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School Cafeteria Pizza

From: Jerry  
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 5:40 PM
Subject: Recipe Request

I started school in the 70s and graduated in 1981. I am looking for the school pizza recipe. 
The pizza came in squares, cut from a big tray of pizza. The dough was thin and soft. On top 
of the dough was only meat. I assume hamburger. A square slice of cheese, I assume American,
was on top of the meat. That was it.

Amelia Elementary
Vincent Jr High (now Vincent Middle School)
Forest Park High School (Now Westbrook High School)
Beaumont, Texas
South Park ISD (now Beaumont ISD)

Also note.. My wife tried to find the pizza after I talked to her about your website. She already 
snagged a few recipes. But, she found somewhere on the web a pizza that somewhat came close, but, 
it had crust on the side. The pizza I am referring too had no crust. Just squares, first layer 
soft dough, second layer meat, and third layer a square slice of cheese. Probably American, but, 
I am guessing.

Hope you can help. Thanks.


Hello Jerry,

Well, I can’t find any school cafeteria pizza recipes from the schools you list. Looking at school cafeteria pizza recipes in general, it appears that they were quite different from school to school, and most don’t fit your description very well. Many were square and were served in square slices, but that’s because square pans are easier to deal with. I think the cheese would be a mild mozzarella rather than American cheese.

Many schools bought their pizzas frozen, from a supplier, and just baked them like we bake frozen pizza at home. This type of pizza is called commodity pizza, and one of the major suppliers was, and is, Tony’s. I found an article about this, with a photo that looks more similar to your description than any other that I could find. See:

Nosh Cookbook
Public School Rectangle Pizza

There's another school cafeteria recipe here that you might want to try. There's no photo: Tastebook

This is all that I can find. This will be posted on the site, so a reader might have something to add.


Bill Knapp's Custard Pie

From: Cathy  
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 8:45 AM
Subject: Bill Knapps Custard Pie recipe

Would you happen to come across Bill Knapps Restaurants custard Pie Recipe? I would love to make this for 
my husband for our 40th wedding anniversary. Please email it.                

Hi Cathy,

Sorry, I had no success finding this recipe.

I’ll post this on my site in case one of my readers has it.


Yellow Autofill Fields

-----Original Message----- 
From: Ray
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 8:54 AM
To: Phaedrus
Subject: RE: Dictator's Diets

Thanks, Uncle Phaedrus--I realized after I sent it both of the points you 
mentioned--that some mentions of favorite foods would not be hard, but not 
all that interesting, maybe and a lot of work for little reward, but thanks 
for the reply.

One other thing I thought of, non-food, something related to my former query 
on milk cap colors, was perhaps too trivial, but I thought I might bring it 
up.  I note on my computer, at least, that when a form has auto-fill fields, 
they are a kind of sickly yellow.  A little research led me to people who 
wanted to do away with the yellow (I guess they don't care much for it 
either, I having read that yellow is very low on people's lists of favorite 
colors [I except Nero Wolfe and his pajamas]).  The question may be too 
slight to consider, but just when did this particular color become "the 
one"?  And why a weak yellow?  Although I suppose as a background for print 
other than white, it gets less in the way of clarity of contrast than some 
others would... I suppose.


Hi Ray,

There is a lot of discussion about the yellow autofill color on the web. However, I could not find anything about exactly why that pale yellow color was chosen. The origin appears to be nothing more complex than the "Autofill" designer's choice. I thought of transparency as a reason for choosing it, but pale gray or pale blue, etc, would do just as well if that were the reason. The yellow appears because of "autofill" in Google's Chrome browser and also in non-Chrome browsers with the Google Toolbar installed . You can go into the settings and turn it off if it is too bothersome:

Click Settings > Show advanced settings.
Under “Passwords and forms,” click Manage Autofill settings.

After I sent my reply and was thinking about something else entirely, it suddenly occurred to me that the yellow color in this case is to highlight the autofill fields just as yellow has commonly been used to highlight text for many, many years. I had professors in college who told us to buy highlighters and whose "lectures" consisted of telling us to highlight certain paragraphs in the textbooks or workbooks for the class. The original color of these highlighters was yellow, and yellow is still the most used color for highlighting. You can get them in multiple colors now, and the female choice is often pink, but originally yellow was it.

Why? Because yellow draws attention to things, and pale yellow is translucent enough for text to show through it easily. This site says yellow is the easiest color to see: Seeing Yellow

Another reason yellow was chosen for highlighters was because yellow does not make a shadow on a photocopied document.

I think it's quite possible that, when autofill was being developed, the developer went with pale yellow to highlight the autofill blanks for the simple reason that yellow has commonly been used to highlight important items on printed forms. It's just a carry-over from an earlier time.


Thanks, Uncle P.--

And about the "highlighter" idea.  I have to say that crossed MY mind this morning as well.  
I'm reading a Michael Connelly novel, mostly a courtroom drama, where at one point one of the 
lawyers mentions that he has highlighted some text to make it easier for the witness to read, 
and that's when I thought, "Oh, bright yellow smear across the words."  It's not something I 
did or do as I've a phobia about defacing books, even my own, but a light (pale yellow) went on.  
And about the copying angle.  I now recall that when I put pieces of the standard yellow Post-It 
notes on typescript with something written on the Post-It, that there was no sign of anything but 
my written text on the copy.  I think you nailed it.


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