English subtitles, to show Pizza Hut as a global brand compared to its American rivals. [66]

In recent [ when? ] years, Pizza Hut has had various celebrity spokespeople, including Jessica Simpson, the Muppets, and Damon Hill and Murray Walker.

Pizza Hut paid for their logo to appear on a Russian Proton rocket in 2000, which launched the Russian Zvezda module. [67]

Pasta Hut Edit

On April 1, 2008, Pizza Hut in America sent emails to customers advertising their pasta items. The email (and similar advertising on the company's website) stated: "Pasta so good, we changed our name to Pasta Hut!" [68] The name change was a publicity stunt held on April Fools' Day, extending through the month of April, with the company's Dallas headquarters changing its exterior logo to Pasta Hut. [69] This name change was also used to promote the new Tuscani Pasta line and new Pizza Hut dine-in menu. The first Pasta Hut advertisement shows the original Pizza Hut restaurant being imploded and recreated with a "Pasta Hut" sign.

Sponsorships Edit

  • In the early 1990s, as part of PepsiCo's sponsorship of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (and its former moniker, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour), Pizza Hut was included in the acknowledgment alongside Taco Bell and KFC, which PepsiCo owned at the time.
  • In 2000, Pizza Hut was a part-time sponsor of Galaxy Motorsports' #75 Ford in the then NASCAR Cup Series, driven by Wally Dallenbach Jr.
  • Pizza Hut was the shirt sponsor of English football club Fulham F.C. for the 2001–02 season[70] drove selected events with Pizza Hut as the primary sponsor of his #44 car in 2005. [71]
  • Pizza Hut purchased the naming rights to Major League Soccer club FC Dallas' stadium, Pizza Hut Park, prior to its opening in 2005, which were allowed to expire in January 2012. [72]
  • In October 2015, Pizza Hut signed sponsorship deals with the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, and American Airlines Center. [73]
  • In February 2018, Pizza Hut signed a sponsorship deal to be the official pizza sponsor for the National Football League. [74][75]

Book It! Edit

Pizza Hut has sponsored the Book It! reading-incentive program since it started in January 1985. [76] [77] Students who read books according to the goal set by the classroom teacher, in any month from October through March, are rewarded with a Pizza Hut certificate good for a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza and the classroom whose students read the most books is rewarded with a pizza party. Book It! was conceived in 1984 during a dinner with Art Gunther, President of Pizza Hut, and Bud Gates, SVP of Marketing at Pizza Hut, as a way to help Gunther's son read more. [78]

The program has been criticized by some psychologists on the grounds it may lead to overjustification and reduce children's intrinsic interest in reading. [79] Book It! was also criticized by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood in 2007 who described it as "one of corporate America's most insidious school-based brand promotions." A pamphlet produced by the group argued the program promoted junk food to a captive market, made teachers into promoters for Pizza Hut, and undermined parents by making visits to the chain an integral part of bringing up their children to be literate. [80] However, a study of the program found participation in the program neither increased nor decreased reading motivation. [79] The program's 25th anniversary was in 2010. The Book It! program in Australia ceased in 2002.

China Edit

In China, Pizza Hut (simplified Chinese: 必胜客 traditional Chinese: 必勝客 pinyin: Bìshèng Kè ) used an altered business model, offering a fine-dining atmosphere with knives and forks and using an expanded menu catering to Chinese tastes. [81] By 2008, Pizza Hut operated restaurants and delivery locations. That year, the company introduced "Pizza Hut Express", opening locations in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hangzhou. [82] The 160 restaurants were in 40 Chinese cities in 2005. [83] As of 2015, Pizza Hut had 1,903 restaurants in China. [84]

Savio S. Chan (陳少宏, Pinyin: Chén Shàohóng) and Michael Zakkour, authors of China's Super Consumers: What 1 Billion Customers Want and How to Sell it to Them, stated middle-class Chinese perceive Pizza Hut as "akin to fine dining", though Pizza Hut was "China's largest and most successful foreign casual-dining chain". [85]

