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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 + 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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Scenes from Saturday + Dough & Donuts

It’s been a week and I’m still thinking about the paradox of struggle. As parents we know there is no growth without struggle. And yet…

It’s logical and illogical at the same time. It’s the Chinese finger trap of parenting. No parent would ever wish pain on their children. Not if they could prevent it.

And yet… we know that suffering in life is inevitable, and in many cases, more beneficial than helping them avoid it in developing successful, well-adjusted kids.

I think how parents ultimately navigate and resolve this paradox defines their success or failure. Do I help her spell that word? Do I chase down the bus with her forgotten trombone mouthpiece? Do I make them pick up all the spilled glitter with their teeth or just some of it?

What struggles do we save them from? What struggles do we encourage them to fight through?

I need to keep them safe but not sheltered. Teach, but not help them dodge failure. This parenting gig is not easy. Neither is getting through January without wine and cheese. Continue Reading

Scenes from Saturday + Music & Movies

Being your own family’s best friend is reinforcing the centuries old wisdom in the Stoic quote ‘moderation in all things.’ The best of intentions can turn sour when the volume is turned up too high. Even love, generosity, and affection. We are trying our best to give both kids the space they need to continue to grow. This might mean (often) biting our tongue over their study habits. Or missing an assignment. Or misinterpreting the answer Alexa is clearly feeding them.

It’s one of parenting’s more difficult tasks to willingly let your kids struggle especially if you have the answer or experience to correct them. Always giving them everything in the moment is a recipe for a long term disaster.

Always make sure they know you love them, of course, but no need to be in their hip pocket all the time. You don’t need to learn the facts about ancient Sumeria with them. They know you care about them.

Care about he kids, not the ancient city of Ur. They had their own family problems.

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Scenes from Saturday + Birthdays & Bonfires

We’ve been lucky, in one sense, during this pandemic that both Michelle and I like to cook, but we hit a wall this week. Through convenience or curiosity, we gave up and just threw everything in the borrowed air fryer. It became a challenge by the end of the week.

Here’s the list of things we loaded up and answered the question: “Will it air fry?”

Chickpeas (perfect and crunchy), pickles (eh), grilled cheese (yup), apple fritters (so good), salmon and broccoli together (yes, excellent sheet pan-style dinner), arancinis (italian riceball croquettes – pretty good), chicken nuggets (duh), tofu (not bad), fries (of course), sweet potatoes (double cooked worked best), s’mores (surprisingly good), tots (made for this), burritos, Brussel sprouts, chicken tenders, and cod.

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Green & Red Pesto Sauces for Pizza

We are getting close to the first hard frost (we had a few mild frosts the past week) here in the Northeast and that will mostly put an end to my home garden. While the basil is mostly past peak, I’ve done a pretty good job at keeping it trimmed. It hasn’t all gone to flowers and there are still plenty of leaves that will need to be cut and used.

One great way to use up a lot of excess basil? Make pesto. Sure, you can use it for pasta but did you know both red and green pesto sauces also work great on pizza? Continue Reading

The Best No Recipe Pizza Sauce

For the love of god stop buying overpriced pizza sauce at the grocery store. Especially this time of year where local tomatoes are abundant. There’s no need to over complicate your pizza.

Pizza should cook quickly, whether it’s on a pan, stone or grill. There’s no time or reason to let a complicate sauce cook and simmer on your dough. Trust me, your local pizza shop isn’t doing this. There is an easier way! Continue Reading