Party Favors and Pizzas

What happens at a bachelorette party, should stay at a bachelorette party. Especially the party favors.

Since I’ll soon be moving to start my residency, I’m in the process of crossing a number of things off my bucket list. Because this is me we’re talking about, most of that involves eating food from some of our local restaurants.

On this particular day, I was quite exhausted (I’m still a bit worn out post-surgery) and decided that I’d cross one food off the list by ordering pizza. Now, to be honest I was more ordering pizza as an excuse to order breadsticks, but I can’t be faulted for that.

Anyway, my food finally came and I answered the door to the delivery guy, a man probably in his 60s. He was quite nice and polite at first. However, I had to set down my pizza in order to sign the receipt, giving the delivery man a view of my entire apartment.

He then got quite awkward, glared at me, yanked the receipt away from me after I signed it, and didn’t even respond to my polite “Have a nice day!”

For the life of me, I couldn’t at first figure out what had happened. My apartment was quite clean and I thought I looked rather presentable myself.

Then, I looked at the table that had been moved to right by my front door, and I realized what happened.

My delivery man was obviously put off by the large, hot pink penis straw (or “Sippy Dick,” as the bachelorette had called them) that was the only thing that was sitting on that table.

And yes, I had not noticed the presence of the penis straw on my table for 3 days…don’t ask me how that happened.

Eliminate Awkward Moments Pizza Margherita

if only I had just made my own pizza…


  • Pizza dough for 1 pizza (I normally use the Cuisinart recipe since that’s what I have, but any uncooked pizza dough from the store will do)- make sure you leave this on the counter for 20-30 minutes to come to room temperature.
  • Olive oil spray
  • 3 tbsp pesto
  • 1 medium tomato or 3 campari tomatoes, sliced thinly
  • 3-4 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spray pizza pan with olive oil. Take pizza dough and spread out on the pan. If it’s not stretching, give it a few minutes and try again.
  3. Spray pizza dough with olive oil (this will help the crust brown). Spread pesto over the crust up to 1in from the edge.
  4. Artfully arrange the tomato and mozzarella slices. Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until crust is crispy. Remove from oven, cut into slices, and serve.

P.S. I graduated from medical school yesterday- I am now officially an M.D.!

106 thoughts on “Party Favors and Pizzas

  1. Congratulations on your graduation! πŸ˜€
    This looks delicious – inspiration to pimp my shop bought pizza sitting in the fridge πŸ˜‰

    1. inksweatandfears May 12, 2012 — 3:56 pm

      Congratulations! What city do you live in – I need to find a new family doc!

      1. Unfortunately I’m going to be an anesthesiologist, not a GP!

  2. That’s hilarious!! The pizza recipe looks fantastic, and I will definitely try it!! Finally, congratulations on your graduation from Medical School!! Are you going to be a Urologist?? (That was a joke… πŸ™‚ )

    1. Apologies- anesthesiologist πŸ˜‰

      1. The world needs more cooking anesthesiologist comediennes! πŸ™‚

  3. Congratulations on graduating! Must feel great!
    If I wasn’t allergic to pesto..I would so try this!
    Maybe I can find an alternative..hmmm..

    1. I make mine with spinach and walnuts- can you eat either of those? The link to my pesto recipe is hyperlinked in this recipe.

      1. ah okay! Thanks..I’ll check it out.. πŸ™‚

      2. And yes I forgot that part

  4. Congrats on the qualification… must be a load off!

    My wife would love to see the ‘sippy dick’!

  5. I dare you to order pizza from the same place!!!

    1. They have multiple delivery men- I have the feeling he’d boycott delivering to my apartment ever again. πŸ˜‰

  6. Congratulations! I wonder what he thought you were thinking . . .

  7. Oh, wait! And I just made a giant pile of kale pesto and this is a delicious looking idea for it! Pizza looks so good!

  8. Too funny!

  9. That’s what he gets for snooping. It’s really no ones business what is in your apartment or if it’s neat and tidy or a pig stye. Loved the story.

    A 60 something old lady.

  10. hahaha this actually made me laugh out loud! thank you for sharing this! I love reading your anecdotes, they never fail to make me smile, and this one was no exception!
    congratulations on graduating! xx

  11. My fav thing to do with granddaughter! Yumm

  12. Congratulations, Dr. Diva!

  13. Congratulations on your graduation! That is quite an accomplishment. We have several MD’s in the family and I known that it isn’t easy. Enjoy it now and then it is off to the next challenge. Good Luck in your future adventures.

  14. Clearly pizza and penis just do not go together! Hilarious!!!

  15. Congratulations! How wonderful- a doctor who has a sense of humor and can cook!

  16. congrats and thanks for the laugh. You could count yourself lucky he didn’t take the straw as an invitation to party I suppose……lol

  17. Congratulations on completing your degree! I love your posts – you always make me laugh. You’d make a brilliant GP! πŸ™‚

  18. Congrats on the Graduation!! And although it’s a wee but premature given that you’re still in the liminal relocating mode- Welcome to Chicago!

