My Big Fat Greek Meat Lovers Pizza Pie

Greek Pizza 142I LOVE Gyro sandwiches, so this will have all the flavors, but in a pizza-form. Save the “Tzatziki” packages from the frozen Gyro sandwich kit, to use on top of the Pizza. I also save the Pita bread as well to dip with my favorite Hummus: Sabra Olive Tapenade. Opa!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pizza crust, recommended: Pillsbury Classic, 13.8 oz
  2. Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, recommended: Festive, 1 lb.Greek Pizza 067
  3. Pepperoni, recommended: Hillshire Farms, 7 oz.
  4. Soppressata, Hot uncured Salami, recommended: Vincenza’s, 4 oz.
  5. Gyro Sandwich, recommended: Opaa, two 7.35 oz packages
  6. Feta Cheese Crumbles, recommended: Athenos, 6 oz.
  7. Italian Five Cheese Blend with a Touch of Philadelphia, recommended: Kraft, 8 oz.
  8. Margherita Pizza Sauce, recommended: Ragú, 14 oz., reserve 2 tablespoons
  9. Tri-Color Tomato Wedges in Olive Oil & Italian Spices, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.Greek Pizza 119
  10. Anchovies, recommended: Crown Prince, 2 oz.
  11. Kalamata Olives, Sliced, recommended: Great Value, ¼ cup
  12. Sumac, recommended: Zamouri Spices, ¼ teaspoon
  13. Oregano, recommended: Spice World, ¼ teaspoon
  14. Red Pepper Flakes, recommended: Spice World, ¼ teaspoon
  15. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, ¼ teaspoon
  16. Grated Parmesan Three Cheese Blend, recommended: Kraft, 1 teaspoon
  17. Red Onions, diced, ¼ cupGreek Pizza 065
  18. Flour, recommended: Wondra, as needed
  19. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 3
  20. Foil Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Wrap, 2-3

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Defrost the “frozen” Gyro Sandwich, and separate the Gyro slices from the Pita Bread, the day ahead or at least 30 minutes before cook time. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Greek Pizza 085Fry the Anchovies in a skillet to reduce the bones, but save as much of the Anchovy Oil as possible.
  3. Ground the Turkey Italian Sausage in the same skillet, until done. Drain and combine with the diced Red Onions, 2 tablespoons of the Pizza sauce and the diced Kalamata Olives.
  4. Prepare the Pizza crust by using two sheets of Parchment paper, flour as needed to keep it from sticking and use a rolling pin to get to the desired size for your cooking pan/sheet. For easy clean up, I line my pan with Parchment Sheets. Poke holes in the middle of the crust, using a fork, excluding the edges.Greek Pizza 093
  5. Pre-bake crust for 7 to 10 minutes and remove.
  6. Apply half of the Pizza Sauce and all of the Soppressata Salami. This is a good time for Mise en Place, a French culinary phrase which means “putting in place” or “everything in place. The Pepperoni package was already divided in half. I divided the Turkey Italian Sausage, in half, in the skillet.
  7. Add half the Turkey Italian Sausage and top with half of the Five Cheese Blend.
  8. Add half of the Pepperoni and half of the Feta Sauce.
  9. Greek Pizza 098Add the remaining Turkey Italian Sausage, Feta cheese and the remaining Pepperoni. Add the rest of the Pizza Sauce, the drained Tomato Wedges, more Kalamata Olives, Sumac, Granulated Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Grated Parmesan Cheese Blend and Oregano.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes and then remove from the oven.
  11. While it is baking, fry the Gyro slices in the same skillet on one side only. It fries like bacon, but don’t overcook it, as it will have additional cook time in the oven.
  12. Layer the Gyro slices and “smush” it down, if needed.
  13. Greek Pizza 105Add the remaining Five Cheese, topped with Oregano and Parmesan Cheese and bake an additional 9 to 10 minutes until the cheese melts.
  14. Let it rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. AKA: The longest 10 minutes in my life! I only had a banana and some chips so far.

Don’t get me wrong, I love ordering a Meat Lover’s Pizza from Pizza Hut, with marinara sauce, pepperoni, all-natural Italian sausage, slow-roasted ham, hardwood smoked bacon, seasoned pork and beef. Hopefully my take on a Puttanesca pizza will Greek-a-fy it!Greek Pizza 106

Laundry Day Update:

I got my new Washer & Dryer installed today. I got the Smart Wi-Fi models and connected them to my Smart Phone. Even though they are “shiny and new” I miss my old-ass ancient set already. This washer and dryer is so complicated, I hope I can figure out how to use when I wash a load tomorrow. Wish me luck!

It took me 10 minutes to figure out how to use it. And I still have Greek Pizza 115not figured out how to have it alert my phone. I can’t believe a wash load only took 20 minutes, compared to the older washer taking over 60 minutes.

My cat, Missouri Sunshine, loves the new washer and dryer! At first she was mesmerized, then afraid and then could not stop watching it spin. This is a new form of TV entertainment for cats.

