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The Pizza Project September 19, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor.

BFF and I decided we needed a new project.  After extensive evaluation and consideration, we agreed on “The Pizza Project.”

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It will be just like The Manhattan Project except (1) it won’t be conducted in secret and (2) nothing will get blown up.

Except, perhaps, our waists.

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Each week we’ll pick a pie to “sample.”  Any pizza that doesn’t meet our exacting specifications will be CHOPPED.

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Winning pies will move forward to the next round (which makes sense given their shape).

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We’ll continue this project until we tire of eating pizza (yeah, like that day is ever going to arrive) or we take on a new challenge ~> The Chocolate Project!


Aah . . . that’s better!

What are you working on?

If you’re between projects, remember the adage . . . “love what you do & you’ll never have to work another day in your life.”


1. Jill Weatherholt - September 19, 2015

That is my kind of project, Nancy! And the chocolate project…sign me up! Can you tell I haven’t eaten breakfast yet. 🙂

nrhatch - September 19, 2015

Pizza is good for breakfast!

I grinned all the way through your last post. Write on!

Jill Weatherholt - September 19, 2015

Especially cold pizza. Thank you so much, Nancy. You’ve kept me laughing along the way, that’s for sure. 🙂

nrhatch - September 19, 2015

Mangia! I’m glad you’re laughing along the way.

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

2. Kate Crimmins - September 19, 2015

Just finished painting the kitchen. Would much rather start that pizza project! Are you making any yourself or rating pizza joints? Hmmmmm…..

nrhatch - September 19, 2015

We do make pizza on occasion . . . but this project will focus on trying and re-trying all the great pizza joints surrounding us.

So many pizzas . . . so little time!

Kate Crimmins - September 19, 2015

My kinda project! All eating — no work! Woo hoo!

nrhatch - September 19, 2015

Best of all . . . I’ve LOST weight since commencement! Woot!

3. Pix Under the Oaks - September 19, 2015

I am all for this project! Going to be hard to beat Rise Pies! I am already dreaming of a Rise Pies pizza in January. Why can’t Missouri have a Rise Pies??????? We have not found a pizza in Missouri that stands out! We loved Sbarro’s pizza but they pulled out of locations near us. Oh my, I just googled and there is a Sbarro’s at the Lake of the Ozarks… yay!

nrhatch - September 19, 2015

Rise Pies is on our list too, Pix. We’ve eaten there 4-5 times in a year and loved it every time. Let’s do a “meet, greet, and eat” there in January!

Looks like the “Lake of the Ozarks” will be on your radar now.

Pix Under the Oaks - September 19, 2015

We lived at the Lake of the Ozarks before we moved to the Tiny Ten so no problem finding our way there… only 25 minutes away. Sounds good on the “meet, greet, and eat”… !!! I googled Rise Pies, closest one, UTC… LOL!

nrhatch - September 19, 2015

Rise Pies would be “quite the hike” from Missouri. So, enjoy Sbarro’s at the lakes until your next visit to FL . . . which I’m glad to hear will be in just a few short months. 😎

4. anotherday2paradise - September 19, 2015

Some projects are just more delicious than others. 😀 I’ve done my fair share of such research.

nrhatch - September 19, 2015

This is the BEST Project EVER! We’re having a blast and we just got started.

5. Patricia - September 19, 2015

This is a project I could take on not care if it was ever finished!

nrhatch - September 19, 2015

Yes! The PERPETUAL Pizza Project ~> fun in the sun that is NEVER done.

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6. Eileen - September 19, 2015

Perhaps this could be turned into a paying project, or at least free pizza…..advertising the project……soliciting donations of pizza from the Pizza stores, manufacturers and restaurants for the advertisement. Telling who was afraid to compete 🙂
I think this has all sort of possible perks, including “gain”full employment. 🙂

nrhatch - September 19, 2015

Excellent idea, Eileen! And we could CrowdFund to cover extraneous expenses (gas for the car and gas-x for our tummies).

7. L. Marie - September 19, 2015

My mouth is totally watering, Nancy! So glad you’re doing this pizza project. And I’m glad I ate lunch before reading this post. Otherwise, I’d be running out the door in search of pizza and chocolate.

nrhatch - September 19, 2015

This is the BEST project ever! Come on down and you can help us with some of the research! :mrgreen:

8. livelytwist - September 19, 2015

I like the pizza project, but I’ll pass. I’m working on the exercise project XD

nrhatch - September 19, 2015

Yes, we’ll focus on the balance between “energy consumed” and “energy expended.”

