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 -)