Whenever I have cravings I usually let them simmer in my mind for a good amount of time while deciding how best to indulge in them. Most of my cravings have been the direct result from hearing about food someone ate, or seeing food on TV. Last week it was no different. When Leila tells me about these calzones she and Josh had for dinner one night, the idea of eating calzones buried itself deep inside my brain. Over the next few days pictures of calzones ran through my head on repeat. I imagined them stuffed full of herbed veggies, or saucy and filled with ricotta-like crumbled tofu and non-dairy cheese like my mom used to make us when we were kids… but what really stuck with me was the idea of sticking spicy italian sausages into them, making a spicy tomato sauce, and finishing it out with some shredded mozzarella.
Finally by the end of the week, I knew I couldn’t wait any longer for some calzones. I was so excited to make these and have them go into my stomach that I’ll admit I skipped over some of the more important parts, like getting thorough step-by-step pictures for you. Or getting pictures of them as they came out of the oven, hot and puffy. Even when I cut into them and sauce and cheese was oozing slowly out with melty goodness, I somehow couldn’t pause for long enough to snap any winning shots before digging in. I did snap a few pictures the next morning, but otherwise you’ll have to forgive me this time for lack of focus on the photography. Instead let me convince you that if you too make this dish, eating it will also become your #1 priority! The few shots I’m including are mostly thanks to Nathan, who was kind enough to not only knead the dough but also take pictures of our work. My cat, Minx was also a keen observer, though I didn’t let her get too close to the cooking or eating.