9. Barb - September 19, 2015

I’m all in favour of a pizza project Nancy, but I’d have to combine it with an exercise project too!

nrhatch - September 19, 2015

Balance is good. We try to exercise 5-6 days a week . . . at least 20 minutes, sometimes more. Weather permitting, we cycle between walking, biking, and swimming.

10. Tiny - September 19, 2015

That was a great round of rounds! Our waists do not allow a weekly pizza project. So it’s a big feast a few times a year. Food project wise I’ve been working on new sauces for baked fish… A new, spicy remoulade is my fav right now 🐟

nrhatch - September 20, 2015

One large pie lasts us 4 meals because we each enjoy a single slice served with fruit & veggies to UP the fiber. In fact, I’ve lost weight this week since starting the Pizza Project. Yippee!!!

Spicy spices are my favorite ~ have fun with you remoulade.

11. Behind the Story - September 20, 2015

That sounds like a fun project. I wish I’d thought of that. I’ve been thinking about starting a shopping project to get a head start on Christmas presents. Just thinking about it …

nrhatch - September 20, 2015

LALALALALALALALALALA (quickly covers ears to avoid premature discussion of yuletide). 😛

As for the pizza project ~ the more the merrier.
Tis the season to eat pizza . . . FALALALALALALALALA! :mrgreen:

12. beeblu - September 20, 2015

My waist expanded just reading this!

nrhatch - September 20, 2015

We’re whittling away at our waists while enjoying single slices of ooey gooey cheesey goodness. HOW? One slice of pie (1/3 of the plate) accompanied by fruits and veggies (2/3 of the plate) to fill us UP without filling us OUT.

13. sufilight - September 20, 2015

Now, I am hungry and it’s time to go to bed. lol. Maybe I will have sweet dreams of eating pizza and starting a Chocolate Project all with zero calories. Yum!

nrhatch - September 20, 2015

Eating in our dreams is a great zero-calorie indulgence . . . as long as we don’t wake up famished. 😎

14. Don - September 20, 2015

I look forward to the gastronomical comparisons, Nancy.

nrhatch - September 20, 2015

Unlike Reality TV Shows that declare A WINNER (b/c life is all about competition, isn’t it?), we’ll decide whether each pie we enjoy should remain in the line-up for future enjoyment or be CHOPPED.

Pizzas often have a “unique presence” that defies comparison with other pies. 😎

Don - September 20, 2015

Are you going to name the place where you experienced the pizza

nrhatch - September 20, 2015

Yes, of course. We will use a highly scientific data gathering and recording methodology:

Q. Do you like this pie?
A. Mmm Hmm
Q. So, it stays on the list?
A. Mmm Hmm
Q. Agreed! Oma’s stays on the list. What’s next?
A. Bella Mia
Q. Mangia!

15. Carol Ferenc - September 20, 2015

Pizza and chocolate? Oh, yeah, my kind of project. How could it NOT succeed?

nrhatch - September 20, 2015

Exactly! The best way to “get things done” is to plan to do stuff that you want to do. Like eat. 😛

16. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - September 20, 2015

Love that project! My son works at a cheap pizza joint, and so we have it frequently and you’d think I would be tired of it…. But that’s not the case 🙂 Enjoy Nancy!

nrhatch - September 20, 2015

I have never tired of pizza. One of the best food inventions ever. Along with pasta. And chocolate.

17. jannatwrites - September 20, 2015

Your projects are fun – pizza, then chocolate? What’s not to love about that? I’m working on keeping my sanity and hope in sight. Not nearly as tasty as your projects 🙂

nrhatch - September 20, 2015

This is the BEST project I’ve ever embarked on. Since we only eat about a 1/4 of a pie per meal, it means less cooking.

Less is More!

Hang on to your sanity. Hope helps.

18. diannegray - September 20, 2015

I’ll be in the chocolate project, Nancy. Meanwhile I’m struggling with my muse who thinks I should turn my sights to art – hey, who am I to argue? 😀

nrhatch - September 21, 2015

I never argue with my amusing muse! What type of art are you apt to embark upon? Paint, pottery, granite sculptures, or a pile of “Used Kleenex in the Korner”?

