Over the last week, our small town has come together time and again to mourn, cry and laugh. There have been long, meaningful hugs. We’ve rehashed where our kids were and what they saw and heard. And we’ve found moments of levity to laugh about. Those have been so important. Over the last week, we’ve shared little moments that meant so much.
Yesterday, the kids and I stopped at the grocery store for dinner. Like many in our community, we have yet to do a full grocery shop so we drop in and only pick up a few things at a time. Last night, we needed chicken.
After making our way around the store, we headed to a checkout lane. While loading our few purchases onto the conveyer belt, I noticed the man in front of us looking meaningfully at my kids. He had the deep sadness rooted behind his kind eyes that I’ve seen on so many in our community. With a soft voice and subdued tone, he thanked the bag checker and was about to leave. But then he stepped back and leaned in to me, as if sharing an important confidence. “Hug your children tight,” he said so softly, I almost didn’t hear. And then he was gone. I nearly broke down then and there. While each day gets easier, there’s so much simmering below the surface.
All this said, we’re okay. And we will get through this. When I started writing Monday’s post, I wasn’t sure how or when I would return to writing about food. Everything was still so fresh and raw. And then I wondered how I could break my silence. Did it need to be something special? Something meaningful? Something comforting?
But in the end, I realized that there’s no better way to break this silence than to do so with something that’s just normal for us — like pizza.
We love pizza and make it often. Not only is it an economical meal, but it’s fun to make. And really, food should be fun. This one combines leftover steak with super thin onion slices and diced peppers on a Pillsbury pizza crust (super easy — just unroll and go!). The onions sort of melt into the crust and cheese, creating an amazing array of flavors and textures. It’s just the thing for a Friday night, or whenever you want an easy dinner.
Hope you are well.
- 1 Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain
- 2 oz deli sliced provolone cheese, about 5 slices
- 1/2 small onion, very thinly sliced
- 4 oz leftover steak or beef roast, diced
- 1/4 cup finely diced green peppers
- 1/4 cup finely diced red peppers
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Open and unroll pizza crust onto a lightly greased nonstick baking pan (9x13-inchs). Bake for 8 minutes.
- Remove the dough from the oven and top with provolone, onion, steak/beef, green peppers, red peppers and mozzarella, distributing the toppings evenly all around. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, until the edges are golden and the cheese is thoroughly melted.
- Cut into slices and serve.
To get the onions extra thin, use a mandolin to slice them. It takes seconds and they come out perfect every time. If desired, sprinkle corn meal on the baking sheet instead of greasing it. This will make the crust a little crispier.
Disclosure: I am being compensated by Pillsbury for the creation of this recipe. All opinions are my own.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.