Monday, June 28, 2010

What Is A Marriage and Grilled Caprese Pizza

What makes a marriage?

This country is in a state of uproar over that question.

Is marriage between a man and a woman?

A man and a man?

A woman and a woman?

Who should marry?

What makes a "legal" marriage.

On Saturday my older brother and his fiance (a woman) exchanged vows that sounded very much like marriage vows. They promised to love, honor and cherish each other until death parts them. (I noticed this, they did NOT say until someone better comes along) Then they exchanged simple silver bands that they placed on each other's left hand ring finger. They did this in front of about 50 family and friends in the  beautiful back yard of the home they share.

There was an ordained minister present and the preacher recited from the bible part of Paul's beautiful first letter to the Corinthians.

13:4 Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, 13:5 doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil;13:6 doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 13:8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with. 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; 13:10but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with. 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things. 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known.13:13 But now faith, hope, and love remain—these three. The greatest of these is love.

Everyone present than stated that we would support and love them in their journey as life partners. 

There were no blood tests, nor license from the state as is required in the state of Pennsylvania.

So, readers, I ask you, are they married?

Grilled Caprese Pizza: - makes one 10 to 12 inch pizza

What could be better? Fresh summer tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and spicy basil all wrapped up and sitting on top of a crisp, smoky grilled crust.

One store bought or homemade pizza crust
Red Sauce
One 12 ounce BelGioiosa Unwrap and Roll Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
2 ripe tomatoes (1 yellow, 1 red or your choice) - preferably home grown
1 bunch fresh basil - preferably home grown
olive oil

Unroll cheese on a clean cutting board.
Slice tomatoes very thin.
Clean and dry basil leaves.
Lay tomato slices on cheese, top with basil, drizzle with olive oil.

Roll cheese with tomato/basil filling.
Using a serrated knife slice very thin (about 1/4 inch or less)

Preheat grill to medium or oven to 450 degrees.

Roll out your pizza dough in a square or circle - be creative! Be rustic! Be a little okay with whatever shape it takes.

Brush one side of the pizza dough with olive oil and place on grill. Cover and grill for about 4 minutes. Remove, brush other side of dough with olive oil.

Spread sauce on grilled side of dough. Top with caprese slices. Return to grill, cover and grill until crust is crisp, sauce is hot and cheese is melted.

A Cook's Notes: want to skip the pizza? Serve the caprese slices as a salad, just top with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and serve with a crusty loaf of bread and a very cold bottle of Pinot Grigio - and say cheers to love in its many forms.


  1. That kind of looks like something I'd have to be careful with - that whole rolling and then cutting and then transferring it to a crust. Pretty sure I'd end up with tomato basil filling and blobs of cheese roll on my counter, floor and toes!

    And of course they're married. Did you ever watch Cold Mountain? When they say, "I marry you. I marry you. I marry you." Three times and then they're married. I really believe that any sort of "ceremony" marries you. It's in your heart.

  2. They are married, but if it goes sour, there are legalities of who gets what, when there is no proof...common law marriages can be the one with the best lawyer wins..

  3. I suppose by law they aren't married but to each other they are. I say what ever makes them happy is fine with me.

  4. Of course they'e married. Will the state recognize it? Probably not. But if that doesn't matter to them then it shouldn't matter to anyone else.

  5. Guess it depends on each person's definition of marriage! I know some "unmarried couples" who are more "married" than some "married couples". That pizza looks divine!

  6. A part of me wishes that Josh and I married this way. The legalities take the romance and put it into a box. I've always fancies Pagan wedding ceremonies. The vows are incredible and the simplicity of it all makes me quiver.

    They are certainly married. Like one chooses to be a family, one chooses to be devoted to their partner. Beautiful!

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