How to Make a Frozen Pizza

  1. Arrive in camp around 6pm. Agree to make a frozen pizza because it is hot and you are feeling lazy and vaguely cranky and just want to read.
  2. Guiltily think about all the fresh vegetables you’ve acquired over the past few days, and consider how long they’ll last.
  3. Decide to add a big salad to the dinner menu.
  4. Heat a pot of water to boil tiny red potatoes unearthed from your parent’s garden.
  5. When searching for herbs in the fridge, grumble a little when the mozzarella falls off the shelf. Set it on the counter and forget about it.
  6. Discover you have one last ear of sweet corn in the bag your dad gave you when you left their house late last week.  Find a few extra green beans.
  7. Pre-heat the oven.
  8. Slice the kernels off the cob, sending corn shooting out onto every corner of the kitchen counter.
  9. Remark that the breeze smells like rain and pine sap.
  10. While the potatoes are cooking, consider the bag of Swiss chard your friend gave you from her garden. Throw the green beans in with the potatoes for the last minute.
  11. Change your mind about the pizza.
  12. Grab three eggs – brown blue tan – and crack them into a bowl. The yolks are rich, dark yellow. The eggs are from your parents, too.
  13. Drop a pat of butter onto the drained potatoes & beans and shower them with rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
  14. Heat minced garlic in your little cast iron pan. Inhale the scent. Add the corn and quickly sauté.
  15. Slice chard into ribbons and cook with the corn just until it wilts.
  16. Lean out the door to watch the sky turn yellow as a short sprinkle of rain spatters the dust.
  17. Remember the mozzarella and grate a pile of cheese. Eat a big pinch. Mix the rest in with the eggs.
  18. Add the eggs to the pan with the corn & chard. Stir gently. Let the eggs set.
  19. Remove a stray corn kernel from the window.
  20. Finish your Backyard Garden Frittata under the broiler until the top is puffy and brown.
  21. Toss the potatoes and beans with a handful of salad greens to serve alongside the frittata.
  22. Listen to crickets while you eat.
  23. Grin at your boyfriend he says this is better than a frozen pizza.

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