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Edith/Maddie here, just back from vacation and ready to get back to work.
But first, let me welcome Mindy Quigley to the Wickeds! Mindy and I both have short stories in the Beat of Black Wings anthology, in which every tale riffs in some way off a Joni Mitchell song (Sherry has one in it, too). I met Mindy during an online short story panel, and when I heard she had a first-in-series cozy mystery coming out, I invited her to the blog. Three lucky commenters will receive a copy of Six Feet Deep Dish! I can’t wait to start reading the book, which releases next week.
Isn’t that a great cover? Here’s the blurb:
Fresh mozzarella, tangy tomato sauce, and murder: the perfect recipe for a delicious first entry in Mindy Quigley’s Six Feet Deep Dish, a delectable new series…
Delilah O’Leary can’t wait to open her new gourmet deep-dish pizzeria in Geneva Bay, Wisconsin—a charming resort town with a long history as a mobsters’ hideaway, millionaires’ playground, and vacation mecca. Engaged to a hunk with a hefty trust fund, Delilah is poised to begin a life that’s just about as delicious as one of her cheesy creations. Just before opening night, though, Delilah’s plans for pizza perfection hit the skids when her fiancé dumps her and leaves her with a very large memento from their relationship—Butterball, their spoiled, plus-sized tabby cat.
Delilah’s trouble deepens when she discovers a dead body and finds her elderly aunt holding the murder weapon. Handsome local police detective Calvin Capone, great grandson of the legendary gangster, opens an investigation, threatening to sink Delilah’s pie-in-the-sky ambitions before they can even get off the ground. To save her aunt and get her pizza place generating some dough, Delilah must deliver the real killer.
Take it away, Mindy!
You ask people about their cupcake preferences, and they probably have thoughts. Chocolate or vanilla, fancy boutique flavors or made straight from the Duncan Hines box, unadorned or topped with edible sugar tchotchkes. These are legitimate opinions, and a variety of taste preferences is generally accepted.
Ask people about their favorite pizza, though, and emotions start running hot. Foldable New York by-the-slice? The pleasingly solid rectangle of a Detroit-style pie? Or a simple, quick-baking Neapolitan? Choose your weapon, because this is a shooting war.
I didn’t quite realize what choppy waters I was wading into when I decided to set the Deep Dish Mysteries series in a Chicago-style deep-dish pizza restaurant. Maybe I fell victim to what food journalist and pizza connoisseur Steve Dolinsky labeled PIGUE (Pizza I Grew Up Eating) Syndrome. PIGUE is characterized by an inability to judge pizza without bias, to distinguish good pizza from familiar pizza.
I was raised in Chicago, and to me there are two types of pizza:
- Crispy-crust tavern-style squares of the kind served by South Side staple Aurelio’s
- Deep-dish, with its thick, buttery crust, mile-high layer of oozing mozzarella and reversal of the usual order of toppings (i.e. cheese, then toppings, then sauce)
I’m a fairly adventurous eater overall, so in most culinary domains, I won’t knee-jerk dismiss the unfamiliar. But with pizza, I have feelings, and I know I’m not alone in this. There’s something so foundational, so rooted in rituals and memories of childhood, that insulting someone’s pizza preferences strays worryingly close to insulting their mama. This is a theme that undergirds the relationship of my main character, Chicago-native Delilah O’Leary, to pizza. Although she spent her early career in fine-dining, pizza is her passion. For her, deep-dish is about comfort, about deliciousness. A celebration of cheese and joy.
Even for readers who didn’t grow up eating deep-dish, I think the book will resonate. I pitched the Deep Dish Mysteries a few months before a global pandemic bullied its way onto the scene. Since then, we’ve collectively been on a long, strange trip. The elements of this series—snuggles with cats, cocktails with friends, and most of all pizza—may not cure everything that ails us, but they’re a reminder of what life can be.
The return to foundational foods seems to be in cultural zeitgeist at the moment. From the success of fictional shows like Hulu’s The Bear, which centers on a thinly-veiled version of Chicago’s iconic Mr. Beef sandwich shop, to real-life restaurants like Turkey and the Wolf, an undertaking by celebrity chef Mason Hereford that plays with iconic childhood dishes like bologna sandwiches, there’s an appetite to do away with baroque culinary creations and obscure ingredients in favor of nostalgic yumminess. Six Feet Deep Dish is in the same vein. After almost three years of self-denial, isolation, and a quasi-obsessive focus on our health, this book, I hope, will provide readers with a big, cheesy slice of comfort.
