Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas 2006 in pix

My seriouser thoughts about Christmas are up at Pyromaniacs. Less weightily:

Christmas is a big deal around the Phillips house. I won't inflict too many pix on you... but here are a few.

First, I don't cook many things, but I do take pride in what I cook. One such is my annual Christmas eve pizza. Here is an aerial view of the pizza, before baking:


Here is a view of its sub-creator, with the pizza at an angle. You'll note that my cooking usually lays waste to the kitchen; my wife's a very good sport about that.


The pizza is actually a bit lop-sided, and that for a reason.


There are those in the assemblage who do not appropriately embrace God's good gift of olives and mushrooms. Hence, one-half of the pizza is made with, one-half without. Kind of like how Charismatics see the church.

And here is the finished product.


My, it was tasty. Valerie makes the crust, I do the rest. Green peppers, red peppers, mozzarella, Colby-Jack (the cheese is in three layers), mushrooms, olives, ham, chicken, pepperoni, salami, ground beef, ground sausage, powdered garlic.

As to Christmas day, much fun was had, far too much food was eaten, and I got the 'way totally cool Ultimate Collector's Edition of Forbidden Planet.

Hagrid found the proceedings... soothing.

21 comments:

Connie said...

Looks delicious! How can ANYONE not appreciate and embrace olives and mushrooms on a pizza?

Is a fondness for pizza on a holiday a prerequisite for TeamPyro members? Ha! :-)

DJP said...

Connie, I'm with you.

But no; this was a tradition before I knew Phil much. And I also like turkey and ham just fine!

Timotheos said...

Now, that pizza is just siiiicckk!!!

Where can I get a recipe? :)

Carla said...

Oh that pizza looks sooooooo good! I need to make one like that, so thick that you eat one slice and require a nap immediately afterward.

Yes sir, you have inspired me.

rick said...

sorry I missed it but I don't remember being told what time to drop by ....

Kim said...

Well, I cook a lot, and I am a good cook, but I definitely don't take a lot of pride in my pizza making abilities. Even with an expensive stoneware pizza pan, my pizza is dismal at best.

Some day, I will conquer pizza making.

DJP said...

Rick!! You were supposed to bring the cigars!!

Even So... said...

As a true pizza aficionado, former proprietor of several pizza shops, and liaison to scores more, I must say I like the looks of that there pie, Dan...

Now I have put everything from guava to Oreo cookies on pies, but here is a real tip for all you pizza lovers out there...a wood-fired pie is simply unbeatable...if you can ever get to a place that serves them, rightly done, you will have no doubt as to the truth of my qualified assertion...

Try one yourself in the backyard or someplace you can, not a grill, wood fire, as in pyre you pyros...(for novices) hold it together by placing a screen under it...

You're welcome...

candyinsierras said...

We eat pizza while we drive around looking at Christmas lights. Hey, your pizza looks really...substantial!

centuri0n said...

you...own...a...cat...

Kim said...

Frank, I think he owns more than one cat. Isn't that right, DJP?

DJP said...

Truth is, I own four cats. If you like, you can read a little about my conversion from cat-disdainer here.

Kim said...

I remember reading that post. I just couldn't remember if you had two or more. I know you just purchased two recently.

I, too, used to be a cat disdainer. No one likes my cat, Pippin, but me. We understand each other.

centuri0n said...

... can't believe ... you eat ... in a house ... with cats ...

... gonna lie down now ...

Connie said...

Cent: may I offer a bit of clarification here? No one really "owns" a cat, they actually own us. :-)

Dan: looking forward to reading about your "conversion". My husband grew up with NO animals in the house, least of all cats. I grew up having an outdoor dog--sometimes allowed in for a short visit.

After 13 yrs. of marriage my husband was "won" over by a stray tuxedo kitten! And now we have two indoor cats, affectionately referred to as "the boys". :-)

Cats and homemade pizza, sounds like YOUR sanctification is close to complete. :-)

No Fluff Required said...

I must eat that NOW!!!!

Libbie said...

You and the Thirsty Theologian. Cat blogs. Tsk. And this one is a mauve Cat blog.

I can't do cooked mushrooms, I'm afraid. Raw, they are the best thing ever, cooked, they just remind me of escargot.

Kim said...

Libbie, how do you feel about escargot-stuffed mushrooms?

I love 'em.

Connie said...

Okay, I've gotta admit that Libbie's mention of escargot sparked an idea in MY head!!!

At least it's a sure-fire guarantee that my husband and I won't have to share a pizza with our two teenage daughters!!!! Ha!

BTW, Thanks to Dan's post (AND pics.) plans are currently underway to try my hand at homemade pizza tomorrow evening!!!!

Connie said...

Our pizza last Friday night was a hit--complete with mushrooms and black olives!! We're well on our way to establishing a family tradition!!

DJP said...

No escargot?