Thursday, September 23, 2021

P Is For Pizza

 Before I begin with the scheduled post, allow me to update you on Rick's condition and what's been happening with regard to his accident a whole month ago (which seems incredible). Briefly:  after a follow-up with his doctor, a bone scan and chest xray with contrast were ordered; those tests revealed that more injuries were sustained in the accident, including a stress fracture of his foot, three compression fractures in his spine, a broken sternum, a skull fracture, and a mild collapse of the lower lobe of his lung. He's feeling the most pain from his broken sternum, but overall, he's working and doing okay. We hired an attorney, which has made both of us feel much better. The stress was affecting the health of us both terribly. It's a huge relief to have a professional take over. We can breathe and live again.

On to regularly scheduled programming.


When I was growing up, my mother cooked dinner every single night. We had her tossed salad with homemade vinaigrette, meat, a veg, and potatoes or some other starch. Once in a while there was spaghetti, chili, or sloppy joes, all of which tasted vaguely the same to me. There was no carryout, no KFC, no fast food, and certainly no Pizza. I never even thought about it; that's just The Way Things Were.

Suddenly, my father's job changed and he was put on shifts. After working steady days for decades, he had to start working nights and our personal favourite, three to eleven. We'd get home from school and know that all of us could kind of loosen up, especially Mom. And dinner was more casual. That's when Pizza started coming into our lives more regularly. And what Pizza it was!

Giovanni's Pizza was South Lorain's go-to Pizza place. It was situated mere blocks from US Steel and was in a dilapidated one-story, flat-roofed storefront. When you walked in to grab your Pizza, you could see the women in the back behind the counter working on the pies, all business with ladles of sauce, handfuls of cheese and sausage, their motions purposeful and quick. It was steamy and smelled fantastic. Giovanni's was always busy because their Pizza was the best.

When Dad worked three to eleven, we'd bug Mom to get Pizza for dinner. My mother was never too hard to convince; she was a pushover about most things. She always insisted upon still making a salad, though, and sometimes even a separate vegetable to accompany it, much to our dismay. Pizza, salad, and corn was often a Three To Eleven Meal in our house.

Giovanni's Pizza was hearty with a ton of cheese and a thick sauce, as you can see in the photo above. The crust was sturdy but not tough, and the toppings often went almost to its edges. To this day, my brother and sister still get Giovanni's Pizza, but I haven't had any in ages. Giovanni's has renovated their place and now offers salads and, oddly, chili dogs. 

I'm not a huge fan of Pizza now. When Rick and I do order Pizza, we order from a local bistro. We get thin crust, and I don't eat a whole lot of it. Honestly, I get a little bored. It's ironic, but I often wish I had a salad or something along with it. 

I prefer to make Pizza at home, and we use flatbreads from a Cleveland baking company as the crust. Rick puts them on the grill. My favourite one is using my homemade pesto, tomatoes marinated in some balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and fresh mozzarella. We also make pepperoni flatbreads, and use this Pizza sauce, and if I have mushrooms or peppers, I'll saute those and add  kalamata olives. We've used naan as crust, too, and it's delicious. (Also delicious are Dessert Pizzas. I've spread Marshmallow Fluff and topped it with squares from a Hershey bar and grilled that. We've also had thinly sliced apple drizzled with caramel topping. And who is going to say no to Nutella with thinly sliced bananas?) 

Oh, and I'm a big yes to Hawaiian Pizza as long as there's no bacon on it. Just pineapple and a little bit of ham, please. I don't have Pizza Rules, per se. I feel like Pizza should be casual and fun. If you want a Taco Pizza, then have it. Do you want Keto Pizza with cauliflower crust or Vegan Pizza with tofu cheese? I don't care. Do you eat the 99-cent frozen Pizzas from the grocery store after you dress them up? Go ahead. Personally, I buy the Chef Boyardee Pizza kit during the dead of winter and make their crusts, then add all my own stuff to make Pizzas. (Although, since I found such great sauce, I'm going to have to investigate a better crust mix idea. I am not messing with yeast.) 

