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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3550 on: January 27, 2017, 08:44:46 AM »
My MPP is that I've improved my diet so much (eating mostly fresh legumes, fruit, veggies, nuts, & seeds) that when my husband asked me if I want to go to our favorite restaurant I had to reply "I'm not sure if I like that place any more." To which he responded: "Oh, no, not another one!" The places I will pay for pre-made food are quickly diminishing.

I may just grin and bear it on my anniversary next month by forking over the $50+ for the place we (or more so 'he', nowadays) love to go.

The biggest downside to getting good at DIY! We certainly run into this, but at least DH is on board. We went to lunch at a random cafe type place with his parents. Afterwards, he said, "it's crazy, now wherever we go I just see Cisco products. It makes me not want to eat anywhere- it's all the same crap in different combinations". The only stuff we eat out anymore are ethnic foods we can't manage (ie, I'm not up to restaurant level for thai cooking- I can do damn good mexican though, so we will go out for thai, but not mexican). And sometimes pizza, because a real handmade pizza done in a wood fired oven? I can't replicate that flavor.

But yeah. Can't stand to go for burgers or steak anymore. Seems like such a waste.

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« Reply #3551 on: January 27, 2017, 08:53:30 AM »
My MPP is that I've improved my diet so much (eating mostly fresh legumes, fruit, veggies, nuts, & seeds) that when my husband asked me if I want to go to our favorite restaurant I had to reply "I'm not sure if I like that place any more." To which he responded: "Oh, no, not another one!" The places I will pay for pre-made food are quickly diminishing.

I may just grin and bear it on my anniversary next month by forking over the $50+ for the place we (or more so 'he', nowadays) love to go.

The biggest downside to getting good at DIY! We certainly run into this, but at least DH is on board. We went to lunch at a random cafe type place with his parents. Afterwards, he said, "it's crazy, now wherever we go I just see Cisco products. It makes me not want to eat anywhere- it's all the same crap in different combinations". The only stuff we eat out anymore are ethnic foods we can't manage (ie, I'm not up to restaurant level for thai cooking- I can do damn good mexican though, so we will go out for thai, but not mexican). And sometimes pizza, because a real handmade pizza done in a wood fired oven? I can't replicate that flavor.

But yeah. Can't stand to go for burgers or steak anymore. Seems like such a waste.

I was confused at first, but then realized you probably meant Sysco. Cisco is a network equipment vendor that gets way too much of my institution's infrastructure money.

I really know the change in tastes. Back in the old days (pre MMM, BC) we'd go out to eat several times a week. We really enjoyed it then, but now whenever I've gone out to eat, I leave disappointed. Most restaurant food is meh, and so expensive compared to home cooking!

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« Reply #3552 on: January 27, 2017, 09:34:53 AM »
My MPP is that I've improved my diet so much (eating mostly fresh legumes, fruit, veggies, nuts, & seeds) that when my husband asked me if I want to go to our favorite restaurant I had to reply "I'm not sure if I like that place any more." To which he responded: "Oh, no, not another one!" The places I will pay for pre-made food are quickly diminishing.

I may just grin and bear it on my anniversary next month by forking over the $50+ for the place we (or more so 'he', nowadays) love to go.

The biggest downside to getting good at DIY! We certainly run into this, but at least DH is on board. We went to lunch at a random cafe type place with his parents. Afterwards, he said, "it's crazy, now wherever we go I just see Cisco products. It makes me not want to eat anywhere- it's all the same crap in different combinations". The only stuff we eat out anymore are ethnic foods we can't manage (ie, I'm not up to restaurant level for thai cooking- I can do damn good mexican though, so we will go out for thai, but not mexican). And sometimes pizza, because a real handmade pizza done in a wood fired oven? I can't replicate that flavor.

But yeah. Can't stand to go for burgers or steak anymore. Seems like such a waste.

I was confused at first, but then realized you probably meant Sysco. Cisco is a network equipment vendor that gets way too much of my institution's infrastructure money.

I really know the change in tastes. Back in the old days (pre MMM, BC) we'd go out to eat several times a week. We really enjoyed it then, but now whenever I've gone out to eat, I leave disappointed. Most restaurant food is meh, and so expensive compared to home cooking!

