Cured Meat Craze

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Salumi meats spice up menus Once considered an old-school Italian ingredient, salumi has become the go-to ingredient for antipasto, pizza and salad. Salumi are Italian cured meat products predominantly made from pork (although salumi includes bresaola, which is made from beef). At Seattle’s Tulio Ristorante, Executive Chef Walter Pisano, serves a coppa, oregano and mozzarellaMore »

Soak Up the Sun

sun-dried tomato goat cheese pizza slices

Sun-dried tomatoes heat up spring menus Spring may bring a bounty of produce, but a good tomato? Not as likely. What’s a pizzeria operator to do? With its sweet, intense flavor and multiple uses — sun-dried tomatoes are the answer. Sun-dried tomatoes impart a flavorful punch to pizzas, salads, dressings, pastas, sauces and dough. AndMore »

The Magic of Marsala

Photo by Josh Keown

You would never guess that just three basic ingredients lay the foundation for a high-end classic Old World dish. But that’s exactly the case of chicken or veal Marsala, which relies on cutlets, wine and mushrooms. In it’s simplest incarnation, a Marsala entrée consists of chicken or veal cutlets that are coated in flour, sautéedMore »

2009 November: Prep School

prep chicken

Adam Goldberg, owner of Fresh Brothers in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, California, was slammed — on a Monday. The restaurant’s volume was up way more than normal. The lunch rush had extended to 3:30 p.m., leaving staff only one hour to prep before dinner service. Remarkably, staff never fell behind. Goldberg doesn’t attribute itMore »

2009 October: Cool & Creamy

ice cream, brownie, sundae, dessert

As temperatures rise this summer, diners look for ways to cool down. Ice cream presents a practical solution. Sure, you can sell it by the scoop, but why not pair ice cream with cookies or brownies? Ice cream lends itself to many easy-to-prepare desserts. It’s a tasty — and profitable — menu addition. “Ice creamMore »

2009 March: Oh Man!

2009 March: Oh Man!

Manicotti gets a bad wrap. Often misunderstood as being labor and time intensive, in reality it’s an easy-to-prepare, versatile dish that appeals to many discerning palates. The term “manicotti” actually refers to a large, tubular pasta shape. The traditional manicotti entrée stuffs a ricotta and cheese mixture into those pasta tubes or wraps pasta sheetsMore »

2009 March: Seafood Delight

2009 March: Seafood Delight

While seafood and pizza may seem an unlikely pairing, many pizzeria operators swear it can lead to a happy pizza marriage. One crustacean with solid marriage potential is shrimp. According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Fisheries Institute, shrimp is the most consumed seafood in the United States. Shrimp are surprisingly healthy — high in protein,More »

2009 February: In the Beginning

2009 February: In the Beginning

With its variety of colorful ingredients served in small, approachable bites, its no wonder diners enjoy kicking off their meal with antipasto platters. An Italian term, antipasto translates to “before the meal” and refers to an assortment of hot and cold appetizers usually including, but not limited to, cheese, meats and vegetables. Picture cured meatsMore »

2010 August: Pizza Gets Personal

2010 August: Pizza Gets Personal

The appeal of personal pizza is simple: It’s designed for diners craving something tasty and inexpensive, delivered to the table rather quickly. By definition, a personal pizza should be an adequate serving for one person’s meal. While there is no definitive size, individual-sized pizzas usually range between 6 to 8 inches, says Tom Lehmann, directorMore »