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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Heat/Smoke ~ Picture of the Day ~ Pizza Hut ~ All-In-One Italian Bake ~ Linda Watterlond Terror ~ National Cheese Pizza Day

Good 49º clear morning.
Yesterday morning ... my smokey mountain..... the smoke blowing up this way from the California fires....
We topped at 99º.
Picture of the Day ... rock formation. Wow. 
Interesting about Pizza Hut....

Pizza Hut is older than Domino’s by two years – and was officially the first chain pizza restaurant in America. Pizza Hut was founded in 1958 by Dan and Frank Carney. The two brothers borrowed $600 from their mom to open a pizza place in Wichita, Kansas. They named it Pizza Hut, because their sign only had room for eight letters. On opening night, they gave away pizza to encourage community interest in the new concept. Six months later they opened a second outlet and within a year they had six Pizza Hut restaurants. There are now more than 16,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries.

Here's their site. Scroll down and click on "restaurants by state" to find one close to you....
From Mr. Food

Easy Italian recipes are sometimes hard to come by. Well, a quick stop at the dairy aisle was all it took to inspire us to whip up this easy, cheesy casserole. Plus, with June being National Dairy Food Month, we couldn't think of a better time to take advantage of all the sales that can be found in our supermarket's dairy case. So grab a spoon and dig into our All-In-One Italian Bake! It's always a praise-worthy recipe.


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 (11-ounce) package refrigerated French bread loaf
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Fresh chopped parsley (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.  In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté ground beef 5 to 7 minutes or until browned; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and the Italian seasoning until well combined. Spoon half the meat mixture into baking dish. Dollop with cheese mixture. (The best way to dollop is to use 2 soup spoons.) Top cheese mixture with remaining meat mixture.
  3. Remove bread loaf from packaging and place on a cutting board. Cut into 18 slices, each about 1/2-inch thick. Place bread rounds evenly over meat mixture. 
  4. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine butter and remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder; microwave 15 seconds or until butter is melted.  Brush dough with garlic butter mixture.
  5. Bake uncovered 30 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.
Special birthday today, old high school pal Linda (Watterlond) Terror and friend since kindergarten,is celebrating! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDA!
We were in Brownies, Girl Scouts, and this is us as grammar school safety monitors....
Historically this date....
1836 – Sam Houston is elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
1945 – Iva Toguri D'Aquino, a Japanese-American suspected of being wartime radio propagandist Tokyo Rose, is arrested in Yokohama.
... interesting read.
1960 – The boxer Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) is awarded the gold medal for his first place in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome.
1972 – Munich Massacre: A Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" attack and take hostage 11 Israel athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. 2 die in the attack and 9 die the following day.
1975 – Sacramento, CaliforniaLynette Fromme attempts to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford.
And births this date include.....
1846 – Jack Daniel, Distiller (d. 1911)
Mmmmmm, Jack in the Black!
1847 – Jesse James, American outlaw (d. 1882)
1937 – William Devane, American actor
1939 – George Lazenby, Australian actor
1939 – John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (d. 2008)
1940 – Raquel Welch, American actress
1951 – Michael Keaton, American actor
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

On September 5th, National Cheese Pizza Day says, “Hold the toppings!” That’s right, cheese is all you need when celebrating this pizza holiday. Whether the pie is homemade or ordered in, make it cheese only. 
Add a variety of cheeses to your pie to celebrate. Smokey gouda or a little gorgonzola might mix it up. If you like a little cheddar, mild or sharp shredded across the top will do. Debates prevail over thin or thick crust. However, that debate is for another day. The cheese holds the spotlight on this occasion. In fact, thin-crust doesn’t even have a day. How did that happen? However, deep-dish does. And National Pizza Day gets piping hot on February 9th. 
We do know a few things about pizza in general, though. In ancient Greece, they covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese. Many believe this to be the beginning of the pizza. In Byzantine Greek the word was spelled πίτα, or pita, meaning pie. The Romans also developed a version of the pizza pie. Using bay leaves for flavoring, the Romans topped the dough with cheese and honey. 
When it comes to the modern pizza, we turn to Italy. Their Neapolitan flatbread created the beginnings of the pizza we know and love today. It was topped with mozzarella cheese made from high-quality buffalo milk. 
In the United States, we love our pizzas, especially cheese pizza. In 1997, it’s estimated the United States produced more than 2 billion pounds of pizza cheese. That’s a lot of cheese! Our passion for pizza began in 1905 when the first pizza eatery opened in New York’s Little Italy. It’s been a cheese love affair ever since. 


Order up or bake up your own cheese pizza to celebrate! Take a pizza poll to find out who makes the best cheese pizza in your state. Test out a new recipe or try one of these below. Have a cheese pizza party. Invite friends over to make their favorite cheese pizzas and enjoy each other’s company. You can even try to break a world record. Make the largest cheese pizza or the thinnest. While you can make the pizza at home (we have recipes, too), don’t forget to give a shout out to your favorite pizzeria. Whether they service it by the slice or you order up a whole pizza, you know they make it with love.
Since many foods, including pizza, inspire world records, we decided to explore 5 Amazing Pizza World Records.