About beer pong and pizza -- 06/07/07

Some of you asked about the game of Beer Pong that I mentioned last time. Its origins are apparently lost in the haze of college drinking sometime in the 1980s. According to the Wikipedia entry it is an "American drinking game in which players throw a ping pong ball across a table with the intent of landing the ball in one of several cups of beer on the other end. The game typically consists of two two-player teams, although it can also be played one on one, on each side of a table and 6 or 10 cups arranged in a triangle at either end. When a ball lands in a cup, the defending team must consume that cup's beer. The game is won by eliminating all the other team's cups before one's own cups are eliminated."

Beer pong is very popular with Jeremy and his friends and also with Gillian and her friends (and, now that they are 22 and 25, there has come to be some overlap in their circles of friends). (They do make use of designated drivers.)

Nancy and I both enjoy pizza and I find that I've been making it more frequently lately. I was briefly puzzled by that but then a few moments thought enabled me to make the connection to Netflix and 24 -- Pizza is a very convenient food to eat. You could use it to justify "Hey, let's watch an episode of 24 while we eat!"

The pizza sitting on the pizza stone on the left was made Tuesday night. I make my own sauce, etc., but not my own dough. (Jeremy does sometimes, but he works in a pizza restaurant and I think he could make pizza dough in his sleep -- hmmm, come to think of it, he probably has.)

I buy Momma Mary's pizza crusts (although there are some expensive whole wheat ones I will buy if they are on sale). One of the things I like about Momma Mary's crusts is that they have less sodium than average. I usually use the 12 inch thin and crispy crust -- two to a package which works out fine because I have two pizza stones. (Sometimes I will make the 7-inch diameter thick crust ones -- three to a package.)

Pizza is a great way to use up leftover chicken. Tuesday night's pizza used some leftover chicken that had been marinated in spiedie sauce (I use Salamida's State Fair Spiedie Sauce ) I make my own tomato sauce -- commercial sauces are extremely high in sodium and I can chop up some onions and peppers and quickly saute them in some olive oil and then dump in some low sodium crushed tomatoes and some seasonings and in fifteen minutes or so I have a tasty sauce -- and while it is simmering, I can be cutting up the pizza toppings, etc. (I spread a little olive oil over the pizza shells, sprinkle on some basil, maybe a little Italian seasoning, then put on some mozzarella cheese (and maybe a little bit of cheddar cheese as well) and pop that into the oven for maybe two minutes or so, just enough to melt that layer of cheese -- then take it out and add a layer of tomato sauce over the melted cheese and then add my toppings. On Tuesday night I put a layer of mozzarella on the tomato sauce and then added the chunks of spiedie chicken plus chopped up red onions, some roasted red peppers, and some sun-dried tomatoes. Then I sprinkled a little bit of ground parmesan cheese on top. Pop the pizzas back into the oven for about ten minutes (more or less, keeping careful watch on it).

And the funny thing is, we ate at the kitchen table instead of in the living room because we had finished DVD #1 of season 2 the night before. (We do have a movie from Netflix -- Cellular -- but do not have time to watch a movie on a week night.) The second DVD of season 2 arrived in today's mail and maybe we will have time to watch an episode (or even two -- they're less than 45 minutes long without the commercials) on Friday night.

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