Jon's mastery at work

Its been a while since we’ve had a real party at our house. We’ve been waiting for cold weather to have another pizza party, because having the oven on all night gets the kitchen really hot, so we end up opening all the windows. I was a little less organized with the invites this time… I forgot to invite a few people (sorry!), but the folks who came were a great group. Turned out to be quite a cross-section of friends, and seemed like everyone got along.

toppings!

We had so many toppings! Our kitchen is fair-sized, but gets crowded pretty quickly. We started out pretty organized. One area for making the pizza shape on a cutting board, one area for toppings. Of course by the end of the night, pizza making was happening all over the kitchen… but the initial organization helped out.

We bought toppings, as did many of the guests…. lots of veggies, various kinds of meats, pineapple, cheeses… I think one of the best ones was a mushroom paté that Jon made. I like the taste of mushrooms, but not the texture. The paté was awesome because it was all flavor and none of the rubbery texture. (I’m calling it a paté because I don’t remember what he called it. I think mushroom reduction is really more accurate.)

mmm... pizza

Jen and Andrew brought an extra stone this time, which was great. Last time we used cookie sheets, and they don’t have quite the same crispy effect on the crust. We made 8 times the recipe again, the pizza bianca recipe from “The Easy Way to Artisan Breads & Pastries.” I’m not sure if we had less people than before, but we definitely have more dough left over this time.

I had intended to take more photos of the party, but I mostly got shots of the pizza instead of the people. We ended the night with some games. I finally got to play apples to apples, and we played an abbreviated game of Outburst.

It was a good night.

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making pizza

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Last night was fabulous. Around 25 people throughout the night. Fresh pizza making the street smell delicious- we had all the windows open.. the oven gets the place heated! What a great group of folks to share such a historic night with. The whole night was a blur, bouncing form one conversation to another, monitoring the pizza making and cooking…. Laura made an amazing Obama cake, too! I tried to take photos to document the night, but stopped about mid-way. Its always a bit confusing to be the host of a party. Checking on everyone, making sure you’ve offered food an drinks, trying to remember people’s names, introducing people and just overall being pleasant. Oh, and making sure nothing spills, nothing burns, nothing breaks of course. But despite the fact that we probably had more people than our has has seen, it wasn’t a stressful night at all! Just a really great time. Thanks to everyone who made it out. It was awesome to listen to Obama’s speech surrounded by friends. The future of our country is exciting.

I got stuck at work later than planned… but by 10:00pm Chris and I finished 8 batches of pizza dough- 32 pizzas. I don’t really know how many people will come to our get-together, but hey, we can always freeze what we don’t use- fresh pizza whenever we want it! We cleaned the house over the weekend (after recovering from Halloween of course) which mainly consisted of putting all my crafty overflow away.
It feels strange to actually have election day tomorrow. After all thats led up to it! I really do hope we are celebrating by the end of night.