Originally Posted by Huntsman
Still, we never had frozen pizza simply because it was cheap -- my mother always maintained that she could better stretch the budget making things from scratch than buying it prepared (which at least at that time seemed to be true). Since my father worked, she had the time to add the value into the product rather than a factory, and thus saved some there. These days efficiencies are such that it may no longer be the case, single parents especially just don't have the time and so do the best they can for their kids. If that's a frozen pizza it's a frozen pizza and God forbid anyone should mock. I certainly would not, because I know that in the process some good lessons can be taught, like how to drink lemonade from an empty cup.
I was a latch-key kid growing up and my mother didn't have a lot or time or energy to experiment with different recipes especially ethnic food such as pizza as both my parents had to work because they wanted to send me to a private high school. Often after school I would make frozen pizza because it was easy to make and available. Sometimes I would experiment and make my own recipes around the Ellio's and Stouffer's products such as pork roll between two pieces of Ellio's, a Stouffer's French Bread Pizza hoagie and with inspiration from Yan Can Cook a frozen pizza and seasonal vegetable stir-fry which was pretty good. I don't feel any shame in the fact that I ate and enjoyed both of these classic American products.