Pakistan Edit

Pizza Hut Pakistan (Urdu: پیزاہٹ پاکستان ‎) is the Pakistani franchisee of Pizza Hut. It is owned by MCR (Pvt) Ltd and is headquartered in Karachi, Pakistan. [86] [87] The first outlet was opened in Karachi in 1993. Currently, Pizza Hut has a presence in 23 major cities. [88]

In the United Kingdom, Pizza Hut was criticized in October 2007 for the high salt content of its meals, some of which were found to contain more than twice the daily recommended amount of salt for an adult. The meats that consumers demand for pizza toppings (ham, sausage, bacon, etc.) are, likewise, salty and fatty meats. [89]

To meet the Food Standards Agency 2010 target for salt levels in foods, between 2008 and 2010, the company removed over 15% of salt across its menu. [90]

In July 2014, delivery drivers in the United States filed a class-action lawsuit over Pizza Hut "paying delivery drivers net wages below minimum wage due to unreimbursed automobile expenses" in violation of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act. [91] An attempt by Pizza Hut to have the case dismissed in November 2015 failed. [92] In December 2016, the case, Linkovich v. Capital Pizza Huts, Inc., et al., was decided by arbitration, in which Pizza Hut paid damages. [93]


D.C.-Area Arsonist Sentenced to Life in Prison

GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 12 - A 50-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for setting a series of fires that killed two elderly women and terrorized the Washington area for more than two years.

The man, Thomas A. Sweatt of Washington, apologized to the judge and to the relatives of the arson victims, while Mr. Sweatt's lawyer argued that a mental illness led his client to set the fires.

Federal Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Mr. Sweatt to life plus nearly 136 years, eliminating any chance of parole. Judge Chasanow said she would recommend to prison officials that Mr. Sweatt receive a psychiatric evaluation and, if necessary, treatment.

But, she added, mental illness could not excuse killing two people and setting fire to more than 45 homes, as well as several automobiles. "Whatever you faced in terms of any problem cannot in any way justify the actions you took -- actions that terrorized a community," Judge Chasanow said.

Mr. Sweatt, a former KFC-Pizza Hut manager, sat silently, his lips pursed, through most of the hearing. Just before Judge Chasanow pronounced his sentence, based on a plea agreement, Mr. Sweatt leaned forward and said: "To my victims and to the victims' families, I'm very sorry for all the harm that I caused you. For those of you who have lost loved ones, I share your hurt and share your pain every day."

Mr. Sweatt's arrest in April resulted from an intensive investigation by federal agencies and local law enforcement in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Investigators broke the case when they found a pair of Marine Corps blue trousers near a fire scene. The trousers led them to Navy investigators, who had identified Mr. Sweatt as a suspect in car fires more than two years earlier near the Marine barracks in Southeast Washington.

Mr. Sweatt consented to giving a DNA sample, which linked him to evidence from four of the fires, the authorities said, and he admitted to setting others next to entrances to homes using cloth wicks and one-gallon jugs of gasoline.

Investigators said Mr. Sweatt had no known ties to the military. John C. Chamble, a federal public defender representing Mr. Sweatt, said his client suffered a mental illness that resulted in radical and uncontrollable shifts in behavior. "He did not have a choice," Mr. Chamble said.

During the sentencing hearing and afterward, relatives of arson victims spoke of the pain and havoc Mr. Sweatt's arsons had caused.

Relatives of Lou Edna Jones, an 86-year-old woman killed in a fire on June 5, 2003, at her Northeast Washington house, wore shirts and carried placards bearing photographs of the woman fondly known as Mama Lou.

"The rest of my life, I'll still be grieving for the loss of my mother," said Darlene Lloyd, Ms. Jones's daughter. "There will always be a hole in my heart that can never be filled or closed."

