Sometimes you can't go back, FoodTribe

When revisiting your childhood goes wrong

Doug F posted in Pizza
4w ago
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Awhile back my wife and I were talking about childhood memories and one of them was Chef Boyardee pizza maker. For those of you that do not know what this is it's a pizza kit that has everything you need to make a pizza. The kit includes a bag of powder you add to water to make the dough, a can of pizza sauce that also contains mini pepperoni. When I was a child it also came with a bag of dried parmesan cheese and that's it. I do not think you can buy the kit with the cheese in it anymore so I had to improvise.

I have very fond memories of this pizza kit as a child, it was a bit of a treat on those nights when we would stay up watching movies on TV. After helping mom prepare the pizza I would wait by the oven for our tasty creation to be ready. After dividing the pizza up between the three of us, mom and dad would sit on the couch and I would lay on the floor in front of the floor model TV and eat our pizza. Just a reminder to those too young to remember this was when a TV was a big heavy wooden box with an actual glass screen and big knobs to change between the three channels. Who remembers those?

So I decided I wanted to relive those days, except with a nice modern TV. So with a night of movie watching planned I started making the pizza from a box. FoodTribe this is when it all went wrong. The dough felt and smelled weird and the sauce with pepperoni made me question my choice in making this. I continued on and topped it with what I remembered to be the amount of dried parmesan cheese from back then. I tossed it in the oven with childhood fondness and a lot of hope.

This is what come out of the oven you all. It looks rather sad and unappealing, nothing like I remember from childhood. After slicing it up I went and sat on the couch just like my parents did back then. Instead of being taken back to fond childhood memories I was in regret and disgust for this terrible pizza. FoodTribe sometimes you just can't go back.

Raise your hand if you remember the TVs I am talking about. Have you ever tried to revisit a childhood food memory and it went wrong? Tell me about it in the comments. I hope your week has went well. Stay wonderful FoodTribe! I love you all!

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  • I remember those televisions - we had a black and white version. My siblings and I were the TV controls - Dad would tell us what channel he wanted, and we'd hop up and turn the dial. We had a party telephone line, too, from which my brothers derived a great deal of entertainment, but that's another story. :)

    My Mom used to give us kids food-related projects, giving us lumps of dough so we could make our own little personal pizzas, which I remember were awesome. She let us stretch taffy once, too, but since my brothers and I literally spent almost all of our time running around in the woods and fields, our hands were usually pretty dirty - in fact it seemed to be a point of pride with us, so unless Mom stood over us, we never did a decent job of handwashing. For some reason, the grownups weren't very interested in sampling the gray taffy...

      1 month ago
    • Even back then TVs were voice controlled, when my parents said a channel or volume level it would happen through the power of the child.🤣 Black and white was still more common than color TV. Did you ever use a magnet to mess with the TV...

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        1 month ago
    • Nothing can beat growing up in the country. :) I don't remember trying the magnet trick, but there was only one television in the house, so I'm pretty sure nobody would have dared to mess it up! :)

        1 month ago
  • 🙋‍♀️ Yep I totally remember those! I was the remote, and would watch the dot until it faded after turning it off. Does anyone else remember the dot? I too love the pizza in a box. We had it as recently as two years ago and yes I know it's cheap crappy pizza but I still love it. Not sure what it is about that pizza but its still a personal favorite 😋

      1 month ago
    • Yes I remember the dot! And how the screen continued to have a ever so slight glow after being turned off.

      How about having to wait for the TV to warm up before you got a picture. 😀

        1 month ago
    • I remember the dot, too, and waiting for the TV to warm up And when I was old enough to stay up to watch "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (on PBS, so of course it was educational!!), I remember the recording of the national anthem with the flag...

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        1 month ago
  • Oh no... But I think we could find a positive thing in it, that in these years you were/are able to make or order way better pizzas. That is improvement! 😂😅

      1 month ago
    • You are 100% correct my friend! And I am truly grateful for it.

        1 month ago
  • I had no idea about the existance of such pizza kits! But you're right, some things should stay in the past - as great memories - because they'll never be that great again 😔

      1 month ago
    • Consider yourself lucky my friend, they are truly awful.

      I have to agree with you. I wish I would have stuck with the memory. 🙄

        1 month ago
    • You didn’t miss much my friend

        1 month ago
  • Nice memories, thanks for sharing. I used to eat my breakfast and so on while I was playing Super Mario on Pegasus console, happy childhood memories.

      1 month ago
    • I used to like Super Mario, I am not positive I have heard of the Pegasus console. I am glad they were good memories.

        1 month ago
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