Anyway, my point--and I do have one--is that Pizza is Not A Big Deal. It's all about what You like. So, tell me--what are your Pizza Memories and what Pizza do you like?

actual Giovanni's pizza!


  1. First, so sorry to hear that Rick sustained more injuries. Hoping that all is well and the attorney will do his job satisfactorily.

    I LOVE pizza. So much! We never had it at home growing up (and my Mom cooked every night too...occasionally we would go out for Sunday "dinner" after church, but otherwise she cooked. And never pizza. I don't think I would be a fan of dessert pizza. I'd rather have pie or cake...or ice cream. Fletch is a huge fan of grilled eggplant, onions and bacon on pizza. It's good, but gets heavy. I love spinach and mushrooms...occasionally adding roasted peppers or olives. We often make our own. I've used Trader Joe's dough for crust and also their rectangular crust (thick and chewy - bring on the carbs!!). I also just enjoy plain pizza too.

    1. Vera--Thank you for your concern and well wishes for Rick. We're grateful that he's got a desk job and can continue to work and recover. We feel good about this attorney.

      I prefer a garden pizza, too. Rick just covers his in pepperoni, but I use it almost as a seasoning. Eggplant sounds wonderful, and I love mushrooms, period.

      When our Trader Joe's was more accessible, I used to grab their dough by the dozen and freeze it. It was a dollar a pizza then and came in a plastic bag. Sadly, the shopping center where TJ's is now has been completely built up with condos and other things to become a Lifestyle Centre, and I'd have to park in a parking garage to do any shopping there. Ugh, forget it.

  2.! I love pizza. We rarely went out when I was a kid but occasionally we would go to Pizza Hut (I know; I was a child, what did I know?). Now (or back in the good old days - pre-COVID) we usually go to a small, local family owned pizza chain. The Husband claims it's the closest to New York pizza that he's ever had here. Funnily enough, it's right next door to a place that, he says, has the best bagels here. I can't argue with him, both the pizza and the bagels are amazing. Generally, I'm a pepperoni and black olives and The Husband prefers fried eggplant and black olives.

    I hate to hear that Rick has all those injuries. And I'm glad that you have an attorney to alleviate some of the stress this has been causing.

    1. Gigi--Our local Pizza Hut used to have terrific pizza. We used to get it all the time when we were dating and even early in our marriage. Then it started slipping. We'd get a pizza that was completely raw in the middle more often than not. It seemed like that was the demise of good pizza entirely in our town--even though we have the usual chains--until this little bistro came in.

      The closer you get to Cleveland here, the more artisan pizza shops there are that make really good pies. But who wants to go that far for carryout? And I hate paying delivery and waiting. So we make our own.

      I really need to get on the eggplant situation. What am I waiting for?

      Thank you for the kind concern about Rick and our situation. We had gotten to the point where we were so unsure about what all these injuries could mean for his future health and employment that we didn't know what we didn't know, if you get what I mean. We feel some reassurance now.

  3. Pizza?!! I love it. My favorite is the New Yorker (deep dish).

    If I make deep dish from scratch (I use frozen Rhoades french bread dough). Sometime if it's vegan ... zucchini, onion, and black olives.

    My memory of my dad (he loved to cook) would make pizza with double everything. Always way too "heavy".

    1. Anni--Another pizza lover! And deep dish--you are really committed.

      I love olives on my pizza. I haven't put zucchini on it...YET. Great idea.

      Rick is like your dad; he asks for double cheese and extra sauce. I've backed him off of the extra sauce now, especially now that we get thin crust. I like things lighter. "More isn't always better; sometimes it's just More."

    2. Slice your zucchini very's mighty tasty.

  4. Oh my word! I hope Rick is feeling much better soon and that there is a very positive outcome from the lawyer. He deserves relief of BOTH kinds .... physical AND monetary.

    When I was a kid we had frozen pizza from Elios. It was square. It was awful. Even as a kid, I knew this was not what pizza should be.

