Sep 24, 2015


Serves 6


(Prepare this two days in advance)
1 ea. Bay leaves
5 tsp. Black peppercorns
1 Cp. White Balsamic and White Wine vinegar
¼ Cp. Olive oil
2 TB. Salt
2 TB. Sugar
1 tsp Red pepper flakes
1 tsp Oregano
1½ c Cauliflower florets
1½ c Carrots, Diced
½ Onion, Diced
2 Garlic cloves, smashed
2 Celery stalks, Diced
1 Red Pepper, Diced
¼ c Capers
½ c Pimento-stuffed green olives, roughly chopped
¼ c Pepperoncini

  • Toast bay leaves and peppercorns. 
  • Combine vinegar, olive oil, salt, sugar, pepper flake, oregano in a pot and simmer. Add bay leaves and peppercorns. 
  • Steep 5 minutes. Strain bay leaves and peppercorns. 
  • Place vegetables in a 1-gallon container. Pour liquid over vegetables and let sit for 2 days before using. 
  • Strain liquid and chop vegetables in food processor.


1  Focaccia bread
1 oz Extra-virgin olive oil
2 oz giardiniera
2 oz Provolone
4 oz Smoked Ham thin sliced
2 oz Capoccollo thin sliced
1 oz Genoa salami thin sliced

  • Slice bread in half and moisten it with marinade from giardiniera. 
  • Spread 1 ounce giardiniera on each side of bread, edge to edge. 
  • Lay provolone on top part of bun. On bottom half, lay 2 ounces Smoked Ham. Shingle Capoccollo next, then salami.

Sep 4, 2015

Greek Peach Cake

Set oven to 375 F

8 oz. Butter
2 cups Granulated sugar
3 Eggs
2 Tbl Lemon juice
1 Tbl Lemon zest
2½ cups All purpose flour
½ tsp Baking soda
½ tsp Salt
8 oz. Vanilla greek yogurt
12 oz. Fresh peaches sliced
  • Sift together 2 ¼ cups of the flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside
  • Mix the sugar with the zest rubbing with your hands
  • Cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time
  • Stir in the lemon juice
  • Alternate the flour mixture and the yogurt, mixing until just incorporated, don’t overmix
  • Toss the sliced peach with the remaining ¼ cup of flour; gently mix them into the batter
  • Spread the batter into a sprayed half sheet pan
  • Place the cake in the oven set at 375 F, then reduce the temperature to 325 F and bake for 30 minutes or until done