Shrimp & Chicken Gumbo

Ingredients 8 ounces andouille sausage, chopped 10 ounces cooked chicken, chopped 20 ounces chopped green bell pepper 10 ounces chopped celery 1 ounce chopped jalapenos 8 ounces chopped scallions 1 ounce chopped garlic 10 ounces slice okra 1 pound fresh plum tomatoes, chopped 1 gallon chicken stock 10 ounces cooked rice 10 ounces flour, toastedMore »

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 »

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.

Magnificent Muffuletta

Ingredients 1 large (1- to 1-1/2-pound) loaf (rond if possible) Italian bread, split in half horizontally 5-6 ounces giardiniera 2 tablespoons of the liquid from the giardiniera jar 1 cup pimento-stuffed olives, coarsely chopped 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 pound sliced mozzarellaMore »

Picnic Pasta Salad

Ingredients 1 pound cooked pasta, such as seashells 1 cup chopped green pepper 1 cup chopped cucumber 1 cup chopped broccoli 1 cup white sugar 3/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup prepared mustard 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese Salt and pepper, to taste Instructions Prepare and reserveMore »

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 »

California Avocado and Grilled Shrimp BLT Sandwich

Ingredients 1 cup olive oil3 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped48 (#3) shrimp, 16 count, cooked, peeled and deveinedSalt and freshly ground pepper to taste1 cup mayonnaise24 1-inch thick egg bread slices6 (#3) California avocados12 Roma tomatoes, sliced lengthwise48 peppered bacon slices, cooked crispButter lettuce leaves, as needed Instructions In a large bowlMore »

Vegetable Grinder

Ingredients 1 French or Italian sandwich roll split lengthwise 1 slice grilled or roasted zucchini ½ roasted or grilled red bell pepper 4 halves (two whole) roasted plum tomatoes 1 tablespoon Italian salad dressing 4 large, whole basil leaves 2 slices provolone cheese Instructions Assemble sandwich, arranging the ingredients in the order listed.

Grilled Vegetable and Italian Cheese Panini

Ingredients 4 teaspoons olive oil 4 teaspoons Balsamic vinegar 1 medium eggplant, sliced into 1/2-inch lengthwise slices 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 14-inch lengthwise slices 2 red bell peppers, cored and quartered lengthwise 4 sandwich rolls or other bread 1/2 cup Olive Asiago Tapenade (recipe follows) 4 ounces Stella Asiago cheese, sliced 4 ounces StellaMore »