Ooops! Phonetic spelling strikes again. Thank you for the correction!

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« Reply #3553 on: January 27, 2017, 09:45:22 AM »
My MPP is that I've improved my diet so much (eating mostly legumes, fresh fruit, veggies, nuts, & seeds) that when my husband asked me if I want to go to our favorite restaurant I had to reply "I'm not sure if I like that place any more." To which he responded: "Oh, no, not another one!" The places I will pay for pre-made food are quickly diminishing.

I may just grin and bear it on my anniversary next month by forking over the $50+ for the place we (or more so 'he', nowadays) love to go.

Same, my cooking skills are getting quite good (sorry for the big head, I've always really enjoyed it and been concentrating on trying new things the last few years). We got a Chinese takeaway a few weeks ago as a big treat... and it was disgusting. So gelatinous. I couldn't eat it.

Tonight, I'm doing the stirfry and I have just asked my DH to pick up some prawn crackers! Yum.

Yeah, American-Chinese is even more greasy than the Chinese I grew up with in New Zealand. I was playing a video game last night (World of Warcraft for my fellow nerds out there) with the husband and he plays a panda. I felt for a moment that I wanted Panda Express but then I remembered that it's too heavy/greasy/gelantinous and I don't actually enjoy it. This is even considering I always ordered the mixed veggies with teriyaki grilled chicken (the lightest thing on their menu).

Homemade stir-fry does sound tempting, though...It must almost be lunch time.

The biggest downside to getting good at DIY! We certainly run into this, but at least DH is on board. We went to lunch at a random cafe type place with his parents. Afterwards, he said, "it's crazy, now wherever we go I just see Cisco products. It makes me not want to eat anywhere- it's all the same crap in different combinations". The only stuff we eat out anymore are ethnic foods we can't manage (ie, I'm not up to restaurant level for thai cooking- I can do damn good mexican though, so we will go out for thai, but not mexican). And sometimes pizza, because a real handmade pizza done in a wood fired oven? I can't replicate that flavor.

But yeah. Can't stand to go for burgers or steak anymore. Seems like such a waste.

I have been considering trying to make pizza, since husband craves it a lot, but I don't have a pizza stone. Maybe one will show up second hand somewhere - but I'd have to actually be looking for it since I don't browse stores. He's not so fussy on the wood fired oven - places like that around here are extortionately priced.

Thai seems like it would be easy (says the person who always had a knack for cooking...) to replicate but maybe I've just had lackluster Thai food all my life!

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3554 on: January 27, 2017, 09:52:37 AM »
My MPP is that I've improved my diet so much (eating mostly fresh legumes, fruit, veggies, nuts, & seeds) that when my husband asked me if I want to go to our favorite restaurant I had to reply "I'm not sure if I like that place any more." To which he responded: "Oh, no, not another one!" The places I will pay for pre-made food are quickly diminishing.

I may just grin and bear it on my anniversary next month by forking over the $50+ for the place we (or more so 'he', nowadays) love to go.

The biggest downside to getting good at DIY! We certainly run into this, but at least DH is on board. We went to lunch at a random cafe type place with his parents. Afterwards, he said, "it's crazy, now wherever we go I just see Cisco products. It makes me not want to eat anywhere- it's all the same crap in different combinations". The only stuff we eat out anymore are ethnic foods we can't manage (ie, I'm not up to restaurant level for thai cooking- I can do damn good mexican though, so we will go out for thai, but not mexican). And sometimes pizza, because a real handmade pizza done in a wood fired oven? I can't replicate that flavor.

But yeah. Can't stand to go for burgers or steak anymore. Seems like such a waste.

Ya know I never thought I needed a wood fired pizza oven until I bought house with one.  Now I don't know how I lived without one for so long.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3555 on: January 27, 2017, 09:58:18 AM »
I have been considering trying to make pizza, since husband craves it a lot, but I don't have a pizza stone. Maybe one will show up second hand somewhere - but I'd have to actually be looking for it since I don't browse stores. He's not so fussy on the wood fired oven - places like that around here are extortionately priced.