Readers: Have you tried deep-dish pizza? Did you like it? Do you think the pizza you grew up eating is ingrained in your palate for life, or have you moved on to greener pizza pastures? What memories does eating pizza evoke for you? Three commenters will win a copy of Six Feet Deep Dish! U.S. residents only.
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Mindy Quigley is the author of two cozy mystery series: the Deep Dish Mysteries and the Mount Moriah Mysteries.
Her short stories have won awards, including the 2018 Artemis Journal/Lightbringer Prize. Her non-writing career has been stranger than fiction, taking her from the US to the UK, where she worked as the personal assistant to the scientist who cloned Dolly the sheep, and as project manager for a research clinic founded by the author J.K. Rowling.
She lives in Virginia, with her Civil War history professor husband, their children, and their idiosyncratic miniature Schnauzer. Find out more at: mindyquigley.com
Dont like deep dish prefer thin pizza and yes I believe what kind of pizza you grew up on is what you will enjoy.
I love pizza! We have it every Friday night in my house. My husband and I tried different pizza places while in Chicago a couple years ago. I remember Gino’s pizza. Loved the deep dish pizza! He prefers thin crust, I prefer deep dish!
Congratulations on your book! I adore that book cover! Thanks for the chance!
Thanks for your kind words. Chicago is truly a pizza-lovers’ paradise! Glad you got to try some options there. Totally agree about the cover design. I’m in love with this cat. -Mindy Q.
Sad to hear you don’t like DD. 🙁 Maybe this book can convince you to try making it yourself. Then, you can modify it to your taste! There are recipes included. 🙂 -Mindy Q.
Congratulations on your upcoming book release. I was lucky to read the book and loved it. I prefer my NY foldable pizza. I tried deep-dish pizza and it was too much for me. And I do judge other pizzas I eat from other areas by what my taste buds say is comparable to what I grew up with.
Thanks for your kind words, Dru Ann! NY pizza is definitely more portable, I’ll give that! -Mindy
I grew up in rural MA and we didn’t have many options for pizza. The only deep dish I’ve had is Pizza Hut. I’ve heard about Chicago style and what to try it some day but due to health reasons I can’t eat it. I’ll have to rely on my husband’s opinion when we are in Chicago on a layover next month. I love the cover of your book, so cute. Thank you for this chance at your giveaway. pgenest57 at aol dot com
My husband can’t manage dairy–such a tragedy. 🙁 Where are you headed? I hope your travels go smoothly! -Mindy
I’ve had delicious deep dish pizza in Chicago in a cool place with black walls covered with graffiti, but my heart lies with thin crust pizza- fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves … yum!
Was it Gino’s East? That’s such a fun place! https://www.cntraveler.com/restaurants/chicago/ginos-east -Mindy
I have never tried deep dish pizza, dangit!! Boy, it sure looks scrumptious! I’m all about the crunchy crust on pizza, I like it thick and doughy. Not much cheese, lots of sauce and tons of pepperoni. I started buying the pizza dough at the deli and making my own, that way I can make it exactly as I like, plus the kitchen smells soooo good! My husband says he doesn’t want any other kind of pizza now, so it meets double approval here lol!
Your book sounds like a fun read – mobsters, pizza, fat cat, perfect combo!
Congratulations on your upcoming release, Mindy! Your post made me think of the hilarious “tirade” Jon Stewart went on in a Daily Show episode comparing New York and Chicago pizza. Too funny!
Growing up in Indianapolis, I had access to all styles of pizza. Noble Roman’s had their deep dish Sicilian, Pizza Hut had their thin and crispy, and local pizza places had their own spin somewhere in between. These days I’m partial to thinner crust pizza, but I won’t say no to the other styles!
I have to look up that Jon Stewart segment. I love him! -Mindy Q.
It’s all about the aroma, right??? -Mindy
Mmmm…. pepperoni… <> Awesome that your deli sells dough! -Mindy Q.
I’ve had deep dish pizza, but prefer the thin and crispy crust. Since I grew up on the boxed pizza mixes of the hefty chef and the pizzas from the frozen food section, I believe I have broadened my horizons some. The book sounds delicious and I can’t wait to read it.
In Chicago, we can get Home Run Inn Pizza in the freezer case. Still my favorite frozen option, but they don’t have it in Virginia. 🙁 What’s your favorite frozen option? -Mindy Q.
I’ve never had the chance to try deep dish, but I love all kinds that I have tried…and made.
