Author Archives: Jeffrey Freehof

Stretch ingredients out!

fried, garlic knots

Use current ingredients to expand your menu in new directions OK, friends, International Pizza Expo has come to an end and what an exciting time it was! It just gets bigger and better each year. While I am busy with my involvement with Expo, you probably also saw me buzzing up and down each isleMore »

Get healthy with a variety of meats and proteins

Sundried pizza salad

Flavorful meats and proteins address dietary needs With more attention than ever being placed on healthy menu options, operators are turning to products that are made from healthier ingredients. I’ve noticed how much attention the Mediterranean diet is getting with its health benefits. Most folks don’t usually stick with healthy dining because it can beMore »

Think outside the breadstick

Spinach and artichoke dip pita chips

Use your oven for oven-baked bottom-line boosts Let’s talk bottom line for a moment. It’s on all of our minds. We all want to increase our profits or get closer to making a profit and we are relentless in finding ways to bring in new customers to meet those financial goals. In the past, I’veMore »

Manicotti: Oh, man!

Manicotti

Manicotti allows operators to use a variety of toppings and fillings for a hearty pasta entrée Manicotti is a tubular shaped pasta that is typically filled with a ricotta cheese mixture. As culinarians, we are always coming up with creative ways to heighten the dining experience by incorporating other compatible ingredients and perhaps even aMore »

Return of the Mac

Pan of macaroni and cheese

Mac ‘n’ cheese isn’t just for kids anymore We all know that everything is better when it’s baked with cheese on it, so I wanted to focus on some amazing baked pasta dishes for you to consider offering in your fine establishment. The great thing about offering some fantastic baked pasta dishes is that youMore »

Transform Traditional Lasagna with Updated Ingredients

Chicken Enchilada Lasagna Photo by Josh Keown

Lasagna is such a staple in the landscape of Italian restaurants and in many pizzerias across our great land. We traditionally see lasagna offered one of two ways –– cheese lasagna or meat lasagna, both layered with noodles, sauce and a blend of cheeses. Let’s explore the different styles of preparation and flavor profiles weMore »

Low Cost Crowd Favorites

Cheap eats -- low-cost menu items can still please customers

Friends, I’m here to tell you that it’s time to stop talking about adding some new items to your menu and just do it. Putting it off is no longer an option. You’ve probably been talking about menu changes or additions for a year now. Sure, our mornings usually start with a well-planned day, filledMore »

Perfect Pasta Prep

Rigatoni al Filo di Fumo

Many of you have contemplated adding pasta to your menu but may still be reluctant. Well it’s time to cast your worries aside. I’ve written about pasta in the past and have even lead demos at International Pizza Expo. My goal now is to bring you through the most important part of making it happenMore »

Fall favorite squash: great for autumn pizza menus

Fall favorite squash: great for autumn pizza menus

Squashed dreams is not quite what it sounds like. It’s October, and that means the winter squash are plentiful and without a doubt something you should be taking advantage of. All kinds of gourds, big and small, are in abundance and ready for your creativity. I’ve always loved butternut squash, but let’s not forget aboutMore »

Chef Jeffrey Freehof Shares Five Summer Salads

CHEF JEFFREY FREEHOF SHARES FIVE SUMMER SALADS

I find it almost comical how salad sales spike at the beginning of the year, which derives from people’s New Year’s resolutions and then again in the spring time as people start realizing what they are going to look like in their bathing suits this summer. Of course salad sales sustain throughout the summer, butMore »