Annie Brown, an 89-year-old from Northeast Washington, died of smoke inhalation days after a fire Mr. Sweatt admitted to setting at her neighbor's home in February 2002, the authorities said.


Most Watched

How Santas are reinventing holiday traditions during the pandemic

The Rush: Paul George breaks the bank and Marshawn Lynch to break out of retirement?

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris named TIME Person of the Year

Celebrity hairstylist, Chris Appleton, shares with us the products he solemnly swears by

Follain believes that no one should have to compromise their health for beauty

The Rush: Darryl Strawberry on bat flips, brawling and coping with addiction during COVID

Rebekah Jones claims police released her address in retaliation for raid video

We tried out some hot new games and discuss the role of fashion and design in the gaming community


Black Thursday: Thanksgiving in the Consumer Wasteland

Tony Rohr was the general manager of the Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Indiana, until just the other day, when the company decreed that his restaurant was to be open for business on Thanksgiving for the first time in Rohr’s long experience. For the sake of his own family, who wanted him to be with them for the holiday, and for the sake of all the other employees and their families, Rohr refused to do as they said.

Of course he was fired, but he went down swinging. “I am not quitting. I do not resign, however I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company,” wrote Rohr in a scathing letter to his former employer. “I hope you realize that it’s the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible.”

And so Tony – who started as a cook and worked his way up the ladder – will sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with his family today not knowing where his next paycheck will be coming from. Mr. Rohr has become, in a uniquely American way, a martyr to the new normal in this country. Never mind the fact that Thanksgiving is probably the last day most people would think to frequent a fa-chrissakes Pizza Hut – the restaurant will spend more money having the lights and ovens on than they will make from customers, bank on it – and focus on the singularly vile practice of robbing workers of a long-cherished day with family in order to maybe make a few extra bucks.

It’s happening all over the place. Turn on a television, wait for the commercial break, and in no time you will hear something along the lines of CAN’T WAIT FOR BLACK FRIDAY? GOOD, BECAUSE WE’RE ALSO OPEN ON THURSDAY WITH STUFF AND DOORBUSTERS AND MORE STUFF AND LOOK AT ALL THIS STUFF YOU HAVE TO HAVE THIS STUFF OH MY GOD SO MUCH STUFF WHAAAARGARBL AND P.S. BLACK FRIDAY TOO.

At this rate, shoppers hoping to get in on “Black Friday” deals will have to eat their turkey for lunch, as both Target and Toys R Us announced plans to open Thanksgiving evening. In its earliest opening ever, Target said it will welcome bargain hunters at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, joining a veritable stampede of retailers, including Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Staples.

Target said most stores will stay open until 11 p.m. on Friday and also will stay open for at least 14 hours on Christmas Eve and 15 hours the day after Christmas. As for the employees running the holiday shift, Target said it “works closely with its team members to understand scheduling preferences” and pays such workers time and a half.

Black Friday may be important to the retailers who depend upon the orgasmic gush of consumer spending to put their earnings for the year “in the black” – where the term came from, if you didn’t know – but it has metastasized into perhaps the most gruesome display of everything that has gone sideways in American society.

Once upon a time, it was fun in its own odd way, I suppose, but now…now, people camp out for days in department store parking lots, risk stampedes, fist-fights and the occasional hail of gunfire in order to get their glutton on one day after a holiday dedicated to being thankful for what they have. Someone will die in a store on Friday over a flat-screen television or a power tool. That annual sacrifice upon the altar of More Stuff has become as predictable as the tides.

And now, that’s not enough. Now, they are forcing workers to give up this cherished holiday – and yes, “forcing,” because Tony Rohr can tell you everything you need to know about what happens when you refuse orders to work on Thanksgiving – in order to service the insatiable maw of American consumerism run amok. Dollars to doughnuts, the CEOs who are demanding their employees sacrifice their Thanksgiving celebrations with family are big “family values” guys. They will be with their families, you can sure-God count on it.