You can make great pizza on an outdoor grill!

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« Reply #3556 on: January 27, 2017, 10:19:59 AM »
I have been considering trying to make pizza, since husband craves it a lot, but I don't have a pizza stone. Maybe one will show up second hand somewhere - but I'd have to actually be looking for it since I don't browse stores. He's not so fussy on the wood fired oven - places like that around here are extortionately priced.

You can make great pizza on an outdoor grill!

Do you use charcoal? Because I've done them over a gas grill, and it really doesn't taste the same as the smokey wood fired flavors.

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« Reply #3557 on: January 27, 2017, 10:25:33 AM »
I have been considering trying to make pizza, since husband craves it a lot, but I don't have a pizza stone. Maybe one will show up second hand somewhere - but I'd have to actually be looking for it since I don't browse stores. He's not so fussy on the wood fired oven - places like that around here are extortionately priced.

You can make great pizza on an outdoor grill!

Thanks for the idea. Same problem, though, I do not own a grill.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3558 on: January 27, 2017, 10:40:54 AM »
I have been considering trying to make pizza, since husband craves it a lot, but I don't have a pizza stone. Maybe one will show up second hand somewhere - but I'd have to actually be looking for it since I don't browse stores. He's not so fussy on the wood fired oven - places like that around here are extortionately priced.

You can make great pizza on an outdoor grill!

Do you use charcoal? Because I've done them over a gas grill, and it really doesn't taste the same as the smokey wood fired flavors.

Have you tried a pan with wood chips on the gas grill to provide some smoke?  I have a wood grill, so I've never tried it, but there are some youtubes on doing it. 

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« Reply #3559 on: January 27, 2017, 11:06:42 AM »
I have been considering trying to make pizza, since husband craves it a lot, but I don't have a pizza stone. Maybe one will show up second hand somewhere - but I'd have to actually be looking for it since I don't browse stores. He's not so fussy on the wood fired oven - places like that around here are extortionately priced.

You can make great pizza on an outdoor grill!

Do you use charcoal? Because I've done them over a gas grill, and it really doesn't taste the same as the smokey wood fired flavors.

Have you tried a pan with wood chips on the gas grill to provide some smoke?  I have a wood grill, so I've never tried it, but there are some youtubes on doing it.

Hmm, that's an idea! I'll have to give that a try. Thanks!

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« Reply #3560 on: January 27, 2017, 11:32:09 AM »


I have been considering trying to make pizza, since husband craves it a lot, but I don't have a pizza stone. Maybe one will show up second hand somewhere - but I'd have to actually be looking for it since I don't browse stores. He's not so fussy on the wood fired oven - places like that around here are extortionately priced.


Have you tried this: http://www.thepauperedchef.com/2010/02/how-to-make-a-3-dollar-pizza-stone.html

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« Reply #3561 on: January 27, 2017, 11:55:48 AM »
I have been considering trying to make pizza, since husband craves it a lot, but I don't have a pizza stone. Maybe one will show up second hand somewhere - but I'd have to actually be looking for it since I don't browse stores. He's not so fussy on the wood fired oven - places like that around here are extortionately priced.

You can make great pizza on an outdoor grill!

Do you use charcoal? Because I've done them over a gas grill, and it really doesn't taste the same as the smokey wood fired flavors.

Have you tried a pan with wood chips on the gas grill to provide some smoke?  I have a wood grill, so I've never tried it, but there are some youtubes on doing it.

Hmm, that's an idea! I'll have to give that a try. Thanks!

I don't even use a pan. I soak wood slices(1 inch thick chainsaw cut branches of apple wood) in water, then place them directly on the gas grill grate. I let them start on fire, then blow them out and let them smoke. Great rotisserie chicken!

The grill does get ash inside, but no worries for me. Cheap grill :)

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« Reply #3562 on: January 27, 2017, 12:16:21 PM »
My paycheck deposit today was short so I took a look at my paystub... oops

The mustachian part of my brain is like "...should I even have payroll fix it?"

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« Reply #3563 on: January 27, 2017, 12:17:31 PM »
My paycheck deposit today was short so I took a look at my paystub... oops


The mustachian part of my brain is like "...should I even have payroll fix it?"

