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Sheer Torture

Thursday, October 09, 2014

I was in the fifth grade, I think, in the years when kids my age went out with their parents for evening walks. We lived on NE 77th Street – just a short way from a small area in Miami known as Little River. I remember two things about a walk we took one evening. First, I will always remember that the night lights drew roach-like bugs to the sidewalks in front of the stores – and they crunched underfoot. Yuck!
The second memory is so much more outstanding, so wonderful. It is of a small open stand, a food truck perhaps, set up at the beginning of the shopping center of Little River. I remember it was colorful, red and white and emitted the most tantalizing, most mouth-watering fragrances – it would be an insult to refer to them as “smells”!
I remember trying to drag my dad over to get a closer look and maybe a taste? But he said, “ No, no. What in the world is a pizza pie?” That was the beginning of my life-long love of pizza. I didn’t get any that night, but as for the all the years of my life, I never missed a chance to have a pizza.
Tonight on the Food Network show, “Chopped”, pizza was the subject of the three challenges. When I heard Chef Amanda Feitag call pizza her “Desert Island Food”, food she could eat all her life, I knew exactly what she meant. If I were stranded on a desert island I know I would be happy with only pizza. As I watched those contestants make their pizzas tonight, I could actually smell the delicious fragrances of the pizzas.
That night, when I first met pizza, was just about 60 years ago. I still love pizza, loaded with gooey cheese and lots of pepperoni, please. But – I have a little problem that forbids me anything with that much sodium. Perhaps you can imagination what a sacrifice that it is for a pizza-lover. Try as I have, I haven’t yet been able to find a “low sodium” recipe that tastes anything like my beloved pizza. Yet!
That’s why watching “Chopped” tonight, watching the pizzas being made and, really, smelling them was for me, “sheer torture” ! (Sigh -)

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    What a powerful story! I'm with you on the love of pizza, but that wasn't what really caught my attention about the blog. You clearly demonstrated a couple other things. One was that some childhood memories stay with us and impact us for the rest of our lives. We talk about traumas doing this but there are so many other subjects that can affect us; your example of food and aromas is one, also how much those walks with your parents meant to you. Other people involved or watching might have forgotten that long ago but it affected you deeply. The second thing you showed is how closely our cravings for particular foods are tied to memories and emotions, which is why there are some things we just cannot give up no matter how hard we try, because that would produce the same effect as having to give up those wonderful memories, which we are not about to do. A lot of us could take lessons from you on making those connections in our lives. Thank you.
    1499 days ago
    Great blog, thanks for sharing childhood memories. I like pizza but very seldom eat it. I could eat 3-4 pieces. You are right way too much sodium. Wonder if we can find a low sodium pizza? Hugs Pat
    1499 days ago
  • ROBEC4175
    My partner makes a wonderful bbq pizza using tortillas for the crust and they come out really yummy. Hope you get a slice soon.
    1502 days ago
    Going to get pizza tonight :) and just have it in moderation
    1503 days ago
    Hi Meri, good to see you hon. I must admit I am not a big pizza eater. I like it but I don't love it. So those few times that I do eat it, it is always so very delicious but I am not a fan of the pepperoni at all. I do like other yummy toppings like sausage and mushroom being my favs.

    I so enjoyed reading your blog and sharing your memory, I think I smelled it too !!!

    Hope all is well in your world friend. Big HUGS !!!
    1503 days ago
    Love emoticon too! Maybe you ought to post a question on the message boards to see if anyone has created a pizza that is low sodium and still has flavor. emoticon
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