    I'm not a pizza snob, but I do have my favorite places here. We get plain slices from one place and white pizza with tomatoes and spinach at the other. I will tolerate meat on my pizza if that is what everyone is having, but I prefer not.

    1. Dee--Thank you. We were shocked at the revelation of all the injuries, too. The final settlement will likely take years, but we are facing a lot of unknowns about his future health. We have to consider a lot of variables.

      My dad was the primary grocery shopper, so we didn't even have frozen pizza. We didn't even have Oreos! He got what he liked and thought the family should have.

      Getting favourite pizza from preferred places does not make anyone a pizza snob. My son Jared used to say, "Bad pizza is better than no pizza" and while I wouldn't go that far, I'd say that most of us would always rather have what we like, whether it's pizza or wine or coffee or whatever.

      I'd love white pizza like you describe, but Rick simply cannot tolerate a garlicky sauce. He is so sensitive to garlic; I can't use real garlic nearly as much nor as often as I would like.

  5. We11, fun topic. Chicago has wonderfu1 pizza. Uno's and Due's downtown are amazing. Their thick pizza with a neary burnt crust served by the waitress as she works that pizza cutter and stretches that cheese waaaaay up unti1 it snaps.
    Oh the sausage is so good. I on1y need the crust rea11y. Even though the sausage is so good too. I Have to try dessert pizza with cinnamon and sugar

    1. kathy b--I've been to Chicago several times, and can you believe we never had pizza even once?

      I, too, am a Pizza Crust Eater. I don't get the ones who leave the crust on their plates. They probably don't eat the crust on toast and pie, either. Or the skin of a baked potato. Sacrilege!

      Another one of our favourite dessert pizzas is fig jam and brie. Have fun experimenting!

  6. What a shock that Rick went from basically no injuries to lots of injuries. I'm so sorry, Nance. I'm glad that he's working and doing okay overall but that is a lot to be dealing with. You all are so smart to have hired an attorney.

    I love pizza. While I miss the convenience of eating pizza out (there's really no safe place around here to get pizza for me), I think that my homemade pizza is better than almost all of the pizza that I used to eat out back in the day. All of the pizzas you enjoy sound wonderful, Nance. Especially the one with your homemade pesto!

    1. Shirley--It really was a shock. And it made both of us sick, literally. Until we hired the attorney, we were overwhelmed and basically ignorant. And so frightened. Now we have clarity and support. It made a big difference. Thank you for your support, which means so much.

      Honestly, I enjoy our homemade pizza more, too. I just appreciate the convenience of grabbing carryout pizza when we're both tired, like on Sunday late afternoon when we come home from the lake.

      I'm going to miss my pesto pizza. My basil failed this year, and I have no idea why. It never really got robust, and I only got a few jars of pesto made. The plants started bleaching, then curled and turned brown. The leaves weren't even rounded; rather, they got a bit pointy. This is the first year I've ever experienced this in my 30 years of herb gardening.

      I enjoyed your GF pizza when I was visiting in your home. It was delicious. I hope we can get together again one day soon and share some pizzas and wine. XO

    2. How disappointing on your basil plants, Nance. So strange.

      I had completely forgotten about serving you the flourless pizza. I haven't made it in 3 years or more, due to a combination of life circumstances and dairy-free Son and J living here for over a year. I look forward to the day that I can once again make it for a group of friends or family members.

  7. I have so many favorite pizza places, and most of them have such different pizza that they feel like different categories.

    In NYC, it had to be Grimaldi's margherita with pepperoni and extra basil. The freshness of everything and the quality of the sauce make it perfect.

    In San Francisco, it's gotta be the award winning Cal Italia from Tony's, with three cheeses, Croatian fig preserve, prosciutto di Parma and balsamic glaze.

    But we also have amazing deep dish pizza, which I like better than the ones in Chicago. Zachary's is the best, though I do like Blue Line because they do roasted garlic.

    Your pesto pizza also sounds amazing, though!

