Pizza Food Chain

Gooooood morning! I woke up in a great mood today. It may have something to do with the fact that tonight is date night! I cannot wait to see what Nolan has in store for us tonight. I love that I don’t have to plan a thing. However I do know that no matter what we do, I know there will be good food involved!   🙂

Speaking of food, as you well know, Nolan and I love the Phantom Gourmet and their food segments. One of our favorite segments is the “top of the food chain” where they take 4 or 5 variations of similar products and rate them in order from best to worst. I have discovered some great products from this segment and I decided to put together one of my own based on our impressions of 4 brands of frozen pizzas!

*4th place*

BRAND: Trader Joe’s

TYPE: Supreme Pizza

COST: $4.49

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This pizza was topped with pepperoni, sausage, peppers, and onions. At first glance, you can tell something is off. Look at that topping distribution! It looks as if this pizza was stored on it’s side for a long period of time. This drove Nolan CRAZY! The slices were so uneven. Once it came out of the oven, we did some damage control and evened it out a bit to save Nolan’s sanity.
This pizza was not a “self rising” pizza, so it came out more like a flat bread. The crust was very crispy and crunchy, and held the toppings well. The toppings had decent flavor, but were not exactly on par with the standard, even for frozen pizza standards. Honestly, that distribution messed up any chance this pizza had in pleasing us. I am hoping this was just a fluke, because I typically love everything Trader Joe’s! We agreed we will NOT be adding this pizza to our typical TJ’s shopping list.

*3rd place*

BRAND: Price Chopper

TYPE: Supreme Pizza

COST: $3.99

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After removing the olives, this pizza was topped with pepperoni, peppers, onions, and sausage. The toppings were oversized, and plentiful, but tasted a bit fake and processed. The cooked meats created a ton of oil that collected on top of the pizza which sounds more appetizing than it was. I actually used a napkin to remove some of it. #shame. The sauce was good, but certainly artificial, as was the “cheese”. Overall, this pizza scratched the pizza itch, but it certainly wasn’t the best quality.

*2nd place*

BRAND: Culinary Circle

TYPE: Supreme

COST: $4.99

After of course removing the olives, this was also topped with peppers, onions, sausage and pepperoni.

The first thing Nolan and I noticed about this pizza is how fresh it tastes!  The ingredients don’t look like they were ever frozen. The crust is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Not doughy soft, but fresh soft if that makes any sense. The sauce is a bit sweeter than normal, but a good sweet. It blends well with the peppers and onions, and the saltiness of the sausage and pepperoni. It took a bit longer to cook than the others did, but it was worth the wait!

*1st place”

BRAND: Fraschetta Naturally Rising

TYPE: Supreme

COST: $4.99

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One of the best things about this pizza? No olives! It was topped with peppers, onions, sausage and pepperoni. We didn’t have to go through and pull of all the little black things! This pizza tasted the most like a DiGiorno pizza. The ingredients were fresh tasting and even a bit crunchy! The toppings were generously scattered around the crust, and the meat to veggie ratio was just right. The sauce had a ton of flavor, and complemented the toppings expertly. The dough was thick, but got crunchy on the bottom and remained soft on the inside without being doughy. It was very satisfying!

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So there you have it. We are certainly no culinary experts, but we know a good pizza when we taste it. I hope this comes in handy the next time you are staring at a freezer door, trying to choose between the 10 different frozen pizzas available at your local grocery store. 🙂

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Question:

What is your favorite pizza topping?

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WIAW: Dessert Before Dinner

Welcome to another What I Ate Wednesday! This week looks remarkably like last week’s menu but what can I say- I’m a creature of habit!

Can I just say that I have been having a hard time snacking sensibly since school ended. Now that I am in summer mode, I have much more free time, and I spend way too much time staring into my refrigerator. One thing that has helped me make some good decisions is pre-cutting vegetables.

Remember my produce rainbow?

Well after I took that picture I immediately cut up the peppers and cucumbers so I had a sensible, quick snack ready at a moment’s notice!

Breakfast:

A peach Chobani yogurt with raspberries, blueberries, and Special K Fruit and Yogurt Cereal. (photo from last week)

Lunch:

Since we only had a half hour break for lunch during our professional development, I ran across the street to Gerard Farm. Gerard Farm is a local turkey farm. They were forced to close a few years ago and they just reopened its doors! I had been to Gerard’s for ice cream but never for food.

Inside they have a wide variety of pre-cooked meals and sides. It has a very homey feel. They are famous for their turkey dinners and turkey pot pies! I will definitely have to get one in the near future.

Today I got a chicken salad sandwich on wheat bread with a side of cucumber salad.

Snack:

A rainbow hummus plate! Very sensible 🙂 Orange and yellow peppers, grape tomatoes, and cucumbers!

Dessert:

Oh yes, today I had dessert before my dinner! Birthday Cake!!!

Dinner: 

A repeat from last week….. homemade pizza! In my house, a tradition is that the birthday person gets to pick whatever they want for dinner. (I always pick steak.) Brian wanted pizza, so pizza we had!

Cheese pizza

Pepper, onion, and broccoli pizza. Soo delicious!

MY PLATE:

A slice of pizza and some yummy salad. I tried a new dressing today and loved it. There is so much flavor!

My choices were not the best today, but a birthday celebration is a time for fun and not counting calories.

Question:

Chocolate or vanilla cake?