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refreshing dinner on a hot day…

With this oppressive heatwave still upon us, there was no way I was turning on the range or even the grill for that matter! Instead I thought it best to make some fresh pesto and have a refreshing sandwich night full of yummy things.
After making the pesto, it was time to assemble these pockets of delight… A healthy spread of the pesto adorned the lightly toasted ciabatta, followed by some spicy arugula, slices of fresh mozz and of course some phenomenal prosciutto di parma!
With the lid closing down snuggly and making this vessel ready for the feeding, there was not much more to do than succumb to it’s will…
A slight bite from the arugula, saltiness from the prosciutto, creamy from the fresh mozz and just an overall freshness from the pesto made this sandwich the perfect compliment to an über hot July evening!

at a low simmer…
-R

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sandwiches with a chaser!

Usually for me it’s burgers and beers [or some other deliciously devilish libation], but tonight was hearty sandwiches with some great craft beers!
Ciabatta rolls that I lightly toasted were topped with a schmeer of dijon mustard, fresh mozz, roasted red peppers, thinly sliced chicken breast and prosciutto. Case, or should I say lid closed…
Crunchy from the bread, the perfect zip from the dijon to balance out the sweetness of the peppers, salty from the prosciutto and chicken breast, while creamy from the fresh mozz.
As a side… a crunchy broccoli slaw! Plump raisins, diced celery, red onion, cabbage and crunchy broccoli tossed in a sweetened dressing.
Now to finish my beer…

at a low simmer…
-R

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not from your corner deli…

So tonight’s blockbuster wasn’t a movie, but rather an Italian sub sandwich! Filled with a wonderful sopressata, pistachio filled mortadella and sharp provolone! To add my little thumbprint, I included some fresh, peppery baby arugula and of course applewood smoked bacon [bacon is invited to every party I create] for a little fatty kick. A crisp ciabatta roll gently hugged all of the meaty goodness and oozy cheese into their places. As a side a wonderful, creamy pasta salad that was chock full of thinly grated carrot and diced celery and pepper. Lightly dressed with some mayonnaise, salt and a hint of crushed red pepper and dinner was served.
With all of this delicious food, some serious workouts are going to remain an indefinite necessity…

at a low simmer…
-R

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Love me some leftovers!

So tonight I decided to poke around in my freezer and see what I had made and frozen recently. Jackpot, I remembered the meatballs I had recently made. Meatball parm heroes was the obvious choice [and an easy one at that] with a salad made up of spicy baby arugula, sliced honeycrisp apples and shaved parmigiano.
I toasted some ciabatta rolls, and gently placed the balls’, as well as some of my delectable homemade sauce on top. Into the oven everything went, while a thin slice of fresh mozzarella covering each ball’ began to melt and drape down the sides.
The arugula salad was a breeze! Arugula, thinly sliced apple and shaved parmigiano. Tossed with a fresh creamy balsamic dressing and it was to the table…
The ciabatta was crispy and delicate, but sturdy enough to support the light, flavorful balls’ and the sauce. The fresh mozzarella offered a perfect saltiness. I wish I could go back for more…

at a low simmer…
-R

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