My fellow Iowans, I confess: I was born and largely raised in Minnesota, your friendly (though not as friendly as portrayed in the media) neighbor to the north. That said, I love much of the same enticing food offerings as any good Iowan. I love corn, taco pizza, I can tolerate Busch Light (also insanely popular in Southern Minnesota PS) and ranch dressing. However, when it comes to ranch dressing I have one qualm with what you're using ranch dressing as a dip for.

Ranch is a true MVP, but let's get real here...

Ranch dressing rocks, no doubt. It's great on salad (obviously), perfect as a dip for wings, jalapeno poppers, fries, and a co-worker swears it's great on a baked potato, too. I'd imagine it is. But there's one combo I cannot accept no matter how many times I hear it: pizza dipped in ranch. It's simply too bizarre for me to comprehend. It's not because of the cheese, most self-respecting salads have cheese. I'd imagine it would be a great dip for grilled cheese, too. With regards to the pizza issue I have, it's not about a specific topping. It's not about the texture. It's about what you're doing to the 'za itself.

A good pizza doesn't need to be dipped in anything

Think of a good pizza like a steak: a good steak doesn't need A1 or some sugary, drizzly steak sauce. That's a waste of a good steak, it covers up the flavor. Pizza is the same way, my friend. If you have a really good pizza from (insert your fav. pizza joint), you must like their pizza already enough to be a repeat customer, no? Okay, then why dip it in ranch? Why take something so tasty and so precious and dunk it in a substance that will greatly alter the flavor?

I get it, you could say the same for chicken wings. They have a flavor with the sauce, why add ranch blah blah. But they are generally hot and, the ranch adds a cooling flavor to enhance your wing. With pizza, there's simply no need. It's overkill. That's my opinion and I'm sticking with it.

I would like to offer a compromise: use the ranch for the pizza crust, so no part of the pizza goes to waste. Deal?

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Small Town Iowa: Bily Clocks Museum in Spillville - Photo Gallery

No photo can do "justice" to show the true beauty of these historic clocks. You have to see them in person to fully appreciate the intricacy of each piece, along with their working and moving parts. Plus, the relaxing sounds of the chimes going off or music playing. Before you make the trip to Spillville to see them for yourself, let's take a virtual trip and see the highlights of Frank and Joseph Bily's work. (Photos taken by permission)

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