    At the same time, I'll absolutely try pizza at a random local place (though I reserve the right to veto any restaurants that have really awful reviews). This is often my only option while traveling, and as long as it's half decent, I'll survive.

    1. Mikey--My world traveler! But how is the pizza in Iraq, Afghanistan, Poland, and...oh, anyplace in Africa? South or North Korea?

      Of all that you mentioned, I'd go with the Cal Italia, and not just because the fig preserves are Croatian. If you ever invite me back to SF, and if this pandemic ever ends, we are going there for that pizza!

      Miss you! XO

    2. Usually in those sorts of countries, you can find decent pizza if you look for it. It's rare, but you can sometimes find a hidden gem. To be honest, though, I don't have any memories of stand-out pizza in those countries. I had to look back in my journal, and there was a place in Kabul that was pretty decent, but apparently not memorable enough that I could recall it without looking it up.

      If my memory is right, I think there was a place in Sarajevo that had really nice margherita pizzas, and I got at least one a week.

      And yes, the next time you're in SF, we'll get the Cal Italia 😀

  8. Yikes, so sorry to read of your husband's more extensive injuries from his accident, but very glad to know that he is up and about. All those injuries are painful. Fractured sternums cause so much discomfort. The split sternum required for open heart surgery is such a source of discomfort (pain!!!) post operatively.
    We enjoy occasional pizza now, I never remember having pizza while growing up. We lived on a farm, my mother made wonderful meals every day but pizza is not one I remember.
    Our minister is from New York City, and here in SW Ohio often bemoans the dearth of New York style pizza.
    Best wishes to you and Rick.

    1. JanL--Thank you for your kind words regarding my husband. You're right; the sternum pain has been by far the worst, and there's really nothing to do but rest and wait for it to heal. We appreciate your support.

      My mother was raised on a farm and likes to talk often of how they raised the food they ate. My father grew up in a Croatian family, so he was surrounded by hearty Eastern European ethnic foods. Pizza was not part of their or our childhoods.

      Your poor minister is having several culture shocks, I imagine, not just Pizza-related. That's quite a move from NYC to SWO.

  9. Sending healing thoughts to Rick and hope he recovers soon. That sounds painful.
    I love pizza and eat it several times during a typical month. I like frozen pizzas, fresh pizzas, thin and deep-dish! I usually buy frozen pizzas - whichever ones are on special - so you can tell I am not too picky when it comes to pizza!

    1. Ellen D--Thank you. We appreciate your kind support.

      As I remarked above, my son Jared once said, "Bad pizza is better than no pizza". I used to buy the cheapo frozen pizzas--Totino's, I think they were called--for a dollar. They were smallish, probably 9 inches, and the boys would eat them for lunch, for a snack, and sometimes for a quick dinner before going someplace. They weren't terrible. You put them right on the oven rack and they heated up relatively quickly.

      The quality of frozen pizzas now seems to be much better. One brand has about six different crust options, including a croissant crust. Frozen pizza people are spoiled for choice now! Lucky you!

  10. Oof - what a shock regarding Rick's injuries! I'm so glad they were discovered & that you're getting legal help.

    We ate pizza somewhat regularly when I was growing up (maybe twice a month?). BUT it was usually the kit from the grocery store, so not super fabulous. We had Pizza Hut and another local place that was my mom's favorite.

    As I got older I honestly could probably have eaten pizza every other day & often for breakfast too. My favorite was pepperoni, mushroom, and banana peppers. And chocolate dessert pizza (it was the butter & sugar on top - addictive!). And I LOVED deep dish with a nice garlicky, buttery, crunchy crust.

    Now we always get thin crust because I'd rather have the toppings than all that bread. Sometimes I'll get one with white sauce, but usually it's the old favorite listed above. And I never eat it for breakfast anymore. I never thought I'd "grow out" of eating pizza so much, but here we are.

    Oh - and we never make homemade. In Ohio it was LaRosa's all the way, and down here it's Dominos (it's the closest one to us - & it's still 10 miles away!). Dominos has VASTLY improved their crusts in the last few years! Used to taste like cardboard.

