Saturday, November 8, 2008

Family and Pizza

Here's my sister-in-law Carolyn the day she married my brother Logan. This weekend we are celebrating with Carolyn- although from a different state unfortunately. This weekend is Carolyn's fourth-year anniversary of being cancer-free!

Four years ago Logan and Carolyn were hanging out with us in the Burrow (our first apartment--in a basement). They were off being silly on the other "side" of the apartment. Jeremy and I were probably doing something very responsible that necessitated not cleaning our apartment. When Logan and Carolyn reemerged they were smiling and laughing like the twitterpated teenagers that they were, and Logan was showing off Carolyn's hairdo he had just gelled. Her hair was just growing in long enough that she could put a little bit of gel in it and have a cute "pixy" style. That was a happy moment. I was happy for them, and how happy they were together. I was happy for my home that, however messy it was, was perceived as a "safe" environment where others feel comfortable enough to let their hair down--or take their super-cute wig off--and feel at ease. And I was happy for Carolyn, that here was tangible evidence that she was moving along in life, past her cancer.

---We love you Carolyn. Thanks for putting up with Logan ;-) to join our family!---

Carolyn invited us this weekend to join in their tradition of celebrating by eating out at California Pizza Kitchen. Well we don't have one here in Kansas, but we did make it to the CPK while we were out in Salt Lake City this summer. And boy did we have a delicious pizza! Amazingly enough I was going through some old food magazines the other day and found a recipe for basically the same pizza, so here is that scrumptious pizza for you to enjoy!

Caramelized Onion 'n' Pear Pizza

1 large red onion, sliced and separated into rings
3 T butter
3T sugar
2 medium pears, peeled and sliced
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 c crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
salad greens
tomato, sliced
blue cheese salad dressing
chopped hazelnuts

In a large skillet saute onion in butter until tender. Add sugar and cook and stir 5-10 minutes until onions are caramelized.

Spread crust with cheeses, onion, and pears. Bake according to pizza crust directions. Top with greens, tomato, dressing and hazelnuts.

We used a medium sized onion and one large pear and made two 9-inch pizzas. Sometime I'll post our new favorite pizza dough recipe, but not today! Meanwhile use your own recipe or a pre-baked shell, this will turn out delicious!


shanna said...

That was so nice Jeanette! We too are excited for Carolyn and glad she joined our family! Finally I there is another sister-in-law! It is 11:00pm and we just got home from Globe and were contemplating doing pizza for dinner...and then Brian saw this recipe and told me he wanted that one....he is out of luck...not tonight...he will be lucky is he gets anything at this time of night. Pizza or no pizza we are still celebrating with Carolyn on this exciting day!

Jeanette said...

Hey! I hope you guys got some dinner! This recipe is VERY good so I hope you do try it sometime, probably without the hazelnuts though:-)

rachel said...

Wow, that pizza looks yummy! You are always finding great recipes. Thanks for sharing. Oh, we made the butternut squash pizza sauce a few weeks ago and it was a hit!

Kristy said...

That looks delicious, I am definitely going to have to try it! Great post too! So excited that things are going well for her.


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