Sunday, January 26, 2014


 Whenever there is cold and snow, you talk or write about cold and snow. On this Saturday, in January of 2014, we are having a lot of cold and snow. In those long ago years, that dwell in our memories, a cold, snowy Saturday could probably find us outside in snowball battles with friends, sledding down the nearest hill or building snowmen in the yard. Saturdays could also find us still warm in our beds by late morning. Saturdays meant freedom from school and homework. Saturday was a day at the end of the week to look forward to. Saturdays were for long mornings in bed, and Saturdays in the wintertime were for long days in the snow.
Back in our day, there might have been a favorite, simple meal that was always planned for a Saturday. Nowadays, pizza has become a popular Saturday favorite. Pizza might have been added to menus in the valley sometime in the sixties. Elsewhere they were being made and enjoyed in the fifties. Maybe your family had already discovered the Pizza Pie by then, too. 
Pizza Recipe
(NOTE: We started making this pizza in the 1950's, and I've used the recipe ever since. I like to sprinkle on chopped onion and green pepper. You may add any ingredient you wish. Let sauce set an hour or so to blend flavors before using.)

1/2 c. Milk
1 T. Sugar
3/4 tsp. Salt
3 T. Olive or Salad Oil
1/4 c. Water, warm
1 pkg. Dry Yeast
2 3/4 c. Flour
6 oz. can Tomato Paste
1/2 c. Water
Clove of Garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1/2 tsp. Oregano
1/2 tsp. Fennel
4 c. Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1 lb. Hamburger or Sausage, browned 

Scald milk; stir in sugar, salt and oil. Cool. Measure 1/4 cup water into large bowl; sprinkle in yeast and stir until dissolved. Add milk mixture. Stir in flour; knead for a minute. Place in greased bowl. Let rise 40 minutes. Spread on two lightly greased cookie sheets or pizza pans. Combine the rest of ingredients (except cheese and meat) to make the sauce. Spread on crust; add meat and cheese. Bake at 425ยบ for 20 minutes.
Makes 2 large pizzas
 Retrospect: 1950s New York-Pizza


The essence of nostalgia is an awareness that what has been will never be again. - Milton S. Eisenhower