Eating Pizza

Back in my bachelor days, I ate a lot of pizza. I didn’t know how to cook and I didn’t take the time to learn how. Pizza was easy. Often my refrigerator had nothing in it but leftover pizza and beer.

Pizza from Dominoes was bad enough. But sometimes I’d buy the cheap frozen ones at the grocery store. I’d eat an entire one of those for supper. I’m sure if I read the list of ingredients on one of those things today I’d find it horrifying.

Fast forward about 30 years. Now I eat like a king. Nearly everything I eat now is home-cooked and made with chemical-free whole foods grown by us. I don’t think I’d be able to stomach one of those frozen pizzas any more.

One of the common objections folks have to eating a healthier diet is that they’ll have to give up tasty food. Instead of pizza they’ll be stuck eating lentils and carrots.

But as anybody who’s made the switch to eating real food will tell you, it tastes far better than chemical-based factory food. At first the body may continue to crave whatever it’s grown accustomed to eating, but once you’ve been eating real food a while you discover how wonderfully delicious it is compared to the other stuff, which will then taste bland and artificial.

And eating healthy doesn’t mean no more pizza. Our busiest day of the week is Friday, as we prepare for the farmer’s market on Saturday. We’re usually working late and there isn’t much time for preparing supper. So lately we’ve been having pizza on Friday evenings, made with whatever is growing on the farm.  I’ve discovered that you can put just about anything on a pizza crust.  Lately we’ve enjoyed pizza with mushrooms, eggplant, tomatoes, onions, peppers, herbs and whatever other goodies are coming in now.  Delicious.  And if I had to write out the ingredients, they’d all be pronounceable.  They’d all be food.

16 comments on “Eating Pizza

  1. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, over my life time I was addicted to first Pepsi, then Cherry Coke, and then back to Cherry Pepsi. A few years ago I weaned myself off the soda pop after consuming tanker truck loads over the 40 years or so of consumption. I started my addiction back when Pepsi was in glass 10 ounce bottles and cost a dime. Anyway, after being off the soda pop for some time, I buckled and bought one for old time’s sake. I practically gagged and couldn’t finish the bottle. I wondered how I could have drank that stuff for so long when it was awful. Now my drink of choice is mostly water and fruit smoothies.

    It’s the same with vegetables. I can’t stand a fresh peach from the store any more. They are fuzz less hard hybridized fruit of some kind with not an ounce of taste in them. People are being programed to think that is a peach. Don’t get me started on the steroidal strawberries that line the shelves of the produce isles. Bigger is not better. I’m in process of building a raised strawberry bed. Apparently we are supposed to imagine taste from store bought food.

    Have a great fresh garden pizza eating Friday.

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    • Bill says:

      I hear ya brother. Last week I was at someone’s house and they had some watermelon out to snack on. It turned out to be one of those seedless grocery store melons. No taste at all. It was horrible and the worst thing is they didn’t know it. They’ve come to think that’s what a watermelon tastes like. Yuck.

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  2. jubilare says:

    My favorite pizza topping is goat cheese. It’s amazing!

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  3. valbjerke says:

    We’ve been eating our own food for so long now we find the odd occasion we’re stuck eating out (work Christmas party) we actually feel ill from the food. Everything is over salted, high fat, processed….
    I’ve noticed within the last two years, that when coworkers bring fast food to work at lunch – it has a strong rancid smell that I actually have to walk away from.

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  4. El Guapo says:

    It’s frightening that so few people realize that good healthy(er) food is not only easy to make, but more satisfying to eat too.

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    • Bill says:

      Welcome back EG! Hope you’ve enjoyed your break.

      The notion that bad food is easier to prepare is right up there with the false ideas that bad food tastes better and that bad food costs less. That’s a deadly combination of myths.

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  5. EllaDee says:

    Similarly, our pizza life had evolved… but I can remember my Dad eating frozen pizza for lunch many years ago, and feeling sad for him… I never was a fan. In country Australia, I remember the first pizza cafés… and then the franchises. Such a novelty. It’s all very hit and miss now, so what we do, until we have time and mastery over home made pizza bases, is buy fresh garlic naan bread on Friday nights from the local Indian restaurant, and add our own toppings, and like you we’ve discovered a whole array of toppings… who’d have though sardine & onion pizza would be so good. We’re also less and less able to eat from outside our kitchen. Fortunately my cooking skills are evolving in kind.

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  6. Tina Schell says:

    Oh Bill, you are SO lucky to have fresh food at all times! Here in SC we have wonderful fresh produce in the warm months but winter pushes us to the local grocery store. And yes, you can definitely taste the difference! I had goat cheese from a local goat farm and thought I’d died and gone to heaven!!!

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    • Bill says:

      We can usually keep the gardens producing something year round. Last year was an exception because of the harsh winter. But we put up a lot of produce so we’ll have good food from the farm even in the winter. Tonight we had a delicious combination of eggplant, bell peppers, red onions, basil and cherry tomatoes with eggs on top and fresh green beans on the side, then watermelon for dessert. So good. 🙂

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  7. DM says:

    this post (and especially the comment thread) has got me craving a large pizza topped with lots of fresh vegetables and cheese…

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  8. avwalters says:

    Real food, slow food. Can’t be beat!

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