Enjoy the ride from here to there.

diannegray - September 21, 2015

There is actually a pile of used Kleenex in the corner at the moment Nancy because I’ve got hay fever (LOL) I’ll get a photo 😀

Yes, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in life – never argue with the muse 😉

nrhatch - September 21, 2015

I enjoyed your post sharing your artwork ~ have fun exploring your “micro worlds.”

19. JOriginal Muse - September 21, 2015

Awww, c’mon…! Really, Nancy..?! Just when I was settling in on being a confirmed vegan for life, you go and throw in pictures like that…! Get thee behind me… and take thine pizzas with thee… Hmmm… Maybe I will counteract by trying vegan cheese on these 😉

nrhatch - September 21, 2015

I’ve decided against a vegan diet. For now. Any incremental benefit to my physical health would be offset by the nose-dive in my psychological well-being from eliminating pizza with real cheese. And I figure I already did my part for the planet by:

(1) adopting a vegetarian diet
(2) downsizing
(3) limiting purchases
(4) reducing driving and flying
(5) not having kids
(6) recycling what we can
(7) supporting environmental causes

So I am NOT giving up C~H~E~E~S~E. Or chocolate. 😎

JOriginal Muse - September 21, 2015

Ha ha ha..! Fair enough 😉 I suppose giving up cheese is my penance for having five offspring.. Unless they do something exceptionally noteworthy to contribute solutions to the planet… Then maybe I can throw an occasional goat or sheep cheese back into the mix… But only for my psycho-social-emotional well-being, of course 😉

nrhatch - September 21, 2015

You never know, Jo ~> one of the five could “save the planet.” So you got that going for you.

We’ve reduced consumption of animal products about as far as I’m wiling to go ~ we no longer drink moo juice or eat eggs, but we still enjoy honey, butter, cheese, and ice cream. We also like non-dairy ice cream. It’s SoDelicious!

JOriginal Muse - September 21, 2015

Way to go…! For me, going vegan was never a judgement… It was more of a health statement… My gut and my whole system does better with plant-based. I’m also conditioning myself into more raw… Right now, I’m at about 99% raw veganese. And although not all of my kids are following in those footsteps, at least one of them is on the path to saving the planet 😉

And speaking of non-dairy ice cream, I’ll have to find a way to send you sample jars of my own recipes… I’ve been developing them for the past three years and considering putting them on the market shelves. Raw cacao is my best so far… So, if you do do the Chocolate Project, maybe you can include that in your taste tests..? 🙂

nrhatch - September 21, 2015

Sure! Although shipping “ice cream” to Florida in small batches => a BIG challenge! A bit beyond my ken.

What do your friends, family, and neighbors think of your creations?

JOriginal Muse - September 21, 2015

My co-worker friend and I just ate some for breakfast… Yes, breakfast..! Most of the breakfast foods out there are literally killing us. However, with ingredients like raw cashews, homemade hazelnut milk, dates, organic grade B maple syrup, raw cacao and Celtic sea salt, this is the breakfast of vegan champs. I’ll have to experiment with shipping if end up marketing online someday. In that case, just for being willing to be my “practice run” you’ll have one with your name on it… and I use glass mason jars… no plastic here. My family and friends have contributed to the development… Their first reaction is, “I can’t believe it’s not dairy…!” My co-worker keeps telling me she doesn’t believe I made it… She ate the whole thing 😉

nrhatch - September 21, 2015

Sounds like a good collection of ingredients ~ my sister uses raw cashews to make a creamy vegan alfredo sauce for GF fettucine noodles.

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JOriginal Muse - September 21, 2015

Uh oh… I sense another vortex I can get sucked into…! Ha ha … No, I haven’t heard of it, but if it’s anything like Pinterest, I can definitely sniff my way down that rabbit hole. Thanks for sharing! And yes, raw cashews are a perfect subsitute base for almost any recipe that involves cream. I’ve used it for pasta and rice sauces, dips, soups, salad dressings, smoothies, etc… Okay…. enough food sharing… it’s making me hungry 😀

nrhatch - September 21, 2015

GPDB is an on-line store that sells raw, vegan, GF, organic, foods and delivers them to your door.

Prices are reasonable. Service is stellar.

20. Tammy - September 21, 2015

Ah yes, that IS better! I can handle the pizza project!

nrhatch - September 22, 2015

We are LOVING it! Last night we got pie #2 from Bella Mia. Another winner. For sides, we had colcannon and carrots. Easy cheesey!

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