Bacon: Pizza and Soup

So many years ago when I got married, a regular feature for myself and the wife was “Pizza Night” on Saturday night.  This usually involved homemade pizza, reading the Sunday Chicago Tribune and watching a movie on TV.  Now with my 10 year old, we have been dong the same but with a DVD/Blu Ray.

So we have a pound of some fresh, thick cut bacon and I had planned to put some on my pizza and use the rest for making my split pea soup on Sunday for my week of lunches.


Sometimes I cut it up to start, and sometimes I leave it whole and cut it up after cooking.  Does it make a difference?


Mmmmm, getting crispy !


With the bacon all done, I can fry the sausage.  Pork sausage fried in bacon grease !!!!  Woooooooooooooooo !!!


Sausage, bacon and some green olives.

The wife has come up with a pretty good (and easy) recipe for the dough that is very good for thin crusts.


Now, on to the next day and making my infamous “Split Pea and Bacon Soup.”

While at the grocery store I saw on the discount cart the the beef broth marked down to $1.00 and thought that I could find a use for it.  I thought that perhaps it would add something to my split pea soup.


Very simple ingredients.  The onion flakes are a new item for this soup.


Sigh !!!

Since I live in a house with bacon moochers, this is all that was left of the bacon.  Enough to nibble on, but not enough for the soup.


Now, when I poured in the first container of the BEEF broth, I realized right away that I had “overbeefed” the soup.  I mean whoda thunk that “BEEF Broth” was going to be so beefy??

So, what to do??

BEEF !!!

I had a package in the fridge and thought that it would be interesting to now try that.  There was $2.00 coupon so it was also cheap beef.


I only used one of the pieces of beef for the soup and saved the other for another dinner.


I never learn sometimes.

No matter how I cook my soup, it always boils over and makes a mess on the stove.

Yes, I cleaned this up.


I am putting the beef in raw, so when I reheat it at work, the meat will be just right, not over cooked.


My daughter was watching me cook and she wanted a sample of the soup:

“That’s good soup daddy.”


Hot Pizza

Oh lucky me it’s pizza night again !!

Tonight it is going to a spicy little number……………


Simple ingredients here.  Nothing too complicated.


Some nice, fresh, locally made sweet pork sausage.  Sometimes I like it with the fennel seed, sometimes not.


I try my best not to buy pre shredded cheese.  There is a noticeable difference in taste with the block cheese.  Some of the manufactures put cellulose on the shredded cheese to keep it from sticking together in the package, and even with the premium brands, it is noticeable.

It’s not really too much extra work to either shred it by hand or pull out the food processor.

As a child, I can remember many pizza nights where I would have to shred 3-4 pounds of fresh mozzarella on pizza night with a hand grater.


I am using a pre-made thin crust for my crust.


All cooked up.

The cheese gets nice and browned and the crust gets crispy.

The combination of the pepper jack cheese and the hot tomatoes put a nice zing on my pizza.

Pizza Night

Back when I was but a wee lad, “Pizza Night” at our house was usually on Sunday.  Now, for us, pizza night was extra special because:

(1)          We got to eat in the living room and watch TV.

(2)          We got to drink soda.

As far as watching TV, we usually got to watch “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” and “The Wonderful World of Disney.”

As for the soda, pizza night was the only time we got to drink it.  Unlike today where many people have substituted soda for their dinner beverage with their meals, it was at one time a real treat for us. I personally used to drink too much soda, but about 7-8 years ago I cut out drinking soda.   It wasn’t because of the calories, (been drinking diet soda since the days of “Tab” and saccharin.) It just seemed to make me feel “bloaty.” Very fond memories of drinking ice cold Coca Cola from Wyler grape jelly jar glasses.

Old time pizza.  Back in the day, “Chef Boyardee Pizza Mix”  was da bomb.


Now, when you look at the picture, that’s exactly what the pie looked like.  Bread, sauce and a dusting of yellow like stuff.  Always had to add some real cheese to it!!!

That’s pretty much what we had for pizza until my mother bought a pizza stone.  Then the pizzas got real good.

Here’s a recent Pizza Night:


A nice pan full of sweet Italian sausage.  Unfortunately, no fennel.


A very rare action shot of the wife shredding the mozzarella cheese.


Now, as far as the sauce, I don’t care too much for it.  So I am going to use  some diced  tomatoes with green chilies in it. (just like the can says)


DOH !!!!!

That’s a Homer Simpson joke !!


DOH !!! With sausage and green olives.


Into the screaming hot oven.  About 450 degrees.  Well, that might be screaming to some people.


About 30 minutes later.  I like to have my cheese browned.


The wife likes hers cooked on the pizza stone.


No, not all of these were drank with the pizza.

I picked the “Chocolate Red” to have with my pizza.

Now, I had seen “Chocolate Red” at the store before, but never bought it because I wasn’t sure what it would taste like, but the wife brought it home.  It was incredible !!!!!  Not the kind of wine you would drink every day, but it did well for pizza night.  It was only $4.00 too.


Between “Pizza Night” and the time I wrote this post,  we had enough leftover cheese and sausage to make “Taco Shell Pizzas.”