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Although pizza is not generally considered Southern, in recent decades it has become as ubiquitous as hamburgers. I was very fortunate to grow up in a small resort village in the Appalachian mountains of NC, where Italian-Americans were perhaps 1/3rd of the population. I grew up on good pizza, homemade dough, homemade sauce, home made sausage, herbs and tomatoes from the garden. Over the past few years, I have had the remarkable misfortune to lodge in a "village" comprised of at least 90% yankees, with the worst pizza on earth. They all claim to be experts on pizza... and most everything else, but there is only one restaurant in town that makes fresh dough... and that is Little Caesars - the rest all use frozen dough, canned sauce and other abominations! Here, in this "village" (I put it in quotes, because one cannot have a village comprised entirely of rude and/or unfriendly retired yankees... a village denotes community), I must make even what is generally consid…