You Spin Me Round

“The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade.” Benjamin Franklin

Thanksgiving weekend is always a cherished time for me because beyond the stuffing, gravy and decorating for Christmas, I’ve got four days off in a row perfect for feasting on frozen pizzas.

Especially this year, with restaurants closed and limited family festivities, it was the perfect opportunity to hunker down with The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix and fire up my freezer stash.

But, to cook up the perfect frozen you’ve got to have the proper equipment. While my conventional oven does a fine job, it’s all the way upstairs in the kitchen; despairingly far from my man cave in the lower level.

To fix this dilemma, I took action to boost my basement pizza baking capabilities and purchased a new pizza oven off of Amazon. So, this year, I’m not only thankful for my frozen pizzas, but for my favorite new pizza maker as well.

The Pizzaz.

Have you ever been mesmerized by the steady swirl of a vinyl record spinning?

I invite you to try watching your frozen pizza rotate into greasy, golden brown perfection.

About a month ago I rekindled my long lost relationship with a modern marvel of pizza cooking innovation: The Presto Pizzaz Rotating Pizza Oven. The Pizzaz is a pizza cooker that sends your frozen a gentle ride atop a slowly spinning disk that passes through upper and lower infrared heating elements. Simply turn a dial and then you’ve got 12 minutes to watch your mozzarella merry-go-round into melty magnificence.

Trust me, there’s nothing like the hypnotic trance of witnessing your frozen pizza come to fruition.

Since I was a teenager it’s been one of my tribes most trusted devices; always twirling in the background of High School hangouts and college hangovers. But somehow, in the transition to adulthood through marriage and homeownership I lost touch with the simple pleasure of the Pizzaz. In a time when we are urged to stay home I can think of no better $45 investment.

Now after scoring one I sit hunched over it, losing myself in the steady swirl of my pepperoni speckled dinner baking; like a cavemen ancestor gazing into the magical flicker of his fire at night.

Then it dawned on me, I have two more four day weekends coming up with the wonderful layout of Christmas and New Year’s this year. I may have to invest in one of those metal bowling alley pizza ovens too…..

What I’m eating: Jack’s frozen pizza hot off the Pizzazz.

What I’m reading: Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts -Annie Duke


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