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Ruby Rambles About Pizza

Poor cinnafire has been waiting for a response on my Twofer Writing Challenge for just over two weeks now, and dropped by to remind me I had not yet gotten around to posting about pizza. So without further ado, I will launch right into the topic for you!

The truth is, I adore pizza. I like it hot, but I will eat it cold for breakfast. I love it loaded with meat and cheese, but don't forget the veggies! I love pizza with green peppers, onions, and mushrooms. But it's even better if you add diced tomatoes and a generous portion of olives – the saltier, the better!

I have eaten pizza made with chunks of grilled chicken and feta cheese. I have had mini-pizzas made by a Chilean baker. They had a thick, doughy crust unlike any other pizza I've ever had; my favourites were topped with huge chunks of sausage and pineapple.

I have a friend whose parents ran an Italian bakery, and he would make us flat rectangular pizzas that had no cheese. They would be topped with just tomato sauce, or even olive oil and garlic. Apparently, in the village his father grew up in, there were even such pizzas topped with sliced potatoes.

We used to live in a big city that had dozens of pizza restaurants, many of which had two-for-one deals and were open round the clock – or just about. When the Wolf and I were first together he was helping out some friends who owned such a place.

They were a Lebanese family who had bought the restaurant with no prior knowledge of anything related to pizza. They had a cook who knew the trade well, and they learned from him! Then they taught my hubby. I often say he has asbestos fingers, because there were many times when he fished hot pizzas out of the oven with his bare hands.

For all that we love pizza in our family, we do not make it at home. I was never really a fan of homemade pizza, and especially not of the poor man's pizzas that some people make. When we want a pizza, we buy one ready-made.

I'm going to double-dip on this one, and make it also my Food entry in Dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge.

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opa_js wrote on November 16, 2014, 5:56 AM

Perhaps you could share more on the techniques of making pizza?
Feedback on their differences , comparing to ready made or franchise pizzas? Just a thought.

Rectangular pizzas are great.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 6:12 AM

Nope, no need to talk about any of these other topics. As the title says, this was a rambling and the fulfillment of a writing challenge. It was never intended to touch on topics such as how pizzas are made, nor to compare different types of pizza. Each of those topics alone could produce several posts.

Madcanman wrote on November 16, 2014, 6:51 AM

Ahhh, damn you, Ruby! I was just sitting here thinking about maybe getting up with my next coffee refill and reaching for an apple or a banana, and now, after reading your post, I want PIZZA! I've been so good, and trying so hard (thanks entirely to my wife), but it takes great effort to cure a food addiction, and now I won't stop thinking about pizza!! I know, I know- I'm not really blaming you. I'm a big boy and I'm responsible for my own behavior. I still remember many large, steaming, cheesy, gooey, meat-filled pizzas from earlier times. Though my wife now makes us a very healthy whole wheat and mostly veggie pizza she did, the other night, make a most delicious Buffalo chicken treat that had me in ecstasy (you'd think I was describing sex or something!) I'm a sad, sad man...

CloudExplorer wrote on November 16, 2014, 6:54 AM

I love eating pizza as well, but had quit eating dairy for a while till my wife convinced me to start eating a little of it again. Oh how tempting it is :) a little bight here and there won't hurt right!!!
Awesome post! caught up to it on TSU. Cool beans :)

iwrite28 wrote on November 16, 2014, 7:44 AM

I started reading this post because I like pizza but by the time I was a little ways into it and I was craving for pizza. By the end of it, I am sure that pizza going to be dinner tonight.

Ellis wrote on November 16, 2014, 9:53 AM

I always liked a generous portion of Olive...until her husband started to get

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:11 PM

Those cheesy, gooey pizzas are the absolute best! The way I look at it, if you occasionally indulge and you make a serious effort to balance that one binge with healthier eating the rest of the day (or week!) you're doing OK.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:13 PM

I have issues with dairy now & again, so I try to limit the milk and cheese at those times. Otherwise, I really don't understand all this fuss over people cutting out dairy. It's a healthy food source, taken in moderation.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:13 PM

LOL, I think the post has had that effect on a few people!

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 1:17 PM

I imagine that could get pretty messy! I'm having visions of spinach flying everywhere, and floors slick with fragrant oil....

Kasman wrote on November 16, 2014, 2:50 PM

I think that one of the most boring foods in the world is cheese pizza! For my taste it has to be topped with something interesting - meat preferably.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 6:45 PM

You know, I'm usually not a fan of plain cheese pizza. But I do like 7-Eleven's. Given the choice, I like to load my pizza with tons of toppings, but the kids really like just the plain cheese or cheese and pepperoni. And when we've gotten it for them, I have to say it' pretty decent.

chatombreux wrote on November 16, 2014, 10:16 PM

I love pizza, too, although I don't always love Sicilian if the crust is really dry. It's like deep dish, but doesn't sit in hot grease like deep dish pizzas do. I like Chicago style, too, but don't like paying the price. But, I do love the thin, gotta fold them to eat them, pizzas we have around here in the Philly area. I like peppers and onions with loose sausage or without, ham and pineapple with black olives and hot sauce, grilled or fried eggplant and spinach, even ranch dressing pizza with bacon and shredded chicken. But, I don't care much for "white" pizza (no sauce) or anchovies or mushrooms (loathe the toadstools) or crust that is swimming in garlic butter. I also like Pizza Turnovers which are basically pizzas folded in half while raw and sealed around the edges and then either baked or fried. Yum!

idyll wrote on November 16, 2014, 11:13 PM

i'm hungry and by the time, happen to read this post and make me more craving for pizza. i want it :(

Ruby3881 wrote on November 17, 2014, 10:42 AM

Yes, the Sicilian-style pizza can be dry. But I've found that to be more the case with the ones produced in factories and sold in the grocery store. The bakery-fresh pizzas were always very tasty, in my experience. I've never seen any of those swimming in garlic butter: it was always just enough!

You have great taste in toppings - except that I loathe eggplant and love mushrooms, we like our pizza the same way! I'm not a huge fan of the commercially prepared pizza pocket type thing, but since I love folding my pizza when I eat it I would be open to the idea of a freshly made pizza turnover. I have never had ranch dressing on a pizza. Is this instead of the tomato sauce? Sounds odd...

Ruby3881 wrote on November 17, 2014, 10:43 AM

Did you end up eating pizza? I've been craving it since I wrote this post, but we'll hold off a while longer :)

BarbRad wrote on November 17, 2014, 5:13 PM

I like pizza. I do usually use a frozen cheese pizza of good quality and add the green pepper, mushrooms, and tomatoes myself with lots of extra oregano.

chatombreux wrote on November 18, 2014, 6:56 AM

The ranch dressing is odd - and it intrigued me the first time I saw it. But, I loved it! However, I would rather have it by the slice than have an entire pizza. I prefer tomato sauce. Still, the ranch bacon chicken was very good. I have found a few frozen pizzas I thought were decent because their crusts were thin and turned out crispy plus the toppings were actually quite good along with the sauce. Most recently, they came from our Acme market (owned by Albertsons). I've tried the self-rising kind and was utterly dissatisfied. But, yes - the turnovers are not at all like pockets. They are whole pizza crusts folded in half with sauce and cheese before being cooked. You can add toppings if you want.

idyll wrote on November 19, 2014, 12:41 AM

From the day to till now, I didn't have a chance to bite a piece of pizza yet, but decided to have it on weened :)