Monday Melee (June 18 2007)

18 06 2007

Monday Melee

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The Pizza Edition. I’m hungry, what can I say.

The Monday Melee Questions:

1. The Misanthtropic: Name something (about humanity) you absolutely hate.

I hate the stigma attached to pizza, that its fatty horrible and never nutritious.

You can make healthy pizza.  You just need to be far more selective of your ingredients, and you really can’t get ‘healthy’ pizza from your local pizza parlour.

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2. The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent or bogus.

30 minutes or its free.

How many of you have really gotten the pizza free if its late?

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3. The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.

Small pizzas are too expensive to justify ordering them for one person. So we don’t order pizza that often, cause Colin isn’t really home for dinner during the week. 😦

I wish I could eat pizza every day.

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4. The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.

Domino’s pizza local to us sent us some kick ass coupons, we haven’t gotten pizza from them in a while. One is $10.00 any order. The second is a free large pizza. SCORE!

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5. The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.

I can be flexible with my toppings on my pizza. I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to pizza pies! 😉

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6. The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.

I wish I could make real ‘pizza joint’ pizza at home.

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18 responses

19 06 2007
brahnamin

#2 i have never benefited, but in my youth i had to honor that deal once or twice as a delivery driver. due to traffic issues, it is now illegal for a delivery service to offer a guarantee in this area because they say it makes the drivers reckless

#3 :mrgreen: -three words *cold breakfast pizza*
never order the small. just save the leftovers 😀

#6 the little known secret to real *pizza joint* pizza is the woodburning brick oven and cooking the pizza for a short time on high heat (like btwn 400-500 degrees) rather than baking it longer at 350

the other secret is the crust.

you would never have made that comment about being able to get *healthy* pizza from your local pizza joint if you knew what went into the crust

pizza trivia :: you are paying for the cheese.

pizza crust for a large pizza = roughly 30 cents; sauce = less than a dime; non meat toppings = 20-50 cents. meat toppings = 70 cents.

total cost to make a large pizza with everything (sans cheese) = less than two dollars.

with cheese, still less than four.

your cost? ka’ching!

19 06 2007
brahnamin

*ps-prices in the above comment based on institutional prices of ingredients bought in bulk.

😯 -you can’t make pizza that cheap @ home

19 06 2007
Joey

hahahah, thanks for that Brahnamin.

19 06 2007
Pavel

I have to agree with brahnamin about the woodburning brick oven. That’s the real secret.

19 06 2007
newhoosier

What would the difference be if you just used a “stone” to cook the pizza on and you put the oven at 450?

Mmmm cooking stones are great for cookies *ghghghgh*

19 06 2007
Joey

Where do you buy a ‘stone’

I’d really love to learn to make good pizza.

19 06 2007
brahnamin

actually, cooking stones are GREAT for pizzas because they radiate heat directly up into the pizza much like a brick oven.

you can buy them online or go to your local LinensN’Things or BedBath&Beyond or whatever specialty kitchen shop handles that sort of thing in your area

(you probably won’t find em at all purpose superstores like walmart)

you should heat the stone in your oven for about 1/2 hour before using it. (which requires a firm, floured (not oiled) crust that you can transfer fully topped from your counter to the stone.

not as hard as it sounds, you just can’t pull it so thin that you can see through it at any point. and if you have a cookie sheet the same size as the stone transfer is relatively painless (just be sure the cookie sheet is well floured)

there

i guess 6 years cooking in Mediterranean restaurants was good for something

19 06 2007
Joey

sounds awesome. . . .

I’m stoked to learn about pizza.

I bet they are freaking expensive though, right?

19 06 2007
brahnamin

the stones? depends on how good a stone you get.

whatever you do, if you get one, don’t wash it with soap. hand wash only, with plain hot water

19 06 2007
Joey

Thats good advice to know.

Does the soap penetrate the stone?

I’m going to go look this weekend. . . .I have a barnes and castle near by

19 06 2007
brahnamin

it does, and under heat releases the soap flavor into your food

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19 06 2007
Aunt Margaret

Pampered chef do the stone you are talking about so maybe if I get your name at Christmas I could get you one …umm …just a thought or you could host a party and maybe get one for free .

19 06 2007
Joey

That would be cool.

I don’t know if I’d be into hosting the party though.

I had a bad “Party Lites” experience. . . . .

hahahah

19 06 2007
The 2 Witches

I adore pizza … we are lucky to have a bunch of good places by us with pretty diverse choices ….

buffalo wing pizza
chicken marsala pizza
penna vodka pizza
cheesesteak stuffed pizza

YUMMMMMMM

Mama Kelly

PS commenting from college and wishing I had let hubby order pizza tonight

19 06 2007
Joey

We have cheesesteak pizza at our dominos, but it isn’t a stuffed crust.

That sounds cooooooool

I wish I had some places like that local.. . .

20 06 2007
newhoosier

Yeah, I believe we have 2 Pampered Chef stones (I think it’s this one: linky.)

It sounds like the only thing we’re doing wrong is not pre-heating the stone. Thanks for the tips brahnamin.

20 06 2007
Joey

coool. And bargin. only 28 bucks.

I bet thats USA price though. . . . .

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