Pizza Obsessives: TupperCooks!

Pizza Obsessives

Slice interviews with folks who are mad about pizza.

In late November of last year, we interviewed Kate Martin for a My Pizza Oven Q&A. In the traditional final question ("Who would you like to see interviewed?"), she nominated frequent MPM'r Tupper Cooks! Today, we put him in the hot seat. —The Mgmt.

Spirited Upside-Down Pizza from Tupper Cooks!

Tupper Cooks's "Spirited Upside Down Pizza," made for the Syracuse–North Carolina State basketball game in early December. "I must admit I've made better looking pies," he wrote, "but, you know what, in spite of its disastrous appearance I'd make it again." That's the spirit!

Name: Tupper Cooks! (aka Glenn)
Location: Tupper Lake, New York

What type of pizza do you prefer?

Basic pie, pretty simple. If it's my choice, I prefer sauce, good cheese, and a well-baked crust. Thinner is better, although I've never met a pie I wouldn't eat.

The Pizza Cognition Theory states that "the first slice of pizza a child sees and tastes ... becomes, for him, pizza." Do you remember your first slice? Where was it from, is the place still around, and if so, does it hold up? On that note, has your taste in pizza evolved over time?

I was born just outside of Munich, Germany, during the Cold War. My father was stationed in Bad Tolz. According to my mother, I teethed on pizza crust. Alright, Germany, pizza? I don't know.

My earliest memory is pizza at the Dew Drop Inn in Saranac Lake, New York. Dew (Forrest Morgan), was a war hero who opened up this neat little Italian restaurant. You'd sit on the porch, looking at the ducks floating around in the Saranac River, and eat the pre-packaged breadsticks and crackers that were on the table. My parents would order a regular meal, but I always wanted a cheese pie. Thin crust, cheese bubbles blackened on top. And man, I got to bring the leftovers home.

For the record, Faye Dunaway waited on tables at Dew's in the early '60s.

Oh, wow. The Dew Drop Inn has a great story behind it. I just googled it to stick in that link above. Too bad it's gone. ... Let's see, what's your favorite topping or topping combination?

I like it simple, although I experiment a lot since reading Slice. If it's up to me, and I'm by myself, It's dough, sauce, and cheese.

Where do you go for pizza in your area?

Little Italy in Tupper. They make the best pie. There's a couple of other places that sell and deliver, but it's drunk pie. Little Italy doesn't deliver, and there's a reason for that—their pie is good enough to go out and pick up.

The 50-50 from Tupper Cooks!

A 50-50 pie by Tupper.

We know you make pizza at home. But what recipes do you use?

Dos a bear shit in the woods? (Well, they shit wherever they want to up here.) Yup, I make pizza every week, depending on how many times I can get away with it. Occasionally the wife says, "No!" I make my own sauce and am currently experimenting with about a half dozen dough recipes.

What one thing should NEVER go on a pizza?

Pickles. For some reason, I don't like pickles.

Most unusual pizza you've ever eaten?

Haven't seen it yet.

What's the farthest you've traveled for pizza?

Went on a cruise in the Caribbean, the boat had 24 hr. free pizza. So I guess, the answer is St. Maarten. What I consumed in pizza, the cruise line made up in my Red Stripe purchases.

Anything you'd like to get off your chest?

About 25 lbs.

OK. Lemme put it this way: Anything you'd like to add?

I'd just like to tell everyone that tries to define what a pizza is, that you get to make up your own defintions. If I call it pizza, it's pizza.

Now, who would you like to see interviewed next?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad!

Great. You probably just put Slice on a watch list and/or got it blocked from X-many workplaces. ;) ... Seriously, though, thanks for playing along, Glenn.