I went to visit the Capital City Market today. Now, you should know that I live in Middleton, it was pouring down rain, I had to take two of my kids with me, and usually the allure of sitting around in my pajamas with a cup of coffee and the newspaper until noon is very enticing. But, my fridge was empty and I wanted to check the market before I went to the grocery store. So, I made the kids get up and we went.
I am so glad I did because as whiny as I felt trying to find parking, getting wet and being cold, it dawned on me just how awesome it is that our local food and craft community is so dedicated that they will spend their whole day down there, rain or shine!
Not only do they have to brave the weather to sell to us, they have to brave the weather to grow and produce our food!
On my way home I stopped at Rosauer’s to do the rest of my shopping. I bought a loaf of Zappole Kalamata Olive Ciabatta Bread which I could have bought at the Capital City Market but I didn’t think of it at the time! I also bought some organic tomato paste and some mozzarella cheese because, by this point in my day, I decided it was going to be ciabatta bread pizza for dinner!
I made pizza sauce from the tomato paste, some garlic, oregano and basil. In a different pan, I cut the casings off the Homestead sausages and browned them. Then I added chopped onion and mushroom.
I cut the ciabatta loaf horizontally and laid them on a cookie sheet. I spread the pizza sauce on both halves and topped it with the meat, mushrooms and onions, some spinach from my garden and the mozzarella cheese.
Then I baked it at 350 until the cheese melted. I would guess it was around 10 or 15 minutes. The finished product was so delicious and GMO free. The thoughts of my cold, wet morning at the market melted away into happy pizza eating bliss!
- Jenny Easley