And yet, something to be thankful for: there is push-back. A handful of Whole Foods workers went on strike at two Chicago-area stores to protest being required to work on Thanksgiving. The supermarket chain caved, and the stores will remain closed.

More significantly, protests by workers at some 1,500 Walmart locations across the country are planned for Black Friday. The action has so thoroughly spooked the powers-that-be that a judge in Maryland has barred protesters from company property on Friday, presumably because the First Amendment is only for people who meekly submit to poverty wages, rotten working conditions and the surrender of beloved holidays like Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately, however, pretty much every employee of all the companies that have chosen to steal Thanksgiving will be forced to sacrifice their holiday and smile at sweaty, aggressive lunatics who actually think shopping on Thanksgiving is a positive good.

For the record, and not to put too fine a point on it: if you join the human crudwave of shopping on Friday, you are an asshole. If you actually endorse the theft of people’s Thanksgiving holiday by frequenting those open stores today, you are a Very Special Breed Of Asshole, a whole Bag of Assholes, with extra assholes on the side.

You are, among other things, supporting this:

One year after the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh, many retailers that sold garments produced there or inside the Rana Plaza building that collapsed last spring are refusing to join an effort to compensate the families of the more than 1,200 workers who died in those disasters.

A handful of retailers – led by Primark, an Anglo-Irish company, and C&A, a Dutch-German company – are deeply involved in getting long-term compensation funds off the ground, one for Rana Plaza’s victims and one for the victims of the Tazreen fire, which killed 112 workers last Nov. 24.

But to the dismay of those pushing to create the compensation funds, neither Walmart, Sears, Children’s Place nor any of the other American companies that were selling goods produced at Tazreen or Rana Plaza have agreed to contribute to the efforts.

The only way to stop all this is to make it unprofitable, and a good way to make it unprofitable is to stay home on Thursday and Friday.

As for myself, I will be with family and friends today, and tomorrow. My wallet will remain in my pocket. I devoutly hope the same can be said for you and yours. I will raise a toast to Tony Rohr, who tried to do the right thing for the workers under him and lost his job because of it.

Cheers to you, Tony. I place you high in my constellation of ordinary heroes who take a stand, and then take a hit, for all the very simple things most us know to be right and true and just, the things that are being stolen from us, one piece at a time.

UPDATE: Speaking of push-back, the Pizza Hut in Elkhart turned on a dime and offered Mr. Rohr his job back after taking a world of public heat. No word yet on whether Mr. Rohr has accepted their offer.

LATE UPDATE: From NBC News: “After being fired for refusing to open his restaurant on Thanksgiving, a Pizza Hut manager has his job back.”


7 Healthy Pizzas You'll Want to Make on Repeat

With a few simple swaps, you can enjoy pizza night more often.

Related To:

Food Network Kitchen’s Keto Snack #2: Pizza Snacks, as seen on Food Network.

When I was younger Friday was always my favorite day of the week — not because it was the start of the weekend or because I could stay up later than usual but because it was pizza night! Our household tradition got its start when I used to receive free Pizza Hut tickets for reading in school. I would log all the hours I spent reading books and get coupons for a free one-topping personal pizza in exchange. As a first grader I was so proud that I could buy dinner for my whole family (I read a lot!). I remember telling my mom that I wished every night could be pizza night. She, of course, told me that wouldn’t be healthy!

As an adult, pizza is still one of my favorite meals. But my mom was right it’s over-indulgent if you have it all the time. One of the best things about pizza, though, is that it is so versatile. A change of toppings or a swap of ingredients can transform a traditional pie into a healthy meal that everyone will enjoy. And, while you probably won’t want to have it every night, these healthier versions make it possible to enjoy pizza a whole lot more often.

Keto Pizza (image above)

How can pizza be keto you ask? Swap your traditional crust with a dough made mostly from cheese and you’ve got a delicious, keto-friendly pie.


Watch the video: Η επανάσταση του Bitcoin ξεκινάει από τη Λατινική Αμερική (January 2022).