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Pandemic Pizza: Part 17 of 2022

Submitted by Bethany on Mon, 04/25/2022 - 13:51

Monday was an exciting day! After two years, one month and six days, I finally got to put my arms around my daughter. (But only a mother is counting, right?)

We arrived at the Des Moines airport 45-minutes early in case her flight was early. (It did land 6 minutes early.) The greeting committee was waiting at the bottom of the escalator.

Bethany said she wanted to eat lots of asparagus when she was home, as it is too expensive in the UK. So, instead of flowers when she got home…

She then decided to unpack the goodies she brought with her from the UK before going to bed. Unfortunately, the Colman’s English Mustard didn’t survive the journey intact.

Oops! But everything else did. We’ve enjoyed trying some new things, except for the Marmite. (Well my hubby likes it!) It is a savory spread from the UK that is made from beer by-products and is often eaten on toast. I confess I didn’t taste it. I couldn’t get past the smell!

The first morning home we went to Sam’s Club to buy her favorite Spinach Dip and to get some things to take home that she can’t buy in the UK. I should have taken a photo. She was like a kid in a candy store. We literally had to walk every aisle. (Well we did skip the electronics, office supplies, cleaning supplies and pet food!)

On Wednesday we went to our church for a United Methodist hymnal, as the British Methodist hymnals are different. From Bethany: “One thing I wanted to do while back in Iowa is (permanently) borrow a UMC hymnal from my home church. My mom suggested I take the one that was dedicated to my grandparents, so we were prepared to search through 200+ hymnals to find it...

Turns out it was the very first one I looked at! Thanks, Holy Spirit!”

Thursday, Matthew had to show off his new ATV and then Bethany and Dad went for a long bike ride.

Since we did a lot of food prep before Bethany arrived, we didn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen. But of course, I had to make some pizza. We did Friday Pieday on Thursday since she was going to be gone for a couple of days to visit friends.

Friday (Thursday) Pieday: Old Forge Pennsylvania Style Pizza…a thin crust baked on a rectangular sheet pan with a homemade sweet red sauce with onion then topped with pepperoni and mozzarella & cheddar.

This pizza is ordered in “cuts”, not “slices” and by the "tray", not the "pie." Ask for a "pie" and you might get apple or blueberry!

For Sunday’s pizza, Bethany scrolled through the 100+ pizza ideas I have yet to try. She chose Steak de Burgo. In case you’re wondering, Steak de Burgo is a Des Moines specialty of beef tenderloin topped with butter, garlic and Italian herbs.

Sunday’s Creation: Steak de Burgo, a Des Moines original, inspired this…Steak de Burgo Pizza…my pan crust topped with de Burgo Sauce, provolone cheese, Parmesan, steak, sautéed mushrooms & garlic, red onions and mozzarella.

See you next week for more adventures while Bethany is home!

~Peggy Palmer-Johnson