That's pretty awesome.

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« Reply #3564 on: January 27, 2017, 12:39:28 PM »


I have been considering trying to make pizza, since husband craves it a lot, but I don't have a pizza stone. Maybe one will show up second hand somewhere - but I'd have to actually be looking for it since I don't browse stores. He's not so fussy on the wood fired oven - places like that around here are extortionately priced.


Have you tried this: http://www.thepauperedchef.com/2010/02/how-to-make-a-3-dollar-pizza-stone.html

I have not even thought of that! Thanks for the link. I will have to surprise the husband with amazing homemade pizza (and back myself into further into a corner of having to habitually cook everything because we prefer my cooking over take out).

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3565 on: January 27, 2017, 12:49:13 PM »
Do you use charcoal? Because I've done them over a gas grill, and it really doesn't taste the same as the smokey wood fired flavors.

Yes, charcoal. I don't really count gas as "grilling." ;-)

I can't say I've noticed smoke flavoring in wood-oven pizza, though. You might be mistaking char from high heat for smoke flavors from the wood. Unless they do things differently in the PNW...

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« Reply #3566 on: January 27, 2017, 01:50:34 PM »
Do you use charcoal? Because I've done them over a gas grill, and it really doesn't taste the same as the smokey wood fired flavors.

Yes, charcoal. I don't really count gas as "grilling." ;-)

I can't say I've noticed smoke flavoring in wood-oven pizza, though. You might be mistaking char from high heat for smoke flavors from the wood. Unless they do things differently in the PNW...

I mean, I ain't gonna argue pizza with a New Yorker. I know better than that ;)

Maybe I'll do some controlled experiments. High heat, with and without wood chips, med heat with and without, and oven. Do a side by side ;) Woe is me. I will have to eat SO much pizza. =D

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« Reply #3567 on: January 27, 2017, 02:06:46 PM »
Do people still hold mortgage burning parties?

DW and I want to have one when the day comes but we fear it will be in bad taste b/c so few of the people we know will be mortgage (or car payment) free...

Don't want to brag too loudly.
We didn't because we think we're too young for that to be in good taste. However, I'm seriously considering framing the mortgage discharge notice so we can hang it on the wall. May have to put it somewhere guests won't see it . . .

I also reeeeeally wanted to do this (it was the end of a stressful time), and could have been combined with a house warming (/is now habitable and warm) party so as not to be braggy. I floated the idea to a couple of people but the consensus was that it was unBritish and would lead to questions about lottery wins.  In the end the SO and I had a private burning with a huge fire and bottle of fizz. It was excellent.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3568 on: January 27, 2017, 02:08:43 PM »
I mean, I ain't gonna argue pizza with a New Yorker. I know better than that ;)

Maybe I'll do some controlled experiments. High heat, with and without wood chips, med heat with and without, and oven. Do a side by side ;) Woe is me. I will have to eat SO much pizza. =D

I'm not saying "Pizza" is my middle name, at least not legally, but it IS sort of an alias at this point, so... ;-)

I look forward to your research results!

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« Reply #3569 on: January 27, 2017, 02:15:29 PM »
I have been considering trying to make pizza, since husband craves it a lot, but I don't have a pizza stone. Maybe one will show up second hand somewhere - but I'd have to actually be looking for it since I don't browse stores. He's not so fussy on the wood fired oven - places like that around here are extortionately priced.

Unless you must have that exact crust texture, you don't need a pizza stone to cook a pizza in the oven.  I have a perforated metal pizza pan, but I've even used baking sheets/cookie sheets in the past.

And I like the cheap clay tile ideas of others!

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3570 on: January 27, 2017, 02:29:19 PM »
I don't have a refined pizza palate like some of you, but I've made pizza in my cast iron skillet.  It can reach and hold high heat similar to a pizza stone.

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« Reply #3571 on: January 27, 2017, 02:46:48 PM »
Seconding PMG. Heat the cast iron with a little oil on the stove while running the broiler. Roll out your dough, place in the pan, and then top while cooking the crust. Put it under the broiler for 2-4 minutes. If the crust isn't sufficiently crusty, put back on the stovetop to cook the bottom more.

