Category Archives: Deli

Home Made Ricotta: Easier than (__insert something easy here__)!

Take a look at the back of your tub of Ricotta cheese and read the ingredients. Aside from the fact that it could take all day, there are probably things in that container that you can’t pronounce much less sound like actual food. What if I told you, you can make ricotta cheese with two ingredients. Well since the cat is out of the bag, let’s get started!

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Dishes To Go! Whole Foods!

So this blog is babies first Whole Foods®!

I’ve been an avid watcher of Bravos TVs’ Top Chef and for 8 seasons I’ve seen them super-market-sweep sprint through their respective cities Whole Foods®.  I was so excited to see what all this hype was about.  I get it, it’s a grocery store … what could be so different?  For the most part, there’s not a huge difference.  They sell food, you place what you desire into a cart – and they prefer you pay for said items before you leave.  Following are highlights of what was above and beyond the typical super market chain in my opinion.  So grab a cart and bring along your list while we go shopping at Whole Foods®! Continue reading

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Babies First Souffle!

My after daydream at work about what I was going to make for dinner started out innocently and lazily enough. Breakfast for dinner it is! But of course as the day grew on, so did my appetite… and my gumption! I decided it was time to tackle the dreaded, scary, all-to-impossible SOUFFLE! I knew I wanted to make a savory version, so I looked up a 3 cheese recipe. Since most of the cheese souffles were served as brunch, I decided I could still stick with my original idea of having breakfast for dinner! I sliced some italian bread I had left over from meals gone by and toasted it in the oven. After it was lightly toasted, I rubbed one side with a garlic clove and the other side with a fist full of basil. I topped it off with thinly sliced prosciutto. The crunchy bread was a perfect companion to the light, fluffy, creamy, rich souffle! I also paired it with some mixed greens tossed in lemon juice and a blood orange infused olive oil. The citrus cleansed your palette of the cream from the souffle! The salad and bread were easy enough, so no recipe is required, and since it was my first souffle, I wont post the recipe until I have found the perfect one! By the way, for those who are still scared of the souffle, this entire dinner took about 45 minutes to complete from start to finish! Not bad, not bad at all!

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Buon Appetito!

During the warmer months, Dustin and I migrate every few weeks to my parents beach house in Lewes, De. At first it was a great beach get-away. Quiet, warm, salted breezes and close to downtown Rehoboth. As we began to learn more and more about our home away from home, we discovered it’s terrific restaurants and eateries. One such dinner adventure took us to a tapas restaurant called Cafe Azafran. Early for our reservation, we decided to walk the side streets behind the well known Rehoboth Boardwalk. That’s when we saw it. Just sitting there. Like a mirage in the desert. I ran to it, arms outstretched, mouth open. Cue slow motion run. In front of me was the simplest of windows.

Touch of Italy is a tiny Italian deli, bakery and grocery store, all wrapped up (presumably in prosciutto) into one. We finished our walk, made it safely to our tapas dinner and went back home. We decided recently to return to the Italian deli for lunch. Hanging about the cases of meat, cheese and olives were sandwiches simply displayed and described. Before I get to the sandwich, let’s take a look at what the great folks at Touch of Italy have to offer.

Olive oil, truffle oil, aged balsamic, you betcha!

This Cheese case looks like a dream I once had!

Now THATS a hunk of provolone. I’m going to need a moment to myself.

I chose the number 5. But who cares what it looks like on the menu, LET’S SEE THE SANDWICH!

And there it is. The bread was fresh and the smoked mozzarella was fresher! The pungent meat was balanced perfectly by the soft, pillowy, smokey-bland mozzarella cheese. It’s construction was simple but the flavors were sublime! I urge anyone that finds themselves walking the Rehoboth Boardwalk this summer, to take a little side treck down 1st Street to Baltimore Ave. The address it 33 Baltimore Ave Ste A, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971-2156. Don’t Miss out on this amazing find!

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