Archive for November, 2012

A Very Serious Pizza Problem

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Today I have had my eyes opened widely by the existence of one grocery item, the pizza. More particularly, the Italian pizza, hand rolled and with real mozzarella cheese that tastes very fresh. Like many Americans, we eat one of those American frozen pizzas once a week or so. They are fast, simple to make, easy clean up and fills the hole when you are busy with other more worldly things. I sometimes make my own pizza from scratch and they are so good, but I am not much of a long term planner and eat when hungry is my game.
But, I do know what fresh tastes like. Although I love George’s and Sammy’s pizza locally, and Arelio’s is my fav long distance. I don’t count Uno’s as a fav, cuz it’s more than pizza by far. I have tried the gluten free versions, crackers with sauce, basically.
But the Italian frozen hand rolled pizza with tomatoes and mozzarella we picked up yesterday would be my choice once a week, every week, if I could get it. It was tender, it was tasty, it seemed like it just came out of my over as for the freshness aspect of it. I could add olives, onions, pepper, and it wouldn’t seem out of place. I would love to see a full blown freezer aisle in any store that carried a product like that. And, yes, I have tried Connie’s, Red Baron, Ultimate, Green Mill, DiGiorno, all of them. Every one. Nothing comes close to my new discovery. Nothing.
My question is, why oh why can’t Amercan companies with all their research and development and years on the job, why can’t they come up with a pizza that doesn’t have to come from over a thousand miles away to make me happy. Really, people, I am not that fussy, but I ain’t a kid anymore, and I’d like to go into the last third of my life as a pizza loving gourmet. If you know anyone in the American food industry, pass this on! Thank you.

Anderson House, Wabasha Style

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

There is an historic Anderson House in Wabasha, MN where we had Thanksgiving Dinner this year. I have to say how pleased I am to have eaten there. The turkey was divine. I didn’t even need to gravy it up, which was good for me because I swore off potatoes, rolls, and anything white or carbohydrationized, except stuffing, or dressing, as some call it.
I had ham that was lean and juicy. I had a slice of acorn squash, baked and just really good. The green beans were fresh and in a fresh mushroom sauce, no cans here. I fell in love with the creamy cheesy onion dish which I have never before had. There was homemade cranberry sauce, apple pie and a nice side salad. I like to start with the pie. haha! We had iced tea and met some lovely people and had some great conversations.

The atmosphere is so sweet and historically correct, with some of the staff dressed as early settlers.
I do recommend for people to check this place out, to stay, to visit, to eat on special holidays and Sunday brunch.
There is a handicap access in the rear and the prices are reasonable. The food is really good home made style.
Call ahead for reservations 800-482-8188, or try stopping in as you drive through historic downtown Wabasha.

Rivertown Cafe, Wabasha, MN

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

We were lucky to get a chance to visit the new and improved by new management of the Rivertown Cafe on Pembroke Avenue, Wabasha, MN. They keep short hours, til 3 PM most days and they do very well at serving a nice, low salt,
light touch menu.
I was very pleased to see salt and pepper on the table, along with jam, sugar, cream and condiments, like in the old days.
They also served a couple of pieces of pickle with the chicken sandwich D had, and my wrap came with a big helping of ranch dressing. The side salad actually had three cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds and a bit of ham, cheese and cabbage and a nice dab of dressing. My chicken wrap was filled with all kinds of good stuff and the wrap itself was light and deliciously so. (Regular readers may know how I have been complaining about the little extras being reduced week by week until now, we felt lucky to get a plate with our meals.)
They have a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, even including meat loaf, hot roast beef and hot turkey sandwiches.
The atmosphere was clean, plain, very 50s, booths and tables and chairs, and the service was helpful and willing to make the tea right for us. The prices were a bit below local competitors and they don’t serve liquor.
All in all we had a good experience and would recommend the Rivertown Cafe to others.
Note: Pembroke Avenue is the street that runs into National Eagle Center.