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Good Anytime

Do you know anyone that doesn’t like Pizza? I don’t think I do. It’s one of those foods that if you don’t like it the “normal” way with red sauce, pepperoni and cheese, you can change to white sauce and all veggies. You can get the crust thick or thin, you can add any topping you want, and in certain stores get the crust gluten-free. It’s a satisfying dish for everyone as long as your group can agree on which kind to order or make when there are a bunch of you. Continue reading “Good Anytime”

Red or White?

How do you prefer your pizza? Red, garlic white, or green pesto for sauce? And what toppings do you like; the old stand-by, pepperoni, or more “fruffy” things like roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts? I recently had a pizza that used Alfredo with extra cheese for the sauce. It was quite tasty and nice and moist. I’d order it again. Continue reading “Red or White?”

“They were awful!”

It’s National Pizza Party Day. Really? I know a family that has pizza every Friday night for dinner. Does that make every Friday night a party? I doubt it. Who needs a party to order pizza. We probably have it three times a month, and it’s usually on a night I have been “busy” doing something else instead of making dinner for my hubby who still works lots of hours. The definition of busy could be anything from sewing, writing my blog, shopping or having lunch with the girls.

I have heard that pizza isn’t really Italian, but the National Day of calendar gives facts that says it is. It also says the original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples, Italy. The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 in New York’s Little Italy. I guess we’ll give the Italians credit for pizza without argument.

It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds. That’s one heck of a lot of cheese. How much of that was consumed at your house?

I was the youngest of four girls, so from 7th through 12th grade, I lived at home with just my parents. I’m a people person so on many Saturday nights there were a few extra girls overnight. I liked to eat even then, so for a snack I would make a Chef Boy-ar-dee Pizza from a box. There was a package of dough mix that only needed water added, a can of sauce, and a package of very dry parmesan like cheese. I would add pepperoni or mushrooms sometimes. In my memory it seems like we usually ate most of it. I now have lunch about once a month with one of the girls involved. She admitted to me one day, “Remember those pizzas you used to make. They were awful, but you liked them so we all ate it.” I wish you could have seen the look on her face when she told me that. It appeared she could still taste how awful they were. We laughed and talked about what good memories those pajama parties left us with.

Next time you have pizza, don’t just have it for supper. Call some friends, get out the cards or a board game, and turn it into a party. Oh, and by all means, order a good one with gooey thick hot cheese and the toppings of your choice.

 

 

Cheese Pizza; No Toppings

 

On September 5th, one of the most popular varieties of pizzas gets its day of honor.  Hold the toppings, please. It’s National Cheese Pizza Day!

  • In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese which some believe is the beginning of the “pizza”.
  • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα”, pita, meaning pie. 
  • A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
  • The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
  • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
  • It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 was in New York’s Little Italy.
  • Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.

I included the above information from the National Day Of Calendar because I was under the false impression pizza did not originate in Italy.  I stand corrected and hopefully you do to.

So, what toppings do you like on your pizza.  The picture shows what Americans call a white pizza, just oil and garlic under the cheese.  My grandson will eat a red sauce pizza with just cheese when he refuses everything else.  Personally, I like mushrooms, black olives, roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts with fresh mozzarella and pesto sauce. My husband likes spicy meats, lots of garlic, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes with red sauce and gooey hot cheese.

In ninth and tenth grade, because my older sisters had gone off to college and beyond,  I often had three or four girl friends stay overnight on the weekend.  For a snack, I would make a pizza, using the crust mix, sauce and parmesan cheese that came in the box and usually add pepperoni and mushrooms.  Recently two of the ladies that had been there as teenagers told me how awful those pizzas were.  Funny, they always got eaten, if not in the evening, then cold for breakfast.  I should probably admit to you folks they couldn’t compare to a fresh hot pie from the local pizzeria but in a one block town, at that time, we didn’t have that luxury.

The last point above must be true because there are at least ten different pizza joints within three miles of my house in the suburbs.  A little further away we have a new place that has great gluten free crust, and for one price, they put on all the toppings you ask for as you go through the line (like building your own sub).  I like to go there, everyone can have their own choice of flavors on their lots-more-than-just-cheese pizza.

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