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homemade pizza win

August 30, 2011

While we haven’t yet made it out to LoveTree Farmstead for one of their fab Wood-fired Pizza by the Pond events, it didn’t stop us from enjoying a delicious cave-aged pizza crust yesterday. Did you know they sell their pizza dough (frozen) at the Kingfield Farmers Market?!?! Knowing that we wanted a fairly nontraditional set of toppings to go with our cave-aged crust, we started at the bottom and worked our way up. First quandary: start with a tomato, pesto or cream base? None of the above, as it turned out. We opted for leeks from Yer Yang Produce to ground the pie, then added some of Sweetland Orchard‘s mystery pears, topped if off with a sprinkling of “chicken of the woods” mushrooms from Tiny Planet Produce, and jazzed the whole thing up with some crumbled gorgonzola.  It’s certainly not a pie you could have delivered in 30 minutes or less! (wait… they don’t do that anymore, do they? did I just date myself?)

sauteed leeks…

plus some chicken of the woods…

toppings prepped and waiting for the crust…

after the toppings, a drizzle of olive oil…

et voila!

A word about the mushrooms: I’ve been eyeing Tiny Planet’s baskets of orange mushrooms all month. They have been calling to me though I’d never tasted them. As it’s usually a flash of color out the corner of my eye that stops me in my tracks, it was probably the garishness of their coloring (seriously? bright yellow AND bright orange?) that first gave me pause. To say they didn’t disappoint is an understatement. Meaty, tender and mildly lemony, they do have a taste reminiscent of chicken. They were also the perfect counterpoint to the tang of the cheese, the creaminess of the leeks and the sweetness of the pears.

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