Matthew does LOTS of work outside. I help. I do most of the cooking inside. Sometimes, cooking is more about the act of putting something delicious together--thinking of the recipe, cutting the ingredients, tasting the progress, and watching the ingredients change before your eyes.
And sometimes, I come home from work grumpy. In my world, there is a recipe for that. Allow me to share:
First, gather what you need.
Two adorable assistants:
(Rowdy loves to help cook! By "help" I mean wag his tail, wave, make cute faces, and scavenge for delicious bits that fall from the counter.)
One delicious craft brewed beer. (Amount of beer required is directly related to grumpiness.) Onions.
Start by turning on your iPod. Play something you like. This recipe goes really well with the newest Iron and Wine album.
Cut your onions, heat up a skillet. Add a drizzle of olive oil, a hunk of fresh butter, throw in the previously chopped onions, turn the heat to low....
Salt and pepper, add the tiniest pinch of cayenne pepper, if you're feeling crazy. And wait, stir, wait, sip your beer and sing along.... watch what happens:
Caramelizing onions is a spiritual experience for me. I like them super sweet, I never add sugar, and I'm willing to wait up a long time over low heat for them to be absolutely perfect. Dark brown, almost jellylike, sweet as candy and a little smoky. Absolutely perfect.
Once you are finished caramelizing, ask Matthew to wash spinach from the garden. Meanwhile roll out some whole wheat pizza dough and preheat the oven and pizza stone
Use your onion pan to cook some mushrooms.
This is process is an homage to Ross and Calley-- who have a pretty serious aversion to canned mushrooms you often find on restaurant pizza. Can't wait to make pizza and drink beer with you guys in July!
Then, throw all the things you've been working onto the crust, on the hot pizza stone. Put it in the oven and wait a bit...
By the time your pizza looks like this, you really shouldn't be grumpy any more. If you're still grumpy, crack another beer and see if Rowdy wants to snuggle.
More eats from the garden coming soon!