Lloyd Long Pan Pizza Review

lloyd long pizza pans

There are many different kinds of pizza. Different doughs. Different toppings. But they are always squares or circles, right? What about rectangles? Narrow ones. I’ve been baking long, skinny Sicilian pies with Lloyd long pizza pans now since the end of January and my only regret is that I didn’t order more.

I can’t remember now where I first saw the long pizza pan mentioned but I was instantly hooked. I love making Sicilian-style pies and friends and family love eating them. These are great for parties or large gatherings and offer a unique look and an easy way to cut and serve.

My one complaint about making traditional half sheet pan Sicilians at home is wrestling them out of the pan and slicing can sometimes be an ordeal. These long pans from Lloyd eliminate that nagging problem (more of an annoyance) and turn making Sicilian or Detroit pizza into even, dare I say, a weeknight dinner delight.

The pizzas typically slide easily out of the pan without too much effort and the size isn’t overwhelming or threatening to flop off the counter. If you’ve loaded on the cheese, then the effort of freeing the lacy, crispy edges is totally worth it. The skinny rectangle is then a breeze to cut up with a large knife, rocker, or pizza wheel.

The long pan pizza pan series comes in three sizes: 12, 18, or 27 inches. I went with the 18-inch one and two fit nicely in a home oven on a rack.

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You can order covers and cutting boards, too, if you want but I’ve found a standard kitchen block cutting board or wood pizza peel works fine for the 18-inch pies. The cover might come in handy for proofing but so far multiple sheets of plastic wrap and tea towels have worked fine for me.

The pans are solid aluminum and made in the US. These don’t feel cheap. They’ve been durable and easy to clean, so far. And I don’t baby my pans.

While some Lloyd pans are available for ordering on Amazon, these specialty pans were not. I ordered online direct from the company. The price of the pans is $23 for the 12 inch, $27 for the 18, and $38 for the 27, plus the cost of shipping.

Shipping was quick and the pans arrived in good shape and have held up well. I don’t regret paying a slight premium for a well-made, domestic product that delivers on exactly what it promises: high-performance results from an excellent pan.

These long pans are great for taking your pizza parties to the next level with a fun and unique shape without a gimmick. These long pizza pans from Lloyd Pans offer a new way to make great pizza.

Scenes from Saturday + Swans & Spaghetti

A few weeks ago both girls did their piano guild auditions. In another few weeks, they both have their dance recitals. Both things require practice and commitment. Both girls did fine at their auditions. And I’m sure they will do fine at their recital. But I had the nagging sense, in my mind, that they could have done better. They could have practiced more, worked on those rough spots more. It bothered me that they couldn’t or didn’t see this. They were happy with their performances and shrugged off any mistakes.

Why was I getting upset? Why did I care more than they did?

Which is ridiculous and mostly just me projecting my baggage onto them. I’m sure they will learn to care more as they mature but they are also kids and, I often forget, feel and interpret things differently than me. And my adult way isn’t necessarily right or more correct. A kid’s innocence shouldn’t be corrupted too early.

Maybe I should take that lesson and shrug more things off, too.

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Scenes from Saturday + Communion & Carbs

I had one of those moments this week where a few extraneous thoughts collide and bring new understanding. I love that.

First, I’ve been trying to revive the front lawn, as well as get the garden going again. I’m not a big lawn guy. What’s the point of them exactly? But I do like planting vegetables.

Then, I read that NY Times piece about languishing.

Finally, with less than forty days left, I thought about the kid’s past year in school during the pandemic.

Kids are tough. Tougher than we usually give them credit for. I don’t think the girls are languishing. I think (hope), that like my vegetable garden (the front lawn might be beyond saving) they are merely dormant. They are waiting to bloom.

Planting a garden is circular, not relentlessly chronological, like our social media-obsessed society. What they’ve learned or how they’ve adapted might not be known for decades.

This past year has been unique, weird, and at times tough, and it’s hard to flourish in those conditions but I don’t think they’re failing, I think they’re biding their for better conditions. Like a kohlrabi.

Yeah, just compared my kids to those weird orbs in the bottom of your CSA box.

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Scenes from Saturday + Solo Together

We had a little bit of friction this week over doing anything that smelled like school work while on spring break. Dad was for it. Ce was adamantly against it. It wasn’t every day. We traveled down to Philly to see the grandparents and I didn’t mention cell structures, prepositions, or the distributive property. But when we came back and they spent the first three hours of the day in front of the TV? It started to bother me.

Was I being too strict? Overbearing? Not letting them be kids? Maybe. But I also believe we are what we repeatedly do. And we were talking 30-ish minutes of work, not three hours. About the same amount of time they typically spend debating what tin of putty to play with while watching TV. Or the the equivalent amount of time they spend eye-rolling and belly-aching over my requests.

One of my jobs is to help the girls realize that being excellent at anything doesn’t just happen. It’s a combination of little things and big things. And it mostly comes from the monotonous day-to-day choices we make until little actions become habits. They will, fingers crossed, realize who they are by what they do.

Until then, they are going to hear it from me. Repeatedly.

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Goddard Stomp Duathlon 2021 Race Review

Goddard Stomp Duathlon 2021

The Goddard Stomp Duathlon put on by the local outfit On Your Left Racing was last weekend in Rhode Island and while none of my training had included bike handling with ski gloves, the event was a fun run-bike-run challenge to start the 2021 season.

The weather didn’t fully cooperate. It was raw and cold, even for April in New England, but by the race start, I think everyone was just relieved it wasn’t still snowing and that we were actually going to be racing outside of our own basements.

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