Appetizers

Pickled Red Onions

Courtesy of John Gutekanst, Avalanche Pizza, Athens, Ohio This is a simple and easy accompaniment to top a pizza with and adds a special zing to any meaty or fatty pie. 3 cups rice wine or apple cider vinegar ½ tablespoon, roasted fennel seeds 1 teaspoon celery seed 1 teaspoon cumin seed ½ teaspoon redMore »

Charred Onion Dip (and/or my Flammkuchen sauce)

Courtesy of John Gutekanst, Avalanche Pizza, Athens, Ohio This recipe combines the umami deepness of charred onion with cream and a touch of fennel. For the dip, sour cream is used. If you want to make the sauce for pizza, you can use mascarpone cheese. Both rock the house! (Note: the roasted red peppers areMore »

Marinated Fresh Mozzarella

Marinated Fresh Mozzarella

Ingredients 1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice Instructions Put the fresh mozzarella in a stainless steel or non-reactive bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Toss gently to combine the flavors. Allow to marinate for up to an hour. Serve at onceMore »

Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

Ingredients 1 cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3 medium zucchini (about 1-1/2 pounds), cut into strips about 1/2 inch wide and 3 inches long 3 large eggs, lightly beaten Finely chopped parsley Instructions In a large plastic bag, combine well the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese,More »

Italian Wings

Italian Wings

Ingredients 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup), melted 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard 1/8 teaspoon cayenne 1 cup bread crumbs ½ cup grated Parmesan 1 teaspoon dried oregano 24 chicken wings, tips cut off, halved at the joint Instructions In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, mustard, and cayenne. In another mixing bowl combine the breadMore »

Sangria

Sangria

2 bottles red wine (preferably dry) 1 cup brandy 1/2 cup light rum 1/2 cup triple sec 1 cup orange juice 1 cup pomegranate juice 1/2 cup pineapple simple syrup (recipe to follow) 1 orange, sliced 1 lemon, sliced 1 lime, sliced 1 apple, chopped Pineapple cored, sliced Mix all liquids together, add fruit andMore »

Baked Artichoke Hearts

Baked Artichoke, March 2014

5 ounces of quartered artichoke hearts 2 ounces garlic butter 1 ounce Alfredo 1½ ounces seasoned butter breadcrumbs ½ ounce Parmesan cheese Simply melt the garlic butter, add the Alfredo sauce and toss in the artichoke hearts. Put it in an appropriate-sized baking dish and top with the seasoned buttered crumbs and Parmesan. Bake itMore »

Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

Parmesan Zucchini sticks

Ingredients 1 cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3 medium zucchini (about 1-1/2 pounds), cut into strips about 1/2 inch wide and 3 inches long 3 large eggs, lightly beaten Finely chopped parsley Instructions In a large plastic bag, combine well the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese,More »

Filetto

Recipe courtesy of Wolfies PizzaMia, Orlando, Florida Ingredients: ½ teaspoon pink salt no. 2 4 tablespoons Kosher or sea salt 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, toasted and cracked 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, toasted and cracked 5 garlic cloves, thin sliced 5 tablespoons dried lavender 2 oranges, zested 2 pounds pork tenderloin Instructions: Mix spices together. RollMore »

Garlic Salami

Recipe courtesy of Oliveto Restaurant and Café Ingredients: 2.2 pounds pork shoulder, diced 4 ounces pork fat back, diced 11/3 tablespoons salt 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper ½ teaspoon Insta Cure #2 1¾ teaspoon minced garlic ¼ cup dry red wine 1 teaspoon dextrose 2 tablespoons distilled water ¼ teaspoon T-SPX starter culture 2More »