Eating is a necessity. However, we choose what to eat. The choices we make reveal a great deal about us. The food you eat can tell quite a bit about your heritage, your family, your fears, your sense of adventure, your attitude toward yourself and others, and a myriad of other personal tidbits to anyone paying attention. Everything about eating is a glimpse into your soul.

I hope to reveal a little bit about myself to you through my food. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy eating. I find pleasure in bringing pleasure to others. I hope that by sharing my recipes I bring you a little bit of joy.

Cook my food. Feed it to the people you love.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Italian Sammies

Jeff and I eat these often for dinner.  The spinach takes the place of lettuce and the pesto adds a tangy punch to elevate an ordinary sandwich to something special.

Servings: 4
Time: Prep: 10 minutes
Hardware: A cutting board and knifes, measuring spoons and cups, a small bowl

  • 2 small square ciabatta loaves
  • ¼ pound tavern ham cold cuts sliced thin
  • ¼ pound hot capicola sliced thin
  • ¼ pound cotto salami sliced thin
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 4 oz pickled roasted red pepper
  • ½ cup baby spinach
  • 2-1 oz slices of smoked provolone
  1. Wash and stem the spinach. Pat dry.
  2. Mix the mayo and pesto.
  3. Drain and chop the pickled pepper.
  4. Cut the bread open. Smear all the surfaces with the pesto-mayo.
  5. Layer the bottom of the loaves with the meat, spinach, pepper, provolone, and top of the loaf.
  6. Cut each sandwich in half.
Served with a side salad and Parmesan Zucchini Fries.

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