    And on that note, I'm texting the good Dr. & asking what he wants on his pizza tonight - I'm going to stop at Dominos on the way home :)

    1. Bug--Thank you. The injuries almost weren't discovered. Rick was thinking of blowing off a follow up appointment with his primary care doctor until I insisted he make one and go. Thank goodness he did. And he had been leaning toward getting a lawyer and I was the one reluctant until all the other injuries were discovered. Good thing we have each other!

      Rick is a huge fan of banana peppers and sausage on pizza. I'm fine with that. When we make our own, I opt for mostly veg.

      I think we get thin crust for the same reason--too much bread. That, and we got so used to the flatbread and naan pizzas that we make on the grill.

      The only Dominos near us is in a bad part of town, so we avoid that. I know that they revamped their recipe and their image and have made a lot of improvements. But 10 miles away! Try flatbread pizzas--so easy on the grill. And so good.

    2. I forgot to mention that the Dominos is on my way home from work, so I don't have to go out of my way. :)

  11. OMG - poor Rick! I can imagine that his sternum injury is giving him the most pain, that would make ever breathing painful. I hope your attorney can lead to a good outcome, even if it takes a long time. And hopefully doesn't turn into a Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce eternity.

    When I was growing up, the only "fast food" was McDonald's but we never lived near one. In my hometown, there is a place that everyone raves about the pizza, and which I think is vile, even more so now that I've had other pizza in so many other places.

    I'm "liberal" about pizza, in that if you like it a certain way or from a certain place, go for it. But I am afraid that my husband's pizza that he makes from scratch as ruined me for most other commercial pizza. But there is a place near our house that comes close.

    1. Bridget--Yes, the sternum fracture is the most painful, especially if he has to sneeze or hiccup. Right now, we have no idea how things will progress. They have paid for the totalled car--a very fair sum--so that is checked off. Fingers crossed that we will not have a rerun of Bleak House!

      No one around here raves about anyone's pizza since it is primarily chain pizza. As you go east, there are tons of great artisan pizza places since it's closer and closer to Cleveland, and those restaurants are truly good. But I'm not the type of person to go out to the city just for pizza. If I'm going into the CLE, I'm going to hit some truly special places for awesome cheffy food, not pizza.

      I feel the same as you do about homemade pizza. I'd rather have it, and I enjoy customizing my pies. But sometimes, especially when I'm tired and crabby, I'll get takeout pizza from a place that does a pretty good job.

  12. Pizza is one of my all-time favorite dishes. Cheese, protein, vegetables, crust - 4 food groups in a hand-held slice. I'm trying to recall the first time I ate pizza; it certainly wasn't in the wheel house on the farm when I was growing up. I remember having a penchant for Pizza Hut. There's a great local pizza place - Magic Pizza - in my hometown and I often order 2-for-1 so there are slices in the freezer when I don't feel like cooking. I also make my own with homemade dough or naan bread. The dough recipe I use is quick and easy. The homemade pizzas are often topped with what's available but usually cheese, olives, caramelized onions, peppers, pineapple, salami. Naan bread is used to make a tikka masala pizza that's a big hit in this house.

    1. Mona--Does your dough recipe use yeast? If not, please share. My email is in my sidebar.

      Making individual pizzas with naan or flatbreads is so easy and fast. And the breads are readily available (at least I've found that in the grocery stores I frequent). As you've described, the toppings are almost limitless, and you can use whatever you have in your fridge, freezer, or pantry.

      I honestly couldn't tell you the first time I ate pizza, either. I just tried recalling, and no luck. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if it was at someone else's home.

  13. I'm so sorry that Rick has so many injuries. I hope he's getting good care and I'm happy about the attorney stepping in to help you with this.

    Pizza, salad, and corn! That made me giggle; I love that your Mom was soft about letting you guys have pizza, but insisted on some 'healthy' choices. But corn? LOL It was a different time, wasn't it?

    I love Mid's sauces too. I love making simple naan pizzas with roasted veggies. The coach is a carnivore so it's not a meal if he doesn't have meat on it, but I love simple with no meats.

