Spicy Beef

Ingredients 15 pounds of chopped meat, rendered in the oven ½ cup of olive oil 3 pounds onions, peeled and diced 1 cup garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons ground cumin 4 tablespoons chili powder 4 bay leaves 2 tablespoons of salt 1 tablespoon of pepper 1 #10 can of ground tomatoes 1 #10 can ofMore »

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Ingredients Thick slices of fresh mozzarella Thick slices of fresh tomato Fresh basil Coarsely ground pepper Olive oil Instructions Use your imagination to make the most of this simple display. Alternate slices of tomato and mozzarella into a small plate for one serving, or onto a brightly colored or patterned platter for a group ofMore »



Ingredients 1/3 cup olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped 8-12 cloves fresh garlic, chopped 1 bunch fresh basil, sliced into strips 4 pounds cauliflower florets 4 pounds broccoli florets 2 pounds carrots, sliced 1 pound green beans, sliced 1/2 head cabbage, chopped into 1- to 2-inch pieces No. 3 can light kidney beans No. 3More »

Vegetable Carpaccio

Ingredients 4 (about 3/4 pound) fresh, almost dead-ripe, Roma tomatoes 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup arugula or mesclun (baby greens) Instructions Use a 9-inch diameter serving plate. Slice the tomatoes into almost paper thin rounds. Arrange them around the outer edge of the plate, slightly overlapping the slices,More »

Provolone, Salami and Roasted Pepper Panini

provolone salami red pepper panini

Ingredients 8 large slices of Italian bread Garlic-infused olive oil 8 slices provolone 8 slices salami 4 roasted red pepper halves Instructions For each panini, brush both sides of the bread lightly with garlic-infused olive oil. Place two slices of provolone, two slices of salami and one roasted red pepper half on one slice ofMore »

Italian Deli Stromboli

Ingredients Frozen bread dough, thawed Dried oregano, to taste Dried parsley flakes, to taste Black pepper, to taste 3-1/2 ounces thinly sliced capicola 3-1/2 ounces thinly sliced Genoa salami 2 cups shredded mozzarella 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Garlic powder, to taste 1 egg yolk, beaten Instructions Let dough rise until doubled, according to packageMore »

Spicy Lamb and Sun-dried Tomato Sausage

Ingredients 6 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, lean and fat ground 2/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped ¼ cup of olive oil (preferably from the sun-dried tomatoes) ½ cup onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 ½ tablespoons garlic, finely chopped 1 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped (can substitute parsley) 2 tablespoons fresh mint, choppedMore »

Cal-Ital Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients 1 pound dried pasta, such as fusilli, penne or bow ties 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups Caesar dressing or anchovy vinaigrette (your own recipe or commercial brand) 1 cup green peppers cut into small pieces 1 cup red onion, cut into small pieces 2 cups fresh tomatoes, cut into 1/2 –inch pieces ½More »

Minted Pasta and Fruit Salad

Minted Pasta and Fruit Salad

Ingredients 8 ounces rotini pasta 4 pears, seeded, cored and diced 2 teaspoons lemon juice 2 cups seedless red grapes, cut in halves 2 navel oranges, peeled, sliced and quartered 4 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled 1/2 head romaine lettuce, torn into pieces 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 1 tablespoon whiteMore »

Vegetable Grinder

Ingredients 1 Italian sandwich roll, split lengthwise 1 slice grilled zucchini 1/2 toasted red bell pepper 2 whole roasted plum tomatoes, sliced 1 tablespoon Italian salad dressing 4 large basil leaves, whole 2 slices provolone cheese Instructions Assemble sandwich, arranging the ingredients in the order listed. To increase flavor profile, grill or toast sandwich halves.