A Cinematic Feast: Cheese Pizza

 

As Christmas arrives, we return to another exciting Cinematic Cook Off with my good friend, HungryEnoughToEatSix! I’ve changed movies this year – from A Christmas Story to Home Alone.

When I was younger, I was lucky enough to receive the box set of all of the Home Alone movies.  That being said, the first in the series is by far my favorite.  The thought of being stuck at home, all alone, ran through my brain as I watched.  I think back to all of the times my folks left, maybe even for just an hour or so to run errands, and the feeling of having the house all to myself.

A scene that is one of my favorites in Home Alone is the chaotic moment when Kevin attacks Buzz in the kitchen over a slice of cheese pizza.  And cheese pizza seems to be something that Kevin holds near and dear to his heart.  It shows up several times in the the series!

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Like Kevin, I f’ing love pizza!  This year I did my best to put a twist on the famous Cheese pizza that Kevin loves so much.

There were several different directions I could have gone with this pizza.  I decided to keep one a simple cheese pizza and make another pie which had all of the toppings hidden under a massive layer of cheese.

Pizza is something we make a lot in the Schmid household.  One of my pride and joys is the layer of unglazed tiles that in my oven.  These tiles have traveled with me from my post college bachelor pad to the home my wife, daughter, and I reside in.  There is a layer of awesomeness baked into these tiles.  Just turning the oven on brings a waft of pepperoni and cheese to the kitchen.

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My precious unglazed tiles

For the first pie, I used multi-grain crust because I find it very easy to work with.  This was a simple pie.  I sliced large chunks of mozzarella and tossed it on some cheap pizza sauce I found in Hannafords.  To help enhance the pizza, I added freshly chopped garlic and oregano.  It takes only about 10-11 minutes in the oven at 500 degrees.  The outcome was a deliciously greasy cheese pizza!

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For the second pie, I took sautéed mushrooms and pepperoni slices and hid them under a thick layer of shredded pizza cheese from Hannafords.  Unlike the first pie, I used wheat crust for this pizza.  It’s not as easy to work with, but I feel like I get a better pie than the normal pizza crust you can buy there.  This pie did not come out as well.  The thick layer of cheese caused the slices to be very flaccid.  Yes, I said flaccid.  And I made a major mistake… I added too much flour, which resulted in a thick layer of it hitting your tongue as you bit down.

With that being said, our good friend Brian Dube did not care and ate the majority of both pizzas and drank all of my beer.  Merry Christmas everybody and I hope you enjoyed this year’s Cinematic Cook Off!

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A Fingernail Rant

It has been a long, long time since my first post – so I will keep this short and sweet.

What the hell is up with all of this fingernail selfie shit?  I mean, really… It’s not a new car; it’s not a cat you just rescued from abuse; they’re your friggin’ nails… and they’re fake!! Why not let people naturally comment on them when they see your digits as you pose for a glamour shot with friends in a social situation?

I don’t get it… I just don’t get it…  Then again, I take pictures of beer I’m about to drink…

To each their own.

Ain’t Yo Momma’s Meatloaf – A Cinematic Christmas Feast

What better way to start blogging than with a Co-Blog post with my dear friend Nancy Mock (chef, baker, and creator of HungryEnoughToEatSix.com).  As a blogging formality, I will let you know that not every post on this blog, from this point forward, will focus on food; however, it will probably become a popular category for my posts.  Today, I will take you on the journey of how “Nan”, as they call her, and I came up with this Co-Blogging adventure and my experience making the best damn meatloaf known to man.

You’re probably wondering, how did it all begin?  Well, Nan and I were sitting next to each other before the feast started at Friend’s Thanksgiving (a pre-Thanksgiving with friends, if you will).  We were sipping cocktails, when news about her husband’s purchase of the Hungry Enough website came up.  With December closing in, Nan was hungry (no pun intended) for ideas that she could use for blogging during the month. Posts involving winter drinks or desserts came up, but nothing seemed to click.  Eventually, the dinner started and we became completely distracted.  We never spoke about that conversation again.  Until…

A few days later, as I continued thinking about Nan, I mean her blog, it hit me – blog posts that focused on meals from famous Christmas movies!  I immediately sent Nan a text and the wheels began to turn.  And here I am today, cooking some badass meatloaf and posting my first blog post on THE MIND OF SCHMID.

Now, meatloaf… why meatloaf?  I mean, I could have picked the Roast Beast or Cat Food Jell-O.  But no, I went back to my gut.  Which Christmas movie brings me back to sitting with my family in Pennsylvania eating a shit load of cookies – “A Christmas Story”.  That’s right, I remember this movie playing the background each Christmas, as it ran 24 hours on TBS.  Choosing the movie wasn’t the hard decision; it was choosing between meatloaf or duck (the scene in the Chinese Restaurant – remember… “Fra Ra Ra Ra Ra” – If not, click here).  Ultimately, it came down to my financial budget and the idea of cooking a duck after school was, honestly, intimidating.  Therefore, I went with the meatloaf and mashed potatoes.  Plus, the “Mommy’s Little Piggy” scene cracks me up every time I watch it (WATCH HERE).

My original plan was to smoke the meatloaf using a hotel pan; but that did not work out.  Instead, I took Mother Parker’s (the mom from the movie) meatloaf and added a different twist.  I wrapped the whole damn thing up in Applewood Smoked Bacon!  Yes, I created a heart-attack in loaf form.  meatloaf 1

What I enjoy most about meatloaf is that it is one of those meals that is relatively simple; a few ingredients, a quick mashing of them together in a bowl, and then toss it in the oven.  The biggest struggle was trying to cook the bacon and meatloaf at the same time, in the same oven, one on top of the other.  The meatloaf seemed perfect so I quickly turned on the broiler to finish off the bacon. This ended up extremely unsuccessful and I accidentally burnt one slice of bacon, literally.  There were flames roaring atop my meatloaf.   I contribute this to the fact that, while I was trying to perfect the bacon, I was also trying to make mashed potatoes and gravy, I became heavily distracted.

All in all, my wife was happy with it.  Her one critique was that it didn’t have the ketchup punch that meatloaf usually has.  I guess I’ll try again next December!

Thanks for reading.


So here’s what I included:

Ain’t Yo Momma’s Meatloaf

  • meatloaf32 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 Eggs
  • Vitamin D milk
  • Cheap bread crumbs
  • 1 diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Some Marjoram Leaf
  • A few squirts of tomato paste
  • Salt & Pepper

“Mommy’s Little Piggy” Mashed Potatoes

  • meatloaf26 red potatoes
  • Vitamin D milk
  • A lot of butter
  • Salt and Pepper

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Schmid Gravy

  • meatloaf4Baby bell mushrooms
  • Yellow onion
  • Beef stock
  • A quick roux
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Drippings from Ain’t Yo Momma’s Meatloaf