Category Archives: Sandwich

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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Oh No You Di’int! (Oh Yes I Did)

The boardwalk holds many, many memories for me. From the ocean-side boards of Ocean City, MD and Rehoboth, DE to the random “strip mall” type in Myrtle Beach, I love them all! The souvenir shops might all be the same and, frankly, I am amazed by what you can find with your first name emblazoned on the side! Apart from keychains and vulgar t-shirts there is the salty humid air, the sandy grit between your flip-flops and the worn planks of wood, the beach bodies (both fantastic and less than) and of course the food! Little can compare to the aroma of an ocean front pizza shop or french fry stand. You can almost see the cartoon-esque waft of food smells trailing down the beach and dragging an unsuspecting tanner by his nostrils off his towel, past the dunes and up the counter where he orders a funnel cake for no other reason then “they have funnel cake!”. So what’s the smell that gets me every time? The french fries! Erics quick tip: When used correctly, a medium boardwalk fry can be used as lunch. If you have ever been unsure about boardwalk fries and their sublime perfection, I have a small experiment for you to try. Throw one fry onto the boardwalk. Examine the frenzy of gulls as 2 dozen birds vie for just a beak-full of fried potato bliss. Now, repeat with a stem of broccoli. Record and note any differences. Continue reading

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More Cluck for Your Buck

A twist on an icon, the chicken burger is wildly versatile. It can take on just about any flavor you add to it.  And can we start with the fact that a typical chicken burger has about 150 less calories than its beef counterpart? Find out what I did to mine to pack it full of veggies and imbibe it with a fuller flavor! Fire up your grill and practice your best cluck! Continue reading

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Eggs in Purgatory – Dinner Over Easy

This has become a fast favorite in my house!

Toasted Garlic Bread on the bottom, topped with red pepper and onion mixed with marina and diced pancetta.  Top that with a fried egg.  Sprinkle with fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese. Continue reading

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A Pittsburgh Lunch

There are many things I think of when I think of Pittsburgh. Amazing architecture, bridges, illegal left
turns and now, a hamburger with mozzarella sticks in it. Continue reading

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Gyro Today, Gone Tomorrow

This post should really just be called “Vehicles for Tzatziki Sauce”! A blend of Greek yogurt, finely diced cucumber, mint, garlic and salt, a little olive oil and red wine vinegar and you’ve got the most amazing sauce! That being said, let’s move onto its vehicle! I started by sifting a cup of flour and adding a pinch of smoked sea salt, cumin seeds and fennel seeds. I then added water, tablespoon by tablespoon until I had a bread dough. I flattened the dough (pinching off 2 inch sized balls) with my hands and placed in a 375 degree oven for about 3 minutes per side. Voila, home made flat bread! (Don’t leave it in too long, or you’ll get, voila, crackers!) I topped the flat bread with some cooked strips of beef, sauteed bell pepper and onion and topped with that oh so special sauce! One of my faster meals, I have to say, and will easily become a staple!

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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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