A moose in the woods & perfecting the pizza

[caption id="attachment_499" align="aligncenter" width="490" caption="a moose in the meadow"][/caption] Kind of a Where's Waldo picture--can you see the moose?  He was munching small aspen trees near our favorite weekend retreat, outside of Winter Park, Colorado.  I don't think the owners of that log home were there. That evening the temperature dropped to a brisk 20 degrees below zero!!

We once again tried to recreate the amazing pizza we had on our honeymoon in Italy over 20 years ago. The most memorable was a simple cheese pie with a delicately positioned sunny side up egg in the middle. It was heaven!  A few years ago in Food & Wine magazine I came across an article entitled "Perfecting the Pizza".  Here's the link:


The key is to make the dough a day or two ahead of time, and have the pizza stone ready & hot when you begin.  Some of our favorite toppings besides the Margherita are: proscuitto & mascarpone; sausage with carmelized onions; pesto, no tomato sauce, with fresh mozzarella & fresh sliced tomatoes.  The artist in me loves to cook--is that true with all artists?