While I'm waiting for things to get finalized in the kitchen, I'm going to show you some pictures from the late summer. Anyway, summer is much more fun than any other time, so why not think about it some more? Disregard the clutter, please. Thank you.
I want to say something about this board that pulls out from beneath my countertop. You understand that I have, by today's standards, one of the most primitive cabinet setups in America, without the virtue of anything being antique. I mean, I don't grill a goat over an open fire in the hills of Afganistan, but close. See that white formica? It doesn't get more uninspired than that!
Don't get me wrong. Now that things are no longer dark and scary, I actually love my kitchen and wouldn't trade it for anything. See this board? How cool is it to be saying to yourself, "now where am I going to put this??" because you have about 4 square feet of countertop, and then pull out this little hidden board. It makes me happy.
I decided one hot August night to grill our usual Friday night pizza. Now, I have made pizza every Friday night for approximately 20 years! But this was a bit different...
Since it's Friday, we have a meatless pizza. I make half plain and half veggie -- this one has feta as well as other yummy stuff. I usually make four, and I put meat on one or two for Saturday lunch. (By the way, I detest Saturday lunch with a fiery hatred. If I had to make sandwiches I think I would go insane. So I try to make extra pizza so I don't have to think about it.) I was lucky enough to find two 16" pizza pans at TJMaxx about 8 years ago. They sure come in handy!
I popped it onto the grill, which was turned up high. I lowered the heat and cooked it for a few minutes like this. Then when it was set, I slid it onto the grate to get nice and toasty on the bottom. I covered the grill for a few minutes to melt the cheese and cook the toppings.
(I forgot to take a picture until we had eaten most of this one :) When you are done, the pizza doesn't have the browned cheese top the way it usually gets in the oven. It almost looks uncooked on top. But it's actually extremely tasty, with a good smoky flavor.
And on the bottom, it has a great crispy grilled crust! The likes of which I just can't get most of the time, even with my convection oven cranked up to 500*!