My dear wife Karen made sure I was thoroughly engaged during our last weekly trip through the supermarket.
Not that my mind is usually wandering, mind you. Not me, the man who prefers the Cicero location even though it’s, oh, the third or fourth farthest Wegmans from the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, but it’s a sure bet to have the Wayback soundtrack for me to dance and sing along to as we fill our cart with our weekly food and beverage needs.
She’s leaving home, bye, bye, MDW reminded me before we departed, so I needed to pick what I’d be making myself for dinner while she’d be gone, gone, gone for her annual Girls Getaway.
High alert, yes.
No fresh in the meat case, so smoked kielbasa goes into the cart. Mrs. T’s four-cheese (potato-mix assumed) pierogi and chopped onions and kraut and beans, check.
That’ll get me two meals. Karen will be gone to the Outer Banks of North Carolina five nights. I know I will be bringing home take-out Chinese from my weekly golf league. Do I want that $2.50 Mickey D’s double-cheeseburger and fries summer special combo for lunch or dinner? … My mind was working hard. I was not singing or dancing.
Frozen pizza is another staple of my repertoire, an easy make for two lunches in the Little Bitty. I’ve been eyeing a big bomber for months but hesitant to pull the trigger on the Screamin’ Sicilian because it costs a couple bucks more than the store brand.
But would you look at the boasts on that box!
Natural ingredients! This could be healthy!! Great marketers at work. I threw it in the cart, along with a bagged salad, mentally marking it down for two meals.
Monday night, I baked the Screamin’ Sicilian, 18 minutes at 425º F.
It smelled delicious.
At the ding, I pulled it off the center rack and onto the pizza pan to let it cool. My taste buds were doing the dancing.
I sliced half of it into three pieces, plenty after my bowl of salad.
Yes, the Supremus Maximus was very good. Way better than Wegmans thin crust Supreme. A tad better than DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! thin crust Supreme. For frozen, my surprised reaction was: Fresh!
The best thing about it was the cheese. The Wisconsin mozzarella was smooth and creamy and very stretchy. The sauce was strong, medium-spicy. The sausage and pepperoni was fresh. The veggies were fair.
As good as a couple slices from Twin Trees or Pavones or Original Italian Pizza? Maybe if they’d been sitting under the counter a long time and then reheated. Close to a whole pie from Angotti’s? Not nearly. Pretty darn good for a frozen pizza nevertheless.
Are you or are you not a fan of frozen pizza, and why? If so, what’s your favorite brand, and why? What’s your favorite frozen meal, and why?