Cherry Saturday, October 27, 2018

October has been Pizza Month.

I waited until now to tell you so you wouldn’t hurt yourselves.  Although pizza can be healthy, so never mind, go head first into one.

56 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday, October 27, 2018

  1. Our family tradition is homemade pizzas and a movie on Friday night. When I’m not feeling too lazy, I make my own dough, and because my boys are dairy-allergic I make the pizzas without cheese but with lots of stuff loaded on. And they’re awesome pizzas, if I do say so myself. We never seem to have any leftovers.

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    1. Emily, I am NOT allergic to dairy, but whenever I order lazy pizza I like it pretty much low cheese or no cheese. I’m talking chains here. And, as an Australian, i like a pizza with stuff on it, so I say yes to your family pizzas!

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  2. We had homemade pizza this week with Minestrone Soup. Homemade as in store bought pizza dough, you just have to find the right store that makes the dough and stick with it until they change the recipe. But the real trick is to stretch the dough instead of rolling it out with a rolling pin.

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  3. I’ve been planning to make home made pizza for AAAGES, but it just never seems to happen… But Fiancé and I both had pizza for lunch today, admittedly the kind out of the freezer but still. With peperoni, salami and jalapenos. Mmm.

    What do you say ladies: Should a pizza have a lot of different toppings or do you think that less is more? And what’s your favourite pizza topping?

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    1. I am lazy and it’s impossible to find loaded vegetarian pizzas in my grocery, so I buy cheese pizzas and load on peppers and mushrooms and onions and black olives. No broccoli. Broccoli is the wire hanger of the vegetable world.

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      1. When I was growing up, every Sunday night was pizza night. My dad would go get a huge pizza from a place called Mama’s (of course) and we’d add our own sauteed onions and mushrooms, and sometimes pepperoni. (I think mostly because with three kids, it was cheaper that way.) We had salad on the side, drank Coke–never Pepsi–and watched TV together. Early on it was Walt Disney, I think, and then Colombo and all those Sunday night mysteries. Some of the better memories of my childhood revolve around pizza.

        Ironically, I live in a college town filled with good pizza and rarely eat it. Huh. Might have to remedy that. Oh, wait, I’m about to start a theoretical gut-healing diet with no gluten, no dairy, and no sugar. I guess I’ll eat pizza in December.

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      2. I eat broccoli. It was impossible to do Atkins and avoid it, and I’ve gotten used to it. But I eat the sprigs of parsley if they’re on my plate, so. That said, I get the bags of organic broccoli and carrots at Publix or Walmart for sides, and it’s generally one of limited choices for sides at Ruby Tuesday or Outback or Longhorn.

        But on pizza?! Never! (I haven’t had a pizza in forever, though I promise myself a reward when I get down far enough.)

        My daughter, Keto-Girl, makes pizza with cauliflower rice for dough and loads it up, meat and vegetables. I ate a narrow slice and didn’t puke, so there’s that. She eats a lot more salt than I’m allowed.

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      3. Broccoli is wonderful.

        BUT it depends on whether or not you have certain genes – to some people broccoli & brussels sprouts are a lot more bitter than what I taste.

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        1. Pat Gaffney sent me a hand towel with a picture of broccoli scowling that said “Broccoli doesn’t like you, either.”

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        2. Love bitter. Why I like Campari and gin and tonic. Also broccoli and brussel sprouts. Charring helps. If I can bitter up something, I will. I’m dependable that way.

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      4. I love broccoli but can’t really imagine it going well on pizza.

        I have had pizza crust made of cauliflower. It held together well. There was only a subtle hint of cauliflower, which thanks to a comment I read recently is now known in our house as ghost broccoli, as the toppings were the main source of flavour.

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    2. Pizza is like coffee. Sometimes, you’re in the mood for something simple. Sometimes you need the works. And all ways are good because it is a fundamentally blessed food.

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    3. I think it depends completely on mood. The best thing is to visit a pizza bar, and have a lot of different kinds of slices! But my favorites are simple pepperoni and cheese, or the sausage combo that also includes pepperoni.

      (-: I made pizza toast with Italian sausage last Saturday, so it’s cool I was in sync with someone’s calendar!

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  4. Jenny — could you get in touch with me about an Argh Author post? Yesterday’s post reminded me that I’ve got a book coming out in November (election day, actually — yeah, I’m going to need to do a lot of drinking that day). You can access our emails through this website, right? I thought I had your contact info, but can’t find it anywhere. Thanks.

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          1. No, I want people to know about the books Argh authors write. I don’t care what genre they’re in.

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  5. No pizza for me. I have one quart of “Foul Soup*” left for tonight at work. My next crock pot adventure will involve ground beef, potatoes, corn (the oriental chinese baby corn variety and beaucoup onions and garlic. And spices, not sure which ones.

    Oddly enough (I looked it up), JANUARY is slow cooker month. I’m sure I’ll use it then, but for me, October is when I broke out the Rival four-quart.

    * https://gary-jordan.livejournal.com/375214.html

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  6. I probably won’t do pizza for dinner tonight – I’m having a weird urge to eat healthy food? And I figure I should ride that instinct as long as it lasts. Like, maybe until Monday.

    But pizza is amazing, especially the smell of it baking, piped out of a restaurant, on a cold fall day… Ok, maybe the healthy thing won’t last until Monday.

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    1. You’ve nearly talked me into it, too. That smell is amazing, and you know they “aim” their exhausts where potential customers with no willpower (me!) can’t avoid it.

      I haven’t had a go-t’-hail day since… August. Maybe I’m due.

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      1. Me, too. I don’t want to move to civilization, but delivery service would be a perk. Along with Uber or Lyft, water I can drink and wash clothes in, and power that doesn’t go out in every storm (the worst of which evidently missed us, so power remained on this time).

