The week started out with adjusting to life with a new puppy, but then my cooking efforts very quickly deteriorated to the minimal level, not because of the puppy, but because Joe was out four nights last week. He had volunteered to help out at our church’s carnival from Wednesday through Saturday. With the varied schedules of the girls, cooking became a non-priority. One night one daughter’s out. Another night the other one’s working. Etc. etc. As I said, cooking was minimal.
One evening I prepared a cheese omelet for Annie and myself. Another night I met Joe at the Carnival and ate there. But the best night was Friday night, the traditional night for homemade pizza. But for two people, and another having it as leftovers, I had no interest in going through the full production with homemade pizza dough. Instead, I proposed to Louisa that I make the quickie pizza that my parents would make on a Sunday night when we needed a snack. Sometimes, those multi-course Italian Sunday lunches leave you a little hungry in the evening! For those nights my mom would stock the freezer with English muffins, the pantry with canned tomato sauce, and keep a hunk of mozzarella in the refrigerator. Put those things together with a little bit of olive oil on the muffins first, bake them up, (sometimes in the toaster oven if it’s only for one or two people), and you have an instant, satisfying snack meal.
Louisa thought English muffin pizzas sounded good, too. But I should have checked before I offered because I was out of English muffins. What I did have, instead, was a frozen loaf of Italian bread that I defrosted in the microwave, before adding my toppings. As you can see, I also fried some spicy chicken sausage to add to the toppings. I baked them just long enough to warm up the sauce, melt the cheese, and crisp up the microwave-defrosted bread.
This turned out to be one of those successful kitchen accidents, thanks to the tastiness of the ingredients.