Extra points if you make your pizza dough a few days ahead of time and keep it in the fridge so it gets a chance to get a little sourdough-y.

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« Reply #3572 on: January 27, 2017, 02:47:39 PM »
Seconding PMG. Heat the cast iron with a little oil on the stove while running the broiler. Roll out your dough, place in the pan, and then top while cooking the crust. Put it under the broiler for 2-4 minutes. If the crust isn't sufficiently crusty, put back on the stovetop to cook the bottom more.

Extra points if you make your pizza dough a few days ahead of time and keep it in the fridge so it gets a chance to get a little sourdough-y.

Do you add any sort of starter? Or just let it 'wild ferment'?

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« Reply #3573 on: January 27, 2017, 02:55:03 PM »
Seconding PMG. Heat the cast iron with a little oil on the stove while running the broiler. Roll out your dough, place in the pan, and then top while cooking the crust. Put it under the broiler for 2-4 minutes. If the crust isn't sufficiently crusty, put back on the stovetop to cook the bottom more.

Extra points if you make your pizza dough a few days ahead of time and keep it in the fridge so it gets a chance to get a little sourdough-y.

Do you add any sort of starter? Or just let it 'wild ferment'?

We typically make the dough with regular yeast* (it's actually a foccacia dough from some cookbook), and use half of it to make pizza the same day, and then the other half of the dough sits in the fridge for a few days until we make pizza again. It doesn't really ferment, it just gets kinda funky, and the second pizzas are better than the first. We've been trying to plan ahead, but it doesn't always happen.

*My husband keeps trying to make true homemade sourdough happen. It hasn't worked yet, despite dozens of attempts, and I'm tried of eating poorly-leavened bread.

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« Reply #3574 on: January 27, 2017, 03:03:47 PM »
Seconding PMG. Heat the cast iron with a little oil on the stove while running the broiler. Roll out your dough, place in the pan, and then top while cooking the crust. Put it under the broiler for 2-4 minutes. If the crust isn't sufficiently crusty, put back on the stovetop to cook the bottom more.

Extra points if you make your pizza dough a few days ahead of time and keep it in the fridge so it gets a chance to get a little sourdough-y.



Do you add any sort of starter? Or just let it 'wild ferment'?

We typically make the dough with regular yeast* (it's actually a foccacia dough from some cookbook), and use half of it to make pizza the same day, and then the other half of the dough sits in the fridge for a few days until we make pizza again. It doesn't really ferment, it just gets kinda funky, and the second pizzas are better than the first. We've been trying to plan ahead, but it doesn't always happen.

*My husband keeps trying to make true homemade sourdough happen. It hasn't worked yet, despite dozens of attempts, and I'm tried of eating poorly-leavened bread.

I think I need that recipe if you're willing to share.

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« Reply #3575 on: January 27, 2017, 04:18:56 PM »
Do people still hold mortgage burning parties?

DW and I want to have one when the day comes but we fear it will be in bad taste b/c so few of the people we know will be mortgage (or car payment) free...

Don't want to brag too loudly.
We didn't because we think we're too young for that to be in good taste. However, I'm seriously considering framing the mortgage discharge notice so we can hang it on the wall. May have to put it somewhere guests won't see it . . .

I also reeeeeally wanted to do this (it was the end of a stressful time), and could have been combined with a house warming (/is now habitable and warm) party so as not to be braggy. I floated the idea to a couple of people but the consensus was that it was unBritish and would lead to questions about lottery wins.  In the end the SO and I had a private burning with a huge fire and bottle of fizz. It was excellent.

I think I've come to the conclusion that I'm too cheap to actually buy the frame.

Is this what the American expression "Mo' money, 'mo problems" is referring to?

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« Reply #3576 on: January 27, 2017, 04:28:25 PM »
I dreamt that my husband bought wrapping paper for a wedding present, and I was annoyed that he spent $5 on paper when I have a stockpile here bought on sale.

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« Reply #3577 on: January 27, 2017, 05:45:44 PM »
My paycheck deposit today was short so I took a look at my paystub... oops


The mustachian part of my brain is like "...should I even have payroll fix it?"

