Happy Birthday, Dave!

A belated birthday wish goes out to our dear friend Dave, who rang in another year in style earlier this week, with all the joy of friends, homemade pizza, and a flourless chocolate cake!

The prep: caramelizing onions and simmering tomato sauce, flying pizza dough, and a veritable smorgasbord of toppings! (a partial list: feta, mozzarella, Farmer John's Asiago, Stilton cheese, red pepper, mushroom, raw onion, caramelized onion, cilantro, guacamole, avocado, seitan, veggie sausage, roasted beets, capers, tomatoes, steam broccoli, sage, corn, olives, raw garlic, browned garlic, walnuts, tomato sauce, RPs alfredo sauce, homemade creamy green enchilada sauce, Willy St. Co-op pizza dough...)

And the beauties in their final form:

The Hoity-Toity: Roasted beets, walnuts, caramelized onions, Stilton, Alfredo sauce (modeled after Roman Candle's Algo Malo)

South of the Border: Creamy green enchilada sauce, red peppers,  cilantro, guacamole, corn, mozzarella

The Animal Lovers: Tomato sauce, mushrooms, olives, broccoli, red pepper, tomatoes, seitan crumbles, mozzarella, asiago

The Salty Catch-All: Tomato/Alfredo sauce, red onions, browned garlic, veggie sausage, broccoli, mushrooms, red peppers, feta, Asiago

And the rich, delicious, gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Cake (recipe courtesy of Ms. Martha Stewart):

And no time spent with Dave would be complete without a few good (bad?!) puns. Dave's better half, KA (also seen expertly tossing the pizza dough up there), came up with the great idea of all of the guests bringing pizza toppings, along with extended metaphors about how those toppings embody our feelings towards the birthday boy. So, I brought mushrooms because, you know, Dave sure is a fun-guy! (fungi! get it?!) I also brought capers, but wasn't sure enough of the definition* of "caper" to come up with an appropriate pun--anyone got one?

Happy Birthday, Dave! We sure do love you.

* Dictionary.com tells me that caper as a verb means "to leap or skip about in a sprightly manner; prance; frisk; gambol"; as a noun it means: "1) a playful leap or skip, 2) a prank or trick; harebrained escapade, 3) a frivolous, carefree episode or activity, 4) Slang: a criminal or illegal act, as a burglary or robbery."


  1. Such beautiful pizzas! And such nicely-chosen names!


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