Thursday, October 30, 2008


The following infomercials had a very hard time making back the creator's investment.

10. Girls Gone Mild -- College girls get mildly drunk on near beer and take off their winter coats for the camera.
9. Kevin Trudeau's "From the Cell Block to Selling Schlock" -- A convicted felon shows you how to skirt the law while making dubious health claims.
8. David Oreck's Flatulence Detector
7. Body By Oprah -- Ab Lumper
6. Matthew Lesko's Fashion Design
5. Mighty Silly Putty -- This magic putty not only plugs leaks and hold objects together, it lifts comics right off the page.
4. JFK's Magic Bullet Blender
3. Flowbee Back Hair Cutting System, endorsed by Ed Asner.
2. Proactiv Bacne System
1. The Best of Backyard Extreme Curling
I think we may add another informercials to it after last night.

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Pizza Pizza

With money tight these days and the cost of living rising, it can be tough to find cash for even the little luxuries of a night out at the
movies following dinner at perhaps an Italian restaurant. The theatre part alone can easily run more than $25 with two adults and two kids.

You may even say to yourself, "Sure, we could stay home. But if the pizzeria won't deliver, we get stuck with heated frozen pizza. What a pain!"

But you can afford a fun Friday or Saturday - or another other - night with just a little advanced planning and a tiny bit of shopping. The result can be far better than a soggy-in-the-middle heated frozen pie and a wonder over those awful on-the-shelf pizza kits you can buy.

Take this idea, for example: for the cost of the movie tickets alone, you can buy a decent pizza stone, similar to the kind used in some
Italian restaurants to bake pizzas. This stone is designed to be heated ahead of time and then serves as the baking spot for your
homemade pizza or a decent quality rising crust frozen pizza (once you've had the latter prepared on a pizza stone, you will never return to a cookie sheet).

Then, for far less than the cost of feeding four at a pizzeria, you can purchase all the ingredients you want to make custom pizzas, at home, either with ingredients left over for another night or used to top additional pies that night. The latter works great with kids who get to choose their own toppings. Also, you can experiment with toppings you rarely have but want to try. I highly recommend the langostino (lobster meat) and bacon and/or black olive and the black olive, roasted red pepper, and red onion pizza is a vegan wonder. Experiment with different cheeses as well, which can modify both the texture and taste of the resulting pizza.

Unless you're an experienced and dependable dough maker, save yourself time and effort by purchasing prepared pizza doughs. You can find these in the freezer case. Many stores make and sell their own pizzas and most of these make extra crust dough to sell in one pizza sizes, often for $1 or less.
Some also sell tomato sauce specially for pizzas plus jars of pizza sauce, although you can also press certain marinaras and other spaghetti sauces into service for your meal. A thicker sauce works best, but you can slowly cook a wetter marinara until it thickens. And, of course, the more industrious can make their own sauce, or create one from a can of diced tomatoes - perhaps with one Italian seasonings already added - that you can simmer into a thicker sauce and customize as you want.

If you decide to make homemade pizza night a regular event, you benefit from having a regular assortment of ingredients on hand so you can mix and match. The idea is a hit for super bowl parties, impromptu weekend get togethers, and even children's parties with adults supervising the pizza making. All adult parties may want to open a bottle of Chianti or add some good beer to chase down the pizza slices.

Before you make your first pizza, do yourself a favor and buy a package of corn meal. This works better than flour for both covering the pizza stone so the dough does not stick to it as well as for dusting onto the dough before you roll it out with a rolling pin. The corn meal tastes better, too, when a light dusting is left in place for cooking.

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