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National Sausage Pizza Day!

Today we celebrate one of the favorite toppings of pizza lovers next to pepperoni, it is National Sausage Pizza.  This day is observed annually on October 11th.

What is your favorite meat toppings on your pizza?  One of my favorite toppings, when I order a pizza, is sausage besides bacon and pepperoni, especially on a thin crust.  Just merely thinking about Sausage Pizza may make you drool and your trousers feel tighter when you start devouring a delicious slice, maybe a slice won’t be enough, just remember it’s a holiday, a good excuse to indulge.

Sausage Pizza is the second most popular pizza in the world, and with so many variations on sausage, there’s an endless number of types you can enjoy. Sausage Pizza Day is your opportunity to challenge your idea of Sausage Pizza and try multiple types of pizza!

One of the first documented United States pizzerias was G. (for Gennaro) Lombardi’s on Spring Street in Manhattan, licensed to sell pizza in 1905. (Prior to that, the dish was homemade or purveyed by unlicensed vendors.) Lombardi’s, still in operation today though no longer at its 1905 location, “has the same oven as it did originally,” notes food critic John Mariani, author of How Italian Food Conquered the World.

Nowadays international outposts of American chains like Domino’s and Pizza Hut thrive in about 60 different countries. Reflecting local tastes, global pizza toppings can run the gamut from Gouda cheese in Curaçao to hardboiled eggs in Brazil.

So, today, celebrate this day by ordering a sausage pizza from your favorite pizza shop to enjoy with your family and friends.  Or you can always make some homemade version with your favorite type of toppings like pork sausage, or kielbasa sausage.  Share on social media how you celebrated this day with some photos using #SausagePizzaDay.

1975 Bruce Springsteen scores his first pop hit with “Born to Run”

By 1975, 26-year-old Bruce Springsteen had two heavily promoted major-label albums behind him, but nothing approaching a popular hit. Tapped by Columbia Records as the Next Big Thing back in 1973, he’d been marketed first as the “New Dylan” and then as America’s new “Street Poet,” but unless you were a rock-journalism junkie or had been witness to one of his raucous three-hour live shows in an East Coast rock club, you’d probably never bought one of his records or even heard his name. That would all change soon, however, for the poet laureate of the Jersey Shore. On October 11, 1975, the epic single “Born to Run” became Bruce Springsteen’s first-ever Top 40 hit, marking the start of his eventual transition from little-known cult figure to international superstar.

Born in 1949, in Long Branch, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen grew up during the golden age of American rock and roll, and it was his devotion to the music of that era that marked him as a breath of fresh air during his rise to fame in the early 1970s. Writing for Rolling Stone magazine in 1973, the legendary rock critic Lester Bangs said of Springsteen, “He sort of catarrh-mumbles his ditties in a disgruntled mush mouth sorta like Robbie Robertson on Quaaludes with Dylan barfing down the back of his neck.” That was in a positive review of Springsteen’s debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park—the first of many positive reviews to come during the legend-building phase of his career.

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