    At our GA house we built a pizza oven into our new patio area and he's made some amazing pizzas in there; pesto with mushrooms is always good, but like you, we like a variety of pizza. One rule for us: NO THICK CRUSTS. EVER.
    We have a local spot that will sell us their dough and it's a game changer!

    1. BB Suz--Thank you for your kind words about Rick and the aftermath of the accident. It's much appreciated.

      Back then, I'd eat any vegetable any time, but it wasn't that way for my sister and brother. Corn was the one veg we could all agree on, yet it somehow escaped my mother than her huge and wonderful tossed salads were full of fresh vegetables on their own. We kids would eat a teeny serving spoon of corn just to placate her if we had to, but we often ignored it.

      Rick used to be far more of a carnivore than he is now. He's acquiesced nicely to many of my lighter, meatless meals and doesn't complain at all, enjoying almost all of them. Rarely does he now immediately start snacking after dinner with cookies or ice cream when I make them. He's gotten to eat much lighter in the past several years.

      I do wish I could get some good pizza dough from a local pizzeria. That would be terrific. But, failing that, I'm quite satisfied with naan or flatbread on the grill. I know you love your pizza oven, and I bet it makes for some fun entertaining with friends and family.

  14. I am a long way behind. Technical difficulties in part. So sorry to hear about Rick's continuing problems. Hope he heals fast and well!
    Pizza - it was a new dish when I was a teen. Sort of exotic. A group of us used to go to a restaurant called Mario's after Friday night football. One of us had a militantly Jewish momma, neighbours in fact. Sandford used to comment to me as we left, 'Do NOT tell my mother I had a bacon pizza!'

    Bacon, lots of cheese. I now pefer mushrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrom and peppers. sigh morrrrrre tech nical problems.

    1. Mary--Thank you for your well wishes for Rick. He is begrudgingly resting and refraining from doing many things, like rototilling and myriad other outdoorsy things that need doing but now must wait. Doing my best to get him through it.

      We used to go to Angie's Pizza after Friday night football (only because Giovanni's had no seating). No bacon for us, however; the usual pepperoni and occasional mushroom or sausage.

      I'm so sorry for your technical problems! What the heck?! I know it's not sticky chocolate under the keys because you use an iPad. Good luck straightening it all out.

    2. I am blaming my keyboard at present. And it seems not to be having hiccups today.

  15. I hate the idea of hiring a lawyer, not sure why. I guess they are just so expensive. But absolutely in this case, worth every penny, you need someone who knows the law and can guide you through everything. What a nightmare. I’m glad that he is on the road to recovery, but very sorry he is still suffering. UGH.

    Pizza - we didn’t get much takeout when I was a kid, but we sometimes would get pizza delivered. I think the only place that delivered in our town was Dominos, and that’s not very good. I used to love Pizza Hut. Our favorite pizza place here is a small chain, they own 3 or 4 restaurants. Sometimes I get Hawaiian, which I love. Sometimes I get a veggie combo that is REALLY delicious, and expensive because it has a lot of toppings. They are: roasted eggplant, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and fresh tomatoes added after it comes out of the oven. Also some fresh basil. I guess that’s not that many toppings when I look at it. It’s really good though. Ted will splurge and have 1 piece, and Maya prefers hers to be just cheese. I like salad with my pizza, too.

    Your pizza sounds pretty heavenly.

    Here is a recipe for a pizza you might like, and as it is light, you could probably make it on your flatbread or naan. We used to make it on boboli, which isn’t really very good, before grocery stores started selling pizza dough.

    Eggplant and Zucchini Pizza with Basil and Cherry Tomatoes - Source: The Greens Cookbook
    1 recipe pizza dough
    1 medium zucchini
    1 Japanese eggplant
    4 to 6 tblsp olive oil
    salt and pepper
    12 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
    1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    2 oz mozzarella cheese, grated or thinly sliced
    2 oz Fontina cheese, grated
    3 tblsp basil, finely chopped
    Fresh thyme and basil, finely chopped

    Prepare the pizza dough and let it rise in a warm place.

