the ‘za of the week (jan 27 – feb 2)

With the frequency of ‘Za of the Week posts versus posts about anything else, this blog ought to be renamed Modern Pizza Box. This week’s pie was topped with: pepperoni, red onions and pineapple.

The dough stretched so well this time around, and extra sauce was used again. We were going for an interesting topping combination without using anything out of the ordinary. Then again, Burma doesn’t consider crickets as a pizza topping out of the ordinary.

The layers stacked like this:

  • Garlic-infused olive oil brushed on the baking sheet
  • Dough
  • Extra marinara
  • Parmesan
  • ½-¾ cup of mozzarella
  • Sliced pepperoni
  • Sliced red onions
  • Pineapple tidbits
  • 1½-1¼ cups of mozzarella
  • Parmesan

The two main things I felt should be stressed with this pizza were:

  • Use Parmesan to soak up the liquid that leave the toppings, mainly the onions and pineapple. Who enjoys soggy pizza?
  • Make sure to drain the pineapple well if you are using canned pineapple. The best way to drain pineapple is with a strainer.

The rest of the pie is pretty standard everyday American pizza.

The crust came out perfectly crispy. The toppings combined very well to create a flavor of its own. Even though pineapple usually accompanies ham on a Hawaiian-style pizza, it still goes well with pepperoni. Red onions have a sweet flavor when they’re cooked, so they go well with a topping like pineapple.

Where’s the pepperoni? Buried beneath the sea of cheese.

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the cellular resurrection

For over the past couple weeks, I have been without my cell phone.

I woke up one morning to discover my phone was off. I tried to power it on to no avail. I attached the battery charger and tried to fire it up. No dice. I figured I’d let it stay on the charger even though the LED indicator wasn’t lighting up. Maybe I thought it might have gotten damp from cup sweat from a late night glass of water and needed some time to dry. Miracles happen that way with electronics all the time.

A day passed, and the phone still wouldn’t power on. I’m too frugal to invest in one of those replacement plans that my phone service provides. Quality electronics always come with a warranty, right? To add, I had my last cell phone for over seven years. I had to change out the battery a few times, but other than that, I never had any issues with the device itself. I did enter the period in the decade when having a monochrome screen on your cellular device is a bit of an embarrassment, plus the third replacement battery was kicking the bucket.

I looked into the manufacturer warranty and called them up. They gave me the address to send my phone and noted that I’d be without my phone for 2-3 weeks. That was completely fine with me. I’d rather not drop a Benjamin on another new device when I have one still under warranty. I don’t do much chatting on the phone. I do have alternate methods of communication which I do and did use while I was sans Katana II. My main method of contact was Gmail which worked well aside from the lack of urgency. I was able to check my voicemail messages with Mare’s phone which I did rarely, but again, I rarely receive calls.

My main concern with having a cell phone is that I will have a quick way of calling in case of emergency. I can also make a call just about anywhere I am, so the convenience is what makes it worth paying for. I did fine without my phone for a couple weeks aside from my mother worrying about me. I did pay her visit to give her my life’s update, and we have dinner scheduled this upcoming weekend.

I probably pay less for my cellular service than most users, so I believe it’s OK that I don’t use it too often. I just like the assurance knowing that if I had to make an immediate call or a call on a private line that I can do that wherever and whenever I feel like it. I also like having a direct method of communication that doesn’t involve me utilizing a keyboard/sitting in front of a computer.

A notice was on my door that UPS had stopped by to deliver my phone this past Friday, but no one was at the apartment to sign for the package. They stopped again by the apartment today. K$ and Mare were present to sign for it. Hoping that my phone was just repaired, it turned out that it was replaced.

Apart from spending the time to customize my settings and add my contacts back in, I am happy that my cellular device is back in my possession. Fortunately, my dinosaur of a phone that I used for 7+ years can still be powered on, and I was able to salvage most of my contacts from it. Nothing much in the realm of being somewhat of a socialite has changed since I upgraded my phone back in August.

I realize that wireless services provide a wireless backup service where they can save your contacts in their database so when you upgrade or replace your phone, you can download relevant information back into your device such as your contact numbers. Again, I’m frugal, and I don’t believe in paying a monthly fee for this kind of service.

My phone dying was a fluke. Unfortunately, I couldn’t power it on to enter the numbers into a text document to save on my computer where I pay the pennies for electricity to operate. But again, my monolith of a phone was dusted off and powered on with phone book still intact. That old device has sentimental value to me, and it still managed to keep the contacts that I still keep in touch with and then some.

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the ‘za of the week (jan 20 – jan 26)

Simplicity was what we were going for this time around. Pepperoni and fresh mushrooms topped this ‘Za of the Week.

Nothing real special going on here. Keep in mind that fresh mushrooms will shrink down when baked on pizza, so be liberal with them. This particular pie contained six whole mushrooms sliced and placed evenly. The pepperoni slices were placed about a quarter-inch apart. Extra sauce was also used. When using extra sauce, extra Parmesan had to be used to keep the crust from getting soggy.

Let’s go over what entails putting together this pizza real quick:

  • Grease the baking sheet with garlic-infused olive oil.
  • Spread the dough evenly on the sheet. This will take pushing the dough around with your fingers and feeling out the evenness of the dough.
  • Spread the marinara even on the dough.
  • Generously sprinkle Parmesan on the sauce.
  • Evenly sprinkle about 1 cup of mozzarella on the sauce.
  • Put the sliced pepperoni about a quarter-inch apart across the pizza.
  • Place the sliced mushrooms evenly across the pizza.
  • Sprinkle another cup of mozzarella on top of the pepperoni and mushrooms.
  • Sprinkle some more Parmesan on top of the mozzarella.
  • Sprinkle a little bit of dried Italian seasoning across the pizza.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Bake for 10 minutes. Rotate the pie 180° about six minutes into the baking process to provide even heating.
  • Remove from the oven after 10 minutes. Let the pie sit for a minute. Carefully move the pie to a cooling rack to allow the steam to leave and preserve the crust’s crispiness. Slice and serve after a few minutes.

Notice how the mushrooms shrink up a good amount after baking. This pizza came out and tasted awesome. Keeping it simple let the individual flavors compliment each other rather than creating a big complex flavor like some of the pizzas we’ve made with many more toppings.

Mmmmm… greasy & cheesy… two of the finest qualities of good ‘za.