That's pretty awesome.

I don't get it.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3578 on: January 27, 2017, 07:14:30 PM »
I remember when some friends told me that they had paid off their mortgage.   I was happy for them but really sad for my recently divorced self; figuring that that was just not in my cards.  Together they made 4 times as much as I did.
Then along came MMM and I got my act together.  I paid off my mortgage and retired.  That couple is still working...

Just last week I snagged a Pampered Chef pizza stone off the Buy Nothing FB site and today I picked up a lovely new piece of furniture off kijiji.   It absolutely astounds (and pleases) me what people will give away.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3579 on: January 28, 2017, 02:07:13 AM »
I have been considering trying to make pizza, since husband craves it a lot, but I don't have a pizza stone. Maybe one will show up second hand somewhere - but I'd have to actually be looking for it since I don't browse stores. He's not so fussy on the wood fired oven - places like that around here are extortionately priced.

Thai seems like it would be easy (says the person who always had a knack for cooking...) to replicate but maybe I've just had lackluster Thai food all my life!

Here is a top tip. Prepare the pizza on some baking paper.. Now turn your oven up to max and heat up the plate in the oven. When the oven is at temperature you take out the baking plate and transfer the pizza to the plate (just drag the paper onto it). The transfer really is a two person job though.

That way the heat in the plate gets transferred to the pizza dough and you get a crisp pizza. No need for a pizza stone or any fancy gadgets.

After that just stuff it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

I hope it made sense (non native english speaker here).

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« Reply #3580 on: January 28, 2017, 07:26:16 AM »
I have been considering trying to make pizza, since husband craves it a lot, but I don't have a pizza stone. Maybe one will show up second hand somewhere - but I'd have to actually be looking for it since I don't browse stores. He's not so fussy on the wood fired oven - places like that around here are extortionately priced.

Unless you must have that exact crust texture, you don't need a pizza stone to cook a pizza in the oven.  I have a perforated metal pizza pan, but I've even used baking sheets/cookie sheets in the past.

And I like the cheap clay tile ideas of others!

I love my homemade pizza's too, and now rarely eat pizza out...I've managed to get it exactly as I like it. I do either wholemeal or white bases, and have optimised  the process - oil, dried chillies, minced garlic, passata and herbs makes the type of sauce I love in under a minute, then whatever toppings I fancy.

I just use a baking tray, have had a pizza stone on my 'want' list for ages, but never pulled the trigger...

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3581 on: January 28, 2017, 03:53:39 PM »
What's the link to the buy nothing site? Is it national?

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« Reply #3582 on: January 28, 2017, 04:28:45 PM »
buynothingproject.org

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« Reply #3583 on: January 28, 2017, 07:19:31 PM »
When there's no point getting a rewards credit card because you don't spend enough to make it worthwhile. Guess I'll just go with the plain ole boring no-fee option to earn as much interest on my savings as possible each month...*sigh*
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« Reply #3584 on: January 29, 2017, 01:33:38 PM »
I know in the United States you can get rewards as percentages off without having an annual fee. Are those cards not available in Australia?

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« Reply #3585 on: January 29, 2017, 01:46:57 PM »
You struggle to explain to others how you save so much money on Spending Category X, because you've been doing it for so long that the specific actions have become simply deeply ingrained habits.

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« Reply #3586 on: January 29, 2017, 05:51:44 PM »
I know in the United States you can get rewards as percentages off without having an annual fee. Are those cards not available in Australia?

There are a few but then the rewards are so small that i still don't know if it's worth it (for example I figured that I would get $20 off my grocery bill every 6 months. I mean yeah, it's an advantage but not anything to write home about!)

Also another one: having the smallest bedroom in the house yet it still being too big for your limited amount of stuff. Not sure what to do with the other half of my bedroom which is completely empty.

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« Reply #3587 on: January 30, 2017, 04:38:26 AM »

Belated Angry Life Cheerleading: DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR BEING GOOD AT COOKING AND SAYING SO. YOU'RE A BADASS ADVENTUROUS CHEF WHO SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR SKILLS.