    Slice the zucchini and the eggplant diagonally into pieces 3 to 4 inches long and 1/4 inch thick. Heat 2 tblsp of olive oil in a large skillet, add a layer of the vegetables, and turn them over immediately to coat both sides with oil. Fry on each side until lightly browned – the eggplant will take longer than the zucchini – then set them on paper toweling to drain. Cook the zucchini and eggplant in this way, making sure the oil is hot at the start of each batch. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    Dress the tomatoes with a tblsp of the oil, the garlic, and salt and pepper. Drain the tomatoes before putting them on the pizza.

    Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (for fresh pizza dough…follow directions for store bought) and if using a pizza stone, warm it for 20 minutes.

    Shape the dough and place it on a well floured peel or on a pizza pan (peel?), and brush it with olive oil. Distribute most of the mozzarella and Fontina, then the basil. Arrange the zucchini and eggplant slices in overlapping layers with the tomatoes in and among them. Finish with the rest of the mozzarella and Fontina cheese.

    Slide the pizza onto the stone or bake on its pan in the upper third of the oven for about 8 to 12 minutes (or whatever your pre-made crust says to do), or until the edges and bottom are well browned. Remove the pizza from the oven and garnish it with freshly grated Parmesan and the herbs.

    1. J--I hated to get a lawyer involved, too. I felt like it made it very adversarial, but as the injuries piled up, and they involved his back, I got very fearful. It made things more complicated, and we both had no idea how to navigate through it all even before it got so messy. We knew the best thing we could do was to get help. His fee will of course be a percentage of the settlement--we know that--but his expertise will be invaluable to us.

      I'm really loving the idea of zucchini and eggplant on pizza. Thank you for the recipe so that I have the idea of how to make that happen. Suz mentioned in her comment about roasting vegetables, too, and I'm thinking of that as well. I'm always making sheet pan dinners, and putting in an extra one with zucchini and eggplant on it for use on pizza later seems almost too easy.

      I feel like adding a few kalamata olives to this recipe wouldn't be a bad idea, either.

      I have a terrific recipe for Sausage with Roasted Grapes and Onions, done entirely on a sheet pan. Those leftovers would make awesome flatbread pizza, too.

    2. I agree, getting a lawyer involved was absolutely the right thing to do, and I’m so glad that having the lawyer involved is reducing your stress. Whew!

      I think your idea of roasting the vegetables rather than frying them is a great one. The frying gives them a nice crispness, esp the zucchini. But roasting them seems like it would give them that lovely depth of flavor, and is healthier and easier too. And yes to the kalamata olives!

  16. MY first memory of pizza is making it at a slumber party as a young teen. My dad is Italian but my mom didn't cook many Italian meals. I don't remember her ever serving pizza, It was my husband's favorite meal and we had it often. I've missed it since he passed away. as they are too big to order for one person.

    1. Jean--Yes! Slumber parties and Pizza--the ideal pair. I think having pizza at slumber parties was almost a requirement. We had lots of pizza nights when the boys were young because it was easy and a crowd pleaser.

      I can see how ordering or even making pizza would be prohibitive for you now. I suppose you could freeze the leftover slices for later meals, but it's never as good warmed up, is it?

  17. Had to backtrack in your blog to see what happened to Rick. Amazing that someone could total out his car but not report the accident to their insurance for so long! Glad he's on the mend---he could have been killed!---but getting a lawyer involved sounds like you really don't have a choice.

    1. Jean--We were astonished by that as well, and by the other driver's insurance company waiting until she "accepted liability" to act. That's another reason why we hired an attorney; we felt so ignorant as to what insurance companies could and couldn't do and the whole navigation of all the mess was overwhelming. We were literally becoming ill from all the stress.

      We are daily grateful that he wasn't hurt worse than he is. As you said, he could have been killed. I'm thankful that he drives the speed limit always and that the airbag deployed. And that our car was built with an eye toward safety.

