Easter Pie: Mom-in-law’s Way

So, Monday after Easter Sunday I ran home and made the other Easter pie, pizza rustica – a dish that I love my mother-in-law for introducing into my life.

Pizza Rustica

I use a refrigerated pie crust and fill it with ricotta and eggs, but also sausage, parsley, black pepper and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. My mother-in-law also adds hard salami, but I use whatever I have around; this is usually pepperoni, but this year I also had some sun dried tomatoes.  A second crust goes on top of the filling and you are good to go.

The photo doesn’t really explain what a wonderfully comforting food this is. Others make it with beautiful lattice crusts and other features that make the pizza bakeshop worthy, but I’m rather pleased with my design.  It didn’t last the week in the refrigerator, so the Other Eater in my household must like it just fine, too.

No doubt a seasoned criminal

Thanks for Reader Sara for allerting me to the following food crime, first reported by the AP at CNN.com:

Officials: Burglar wakes men with spice rub, sausage whack


Fresno, CA, authorities arrested a 22-year-old man they found hiding in a field wearing a t-shirt, boxers and socks. He’d left his wallet and ID behind after he ransacked the home of two farmworkers.I feel like this part of the capture could have been avoided if he were wearing pants.

The news report is somewhat lacking in details, but it does offer this image:

 The farmworkers told deputies the suspect woke them Saturday morning by rubbing spices on one of them and smacking the other with an 8-inch sausage.


The suspect is also accused of taking money from the farmworkers’ home, but it was recovered.

What is wrong with people?

As a follow-up to the chicken beating, we have a sausage attack. This comes to us from the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

Man arrested after beaning mom with sausage

A 46-year-old man was jailed for beaning his mother with a three-pound pack of polish sausage, police said.

Gregory Allan Praeger was charged with battery on Saturday after admitting he threw the 3-pound package of sausage at his mother and hitting her in the head, a DeLand police report said.

But the story would not be complete without this response from a loyal reader:

You’ve never sau-sage a mess.