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        1. SNOW. Snow. And I am bitching because the fall rains have started and if the weather gods are really nasty, it may freeze before Christmas. I am chastised for not appreciating what I have. (But really it seems like it has rained for days and not a gentle mist, just a steady, wet gray.

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        2. If you win the lottery, get a generator – although they probably aren’t quite that bad.(I just looked at cost, priced between $150 and $550 but I think my friends is more expensive and runs longer). My friends whose electricity goes out from one day to several weeks a winter bought one two years ago and say it was worth the money. Life has become much better for them. They don’t have to sweat every storm.

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          1. I have priced good generators, the kind that don’t give you carbon dioxide poisoning and will work no matter how cold it gets. Okay, I didn’t price them, Mollie did, but basically, if you want a reliable generator, it’s about $5000. At the moment, that’s not doable for something I can work around. But someday, yep, I want a generator.

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          2. I’ve looked at generators too, and have to maintain the suckers. Run them every month, all that stuff. Plus they’re apparently LOUD. Which doesn’t mean I don’t want one, but still.

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          3. I don’t think the expensive ones are loud. Not sure about the monthly maintaining, Mollie didn’t say anything about it.
            She did say that most of their friends bought the under-a-thousand-bucks generators, and then had hell with them when the cold got really low (didn’t work) plus having to go out and put fuel in them and a host of other things. Meanwhile they had a massive one that was hooked to their natural gas line and had no problems, at which point their friends stopped telling them they’d spent too much.

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          4. We now have two generators the second because it has a lot more gizmos on it plus the original is about 30 years old. My husband maintains them a couple of times a year and also when a serious storm is brewing. Yes, they are loud but with a long cord there are well away from our house. Came in handy during a storm in March when we lost power for a few days.

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          5. Our neighborhood Facebook page gets full of complaints from neighbors about how loud the generators are. My neighbors across the street have one that they put out their back door (the front of my house faces the back of theirs) and it makes an unholy racket. They’re lovely people, so I put up with it until the power comes back on, but it’s like somebody continually running a leaf blower under my bedroom window.

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          6. We bought a generator this summer, for camping on our unimproved land in Northern Wisconsin. We got a gasoline powered one and there IS maintenance required. You start with running it for 5 hours to break it in (or something); drain the oil. After around 50 hours of use you have to change the oil and some filter. After X number of hours of use you have to change something else and after Z number of hours of use you have to do something else, even more complicated. We’ll be doing a lot of the maintenance in spring, before we start using it with our trailer.

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        3. Civilization means delivery? I saw a sign at Outback saying that now, even THEY deliver. Colonial Heights, VA is civilized, for sure. (But I live in Prince George, and they don’t deliver there.)

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  7. Friday night it pizza night. My husband used to pick it up, but my work schedule changed and I started doing it. First time I called it in, guy said “Sounds like Ken’s pizza” which was fun. When I picked up last week, I mentioned that Ken would pick up the following week as I would be traveling. When I called in the order yesterday, he said “Oh, you’re back” because thin crust pepperoni feta tomato is always us, apparently. Makes our big college town feel personal.

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    1. Those of us who work at small restaurants know all the regulars’ orders. Sometimes we know their orders better than we know their names.

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      1. The woman who owns my neighborhood diner started bringing pitchers of Diet Coke to the table when I walk in. It saves her running for all the refills. I love my neighborhood diner.

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  8. Every spring I experience an uncontrollable craving for salad. All the salad. All the time. It’s been three weeks so far, but I’m finally starting to want other foods again. Last time this happened it went on for two full months, and I reached the point of salad for breakfast. Insanity.

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    1. This happens to me too! Spring arrives, and all I want are crunchy green leaves, veggies, veggies, and more veggies. Salad for breakfast is fantastic.

      It’s fall where I live though. All I want is cake.

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  9. Lebanese bread is a good back up pizza base. It takes up very little room in the freezer and makes a crispy back.

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  10. Many years ago my daughter found a recipe for Gouda and grape pizza.
    That’s basically the recipe—pizza crust, Gouda, grapes cut in half.
    Much to my husband’s irritation his gouda grape is now the neighborhood preferred pizza rather than his traditional
    Margherita or any other pizza he makes.
    It’s really good.

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  11. Cheeeeeeese! Im not allowed to have it and don’t miss cheese as much as I miss pizza and my death-by-cheese macaroni and cheese.

    But from time to time I have a slice and damn the consequences!

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    1. Our pizza place makes a pizza by brushing the crust with olive oil and garlic and then adding toppings and I think one of options has no cheese. Kind of like a fancy bruschetta.

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  12. When it is just myself for lunch I’ll take a soft taco shell and brush on olive oil add crushed garlic topped with a little tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese maybe julienne sliced salami and olives and whatever, sprinkle on a little oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and toast in the toaster oven until the cheese is all melty. Yum

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  13. We will probably be having pizza (Newman’s Own uncured pepperoni, + carnitas) at home before going to the airport to catch a red-eye flight this Friday. Because it’s going to be a long night and there is a 0% chance there will be anything worth eating on the plane.

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  14. How in God’s name did I miss the pizza discussion? People, your own crust is easy and within your reach. With rapid rise yeast and food processor, it’s a 15-minute adventure, of which 10 minutes is rise time. And it’s GOOD. Admittedly, my pizza comes out in a kind of slipper shape, whereas my 14-year-old son can somehow make it round, but screw it, mine is still delicious and if I call it “rustic,” I can pass myself off as a casual gourmand instead of a crass conventionalist.

    http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/251990/quick-pizza-dough/

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