Orange Peppers

Peppers pizza with pepperoni

Here we are in 2018.  I am thankful the extremely cold weather has taken a much needed break.

I want to share a fun and healthy recipe for the new year.  This should be a family favorite.

Pepper Pizza with pepperoni

5 peppers (green, red, orange and yellow) cut in 2 with the stems and seeds removed)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons if Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 1/2 cans of Pizza Sauce ( available at your local meat market)
8 to 12 oz. shredded Provolone/Mozzarella cheese
1 package of pepperoni (available at your local butcher shop)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Place the pepper halves on the parchment paper. Sprinkle pepper halves with salt and pepper. Drizzle the Olive Oil over the peppers. Spoon Pizza Sauce into the peppers. Put the shredded cheese on the Pizza Sauce. Put 4 slices of Pepperoni on each “Pizza” and place them in the oven. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.

Be sure to be creative with the Pizza “toppings” to reflect your family’s taste. This can also be used as an appetizer.

Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Sausage and Peppers

I am feeling melancholy today.  I don’t know why.  It is a beautiful summer day.  Maybe it is the realization that summer is going by so fast.  Then I stop and think how many summers have already gone by and thinking that maybe life is going fast as well.  I don’t intend for this to be a downer.  I just want to remind you to grab every moment.

Fair season is in full swing.  I am going to challenge you (and me too) to go to one of the fairs and act like a kid again.  Since we are on the fair theme this week, I thought I would share an easy meal that is a fair favorite.  It is so easy to make.


Sausage and Pepper


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Fruits and Vegetables

I am having a love affair this summer.  Don’t worry, the Butcher knows all about it.  It is a love affair with fruits and vegetables.  I have been Mauri-1enjoying the Paleo lifestyle since May 1st.  I confess, I have always bought fruits and vegetables; However, the majority of them ended up in the trash.  That is not the case this summer.  They taste sweet and exotic.  I keep thinking, “Where have you been all my life”?  Perhaps the flavor is enhanced since I don’t have any sugar in my diet.

This is a picture of some of the fruits and vegetables in my house right now.  They taste as good as they look.  Fruits and vegetables

I want to share a side dish with you that is a great compliment to any meat dish.  You can change up the vegetables and completely change the character of the dish.  If you add potatoes, I would suggest boiling them for 20 minutes before adding them to this dish.   If using red-skinned potatoes leave them whole–larger potatoes should be cut after boiling.

1 red pepper (stem removed, seeded and cut in strips)
1 orange pepper (stem removed, seeded and cut in strips)
1 yellow pepper (stem removed, seeded and cut in strips)photo 1 (2)
1 vidalia onion (peeled and cut in liberal chunks)
1 zucchini (sliced)
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon rubbed oregano

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the cut vegetables in a baking dish. Pour the Olive Oil over the prepared vegetables and toss with the spices. You can also be creative and add your own spices. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Add your favorite vegetables. I guarantee this will be a favorite. Make plenty–the leftovers are wonderful.

Well, I hate to write and run, but it is time for lunch, and I have a delicious salad waiting for me.

Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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