Food & Toilet Paper Shortage Update:

Greek Pizza 156It’s funny how the TV Show: The Last Man on Earth, predicted COVID. Down to being set in the exact same year: 2020. It is not so funny having a food and toilet paper shortage. FOX should bring the show back, maybe we can find out how to resolve this?

I was so stressed out shopping on line to search for toilet paper. Forget about the usual suspects: Walmart, HyVee, Whole Foods and Amazon. I had to use Aldi’s instead. They had most of my stuff, but ran out of eggs, milk, liquid soap and toilet paper.

Greek Pizza 128My cat needs her milk and was almost out. So I found Dry Milk for Kittens at Amazon. Just mixed it with water and she is good to go.

I gave up on my usual suspects, as it seemed like toilet paper was nowhere to be found. So I checked at Lowes and Home Depot.

As soon as it put it in my basket, I got a notification that it was out of stock.

Greek Pizza 135I’m not playing the toilet paper game, so I ended up getting the giant roll at Home Depot. It will be ugly as hell, but at least I have TP for my bung hole. Party on Beavis and Butthead. Those dopes knew how important TP truly is.

 

 

 

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift? Echo!

Pizza Echo 015Happy Mother’s day on Sunday, May 13th.   Not sure what to give Mom?

How about an Amazon Echo device?

I was on the fence about getting an Amazon Echo, since it was released back in 2014.  Saw the hubs being used on some of my favorite shows like Modern Family and The Exes.

Was it really worth all of the hype?

Then Apple released the HomePod, which was appealing, since I have an iPhone 7.  I use IOS 10 on my iPhone (to keep all of the games I purchased that don’t work on IOS 11).  So that ruled out the HomePod.

Pizza Echo 016Amazon had a refurbished Echo Plus with the built-in hub for only $99.00.  So I thought what the heck, give it a chance.

Glad I did.  I LOVED it!

So much, that I decided to get the Echo Show for my bedroom and the Echo Dot for my home office.

I love the integration with the Alexa app, that I can use on my iPhone, iPad, Echo Fire 7 and Fire 6 tablets.

The set up was a breeze.  But I quickly learned the hard way to set it up via the iPhone to save time. That way, I don’t have to manually type in the Wi-Fi details during the setup.

Pizza Echo 014Using the Echo devices for phone calls is amazing!  It synced with all of my existing iPhone contacts and has a video option similar to FaceTime.

So now I plan to wall mount my older Fire Tablet and put it upstairs to use for calls, since I don’t have a phone upstairs.

Still trying to decide where to put my newer Fire Tablet, since the Echo Show replaced it as the alarm clock.  The possibilities are endless with Echo!

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Do you remember where you lived?

Wayne AveI was thinking about how much junk I have accumulated from my houses in all these years and where did it come from.  Then realized, I don’t remember every place that I have lived.

Some younger people may have only lived in less than 5 houses, parent’s home, dorm, apartment, etc.

But being older, means that you have lived in several homes.

So I tried my best to recap every place I’ve lived, permanent addresses, where the mail was changed.

  1. Current address, Wayne Avenue
  2. East 75th
  3. East 81st
  4. East 76th
  5. East 42nd
  6. 44th Street
  7. 45th Street
  8. Townhouse VG
  9. 2 Bdrm VG
  10. 1 Bdrm VG
  11. East 76th
  12. Montgall, with Aunt
  13. College Dorm, different city
  14. Montgall, with Dad
  15. East 76th
  16. Woodland
  17. 10th Street
  18. Flora
  19. 10th Street
  20. Wayne Miner
  21. Not sure where I lived when I was born?

ExteriorI’m not even sure if that list is accurate.  I will need to check with my siblings, they may remember more

My favorite place of all is my current home on Wayne.  It is a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath 2248 Square foot center hall Colonial built in 1923.  I hope I live to see it’s 100th anniversary.  I love Colonial homes and the 3 homes I have purchased have all been Colonial style.  And my mom’s house on East 76th was also Colonial style.

An older home means lots of projects.  And I LOVE home June 18 2013 038projects.  So far, I have had all of the original plumbing replaced, I have installed 9 new outdoor lights, 2 new outdoor receptacle sockets, 2 new outdoor faucets, replaced most of the light plate switches, the ceiling light in the foyer, 3 kitchen lights that came from my house on East 75th.

And I am not done.  I have one more matching ceiling light to install on my deck off the master bedroom.  I want to do a deck or patio off the French doors leading from the Sunroom.  Also replace the garage doors and fence.  I might tackle the kitchen one day and add granite, a backsplash and paint or replace cabinets.

It may seem like a lot of projects, but in the end, it’s my favorite location and I love the layout of the home.  Two things you can’t change:  the location and home layout/structure.

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The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 2 is Available now at Audible & iTunes!

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The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 1 is now in production to be released as an Audiobook late January or early February.  Part 3 is a bit serious.  But Part 1 on audiobook is a comedy hoot!  It had me ROFL!

I was very lucky have Fatimah Halim and J. Lyle narrate all 3 books.  Hopefully, they will narrate the Vampire Dancer Saga Part 4 as well.

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