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Memory Monday – School Lunches

How many times in recent memory have you thought about school lunches? For me the number is 2.

The first was over the weekend.  Our dance studio was competing in a dance competition held at a larger school in Central Iowa.  Their facilities were outstanding.  I noticed the sign outside their lunch room showing the food options.

School Lunch Menu Board

They had 5!  When I was younger the only option we had was to eat the one meal the school served or pack your own home lunch.

Home lunch wasn’t always an option for me either.  My parents only let us bring a home lunch a few times each school year.

I usually saved my home lunch days for the times the school served beanie weenies… a meal I couldn’t stand.  It was my least favorite school lunch of all time. (I’ve since been able to get to a point where I can eat this but it’s still not something I prefer.)

When I got to high school a third option was introduced!  You could go get the hot meal or you could get with the salad bar.  I was a big fan of the salad bar… especially because it had ranch dressing and bacon bits.  Two things I don’t ever remember having at home.

Lunchtime at school was cool because I got to see one of my aunts each day. She worked at the school and punched our lunch tickets before we got our food.

Times have certainly changed in how schools keep track of lunch money.  No more punch cards.  It’s all done electronically now.  Every kid has their own number that they punch in when they go through the lunch line.

The system is even sophisticated enough to email families when their student gets a low balance.  Which reminds me… the other time I thought about school lunches was this afternoon when I got one of those emails.  I need to wrap this up and add some money to my daughter’s lunch account!

What memories do you have of school lunches?

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Tony Tries It: Reheating Pizza

I love pizza and have fond memories of it.  We have pizza at least once a week.  That means I have leftover pizza at least once a week for lunch.

Until now I’ve had 3 options for reheating leftover pizza:

  1. Don’t.  Eat it cold.  I don’t mind cold pizza especially if it is really saucy.  If my family would let me I’d order all our pizza with extra sauce.
  2. Microwave it.  This is the quickest option but it also yields the least desirable results.  The crust will be soggy and you’re bound to get some hot spots and some that are still just luke warm.
  3. Re-bake it in the oven.  This option will give you the best results but takes a little longer.  The crust will get crispy, especially if you use a pizza stone.

This week I read about another way to reheat a piece of pizza… in a covered pan on the stove.

It sounded interesting so I thought I’d give it a try and share the results with you.

The directions were easy: start with a cold pan, put a slice of pizza in it, cover the pan, and heat it on medium for 6 minutes. (Yes, I’m using a Rachael Ray pan.  We’ve had them for a couple years and they’re holding up well.)

Reheating pizza in a pan on the stove

I have to say I was impressed with the results.  The crust came out crispier than when we had it the first time.  I would definitely do this again.

The only downside is you are limited to the number of slices you can reheat based on the size of your pan. The most we could fit in our biggest pan would be 4, maybe 5. (I’m not sure if you’d get the same results more slices and a bigger pan.   I need to investigate this further.)

Have you reheated pizza on the stove?  What were your thoughts?

Remember, if you have an idea for a “Tony Tries It” post let me know!

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Tony Tries It: Pizza Waffles

Time for another Tony Tries It… where I try something you might have seen online and let you know my thoughts about it.  The first installment was Tator Tot Waffles.

For this next one I’m returning to the waffle iron to try out a recipe idea both my oldest daughter and I originally saw in our Facebook news feeds.  We thought it looked interesting so today we decided to give it a try.  Here’s a link to the inspiration for this post.

Pizza Waffles

Here’s what you’ll need:

Oil spray to keep things from sticking to the waffle iron

A tube of refrigerator biscuits

Pizza Sauce

Shredded Cheese

Pepperoni, cooked sausage, or Canadian bacon.

Pizza wafle ingredients

The original recipe has you putting these together on the waffle iron. Rather than risk getting burned we put ours together on a cutting board and then used a pancake turner to transfer them to the hot waffle iron.

Adding sauce to pizza waffles

Instead of mini pepperoni we used full size turkey pepperoni slices and cut them in fourths.

Adding toppings to pizza waffles

My daughter pretty much did all the work and delegated the picture taking to me.   Here’s one ready to cook.

Pizza waffle ready to cook

And this is how it looked 3 – 4 minutes later.

Finished pizza waffle

That wasn’t “pretty” enough so my daughter decided to plate one up like you’d see on a cooking show.  I’ll admit she made it look really good!

Plated pizza waffles

Tips and Take-Aways:

We all really enjoyed this and plan on making them again some time. Not sure if they exist, but garlic flavored biscuits would really add to the flavor.  If not adding some garlic bread sprinkle would be good too.

My kids aren’t onion fans but I think adding a little minced onion to the toppings in the middle would be good and add flavor.

My oldest preferred to eat hers on a plate like you’d eat a normal waffle.  I liked to quarter mine and dip the pieces in the extra sauce warmed up.

You could take this concept and adapt it to other things too.  Like tuna melts or sloppy joes.  They could be interesting.

All in all, we give this a big thumbs up for ease, taste, and fun.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

If you ever run across something you think I should try be sure and let me know.  I might use it for an upcoming “Tony Tries It”.

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