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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Wow! Now that is a good, cheap pizza

Good food / recipes, Just for fun!, Living well on less $

I cannot remember when we started the tradition of having frozen pizza on a Saturday night at our house. It may date back to when my husband and I were first married in the late 1970s. It is a tradition that has stuck over the years though. The brand may have changed, but menu has stayed the same. (I joke it is against my religion to cook on the weekend.)

At first we were loyal Tombstone fans. Then Brewer's came out; that was better. Brewer's went out of business, but Jacks seemed almost identical. Enter thick crust on the scene. But something happened when Jacks was bought by Kraft foods several years ago. Their pizza just didn't measure up and it got more expensive too. We switched to Orv's, which is so-so OK and tried a few others but no favorites. (Alas, the fabulous gourmet pizza I used to get at Aldi is no more.)

Oh, there are some frozen pizzas out there that are very good. Home Run comes to mind. But we need more than one at our house and my dollar limit on dinner for the most part is $10/meal. 

Tonight, I tried something new: pizza from Walmart. Actually, it is really a Sam's Choice Deli pizza but it is sold at Walmart.

Oh, I know Walmart pizza sounds tacky, but I made it tonight and it got 3 thumbs up! Plus, it was so large we only needed 1 pizza for the 3 of us. And did I say it was inexpensive? I think it was $7.99. (My offspring said he thought it was even cheaper at Sam's, but we are not Sam's members.) It was a 16 inch, 3 pound 7 oz. Supreme. Outstanding for grocery store pizza--lots of toppings and great sauce flavor. (I cannot call it frozen because it is refrigerated. I did freeze mine at time of purchase, then let it thaw a bit before I baked it for 25 min @ 375.) 

Maybe you have been enjoying Sam's pizza for years but it was a first for us. Sam's Choice Supreme Pizza lives up to its name. 

Although we rarely venture over, Pizza Man on the east side at North Avenue and Oakland Avenue is still our favorite pizzaria pizza. It has an excellent flavor and very thin, crispy crust. Actually, if the Sam's/Walmart pizza would have a thinner crust, I would be hardpressed to justify goint to Pizza Man!

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