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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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Summertime is a glorious time.  The colors of the fruits and vegetables are amazing. Mauri-1Today I am giving you some tips on making a “family” meal.  Shish kabobs  are a great way to use the beautiful produce that is readily available.  Cut up your ingredients and allow your family members and guests to make their own personalized kabobs.


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Hot Sausage Sandwiches

Today kicks off the Blue Tip festival in Wadsworth.  If you are not from Wadsworth you may not be aware of this Mauri-1event; However, if you drive down Broad St. you will see the hundreds of spots reserved by the side of the road for the parade which begins at 6:00 tonight.  I think the Butcher and I are going to venture down for the first part of the parade.  We are really not “parade” people.  It has been at least 20 years since we have attended any part of the parade.

One thing that we are a fan of and that is the festival food.  Fries, fried zucchini,Funnel cakes, candy apples and Hot Sausage Sandwiches.  Get your fill of the carnival food this week at the Blue Tip Festival. After this week when you have the craving for a Hot Sausage Sandwich make your own!  It is really easy.

Hot Sausage Sandwiches
8 links of the sausage of your choice (Hot Italian, Mild Italian, Butcher’s Wife, Garlic)
2 onions cut in strips
3 peppers (green, yellow, red), cut in strips
Optional: jar of tomato sauce with onions and peppersSausage Sandwich
Hoagie Rolls

Put sausage links in a skillet over medium heat, add 3 Tablespoons of water to the pan to prevent sticking. Brown on all sides. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for an additional 35 minutes. As the sausage is cooking, preheat a large burner to medium. Put 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet and allow to heat up, add the onions and peppers and brown as sausage is simmering. You may need to use 2 pans. After the sausage has cooked combine the sausage and peppers in a roaster pan and keep warm.  If desired, you can put a jar of tomato sauce with onions and peppers in the roaster pan for a sauce on the sandwich.  Serve with fresh hoagie buns.

Note: You can grill the sausage–cook the peppers and onions as the sausage is grilling.

Maybe we will see you at the parade tonight. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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