I woke up this weekend with an overwhelming feeling that I have too much crap with which I have no connection (and yes, it really counts as crap.)  I’ve slowly been making sure when I buy something, no matter how big or small, I hold a mini conference with myself.  I ask myself questions such as, “Do I really need this?  Will this be something I keep around?  Is this something that will get donated in a year?”  I’m trying really hard to be conscience about things I buy.

I’m focusing now on building my kitchen collection full of durable, beautiful pieces such as carefully crafted pottery from small potters.  I want items in my house to tell a story and not a “I came from Target.”  (Which is terribly hard because the Target kitchen section is like a moth being drawn to the light.)  I grew up with a family that collects antiques and while at times the house felt a bit cluttered (my parents bought a lot of antiques) I could always walk through the house and find something with a story, a history.

I went through my house and boxed up items I felt no connection with, which coincidentally was most of my props for this blog.   I hate knowing that I’m only 26 years old and have enough stuff to fill a small two bedroom house.  It weighs me down and makes me somewhat sad.

After reading pieces from Laura, Kathryne, and many others, I’ve realized that without even knowing it, I’ve developed my own style.  A style that I love (but often found myself fighting against to fit the mold.)  There is an art to simple.

I hate props.  I hate having items in my house that only hold one use (photography) and that every time I would reach for them, I felt awkward.  Even as my photos continued to improve, my “prop styling” didn’t.  It wasn’t for lack of trying, it just wasn’t me.

So, I boxed up almost everything.  I want everything to tell a story, right down to my coffee mug (which was my Great Aunt’s.)  I want to only have just the amount of items I need with very little excess.  We live with such waste, I don’t need to contribute.  I’m donating the things I feel I don’t need in an attempt to start fresh and to be more conscience.

This pizza follows suite to the idea of simplifying.  I love a good, simple pizza.  I don’t like to fuss over having to cook the toppings or worrying about the cheese to sauce ratio.

I just want simple.  So many things in life are complicated, pizza shouldn’t be one of them.

This pizza fits that just so.  While I’m not sure I’m crazy about Bittman’s crust (I should have rolled it out much thinner), the toppings remained easy: asparagus, green onion, cheese.

I chose not to cook the asparagus before adding it to the pizza.  I love the taste of fresh asparagus that I didn’t want to overcomplicate.  I just wanted to simplify.

This weeks pick came from Niki of Salt and Pepper (where you can find the pizza recipe) and be sure to check out everyone’s take on the Food Matters Page!

Shaved Asparagus and Gorgonzola Pizza
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Recipe type: Vegetarian Main Course
Serves: 3-4
  • 1 Recipe for Pizza Dough (either bittman's or my version)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2-3/4 lb of asparagus
  • 1 bunch green onions, diced
  • 1/4+ lb gorgonzola
  1. Prepare pizza crust according to directions. Knead out dough to desired pizza thickness on a greased baking tray. Brush with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and garlic. (if not pressed for time, heat both tablespoons of olive oil with minced garlic and let cook for 1-2 minutes, just until fragrant.)
  2. Either shave or cut asparagus in to thin strips. Toss with diced green onions and 1 tablespoon of oil. Spread evenly over dough.
  3. Preheat oven to 500˚.
  4. Sprinkle desired amount of Gorgonzola (or other desired cheese) over asparagus. Once oven is ready, bake for 8-10 minute or until crust is golden brown and cheese has melted.

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