The Trial Run

From this to dinner in 80 minutes

So I’m trying HomeMade Pizza Co. Here is the minute by minute breakdown.

Minutes 1-5: Cool, they have web ordering.

Minutes 6-10: Ordering via phone because web interface is not working currently.  It’ll be here in 45 minutes

Minute 55: It’s here!  Right on time.  Remember, I have just ordered an unbaked pizza for delivery.  As in, I still have to bake it.

Minute 56: Wrestling with the pizza, cardboard, parchment paper, and the lower middle rack of a 1950s condo sized wall oven.

Minute 59: It really smells like sausage and caramelized onion.  It smells fantastic.

Minute 60: Rotating the pizza.  OH MAN.

Minute 65: It looks amazing.  There was almost a disaster getting it out of the oven, but thankfully, I still have the rest of this entry to write.

Minute 68: Waiting is the hardest part.

Minute 70: Nomming.

Minute 72: Next slice.  Nomming.

Minute 80: Writing.

Good: Wow.  That was a delicious pizza.  The instructions are easy to follow, the pizza was tasty and it was on time.  Plus you can make whatever kind of pizza you want on their website, from double sauce to only putting certain toppings on half of the pizza.

Nitpicky: There’s a $3 delivery fee but they also offer salads, ice cream, and a big cookie that you bake in your oven.  So next time, I’m going to order ice cream and a cookie to make the $3 delivery fee a dollar an item.

I know this is just playing into their cunning plan, but still.

Also, it is entirely possible that you could screw up the pizza and you have no one to blame but yourself.

Things you should know: Parchment paper gets very brittle after you’ve baked it for a while at 425 degrees.  Don’t expect it to hold a pizza as you transfer it to the cardboard.  They say slide it from the paper onto the cardboard or to use a pizza peel.  Follow their instructions.

Summary: I would do this again, next time, with guests.  There was a hiccup in the beginning with the web ordering, but overall it was a good experience.  Consider me a convert.