Thanks MJ. So sorry, so British, so must never appear to be bragging.

Related - I'm also annoyed I won't be able to publicly celebrate paying off the mortgage. Too braggy and unseemly to be socially acceptable here. Accidentally told one person, well confirmed more than told, we'd be done in 3 years (should have been finished in 2039) and the look on her face!

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« Reply #3588 on: January 30, 2017, 05:46:58 AM »
Belated Angry Life Cheerleading: DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR BEING GOOD AT COOKING AND SAYING SO. YOU'RE A BADASS ADVENTUROUS CHEF WHO SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR SKILLS.
Thanks MJ. So sorry, so British, so must never appear to be bragging.

Related - I'm also annoyed I won't be able to publicly celebrate paying off the mortgage. Too braggy and unseemly to be socially acceptable here. Accidentally told one person, well confirmed more than told, we'd be done in 3 years (should have been finished in 2039) and the look on her face!

I'll celebrate with you.

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« Reply #3589 on: January 30, 2017, 05:50:36 AM »
We'll all celebrate with you.

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« Reply #3590 on: January 30, 2017, 05:56:49 AM »
Raising a toast to you right now from the other side of the world!

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« Reply #3591 on: January 30, 2017, 06:36:12 AM »
Aw thanks everyone! You're the nicest bunch :)

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« Reply #3592 on: January 30, 2017, 06:47:32 AM »
Here is a top tip. Prepare the pizza on some baking paper.. Now turn your oven up to max and heat up the plate in the oven. When the oven is at temperature you take out the baking plate and transfer the pizza to the plate (just drag the paper onto it). The transfer really is a two person job though.

That way the heat in the plate gets transferred to the pizza dough and you get a crisp pizza. No need for a pizza stone or any fancy gadgets.

After that just stuff it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

I hope it made sense (non native english speaker here).

That makes sense! I have a metal baking tray (not sure if you mean a dinner plate but I don't have any oven proof ones) that should work for. Thank you for sharing your technique!

I love my homemade pizza's too, and now rarely eat pizza out...I've managed to get it exactly as I like it. I do either wholemeal or white bases, and have optimised  the process - oil, dried chillies, minced garlic, passata and herbs makes the type of sauce I love in under a minute, then whatever toppings I fancy.

I just use a baking tray, have had a pizza stone on my 'want' list for ages, but never pulled the trigger...

Good to know that the baking tray works for others. Thanks!

Unless you must have that exact crust texture, you don't need a pizza stone to cook a pizza in the oven.  I have a perforated metal pizza pan, but I've even used baking sheets/cookie sheets in the past.

And I like the cheap clay tile ideas of others!

Another vote for baking sheet. I'm really running out of excuses now. XD

I don't have a refined pizza palate like some of you, but I've made pizza in my cast iron skillet.  It can reach and hold high heat similar to a pizza stone.

That sounds logical only a lack a cast iron skillet. I'll keep it in mind for if I ever own one. :D

Seconding PMG. Heat the cast iron with a little oil on the stove while running the broiler. Roll out your dough, place in the pan, and then top while cooking the crust. Put it under the broiler for 2-4 minutes. If the crust isn't sufficiently crusty, put back on the stovetop to cook the bottom more.

Extra points if you make your pizza dough a few days ahead of time and keep it in the fridge so it gets a chance to get a little sourdough-y.

Your dough doesn't dry out to much in the fridge? I guess cling film would help prevent that.

Welp, I guess husband is getting homemade pizza this week. I'm due to make some more sandwich bread anyway so it's good timing - I'll just make an extra large batch of dough.

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« Reply #3593 on: January 30, 2017, 08:30:24 AM »
Re: home made pizza. I don't bother buying mozzarella to make ours, just grate some cheddar in the food processor. I always have reasonably priced cheddar on hand. I use some jarred Marinara sauce for the tomato sauce portion.