  18. My mother was also a 'meat and 2 veg' cook and had dinner on the table every night. There weren't salads every day with homemade vinaigrette— I wish! I used to love salads because it was the only vegetable that didn't come out of a can (pretty sure your mom would have bought fresh.) As for pizza... we never had it. I used to love to go to birthday parties when I was a kid because they usually served us pizza.

    Mr. O. and I get take-out pizza once or twice a month. Usually Hawaiian: thin crust with ham and pineapple (thin crust is a big deal, lol.) Oddly, I have never made homemade pizza; partly because I've always been lazy about making any kind of pie crust and partly because I don't think I could make it much better than one of the really good pizza places. That said, with the crust bought at a store and doing it on a grill... I could go for that, because I would love preparing variations of toppings, etc. (Now we just need a back yard and a grill, lol!)

    Thanks for the update on Rick! I am so sorry all of those extra injuries showed up in more extensive testing, but thank God his doctor had that done, and I think you did well to 'lawyer up.' Apart from medical bills, etc., I hope Rick gets some serious compensation for pain and suffering, both physical & mental. As you said before, things don't heal as quickly as they did when you were 30 and the trauma of going through such a serious car accident does not go away quickly (if ever).

    Sending healing vibes for Rick and hoping all goes well in your legal battle. You certainly have a strong case. XXOO

    1. Ortizzle--My father was the primary grocery shopper for most of my childhood, and he was crazy for fresh produce. He loved stopping at roadside markets for it especially. If the veg wasn't fresh, it was frozen. My mother's salads were huge and always made with Regina red wine vinegar. She never measured, just grabbed the oil and vinegar and started pouring, adding seasoning and tossing as she went.

      I don't make pie crust, either, of any sort. We have a terrific pie shop and buy all our dessert pies there whenever we have a craving. And when I make a chicken or turkey pot pie for dinner, I get the Pillsbury discs of dough and press them into a pie dish.

      I think you could do the naan or flatbread crusts in a hot oven on the racks directly. All the toppings would need is to be heated up and the cheese melted. Try it! You can always put some foil below them to catch any drips.

      Thank you for your support regarding Rick and the situation with the injuries and legal representation. Honestly, it feels so liberating to live our lives without constantly worrying and thinking about it twenty-four hours a day. He, of course, doesn't have the luxury of living without the pain right now, but at least he has had some stress alleviated. Today he has a consultation with his spinal specialist--I will be there, too--to see if there is anything that needs to be done about the three compression fractures. Your encouragement means a great deal to me. XXOO

  19. I was pretty much a standard pizza eater — the crust with everything on it, including anchovies — that was it — from one particular pizza place we’d find wherever we lived. Seemed harder to get what I preferred in later years. Haven’t had pizza for years now that I’m alone.

    Hope Rick continues to heal well and your attorney is able to quickly resolve the case to cover any future medical issues, too.

    1. Joared--Someone else in Comments above mentioned that she gets a pizza for herself and freezes the remainder for another meal or two. You could do that and enjoy pizza again if you get a craving.

      I used to like Everything Pizza, too. Then I found it sort of overwhelming. Now I focus on one or two things and find I like it better that way. I wonder if your taste would change now, too.

      Thank you for your kind words about Rick. He is doing much better now and feeling more like himself.

    2. That’s a good idea as hadn't thought about freezing leftovers. Like the thin crust, too.

  20. We ate meat and potatoes and a vegetable growing up too. I prefer to make my own pizza. I have a recipe that does have yeast, olive oil, salt, water, and flour but honestly it turns out well every time.

    1. Jane--I'm sure your recipe is a winner. I just don't want to have to bother with proofing and having to make sure I have yeast. Usually, pizza is a sort of spur of the moment dinner decision in our house, and tossing a mix together and letting it sit while the oven preheats is about as worky as I want to get as far as the dough goes.

      My kids ate traditional meals, too, since I followed the example of my own childhood for the most part. If you have children, I bet yours did, too.


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