I like pretty much any kind as well, and any toppings–pineapple, anchovies, and even potatoes! But my heart belongs to deep-dish. 🙂 -Mindy
I make a pizza with a can of potato soup run through the blender as a sauce. Then top with ham and onion. If you put it on a good pizza crust, anything goes!
I’ve never had deep dish pizza in Chicago, but I sure would jump at the chance to try it! I grew up eating pizza in the suburbs of Los Angeles, CA- known for its creative takes on traditional ‘zza. Now, living in New England, I’ve embraced this style of pizza. New Haven’s Pepe’s is just superb- this time of year they have a “fresh tomato pie” that knocks my socks off- garlic, basil, fresh tomatoes- yum! firstname.lastname@example.org
I had New Haven style in DC once. I had no idea it had its own style until I saw that restaurant! Hopefully I’ll get to try Pepe’s sometime. -Mindy
I don’t remember having pizza often when I was a kid. We lived in a small town with just one pizza place. But for a very long time now, my favorite pizza is from a local place, I’m not fond of the big chains.i like thin crust, and “a little pizza with my grease.” 🤣
We lived on pizza when I was growing up. Used to eat it at least once/week. No wonder I wrote an entire book about it! -Mindy Q.
I grew up in the Philly area and didn’t even eat pizza until I was in high school – my Dad was a meat and potatoes kind of guy. The pizza that we ate then was thin crust, great sauce and lots of cheese and pepperoni. I loved it then and still love it, but my stomach no longer can put up with it. Now it’s white pizza with chicken or ham or something not so spicy! I have had Chicago style pizza (in Chicago) and enjoyed it but I think I will stick with what I grew up with. Can’t wait to read the book!
My grandpa was the same. He considered pizza an exotic food. LOL. My husband is the same with the dairy-related tummy troubles. 🙁 -Mindy Q.
Mindy, congrats on next week’s release of Six Feet Deep Dish. I have it on my list to pick up. Food based cozies are always good. And usually make me hungry.
However, I’m a New York foldable sliced pizza guy. It is definitely from the ingrained “growing up with it” reason for me. I’ve never tried deep dish but unlike you, I’m not an adventurous eater so it is unlikely that I’ll ever try it even if I get the opportunity.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to read about the ins-and-outs of running a pizza place while tripping over dead bodies and solving the whodunnit! So count me in for sure!
I’ll have to do a spin-off series with NY-style! -Mindy Q.
My first experience of eating pizza was as a small child in 1960. Back then, at least in California, it was a pub food. My parents had heard about it and wanted to try it so off we went. The place was on the dark side and one look and my Dad said “Nope this isn’t for us”. Thankfully the person in charge took one look at us, came over and told Dad they had a small “family” area. So we stayed. It wasn’t deep dish, but was oh so good.
Then being an Army brat and living on base exposed to a multitude of nationalities, Mom was taught to make pizza by an Italian lady that lived two doors down. It’s something Mom then many years later passed down to me. We have eaten just about any kind and form of pizza including deep dish. My families favorite is still thin crust, but I’d never turn down some deep dish. We even had homemade pizza last night. This time it was what we call a junker with a little of everything.
“Six Feet Deep Dish” sounds amazing and I’d LOVE the opportunity to read and review this book, which is now on my TBR list. Shared and hoping to be one of the very fortunate ones selected. Thank you for the chance!
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What a great story about your family’s first pizza experience! LOL. -Mindy Q.
I’ve never tried deep dish pizza; I’ve tried a pan pizza with thick crust but that’s the only similarity to deep dish. I usually tend to go for traditional or thin crust. I tend to go with a mix of meat and vegies when ordering pizza.
I’m the same; I like a mix. All-meat pizzas aren’t my fav. That said, if that my only option, I’m never going to turn down a pizza! -Mindy Q.
I’ve had deep dish and loved it, I like a thick crust anyway. My favorite pizza (besides homemade) is at the pizza place 30 miles away- Steve’s Pizza. There’s been times we’ve made the trip just for the pizza, and for quite awhile the owners and staff had thought we lived in town we were there so much. It changed hands when they finally retired a few years ago but the food is still good.
I’m very excited for this book’s release. I’ve been looking forward to it since I heard about it a few months ago.
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Haha! That’s awesome. Where is Steve’s Pizza? I feel like I need to go. -Mindy Q.
Austin, MN. The original owners were a husband and wife, the wife was from Italy and her specialty was the lasagna.
Now I want pizza! My favorite kind is made with a great bread dough, so the crust is chewy but not too thick. Can’t wait to read the new book, Mindy, and thanks for joining us here.
