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Tony Tries It: Grilled Frozen Pizza

Full disclosure here… I really should have titled this post “Tony Tries It, Again: Grilled Frozen Pizza”.  You see, I have tried grilling frozen pizzas one other time before but that time the results were disastrous.

I didn’t plan in advance. I didn’t research tips for grilling frozen pizzas and I didn’t pay close attention while I was grilling it.  What followed were lots of smoke, a grill fire, and one inedible frozen pizza burnt beyond recognition.

That incident happened several years ago and it’s kept me from trying it again… until now. A recent heatwave made me want to give it another try.  I love frozen pizza.  They’re cheap, easy, and taste great.  What I don’t love is heating up the house when the air conditioning is running.

History was not going to repeat itself.  This time before trying to grill a frozen pizza I did my homework.  Some internet research led me to the Jack’s Pizza website and their instructions for grilling frozen pizza.  It just so happened that we had two Jack’s Pizzas in our freezer; a Canadian Bacon and a Sausage and Pepperoni.

Armed with this new knowledge I was ready to give it another go.  I got the temperature on our Mr. Steak gas grill dialed into 400 degrees; the perfect temperature.

It was time to put the pizza on the grill.

This time I stayed close to the grill and followed the instructions… and this time the pizza turned out perfectly!

The cheese was all melted and the crust was crispy.  Crispier than it gets in our oven.  There were even a few small spots with a little char on it that I think enhanced the grilled flavor. It was a big hit with my family.I will definitely be grilling more frozen pizzas… especially when I don’t want to heat up the house.

Next time I will try grilling two frozen pizzas at a time.  I think there’s just enough room on my grill to squeeze two on there.  For this experiment, I didn’t want to push the limits.  After all, I do have a history of setting pizzas on fire! 😉

Have you ever grilled frozen pizza? Got any tips?

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What I’m Into Right Now – August 2017

Wow! Where did time go? It seems like just last week I was writing about what I was into for July.  Now, we’ve turned another calendar page and are staring straight at August.  That means it’s time for a quick list of a few things that are currently making me happy.

What I’m Into Right Now – August 2017

Cody Jinks music – When I find new music that I like I go all in and listen to everything I can find.  That’s been the case with Cody Jinks’ music.  He’s got an awesome bluesy, classic country sound.

If you aren’t familiar with his music I’d start with the songs Loud and Heavy, I’m Not The Devil, Mamma Song, and Cast No Stones. They’re a few of my favorites.

Learning from YouTube – I’ve written before about how I’ve used YouTube videos to fix things around the house but lately, I’ve been using YouTube to learn some things I’m interested in… both personally and professionally.  If there’s something you want to learn you should give YouTube a try.

Pokemon Go – Yes. I’ll admit it.  I still play Pokemon Go.  I started playing last Summer to see what the buzz was about, then one of my daughters started playing with me so I kept on going.

The game recently turned 1 year old and they’ve had some special incentives and tweaks to the game that have upped my interest.  As of this writing, I’m currently at level 32.Sweet Corn – I love this summertime treat and hope to be eating plenty of it in the next few weeks.  I might even microwave some sweet corn for a quick lunch at the office.

Convenience Store Apps – Depending on where I’m at or what I want I’ll stop at one of two convenience store chains in our area; Casey’s General Store or Kum & Go.  They each have a mobile app that offers perks to users.

Casey’s app has special offers and a game you can play to try and win free products.  I’ve been lucky enough to win several free drinks and a couple candy bars.  In fact, I still have 2 free 20 oz. bottles of Gatorade that I’ve won that I need to get.

The Kum & Go app also has special offers.  Plus, you scan it when paying and you’ll get your 7th drink free.  It also keeps track of your pizza purchases and you get your 7th one free as well.

What are you into right now?

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Tony Tries It: Watermelon With Taco Seasoning

It’s time for another entry in my Tony Tries It series… where I try something new and let you know what I think.  This time I’m trying a unique blend of flavors I would never have come up with on my own; watermelon, lime, and taco seasoning.

I first came across this combination from Jeni Eats, one of my favorite food bloggers.  Last summer she shared a picture of it on Instagram and I was intrigued.  My family wasn’t.  Even with their skepticism, I knew it was something I wanted to sample.

Trying it last Summer never worked out but when a local grocery store recently had watermelons for $1.88 each I knew it would be the perfect opportunity.

I bought two watermelons.  Mostly, because of the great deal… but partly because my youngest (the biggest fruit fan I know) was disturbed by the thought of me “ruining a perfectly good watermelon”.

She reluctantly agreed to the taste test with me… as did my oldest daughter.  My wife wanted no part in it.  I think she had flashbacks of our Jolly Rancher Soda taste test.

The ingredients for this Tony Tries It were easy to put together.  I sliced the watermelon saving back pieces from the center.  I’ve always found them to be the sweetest.  Next, I cut a lime into wedges and put some Hy-Vee taco seasoning into a custard cup.

We also put some fine sea salt into a custard cup since my oldest had read salt on watermelon really enhanced the sweetness of the fruit.

It was time to see what we all thought of watermelon with taco seasoning.  We each put a watermelon wedge on our plate, sprinkled it with lime juice, and then a few pinches of taco seasoning. Before taking that first bite we ceremoniously “clinked” them together and said “cheers”.

I’ll admit that the first bite was a little odd and confusing.  My brain was trying to process having this unique flavor and texture combination for the first time.

The second bite was a little better and by the third bite, I could understand why someone might enjoy eating their watermelon with lime and taco seasoning.  It wasn’t bad… but it was interesting.

My youngest daughter did not like it at all.  My oldest thought it was just “OK” but not better than plain watermelon.

We decided to move on to other watermelon flavor combinations. Next was plain sea salt and watermelon.  None of us really cared too much for that.

Then it was on to watermelon, sea salt, and lime.  The lime helped make it a little more enjoyable but it still wasn’t a favorite of any of us taste testers.  I’m wondering how it would be with a little tequila misted on top.  Could be like a watermelon margarita.  Might be worth trying some time. 😉

Our last flavor combination was fresh lime and watermelon.  This was pretty good.  The lime added a crisp, brightness to each bite.  It was my youngest’s favorite of any of the combinations we tried.

In the end, we all agreed that you really can’t get much better than a cold piece of plain sweet watermelon.  That said if I was ever at a party and watermelon with taco seasoning was being served, I wouldn’t turn it down.

What about you? Have you tried watermelon with taco seasoning? What flavor combinations do you enjoy that others might find odd?

 

You can read more in the Tony Tries It Series! Here are some other topics I’ve covered:

Fresh Face Mask

Shooting A Machine Gun

Skittles Art

Microwaving Sweet Corn

Geocaching

Kayaking

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Reheating Pizza

Pizza Waffles

Tator Tot Waffles

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