I also make mine on a non stick cookie sheet and stretch it out to a rectangle shape. The cookie sheet I have is the dual layer gold tone ceramic one from Williams Sonoma - a bit spendy, but easy to shape the pizza on and it makes for a lovely crust.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/usa-pan-goldtouch-nonstick-cookie-sheet/?pkey=e%7Cgold%2Bcookie%2Bsheet%7C142%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C3&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3594 on: January 30, 2017, 01:38:30 PM »
You struggle to explain to others how you save so much money on Spending Category X, because you've been doing it for so long that the specific actions have become simply deeply ingrained habits.
YES.

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« Reply #3595 on: January 31, 2017, 08:01:55 AM »
Re: home made pizza. I don't bother buying mozzarella to make ours, just grate some cheddar in the food processor. I always have reasonably priced cheddar on hand. I use some jarred Marinara sauce for the tomato sauce portion.

I also make mine on a non stick cookie sheet and stretch it out to a rectangle shape. The cookie sheet I have is the dual layer gold tone ceramic one from Williams Sonoma - a bit spendy, but easy to shape the pizza on and it makes for a lovely crust.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/usa-pan-goldtouch-nonstick-cookie-sheet/?pkey=e%7Cgold%2Bcookie%2Bsheet%7C142%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C3&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH

I'm not a huge fan of mozzarella. I don't like that much stretch in my cheese and the husband isn't fussy (I try to avoid dairy anyway due to digestive issues). We keep grated cheddar on hand (same price as the same cheap brand in block form) so I'd just be throwing that on there.

Do you use a rolling pin? I tend to just press/pull/stretch my dough into shape (then roll it for loaves) since I don't have a rolling pin (I never make pastry and usually do graham cracker crusts for pies) but I could improvise if need be.

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« Reply #3596 on: January 31, 2017, 11:37:07 AM »
So as the other numbers are different it would be unlikely that a check sum of all 14 numbers would be identical on 5 different cards.

As johnny847 pointed out, there are only 10 possible checksum digits, regardless of how much you change around the other digits. So the odds of have the same checksum on 5 randomly chosen cards should be 1 in 100,000.

True, but the cards aren't chosen at random here. We already know that the first four digits are not random. They're fixed. Digits twelve through fourteen are always 100 if the OP has never lost a card and asked for a replacement, and is not an authorized user card. This will bias your checksum digit.
I recently had an Amex replaced after I misplaced my card.  Amex advised me that every number would be exactly the same except for the last digit.  They also said that any auto-payments previously set up with my old card would be honored -- i didn't have to update auto-payments for that card, which was very nice.

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« Reply #3597 on: January 31, 2017, 12:39:57 PM »
I finally convinced DH to move our Future Home Savings and Baby Chaskavitch's Future College/Wedding/Car/House savings to Vanguard - last Tuesday :(  I know the little bit the market has gone down since then isn't much at all, but I'm still kind of sad that I put our money in right before it went on sale.


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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3598 on: January 31, 2017, 01:52:53 PM »
Re: home made pizza. I don't bother buying mozzarella to make ours, just grate some cheddar in the food processor. I always have reasonably priced cheddar on hand. I use some jarred Marinara sauce for the tomato sauce portion.

I also make mine on a non stick cookie sheet and stretch it out to a rectangle shape. The cookie sheet I have is the dual layer gold tone ceramic one from Williams Sonoma - a bit spendy, but easy to shape the pizza on and it makes for a lovely crust.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/usa-pan-goldtouch-nonstick-cookie-sheet/?pkey=e%7Cgold%2Bcookie%2Bsheet%7C142%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C3&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH

I'm not a huge fan of mozzarella. I don't like that much stretch in my cheese and the husband isn't fussy (I try to avoid dairy anyway due to digestive issues). We keep grated cheddar on hand (same price as the same cheap brand in block form) so I'd just be throwing that on there.

Do you use a rolling pin? I tend to just press/pull/stretch my dough into shape (then roll it for loaves) since I don't have a rolling pin (I never make pastry and usually do graham cracker crusts for pies) but I could improvise if need be.

I stretch the dough out with my fingers, leaving a little bit of a rim round the edge to catch the sauce.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3599 on: February 01, 2017, 03:29:21 PM »
When I told my family that my wife and I are downsizing to only have one car (for her) and I will exclusively ride a bike for transportation, they offered to loan us their car for use. They think we are having money problems.