Thanks for the invite, Edith! I love this blog. Such a great group of readers (and bloggers!). -Mindy Q.
I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy and I Loved this book! A charming, clever, tasty start to a great series.
I love Chicago pizza I have had both thin crust and deep dish. Thank you for the chance.
Glad to hear it! I like both styles, too. 🙂 -Mindy Q.
Hi Mindy and welcome to the Wickeds blog. I have tried deep dish pizza on trips to Chicago and I love it. The pizza that is “home” for me is the one from the little pizza and sub place near the home we brought out kids up in. It was the Friday night carry out sleepover special. My kids’ childhood friends still remember those nights fondly and often comment about them.
We did that on Fridays, too! Stopped by the video store first, then the candy store, then picked up a pizza. We all slept on the pull-out sofa (3 or 4 girls on one sofabed!) at my friend Suzanne’s. -Mindy Q.
Welcome and congratulations on your new series! It’s sounds delectable. I grew up 175 miles southeast of Chicago but didn’t have a deep dish pizza until my early 20s when I visited a friend who lived outside of Chicago. In my hometown lots of the local places cut their pizzas in squares. My mom made pizza every Friday night in a rectangular pan and then cut the pieces in square. But (and yes of course I have opinions) the best pizza on the planet is in Boston.
One of my Chicago favorites, Aurelio’s, does thin-crust, square-cut slices. That was usually our go-to pizza. Deep-dish is a special occasion pizza! Thanks for having me on the blog. I love it here. <3 Mindy Q.
I have had deep dish pizza and loved it, but these days I prefer thinner crust and lots of cheese. So I guess I have moved on to greener pizza pastures. Congratulations on the new series – this sounds like so much fun and I can’t wait to read it!
Thanks! I also rarely eat deep-dish these days, unless I’m testing recipes for my books! -Mindy Q.
I have never had a deep dish pizza. I do prefer thick crust as opposed to thin crust pizza. I believe the thick crust would lie between traditional deep dish and thin crust. I grew up on thin crust pizza but I prefer thick crust now that I am an adult.
Congratulations on your new series. It sounds like it would be very good.
Nice to hear about your pizza taste evolution! It sounds like you’re the rare person who doesn’t suffer from PIGUE syndrome. 🙂 -Mindy Q.
We didn’t really eat pizza when I was a kid. In high school, I learned what I had been missing! It may be why I prefer thinner style crusts. I have had deep dish, but you need to get it at the right place. No one needs undercooked deep dish!
Amen to that. Underbaked crust makes me think of The Great British Bake Off and the dreaded “soggy bottom.” -Mindy Q.
I have had deep-dish pizza and like Dru, it’s too much for me. And you are right. Pizza is definitely judged on what you remember from childhood. We moved from Buffalo to Pittsburgh over 20 years ago and still compare pizza to the ones we remember from childhood. NY foldable is okay, but I prefer something I can hold in my hand and where the crust is thick enough to allow one-handed eating, but not so thick I’m eating a giant slice of bread. The sauce and cheese ratios are also important. Sauce that is dripping off the crust or cheese that turns into a solid slab is too much, but I don’t want just a brushing of sauce or a cheese that doesn’t cover the pie, either.
Congratulations on the book!
Your post made me hungry! -Mindy Q.
Congratulations Mindy!!!! I had just heard about your upcoming “Six Feet Deep Dish” and just by looking at the cover, I KNOW I am going to love the book. I grew up in an Italian family in Chile, and in my home, there was always pizza at least once a week. The pizza we ate was very similar to the Chicago-style deep dish pizza, so when I settled in the USA, then moved to Chicago, and found this type of pizza, I was ecstatic…and also heftier 🙂 🙂 after eating it. Since we moved from Chicago, you cannot find deep dish pizza in most restaurants elsewhere. Recently we found a replica recipe for the famous Chicago restaurant version, and my wife has made it twice…4 pies down, and many more to go… Yes, deep dish pizza and its flavors evoke scenes of home when I was growing up. Thank you for sharing your writing talents with us eager readers! Luis at ole dot travel
Cuando viajaba en Peru hace muchos anos, la pizza alli fue muy extrana para mi–con vegetales como maiz y guisantes. Guisantes encima de una pizza?! I’m glad you had access to authentic Italian pizza at home in Chile! -Mindy Q.
Loved the skull in the pizza! I’m surprised the gorgeous cat hasn’t pushed the pizza off the table with his paw yet!
