Loaves & Dishes
By Jennie Geisler Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 19th, 2012
Minis for me: Pizza in the tin

These are so cute, I can't stand it.

There’s something about small versions of usually big food. Whenever I see it, like meatloaves in a muffin tin, or cake pops, that I find myself cooing over them like a newborn human. Maybe it’s just an overly caffeinated maternal instinct, but I simply can’t resist.
I’d like to think that the trend toward miniature versions of high-calorie dishes is a response to the obesity problem so often blamed on “supersized” portions, and maybe it is. But that doesn’t supersede the cuteness factor.
I’m working on a column for May 2 about tacos made in a muffin pan, from a recipe out of a muffin-tin cookbook, the publishing of which confirms my gut feeling that little food is huge.
Over my recent vacation, I had a lunch-sized pizza, which tasted wonderful, but wasn’t nearly as creative as Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas from Martha Stewart. This version is designed to be vegetarian, but there’s nothing stopping you from adding little bits of sausage or pepperoni.

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