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April 10, 2013

Pizza: Make it at home, and serve hot from the oven

I cut the story below out of a magazine years ago when my oldest son lived in Fairbanks, Alaska.

A Pizza Story; “Pie in the Sky”

Think about this the next time you call for a pizza delivery;

When people in the outer villages of Alaska would like pizza, they could not go to the town pizza shops — there weren’t any. Instead, they called Larry’s Flying Service, and it would be flown in. “Pizza is a real treat for people who live in the villages. They spend most of the year eating moose meat and fish,” says Dave German, a pilot who delivers at least one pizza a week to the 47 villages surrounding Fairbanks and Bethel. The service is free as a favor to regular customers, but they have to order in the morning so the local pizza parlor can get it to the airport 30 minutes before flight time. Alaskans can also order Chinese take-out.

Yesterday, I called Larry’s Flying Service and actually spoke to Larry. He said the story is correct as written and they enjoyed delivering pizzas for people that couldn’t get it any other way. They stopped the delivery services in the late 1990s.

But you don’t need to rely on a favorite pizza shop for a delicious pie; it’s simple to make one at home.

Get creative and make it a family fun time with each person designing their perfect combination of toppings. Go ahead and experiment with the toppings; this is when it becomes fun, especially if it is a teen party.

Several friends have high schoolers in the midst of their senior year and are hosting graduation events in May and June. Plans include make-your-own-pizza parties using some of these ideas: aprons for all (some with school and graduation date imprinted), pre-made pizza crusts, large green salad, less common toppings such as roast red peppers, heirloom tomatoes, and a few uncommon olives types (all meant to open their culinary palates).

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