Haha! Funny you should mention it, because on the cover of the next book in the series, I wanted to make sure he does knock something over: https://amzn.to/3CeZjNb. It’s a cozy, but it has to be authentic, right? LOL. -Mindy Q.
I never grew up with pizza… (I’m OLD, LOL) so, don’t really care. IF I was ordering, I’d prefer deep dish. My husband of 40 years HATES cheese, so I usually just get frozen pizza and eat it when he travels. (for work… hasn’t retired yet) Hmm… PIZZA! HMM… >>>>>>>>> PIZZA!
Congratulations on the book! It sounds wonderful and I love the cover. I must have lived a sheltered life because although I have heard the name “deep dish pizza”, I thought it meant really thick pizza. I had no idea the cheese was on the bottom and the sauce was on the top. Sounds crazy! My favorite pizza is still the kind I first had in college from a place in Lincoln, NE called Valentino’s. I’m getting hungry just thinking about their Val’s Special. Yum! May have to order some up.
It is a little crazy! The act of a mad genius. 🙂 -Mindy Q.
I love the cover! Great review and a new Author for me, Congratulations on your new book!
Way back when I was a teen we use to go to a Italian Pizza shop they made the best pizza there it’s long gone now. I like the New York pizza with everything on it.
Thanks for the kind words. I love the cover, too. Laughed out loud when I first saw the sketch. -Mindy Q.
I’ve tried deep dish pizza, and while I thought it was good, I much prefer a thinner crust. Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂
Maybe the recipes in the book can persuade you. LOL. -Mindy Q.
I’ve tried deep dish but not a fan. I grew up on NY style pies and that’s what I still prefer.
<> Madam, my city’s honor has been impugned! I challenge you to a food fight! LOL. I know I’d win because deep-dish pizza is so heavy. 🙂 -Mindy Q.
I grew up on NY pizza so that what I like best, but on our way to Minnesota we did try Chicago deep dish pizza and was good.
Nice! Several of us mystery writers are going to Minnesota for a conference in a few weeks. Any recommendations when we visit MN? -Mindy Q.
I love pizza and have tried many varieties. As a New Yorker the thin foldable pizza is the most common, although most restaurants also make the thicker crust square slices. When I was a teenager a Chicago style chain opened in my town and quickly became a favorite eatery! Sadly it didn’t last, but I still miss it. I will eat any type of pizza, from the thinnest crispy crust to deep dish! I look forward to your new series!
That is sad, Judith! Glad you were open to trying it. 🙂 -Mindy Q.
Congratulations on your book release! I grew up in India and let’s just say, we have our own version of what a Pizza is like 😀
Tell me more! I’ve had great pizza in some other countries, but I’ve never been to India. -Mindy Q.
I love pizza. Period. I’ve had oodles of variations and I love them all. Sardines and onions? Yep. Anchovies and just about anything? Yep. Dump on whatever is leftover in the fridge? Yep. Just hold the bell peppers.
I’m looking forward to reading this book and gaining another couple of pounds. Thanks, I think. 😉
You and I are pizza soulmates! I’m also not a huge fan of bell peppers, but I’ll eat them if someone sneaks them on to my pizza. -Mindy Q.
As I’ve gotten older my pizza preferences have gotten broader. I’m more open to different toppings and styles. We didn’t have a lot of pizza options in my area growing up.
Chicago is definitely pizza central. Lots of options where I grew up. Where did you live when you were a kid? -Mindy Q.
Congratulations on your latest. It sounds delicious and I can assure you I will be reading with tomato breath. But, as someone who grew up in the shadow of NYC, and who ate pizza made by Joey Dee’s mother, let me assure you that the best pizza is made with a thin, crisp, crust, and foldable. None of that ham or pineapple either!
Just kidding. When it comes to pizza, my tastes are eclectic and if it’s hot, cheesy, and saucy, I’m all in!
Haha! I pizza lover after my own heart. 🙂 -Mindy Q.
It will never be a favorite but I did make sure to try deep dish pizza when I was in Chicago a few years back and it was really good. I just prefer to be able to pick mine up as I am use to that, but do like thick and chewy over thin, so guess I am in between deep dish and thin crust…lol.
Can’t wait to try this series though!
My husband’s family is British and they eat everything with a fork and knife, even NY-style pizza! -Mindy Q.
I hated pizza for years but I think it was the pepperoni that I didn’t like. I went to Chicago once and had deep dish pizza while I was at a convention. I like deep dish best or thin crust ham, bacon and pineapple.
