I made one of my favorites, potato and rosemary, a zucchini and mozzarella, and a classic margherita. Then Justin used some of the leftover Thanksgiving turkey we just found in the depths of the freezer (don't judge too much) to make his own meaty pizza. I wasn't tempted by the freezer aged turkey pizza since I had three delicious veg pizzas to keep me occupied. I probably even said as much. The missionaries powered through the pizza and then scanned through my large collection of cookbooks while we cleaned up dinner. After processing my pizza preferences and cookbook titles, one of the young missionaries asked in slight horror, "You're not vegetarian are you?"
I laughed, grinned and said, "Not quite full-time." He continued to be aghast and waited for an explanation. I try not to be preachy about my beliefs, but if you really want to ask, I'll tell you. I answered lightly, " I decided to take Word of Wisdom at its word."
"Yeah, eat meat sparingly, among other things."
"Then do you a lot in the winter, it says that you know."
"No, I still don't eat a lot then, I don't think that is quite it."
"But it says to."
Thankfully that was interrupted, but really. Really? I couldn't believe I was being told by a 20 year old, missionary or not. There may have been some lightness in his voice, but he had earnest conviction in his interpretation of the Word of Wisdom. I was humored how he fixated on that bit. Though, that isn't the first time I have heard people do that.
I was in Sunday School last year when we covered the D&C and had the token lesson on Section 89. As the teacher read the verse, the meaty one, there were suddenly mumbles and whispers around the room about how that really wasn't applicable today because we have clean food and refrigeration. Really? Really.
I didn't raise my hand or correct anyone. I'm not the expert and don't want to call anyone out. But when people ask I don't withhold my opinion. Here is the way I see it. Take it for what it says, don't try to reinterpret some hidden meaning or emphasis, or excuses exist in age of freezers. I don't judge what "sparingly" means to you, just don't lose the meaning or message in the words. They are what they are. I will judge what I eat and is okay to me that I can feel correct about, and you do the same for you. I say be conscious and honest with yourself.
Oh, and fridge is also food for produce among other things. And there are vegetables, even in winter.
Here is my favorite calzone I have been meaning to share with you. Kale is available year round, delicious paired with goat cheese. The pungency of the greens with the creamy, tangy goat cheese is a great pairing.
The kale is easy to love here, even if you haven't been a fan in the past. I recommend giving it a go.
Kale Goat Cheese Calzones
1 T. olive oil
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 bunch kale or about 6 cups chopped
1 cup mozzarella, torn with your hands or grated
4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
sea salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 450*. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil. When hot, saute the red onion. While onion is cooking, wash kale and remove stems, chop. When onion begins to color add salt and pepper and kale to the skillet. Cook about 5 minutes, until kale becomes more tender. Remove from heat and place kale and onion mix in a towel and wring out excess moisture. In the skillet or in a bowl mix in cheeses and adjust seasonings to taste.
Shape dough into a large round or four small rounds. Place kale and cheese mixture on half and fold dough over and seal. Bake on a preheated stone or a baking sheet until golden brown and puffed about 20-30 minutes.
What would you have said?