What is it about pizza and Friday nights that just goes together?
It started in junior high when every Friday night football game was followed by a trip to a pizza joint with friends. Win or lose, we had a great time with a table full of friends, pizza and ice-cold pitchers of Mountain Dew.
In college — and this is going to reveal my age — we had pizza night on Thursdays. We ordered in to the dorm and gathered in one room with a whole bunch of girls — and a few brave guys — to watch our favorite, “Knots Landing.” (OK, so I went to college in the 1980s — that doesn’t make me a fossil… yet.)
Many young families I know make Friday night pizza night for the whole family. Pizza and a rented movie has been a tradition that a lot of kids were raised on. It’s a great way to bring a family together for a meal without a lot of work.
Thankfully, along the way, a new type of pizza arrived — always fresh, never frozen and never stacked in the back of a delivery truck.
For my husband and me, Papa Murphy’s “Take ‘N’ Bake” fits our lifestyles perfectly. Our hands-down, go-to favorite is always The Cowboy. It comes piled high with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, black olives, a blend of herbs and cheeses, all sitting on top of Papa’s legendary red sauce. The portions are generous, which is a good thing because we love a lot of pepperoni on our pizza.
And, since it’s “Take ‘N’ Bake,” it’s easy to dress up any pizza at home. We’ve been known to add fresh garden veggies, extra mushrooms and anything else that sounds good from night to night. With Papa’s $5, one topping special, we brought an extra pizza for a neighbor who’s done us more than a few good deeds.
That’s the thing about pizza — it’s a food that always brings people together. From Friday night football games, to college soap operas, to family night or a night in with the neighbors, pizza just seems to draw a crowd.
We paired our $5 pizzas with a crisp garden salad, pulled out a stack of paper plates and enjoyed a relaxing night at home with great friends and a great meal.
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