I’m glad you got over your pizza aversion. The idea of a life without pizza is heartbreaking to me. 🙂 -Mindy Q.
Love all pizza! I have tried deep-dish pizza and it is very good. My favorite is the New York style pizza though — it is what I grew up on.
Sounds like we’re both PIGUE-ers for life! -Mindy Q.
Used to enjoy deep dish but now I’m not as big of a bread fan so prefer thin crust. Grew up getting pizza as a treat so we went with what we got, mom started making pizza and the crust was thinner so it became an even better treat since it was homemade- hubby makes pizza now and it’s always delish!
Thanks for the chance to win!
You’re a lucky lady! Yum! -Mindy Q.
I was born in Chicago but raised in Texas by parents who prefer thin crust pizza. Every Friday my school ordered personal pans from Pizza Hut for each of us and it was my only chance to get a “deep dish” pizza! LOL! Which I was crazy about! I’ve since been back to Chicago many times and enjoyed the real thing. I’m 40 years old now but Friday is still “Pizza Friday” in my mind. I love the genuine comfort of ending a hard work week with a thick hot slice of rich cheesy goodness.
I love, love, love the look of Butterball on the cover! (I had to get that off of my chest before talking about pizza.) No, I have never tried a deep-dish pizza. I grew up eating just a plain cheese pizza with the red pizza sauce, and I still enjoy that kind of pizza although I now also like toppings on my pizzas. Both meat and veggie toppings are wonderful! However, I do prefer a thin crust over any other kind of crust. My family used to order a cheese pizza every Friday night because we were Catholic and could not eat meat on Fridays. We loved pizza, so it really was not much of a sacrifice to skip the meat!
It seems like everyone ate pizza on Friday nights growing up! I just read somewhere that Halloween recently unseated Super Bowl Sunday as the biggest pizza night of the year. I never would’ve guessed! -Mindy Q.
I have a minor allergy to pizza (developed in my 30’s) so I don’t get to enjoy it as often as I like. But I like them all. Deep dish, thin crust, round, square, I don’t care. NY style, Chicago style, and every other kind I’ve tried. All kinds of toppings, too. It’s one cheese dish I refuse to completely give up. I have tried and I make non-dairy versions of pizza too, which are all good. But my favorites are all dairy-cheese based, hands down.
I’m working on a non-dairy recipe for the third book in the series! Stay tuned! -Mindy Q.
I didn’t have pizza or Chinese until I was in high school. I can’t remember if I ever had deep dish pizza but I’m sure that I would like it. I just made my own pizza using flatbread. Your book sounds interesting.
Whoa! How did you avoid pizza and Chinese food?! -Mindy Q.
I like all types of pizza – my favorite is thin crust with roasted garlic and eggplant.
Eggplant. mmmm…. My favorite veggie! -Mindy Q.
Welcome and congratulations on your new series.. I grew up in the Mohave Desert CA until high school when we moved back to Illinois. Until then we didn’t have pizza. Oh mom made mini pizzas with English muffins, parmesan, tomato sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella. Yum those were the best. When we moved to Illinois in the Chicago suburbs we discovered PIZZA. My husband grew up in Chicago so he already knew about them. When I made our mini pizzas he loved those also. Phew. They became a staple once a week in our home as the kids were growing up. Once a month we went out for the real pizza as a family. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net
I’m doing mini English muffin pizzas for my kids this weekend! -Mindy Q.
I have eatten deep dish pizza. I loved it as a child and youth. Since I had my gallbladder removed, I cannot eat pizza or spaghetti anymore. I have two great memories. The first was we had a locally owned pizza place that had seating. They had a stage with musicians on the weekends. It was a special treat to be able to go and eat in. The second memory was when I was a teenager. I was seeing a boy that lived a block away. It would never fail. Everytime that we would bring home pizza, he would show up at our door. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.
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Thanks for sharing these sweet memories. I love the story about your boyfriend. LOL. I’m so sorry about your gallbladder! -Mindy Q.
I have eaten deep dish but having been born and raised in NYC I still look for NY style pizza, even though I am now living elsewhere. Fortunately, I have found a couple of places here in Florida that have fitted my preference for the NY slice from my memories growing up.
I grew up on Shakey’s Pizza. Now I live in a town with dozens of pizza places. I can go to one close by or whichever one I am in the mood for!
I grew up on Shakey’s Pizza. Now I live in a town with dozens of pizza places. I can go to one nearby or whichever one I am in the mood for.
Dozens of pizza places!? That sounds amazing! -Mindy Q.
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