At the South Pas farmers market on Thursday, when I wandered off to see if I could buy some cotton candy for Elizabeth, my friend Carla bought me a present - a jar of sweet jalapeno spread that we had sampled a few minutes earlier. It is excellent: sweet like a jam but with the unmistakable, slow heat of a jalapeno on the back end.
As an afternoon snack at my parents' house I topped some crostini with goat cheese and the spread. My mom put a piece of basil underneath because she thought it would give the picture a nice contrast, which, I suppose, it does.
For dinner I made three pizzas.
The first had goat cheese and fresh chives from the garden.
To this slice I added a few spoons of the sweet jalapeno spread, which improved it remarkably.
The second pizza was sausage, sauteed mushrooms, spinach and mozzarella. I only had a bite of this, but it was quite good.
For my dad, from whom I have inherited my love of garlic, I made a pie of roasted garlic, fresh basil, and mozzarella. This was my favorite pizza of the evening.