Matthew pulled out all the stops for us during this visit. He made several kinds of beautiful, delicious fancy pizza. Not only fancy pizza, but fancy pizza sauce made from scratch by simmering all day long. Matt usually makes this sauce on New Years, so it’s affectionately called New Years Eve Sauce. So worth the long cook time.

Fancy Pizza:


Fig Pizza
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  1. Fig
  2. Caramelized onion
  3. Robiola cheese
  4. Cardamum
  1. 1. Caramelize an onion
  2. 2. Chop figs
  3. 3. Top with robiola cheese
  4. 4. Bake for 20-30 minutes, on 400 degrees.
  1. Robiola cheese is an italian soft cheese, you could also replace this with brie or another soft cheese if you were having trouble locating some.
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Prosciutto Pizza
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  1. Prosciutto
  2. New Years Sauce, or other red sauce
  3. Bacon fat
  4. Garlic
  5. Salami
  6. Shallots
  7. Basil
  8. Gruyere
  1. 1. Chop everything, and shred cheese.
  2. 2. Take garlic, shallots and cook in bacon fat.
  3. 3. Toss in a little red wine.
  4. 4. Spread New Years sauce onto crust.
  5. 5. Put garlic/shallot mixture on top of that.
  6. 6. Continue stacking ingredients, and top with cheese.
  7. 7. Bake 20-30 minutes, at 400 degrees.
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New Years Sauce
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  1. 4 of each-Mix of tomatoes (cherry, plum, and Roma, or whatever is available)
  2. 1 Red pepper
  3. 1 Yellow pepper
  4. 1 Jalapeno
  5. 1 Whole head of garlice
  6. 1 A stalk of rosemary
  7. Drizzle of olive oil
  8. 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  9. Bacon fat
  10. 1/4 Red onion
  11. A couple Carrots
  12. A bottle of cheap wine
  1. 1. Chop all ingredients, and toss in large stock pot.
  2. 2. Let simmer all day, about ten hours.
  1. Matt advises that the exact ingredients and amounts are something you can adjust to your own tastes, or whatever you have around at home. "It's really just a magically chaotic pot of flavors, there is no controlling it."
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Potato & Rosemary Pizza
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  1. Roasted potatoes
  2. Pecorino
  3. Rosemary
  4. Parmesan
  5. Pine nuts
  1. 1. Chop potatoes into rounds and cook in advance, either by roasting in the oven, or in a pan on the stove.
  2. 2. Layer the rest of the ingredients and top with both cheeses.
  3. 4. Bake for 20-30 minutes, at 400 degrees.
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Spinach & Smoked Apple Bacon Pizza
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  1. Truffle oil
  2. Spinach
  3. Portobello mushrooms
  4. Smoked apple bacon
  5. Manchego
  6. Aged gouda
  1. 1. Chop ingredients, and shred cheese.
  2. 2. Lightly coat crust with truffle oil.
  3. 3. Layer ingredients.
  4. 4. Top with cheese.
  5. 5. Bake 20-30 minutes, at 400 degrees.
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A gluten free alternative pizza crust, made with cheese. I’ve never actually had anything like. It was not super crunchy like Chicago thin crust can be, but it had really good flavor. Here, you can substitute in your favorite pizza crust.

Alternative pizza crust.


Matt’s lovely girlfriend, Amanda, was on hand to help out with food preparations.
Just a couple of the fancy pizza’s we got to try.
Fancy pizza is best served with scotch.
Fancy pizza is best served with scotch.

Some art around the studio:
Matt gets to live and work in his home. He has some enviable work space.

Chair, with art.
Texture, up close.
Drawing on aged and worn paper.


Published by Kristina

Hey, I'm Kristina, I write most of the posts around here. I'm an artist, lighting designer, native Vermonter, pancake maker, bread baker, and now writer. I get far more excited about real maple syrup than anyone should.

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