  19. Congratulation to your M.D – don’t think it was the straw that cause his behavior – maybe he saw something else *smile – and the pizza is great looking.

  20. Congratulations! Where did you match for residency? Pizza looks awesome, btw. One of my favorites. I use the 5 minute artisan bread dough. Were a 2 pizza family now: one yummy margarita and one with lemon pepper cream, caramelized onions and prosciutto. Damn, now I have pizza brain! How can that even happen with a belly full of BLT?

    1. I matched in Chicago- I move at the end of the month.

      1. Great city, hope you have a fun crew. Anesthesis, is it? I worked with a guy in San Diego with a plate on his car reading “Inum4U”. Thanks for the amusing stories, great recipes. Great photos too!

  21. P.S. You graduated from medical school–holy crap amazing!!

  22. Congratulations on graduating med school! You go girl!

    I really love reading your stories! And thanks for the recipe ideas!

  23. Congrats on your Graduation!! That’s an awesome accomplishment.
    Gotta love Penis straws!! πŸ™‚

  24. Congratulations! The pizza looks great! I had Domino’s delivered earlier for the Coke. That intense craving for a fizz down my throat, otherwise I wouldn’t touch it. :))

  25. Congratulations, Doctor! I’m looking forward to making your spinach pesto soon–this pizza recipe looks simple, yet delicious.

  26. Congrats DD, MD! From your blog, I am going to guess that you graduated from my undergrad alma mater. Hope you enjoy eating your way through the city until your move to another great food city!

  27. I have a friend at work who makes phallic piΓ±ata for bachelorette parties. They are very popular too.

    She got “sprung” at work once with one she was delivering. It was so funny. She went so red.

  28. Congrats on your graduation! -Helen

  29. Congrats on graduating! I wonder why the pizza delivery guy got his panties in a bunch over a simple penis straw? It seems like a great conversation starter to me.

  30. This is hilarious. I have a similar experience from my college days involving a woman’s sanitary product and a glass of red wine.

    Love the pizza!

  31. Congrats… now make me a pizza πŸ˜›

  32. Congratulations, and the pizza looks tasty.

  33. I order supplies for our firm, and I had asked a new supplier for a sample of their feminine products. They arrived in a brown paper bag with nothing but my name on them. I thought that was hilarious. Some things make people unnecessarily embarrassed. Where is sippy dick residing now?

  34. Congratulations, Doc! Hmm, I hope the extra gas in your day compliments your sense of humor and cooking abilities. Enjoy Chicago…it’s a foodie’s dream town! PS: If you like Korean, take the brown line all the way to the end. (Those were the directions we got from our hotel near Navy Pier…)

    1. There is a really awesome Vegan/Vegetarian restuarant on Halsted – the Chicago Diner – it is the reason I am ok living in Chicago. Amazing food and a fantastic atmosphere.

    2. My cousins live at the end of the brown line and I’ve been going there for years- haven’t seen any Korean food there, though.

      1. I had to ask a gent on the train with us where to go. There’s a mom & pop restaurant a block or 2 away from the station. Bulgogi, proper little bowls of yummy meats & kimchee to wrap into big leaves brought to the table… wish I could remember the name!

  35. Congratulations!!! That is amazing. I have a dream to be a doctor someday when I get all my many kids into college and I am like 60. A girl can dream! πŸ˜‰

  36. Congratulations!
    Sounds like you really freaked out pizza guy!

  37. Congratulations, new doctor!!! How exciting! I wish all of the best for you. πŸ™‚

  38. Congratulations!!!!

  39. Holy! Amazing food created by a doctor!! congrats!!

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  40. No joke, I just found a penis straw in the bottom of my purse this weekend. It must have been left over from a bachelorette party a month ago! To say the least, I was embarrassed when I pulled it out in front of mixed company! Thanks for sharing your funny, awkward story as well.

  41. Congrats! The pizza looks delicious!

  42. Congratulations on your graduation! I will eventually invest in some gluten-free pizza dough mix so I can have home-made pizza again. Simple really is best when it comes to pizza toppings and I have to confess the last time I had shop-bought pizza it was a margherita. The photo in your post has brought the memory back in all its mouth-watering splendour. What an absolute classic! Thanks for sharing. =)

  43. You know who you’re never inviting to your party, if at all πŸ˜‰ I think the penis straw is hilarious and you should experiment on other delivery guys too. Hehehe. Congrats on the MD!

  44. Oopsie! :p hilarious πŸ™‚ I guess you should order again and let the old guy have another look πŸ™‚

    Congratulations Doctor! And confession.. I also almost always order pizza for the breadstick and the dips! I’ve been thinking of making a pizza at home since long but never got around actually doing it.. maybe now I will πŸ™‚
    Thanks for stopping by at my blog and liking it!

  45. I just spit coffee all over my monitor and keyboard! I’ve had a couple of similar experiences…

    Congratulations on your graduation, Doctor. I wish you much success!

