|Back when I was a kid, (don't you hate when a story starts
out that way, just means you're old), as I was saying....back
when I was a kid, growing up in the 50's and 60's food was a
little harder to come by.
If you wanted a pizza, you had to wait at least 20, 25
minutes and that was after you piled into the car, drove to the
restaurant, got out of your car, walk in, and ordered.
Angels and Devils.
Beef Dinners and Steaks
Breads, Muffins, and Rolls
Carry In Dishes.
Chicken, Poultry Dishes
Cobbler & Crisp Recipes
Dips and Party Mix Recipes
Fish, Shrimps, & other Swimmers.
Gravy - Gravies.
Ice Cream Recipes
Jams, Jellies, Marmalades
Lunch Box Sandwich Spreads
Marshmallow Creme Recipes.
Pancakes, Hotcakes, BuckWheats and
Pickles and Picklers
Porkchops, Piggies, and other Oinkers
Soups and Chowders
Vintage Recipe Books
|And to top it all off, made no difference if it was raining, snowing, or
hitting a hundred degrees outside. I should add, we didn't get our
first house air conditioner until 1969. Up until then, I have no idea
how we survived summers back then. But weather be had, want
pizza? Make the trip, or make it at home.
Anyway, my parents always thought pizza was an extravagant
purchase, seeing as how they owned a truck stop right down the
road. Food was food, my dad would always say, don't need anything
fancy, just get your belly full.
So, it was a real treat when mom would get us pizza from the only
local pizza joint I can remember from those days. Called Jerry's
Pizza. Best pizza in my mind's world, ever.
Mom would call ahead and order the pizza, then we would drive
down to pick it up. She sent us kids to the back door to pay for and
collect the pizza.
See Jerry's was and is a bar. I didn't even know what a bar was
then, only that it must be something "unsavory". That was how mom
explained it. Place was "unsavory" and not fitting.
With mom being a Christian, she couldn't bring herself to go into the
bar and pick up the pizza. Someone might see her and spoil her
Mom was big on keeping her reputation above reproach. She was
always telling us how we should never destroy our "reputations".
|Not sure what a reputation was, let alone how to protect it, I got to
thinking, if her walking into the place would spoil her reputation,
what would it do to us kids at the back door?
Still with all that the reputation spoiling, the temptation was great and
every once in awhile, mom would make the call and send us
knocking on Jerry's back door.
It is a real pleasure to say it is still there, serving up pizzas on a daily
basis and yes, thanks to mom, I feel a little "reputation" anxiety every
time I walk in Jerry's front door, picking up pizza.
The only other way to get a pizza back then was to make one at
home. They weren't sold pre-made ready for the oven in grocer
freezers back then. It was all done the old fashion way, with a
recipe or Chef Boy R Dee pizza in a box.
I collect old vintage recipes from those little tin recipe boxes mom's
would keep on their stoves or kitchen counters from the three
decades of the 1950's, 1960's, and 970's. I am sharing some of
those pizza recipes from then with you here.
|Pizza Buns - taken from the Georgia
1 pound pack sausage
Brown 10 minutes. Add 1 pound ground
beef and brown.
Drain it and add:
One 15 ounce can tomato sauce
One 4 ounce can sliced mushrooms -
2 teaspoons oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Need at least 2 packages English Muffins.
Split and toast muffins. Put 1 Tablespoon
meat mixture on toasted muffins. Sprinkle
each with 2 teaspoons parmesan. Put
slice of mozzarella cheese. Bake 400
degrees for 10 minutes. If frozen cool to
room temperature before baking. So you
can make these up ahead of time.
|I have no idea why this
photo reminds me so
strongly of pizza, but it
|Read, "The Story of the Missing
Cookie Jar" by PenVampyre. A
delightful little Christmas story with
mouthwatering recipes for the most
wonderful time of the year!
Read "Santa and the Magic Key". An
entertaining story for the holidays, plus
recipes for your Christmas. A story by
Read "Easter and Where NOT to Hide
Eggs" Memories of Easters past and a
few vintage recipes.
Logan's Halloween Story -The original
story won first place in sixth-eighth
grade division of Southeastern Middle
School, 2005 by Logan Lyon.
Food and Genealogy. A story By
Robin L. Wallace. Our lives, our
families, our very history's are defined
by the foods we eat.
Family Reunion Recipes.
"The Fourth of July and Other
(With Apologies to Jean Shepherd)
By Robin L. Wallace
A short story by Suellen Fry.
Memories of my father and his version