Don’t shutter! (Oops! shudder) The Cold Cucumber Soup is really good and refreshing on a hot summer day, or night. Combine that with a Chicken Muffuletta and some heirloom tomato slices and some good wine and we had a good dinner.
It never ceases to amaze me the number of different variations to a specific dish. In this case, a sandwich. When we were growing up in Newark, Delaware, we would probably call this a ‘submarine” – we had one at least once or twice a week. The muffuletta is close, very close. The sub is Italian in nature and “discovered” in South Philadelphia, around Hog Island in the Delaware River.
The term hoagie originated in the Philadelphia area. The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin reported, in 1953, that Italians working at the World War I–era shipyard in Philadelphia, known as Hog Island where emergency shipping was produced for the war effort, introduced the sandwich, by putting various meats, cheeses, and lettuce between two slices of bread. This became known as the “Hog Island” sandwich; shortened to “Hoggies”, then the “hoagie”. [Wikipedia]
It was known in the “early years” as a Hoagie. The name “submarine” came from the submarine base, Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Rhode Island, among others.
Those living in Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island are usually told that the name is associated with two facilities in Groton : the US Navy’s submarine base, and the nearby Electric Boat Company which built them. This quote seems to support that theory : “During World War II, the commissary of the United States Navy’s submarine base in Groton, Connecticut, ordered five hundred hero sandwiches a day from Benedetto Capaldo’s Italian deli in New London, where the name ‘sub’ was soon applied to the item.” —America Eats Out, John Mariani [Morrow : New York] 1991 (p. 114-5)”
Here is some information on the muffuletta from Wikipedia.
The muffuletta is both a type of round Sicilian sesame bread and a popular sandwich originating among Italian immigrants in New Orleans, Louisiana using the same bread.
A muffuletta is a large, round, and somewhat flattened loaf with a sturdy texture, around 10 inches across. It is described as being somewhat similar to focaccia. Bread used for the Muffuletta is different from focaccia, however, in that it is a very light bread,the outside is crispy and the inside is soft. It also has no additional seasonings baked into it, aside from the sesame seeds. The bread is more like French bread, but a tad heavier.
A traditional style muffuletta sandwich consists of a muffuletta loaf split horizontally and covered with layers of marinated olive salad, mortadella, salami, mozzarella, ham, and provolone. The sandwich is sometimes heated to soften the provolone. Quarter, half, and full-sized muffulettas are sold.
The signature olive salad consists of olives diced with the celery, cauliflower and carrot found in a jar of giardiniera, seasoned with oregano and garlic, covered in olive oil, and allowed to combine for at least 24 hours.
Olive salad is commercially produced for restaurants and for retail sale by vendors including the Boscoli Family, Rouses, Dorignacs, Franks, Roland Imported Foods, and Aunt Sally’s.
The traditional way to serve the sandwich at Central Grocery is cold, but many vendors will toast. This was mentioned in the PBS special Sandwiches That You Will Like.
The muffuletta sandwich has its origins at the Central Grocery in the French Quarter of New Orleans. According to Marie Lupo Tusa, daughter of the Central Grocery’s founder, it was born when Sicilian farmers selling their produce at the nearby Farmers’ Market would come into her father’s grocery for lunch and order some salami, ham, cheese, olive salad, and either long braided Italian bread or a round muffuletta loaf.
You can see that variations can be many. Our one suggestion is to use a mild vinegar and not one that is sharp. If a sharp vinegar is all you have, try adding a very small amount of honey. Have fun with these. They do make an awesome sandwich. Cheers! Oh yes, serve it with a Chianti or maybe a 2013 Marchesi Vineyards Valentino Primitivo. The bread that we used for the Chicken Muffuletta is an Acme Bake Shop Sourdough.
The Cloud 9 nano brewery opend on March 17th in the Albertsons Shopping Center at 18th and State Streets, 1750 W. State St. It was a full house! In the following quote from their website – link above – we see that they are trying very hard to use locally produced products, both in their beer production and their food preparation. I know their hamburger rolls come from Gaston Bakery here in Boise.
We are Boise’s first nanobrewery, and the only certified organic brewery in the state, producing only four barrels per hand-crafted batch. We are focused on sustainable, local, and organic beers and our brewery also houses an amazing restaurant with a similar focus.
By keeping batches to only four barrels in size, we are able to vary our beers to match seasonal ingredients and provide a wealth of variety for craft beer lovers.
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Wednesday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Thursday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday – 10:00am to Midnight
Saturday – 10:00am to Midnight
Sunday – 10:00am to 9:00pm
Happy Hour from 4-6 with $1 off pints and a limited Happy Hour Menu is coming soon.
Their seasonal menu includes such items as Classic Burger – $9.50 and photo below, Chicken Pesto – $9.50, Roasted Veggie – $9.50, Shepard’s Pie – $10.50, Vegetarian Shepard’s Pie – $10.50, Corned Beef and Cabbage – $10.50 and Corned Beets and Cabbage – $8.50. I had the burger and it was very good. They use Gaston Bakery buns and 3/1 burgers (3 burgers to the pound).They also serve a wide variety of appetizers ranging from $5.00 – $7.00. Some of the folks there were getting their salads and they looked good. $2.50 – $8.95. They serve beer, of course, and their own made root beer which I had earlier and it was very good.
Good to see that they serve Idaho wines, Indian Creek Winery and 3 Horse Ranch Winery. Seating is limited, about 35 seats at tables and at the bar. They hope to have outside seating when the weather changes. Enjoy these photos and hope to see you there!