  46. Congrats doc!

  47. Congratulations! When I moved, I found a bunch of penis straw toppers in a drawer from a bachelorette party and tossed them. It’s amazing how irrelevant they become after they’ve been laying around a while. LOL! No worries about what pizza man thinks – you’re moving anyway!

  48. Congratulations on graduating!

  49. You will LOVE Chicago! Congratulations on your MD, a great life accomplishment.

  50. That pizza looks ‘boss’ as they say in Liverpool (that’s a compliment by the way). Trouble is I have no idea what a campari tomato is.
    Oh the post was a good read too – and you’re right, what goes on at a girls only party should never be made public :-).

    1. It’s just a smaller red tomato- they’re a a bit bigger than a cherry tomato. However, use whatever tomatoes you have!

  51. Oh, this is a funny story! I can imagine what he was thinking and just wanted to get out of there. Congratulations on your graduation!

  52. CONGRATULATIONS, Dr. Diva!! πŸ˜€ Coming from a medical family, and having worked at teaching hospital as an RD … that is quite an accomplishment!! Well done!! AND, you still have your sense of humor intact! πŸ˜€ Bravo!

  53. Congrats!!! The pizza looks awesome, I always like my pizzas on the simpler side. I have never tried a pizza with a pesto sauce yet, but the idea has been toying with my mind for a while.

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  55. CONGRATS on your graduation!! How wonderful!!! I wish you the VERY best in your career!! With what little knowledge I have of you, it seems to me, you have the perfect personality to be a doctor – a sense of humor which makes for a GREAT bedside manner. Laughter truly IS the best Medicine. Now go out there and heal somebody!!

  56. Congratulations, Dr Diva. That pizza looks absolutely sensational. My stomach started grumbling – loudly! – the moment I saw it. Now am getting some sideways glances from other passengers on the train.

  57. Congratulations on your being an M.D. And I love your story – but where is the picture of the straw πŸ˜‰ just kidding, how funny that his mood changed like that, he should be pleased you didn’t answer the door drinking your beverage from it!

  58. Wandering Voiceless May 14, 2012 — 4:58 am

    CONGRATS ON YOUR GRADUATION! Can’t wait to try the pizza. :>

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  60. Congratulations on your graduation! Thanks for sharing this funny story. I needed a good laugh today. All the best to you in your residency.

  61. Congrats! Also, the pizza look A-Mazing πŸ™‚

  62. Congrats to Ms. Sippy Dick, M.D.!! Let’s just all keep our fingers crossed that you never become one of those stuffy old “real doctors” and stop being so damn insightful!!

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  64. Congratulations! That pizza looks great. : )

  65. It’s not like you ordered soda, and then invited him in to Share The Straw and soda with you, right?!?!….hope the pizza was good.

  66. HAHAHAHA! That’s AWESOME! I can see the same happening to myself! LOL!!

  67. Congratulations Doctor!!

  68. The end of this post… xoD thanks for the follow!

  69. carriesue0630 May 14, 2012 — 7:48 pm

    Congrats on graduating!
    Love this! Will definitely be trying this recipe!

  70. Fuddy duddy!

    Pesto pizza looks great!

    Break out the champagne! What an accomplishment, doc!!

  71. Okay well the pizza is gorgeous. But I’m wondering just how often you use the penis straw that it needs to live on the table instead of a drawer? Haha old buddy shouldn’t have been so nosy πŸ™‚

    1. More like I had just forgotten to throw it out after I took it out of my purse πŸ˜‰

  72. the howler and me May 15, 2012 — 12:11 pm

    Congrats on graduating Dr. !!!!
    That pizza looks delish!

  73. Congrats on your MD! And your pizza looks yummy. πŸ™‚

  74. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Comβ„’ and commented:
    Pizza Margherita…does it get any better than this? Thank you “domestic diva, M.D.”

  75. Great story, great recipe! Congratulations on graduating…Doctor.

  76. Congratulations!! Funny story and you’re pizza picture is making me hungry.

  77. Congrats on the graduation! Hopefully you’ve had some time to put away the Sippy Dick. πŸ˜‰

  78. Congratulations! I hate to ask, but my doctor is out of town and I’ve run out of my allergy medicine. I was hoping you would be a lamb and write me a prescription. It’s spelled o-x-y-c-o-n-t-i-n. Just have the script mailed to me. I’ll take care of the rest.
    Seriously though, I’m happy for you and impressed. On a non graduation note, I followed your advice on letting the pizza dough sit at room temp for 20-30 minutes and embarrassingly solved the mystery of why on pizza night, the third pizza was so much better than the first. Sherlock I ain’t. Good advice.

    1. Don’t you know all the drug seekers ask for Vitamin D…Dilaudid? πŸ˜‰

      Glad that I helped solve your pizza issue!!!

  79. Thanks for the visit to our blog! Pizza is always one of my favorites.

  80. Whoa! That looks amazing!! I’m going to make one this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

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