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Monday, October 03, 2005

Earthy pizza

Pizza on roti with tomato clam sauce, artichoke hearts, calamata olives, lamb merguez sausage, tomatoes, shallots, mozzarella, and parmesean

Lane is the author of this pizza. I think I've mentioned in past posts our Year of the Insane Schedule. After my maternity leave I returned to my job four days a week. Lane stayed home with Jasper. We would eat dinner together and then Lane would leave for the studio, working into the wee hours of the night. He caught up on his sleep (sort of) by napping with Jasper during the day. On Fridays and Saturdays he was in the studio all day with an assistant (I worked from home on Fridays). We saw each other on Sundays.

It's a testament to his commitment as an artist, and his incredible energy, that Lane managed to mount a successful solo show in February. (And I managed to get promoted to Executive Editor, more a result of circumstances than anything else.) This was also the year he really got into cooking, since he cooked dinner every night. And while he didn't always cook the way I do (garlic powder?!?) I ate very, very well last year. One of the highlights is this pizza. It will always remind me of the toughest year we've ever had together and most especially of what an amazing husband I landed.

There are three elements to earthy pizza: tangy, salty, and spicy. I don’t know how these add up to “earthy.” They just do. Though it violates the turf-implied “earthy,” one of the ways we add salty is by using clams in tomato sauce. I make my usual marinara of garlic in olive oil, crushed tomatoes, vinegar (this time it was apple cider), rosemary, and salt. Then I added some tomato paste and the clams.

Lane found some rich, spicy lamb merguez sausages at the coop (don’t you love D’artignan?). So we layered slices of the sausage with chopped shallots, artichoke hearts, calamata olives, and tomatoes. It’s an overstuffed pizza, but we love it that way. Dave came over for dinner and contributed a verdant, grassy primitivo that went perfectly with the pizza.

For dessert I made a squash pudding I found in the now sadly defunct Martha Stewart Baby magazine (I still subscribe to her Kids magazine, though, and I love it. Now you know how deep my dorkiness runs). It was a little too squashy for me: 1 cup squash with 3 T suagar, 2 eggs, 1 egg white, pinch of allspice, 1 cup milk. If I ever make it again I’ll add a lot more allspice. I served it with more of my oatmeal raisin cookies.

Since I wasn’t able to post last night, and most importantly, because we love earthy pizza so very much, I think I’m going to make it again for dinner tonight.


Anonymous said...

[raising hand] Another deep dork charter subscriber to MSK here.

I didn't think MSB was ever going to be a regular mag, just occasional issues? I only ever bought it at the newsstand, so maybe I'm wrong.

Am I commenting too often?

AndreaE said...

I got a little teary reading your testament to Lane. You guys are great. And I miss Dave!!

Adriana Velez said...

Janeanne, you are not commenting too often! I like creating a forum of sorts like this. In fact, someday I'll figure out how to actually run discussions on my blog.

I had a conversation with a MSLO executive, and I thought she said they'd wanted to turn it into a regular magazine, but there just wasn't the market for it. In fact, I believe Kids still struggles a little, despite being the most wonderful magazine for parents out there, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Ha--if Lane hadn't been all that, I would never have let him near Adriana. ;)

And we all knew he was fabulous (confirming my earlier suspicions) at least as early as the "panty WHAT?!?!?" episode. Ah, memories.