No. That’s not a misspelling. You might think that I meant a Reuben Sandwich. No. A Reuben is made with corned beef and a Rachel is made with pastrami. Everything else is the same. You must use a Russian Dressing [PDF format], this is our recipe, and Thousand Island is a poor substitute. (There is also a copy of the Russian Dressing recipe in the Recipe File above.) Rye bread, we use only Acme Bake Shop Rye. This is a full bodied, full flavored rye, not a “rye swirl” bread that is a substitution for the “real thing”. Boars Head Brand Lacy Swiss Cheese and Pastrami. Kosher dill pickle. Sauerkraut is also a must. Again, we use our homemade kraut. I use a panini grill (George Foreman) to grill these sandwiches. The Stella Artois is an added bonus! Cheers and Gut essen! Left-Click to see enlarged.
Let’s see. We were in Florida for 14 days. With luck, that’s 28 meals plus. Nope, not going to post every meal, just some of the better ones. All of these restaurants rate at least 4-Stars out of 5-Stars. I am not going to list these restaurants in any particular order, i.e., worst to best. They all rate “Best”. And most of these will have links in the sidebar if available.
We were only allowed into one kitchen in all of the restaurant and that was in Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa. So the photo here is not from any kitchen in Florida … Actually it is our kitchen in Boise. Great way to hold your recipe in a skirt hanger, if you can get away with it. So read on and enjoy these epicurean delights. Cheers! And if you are ever around any of these restaurants, please stop in and say hello. Let them know you saw them here on this blog.
Our next restaurant that we enjoyed was in Winter Park, Florida, was The Ravenous Pig.
And then when we were in West Palm Beach, Lani took us to Guanabanas – Island Restaurant and Bar . Really good food with an island flair, both the design layout of the restaurant and the food.
Then while we were in Jacksonville Beach, my brother Alex took us to Sliders Seafood Grille and Oyster Bar in Neptune Beach.
And finally, Robin’s niece Kerstin Karlsson to us to Taste of Berlin German Restaurant in Brandon, FL. Delicious!! (The only link I could find for them is on FaceBook)
So there is a smattering of some of the food we had while there. As I said above, all of them were delicious and worth a return trip. Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa was good, but so were these. Try them all if you get the chance. You will be happy. Cheers!
The Boise Humanist group met at Drink Bar and Waterfront Grill on November 25. The restaurant is a nice setting right on the lake. But just a little cold on the Cabana when the temperature is in the high 20’s, even if the sides are shielded by plastic. They probably could have turned the heaters on an hour or so earlier so that the room would warm up a little more. People were cold. Here is their Cabana/Tiki Bar Page and menus.
The food was OK, but not much more. The clam chowder was tasty as was the lobster bisque. It would have been nice to have fries or something come with the burgers. They could probably do with better hamburger buns, too. These were “gummy”. I will rate this as a 3-Star ( out of 5-Stars) restaurant based on what we had. Here are some photos from the evening. Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged. Cheers!
Here is the November Schedule of Events at The Buzz in Boise. There are some fantastic events coming up. Start with this Saturday, Oct 26 (I know, it’s not November, but close enough!). The Saturday Classical Jam is a free event and if you play an instrument, bring it and a music stand. This is a FUN, FUN, FUN night. Here are the rest of the events. See you there.
Buzz Coffee and Wine – Fall Events
Hope everyone is getting ready for this busy holiday season that is rapidly approaching. We at Buzz have several fun events planned for you and your family. Let us know if you need any catering done over the holiday season, we even do private party wine tastings and/or dinner at your place or ours so contact us if you have any questions about how to organize an event for your friends or family.
On October 24 from 6-8 I will be at “Girls Night Out” at RosieMADE (2033 N 35th St Boise Idaho 83703) along with Your Color Image, Bioceutica, Wholistic Beauty Boutique,and Arno Confections for a fun evening out. I will be featuring a wine tasting of Halloween wines made in the USA. Stop by and check it out.
Music at the Buzz
Each Friday Night (and a few Saturdays) we have music and wine tasting.
Wine Tasting starts at 5PM with music starting at 7PM.
October 25 Dr Todd Palmer
October 26 Classical Jam Night (starts at 6)
November 1 John Cazaan
November 8 Carter Freeman
November 15 Jim Lewis
November 16 Jean Cardania
November 22 Wayne White
November 29 Blaze and Kelly
Our next wine club dinner is November 12 or 13 at 6:30. We will be discussing holiday traditions and food and wine. Its $15 per person for dinner, wine and discussion. Reservations are required (please let us know of any food intolerance or allergies with your reservations).
On November 21 we will have this years Beaujolais Nouveau to sample along with ‘gobbler’ sandwiches for a dinner special, tends to be an excellent choice for a red to go with Thanksgiving dinner. Reservations are not required just stop by for the first taste of the 2013 vintage.
Enjoy your Halloween and stay safe. Let us know if you need any special wines for the holidays. Hope to see everyone soon.
Cristi and Tom Takeda
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Great on this rainy, cool Fall day. Just hit the spot and very easy to make. I asked Robin what she wante for lunch and she said, “Tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.” No tomato soup in the house. But a few fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, a little whole milk, salt and sugar and you’ve got a tomato soup. Grilled cheese was easy to make. Pull the fresh tomatoes from the Alley Garden and the fresh basil, too. Make a grilled cheese and ham on fresh sourdough from Acme Bake Shop. Comfort food!