Baked Chips

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These chips are great.  You can make them ahead of time and really impress your guests.  Make them for your the big game and watch your friends and family devour them.



Multi Grain Scoops

Cheddar Cheese

Pancetta or Bacon

Black Olives – Sliced

Green Onions (Scallions), chopped

Sour Cream



Preheat oven to  350º

Line a sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper.  Lay the chips single file on the parchment paper.  Fill each one with cheddar cheese.  Bake until the chips are crispy and the cheese is melted.  Approximately 8-10 minutes.  While the chips are in the oven, fry the pancetta or bacon.  Drain on paper towel.  Crumble when cool.  Slice the black olives and chop the green onions. 

When the chips come out of the oven, sprinkle the pancetta, green onions and black olives.  Once they are completely cooled, put a dab of sour cream on each one.  


Broccoli Stromboli

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Stromboli Broccoli1I made this variation of my typical meat and cheese Stromboli because we had some vegetarians for dinner.  I got rave reviews.



1 Pizza Dough

2 Lbs Broccoli Florets

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

3 Cloves Garlic

1 Egg

Cooking Spray



Drop the broccoli florets in salted boiling water for 3 minutes.  Immediately plunge in ice bath.  In the same pot, add the olive oil and the garlic.  Cook the garlic in the oil for 3-5 minutes on medium heat.  Add the broccoli to the oil and stir, completely coating every piece of broccoli.  Add salt to taste.  



Stromboli Broccoli

Roll out the pizza dough until it is rectangular in shape.  You can do this with a rolling pin, or with your hands.  If you are using your hands, stretch it in the direction that you want. Working with the dough is very forgiving, if it breaks, just pinch it back together.  Put the cooked broccoli on the dough, leaving about 1/2 inch to 1 inch on all sides. 


Roll the dough from the long side, pushing the broccoli in place as you go.  If you have an extra amount of dough at the end, you can cut it off and discard it, or you can roll it thin and place it on top so you have a little more dough on the Stromboli.  


Bake the Stromboli in a 400º oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

Stromboli Broccoli2



Meat and Cheese Stromboli

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Stromboli DoneThis Stromboli is amazing.  When I put this out, it is devoured within minutes.



Pizza Dough – you can get this from your local pizza place or from the grocery store.  Mine sells it in the dairy case.

1/2 lb each Cheese – I used sliced mozzarella and sliced provolone. 

1/2 lb each Meat – On this one, there is sliced pepperoni, ham and salami.  

1 Egg


Stromboli1The first thing you need to do is roll out the dough until it is rectangular in shape. You can use a rolling pin or just stretch it with your hands.  I did this one by hand.  Its easy and fast that way.

Then you start adding the meat and cheese.  I started with the Salami, then added everything else.

Stromboli2Now I have everything piled on and it’s time to roll it up.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture after I rolled it.  Sorry.  I’ll try to remember to take it next time.  You know there’ll be a next time, because I love these.  Anyway, roll it long ways.  It’s easy to roll, everything stays together.  At the end, put the seam side down on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  

Make an egg wash of 1 egg and a tablespoon of water and brush on the entire Stromboli roll.

Bake it in a 400º oven for 45-50 minutes or until it is golden brown. 

Stromboli Done1Wow, that looks scrumptious.  I can’t wait to make it again.



Roll out your pizza dough until it is rectangular in shape.  Add the meat and cheese layering each one.  Roll the dough from the long side of the rectangle.  Place seam side down on a cooking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Brush an egg wash on the entire Stromboli.  Bake in a 400º oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. 

Sausage and Peppers

Sausage & Peppers 1

Sausage and Peppers is great for a Sunday dinner or if you are having a crowd.  This can be eaten in a bowl, or on a hero.  Either way, it is fantastic.
6 Italian Sausages (Sweet or hot. You can use a combination also)
2 Green Bell Peppers
2 Red or Yellow Bell Peppers
2 Large Onions – sliced
4 Cloves Garlic
1 28 oz can Crushed Tomatoes
Olive Oil
Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tablespoon Basil Flakes
Line the bottom of a heavy stockpot with olive oil, about 2 tablespoons.   When the oil is hot, add the sausage and brown on all sides on medium-low heat.  Take out the sausage and set aside.
Smash the garlic cloves with the flat side of a knife and add them to the pot.  Brown the garlic.
Add the onions and cook until they are soft.  Season the onions with salt as they are cooking.  Cut peppers in 1” slices, discarding the seeds and stem.  Add the sliced peppers to the onions.  Season the peppers with salt.  Add a little more olive oil to the peppers if needed.  Cook the onions and peppers for 15 minutes on medium-low heat.
Add the tomatoes, basil and red pepper flakes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Return the sausage to the pot.  (You can keep them whole or cut them in pieces)
Simmer for 45 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.