Calzones: In the Fold

2011 January: In the Fold

For those of you who have heard some of my advice regarding menu development over the years, you understand how important it is to maximize the usage of your ingredients. By following this philosophy, you will enjoy a lower food cost by not wasting product that didn’t get used before it expired –– all whileMore »

Scrumptious Sandwiches

Caprese Meatball Slider

Add variety to your sandwich menu   Do you ever stop for just a moment and realize how lucky we are to be in the business of feeding folks every day? Our routines can certainly become a bit repetitive, leaving us with that same old lack-luster routine. Trust me, it never has to be thatMore »

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 »