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Burrata Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Burrata Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

This recipe was created from the need to use up the last blood orange from my produce box and leftover burrata from yesterday’s salad. I imagined the colors of blood orange juice mixing with olive oil as a vibrant sunset on my kitchen counter. And so, this burrata […]

Burrata Salad Recipe

Burrata Salad Recipe

Burrata Salad This burrata salad recipe is a quick rendition of how easy it is to make a terrific salad with ingredients on hand. In this version, we used an organic pre-mixed arugula and spinach blend. Top with sweet and tender pea shoots and decadent […]

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

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Spinach and strawberry salad with feta cheese, scallions, green beans, and blood orange and lavender balsamic vinaigrette.

 

I love vegetables and creating salads from ingredients on hand is rarely a letdown. It’s pretty difficult to fail at making salad and while raw spinach isn’t everyone’s favorite, this spinach and strawberry salad recipe is packed with both flavor and vitamins. Add feta cheese for protein, scallions for vitamin K, and garden green beans for added crunch. What really pulls these ingredients together is a drizzle of blood orange and lavender vinaigrette (recipe included below.)

Marlow’s Tavern: Ribs & Whiskey

Marlow’s Tavern: Ribs & Whiskey

  Marlow’s Tavern runs an annual program called Ribs & Whiskey. The menu features entrees enticing guests into their local neighborhood gems. Of particular interest are the following menu items: BBQ Blazed Cobb Salad BBQ Chicken, Crisp Field Greens, Roma Tomato, Apple-Smoked Bacon, Sweet Corn, […]

Asian Ramen Noodle Coleslaw Salad with Toasted Almonds

Asian Ramen Noodle Coleslaw Salad with Toasted Almonds

Bring this easy ramen noodle coleslaw salad with toasted almonds, fresh carrots, and tasty oriental dressing to your next potluck or backyard barbecue. This recipe is a summer favorite perfect for casual entertaining and family gatherings. It pairs well with grilled meats such as chicken or spareribs. Add […]

Papa Joe’s Pizza 25th Anniversary Dinner

Papa Joe’s Pizza 25th Anniversary Dinner

papa joes 15Once upon a time in Brooklyn, Sicilian immigrants began opening Italian restaurants and pizzerias showcasing family recipes from their homeland. While the origins of pizza specifically, are hotly debated, the history behind Papa Joe’s is certain. When Papa Joe relocated from Brooklyn, New York to quiet Altamonte Springs suburbia, he arrived filling an untapped niche for an authentic New York style Italian cuisine. The quest for providing fellow Italians and New York snowbirds turned residents a true hero sandwich or a simple slice of pie was born.

papa joes 20In no small order, this Sunday afternoon friends and family buffet boasted bounties of our favorites. The spread led with a notably well dressed Mediterranean salad, warm sesame baguettes, and Papa Joe’s legendary garlic knots. Let us pause briefly to spotlight these unassuming little fellows.

Not every garlic knot is created equal. The wrong ration of flour, water, salt and fat, and you’ll end up with something that resembles an aged ball of Play-Do. Far from the case at Papa Joe’s, where the knots bake until golden and bathe in a tantalizing veil of garlic infused olive oil. But that’s not the end of it… They consistently, and I mean every single time, hit nose first as the fragrant minced garlic releases through the heat of it’s ladled coat. Prepare for greasy fingers grasping delicately by thumb and forefinger and take the first bite. Now you are ready for the real treat; sopping up. The poised dough interior is the ideal agent for soaking up just enough oil to allow an indulgent serving of melt-in-you-mouth garlic! Are you salivating yet? Good. Let’s move on.

papa joes 21Fried Calamari – Tender and lightly fried with marinara dipping sauce.

papa joes 22Zuppa de Pesce – Savory mussels, calamari, clams, shrimp & scallops served in light house marinara broth

On previous visits to Papa Joe’s, I passed over this menu item to indulge in a filling slice or Stromboli, but never again as you’ll see from my loaded plate below.

papa joes 18Mezzi Rigatoni – Pasta al dente with tomato sauce, ricotta, grated Parmesan and torn basil leaves

papa joes 16Veal Piccata – Veal sauteed in butter sauce and wine with capers & lemon

Sausage & Peppers – Italian sausage & bell peppers together with light pan sauce

Chicken Wings – Naked and baked in the wood-fired oven

Pesce Oreganata Speciale – Tilapia poached in white wine and lemon sauce served with assorted vegetables (regretfully not pictured) This was undoubtedly one of the best prepared homemade fish dishes I’ve tasted in an Italian restaurant.

papa joes 25 anniversary

One of my tasting plates – sesame crusted bread, fried calamari, seafood marinara, and rigatoni. Yum!

The 25th anniversary celebration was loaded with friends, family, and plenty of wine to go ’round. On your next (or first) visit to Papa Joe’s in Altamonte, be sure to inquire about dessert. As a self-proclaimed tiramisu connoisseur, I can say they make a killer tiramisu. We also sampled a variety of cookies, which he regularly orders directly from Bakery Boys of NY. Doubleplusgood!

Below are a few additional photos from the event and contact information for the Altamonte Springs location. Thanks Papa Joe and crew for a most enjoyable presentation and here’s to another 25 years – Cin cin!

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papa joes 14Papa Joe’s is located at 1090 Montgomery Road, Altamonte Springs, FL. The phone number for this location is 407.774.4300. They also have two locations include Lake Mary. You can also like them on Facebook. Papa Joe’s serves each local area with dine-in, take-out, and delivery services.

Hot or Cold Chickpea Salad

Hot or Cold Chickpea Salad

Light and savory chickpeas, garlic, onion, parsley, olive oil, lemon, and plum vinegar can be served hot or cold. Another easy take-along dish for a summer gathering.

Mediterranean Spinach Salad

Mediterranean Spinach Salad

In need of a quick yet filling lunch salad, I realized the solution was simply combining two containers from the frig. Using the last of the family size organic baby spinach and about half pint of mixed greek lima beans, peppers, and olives from the […]

Roasted Red Pepper, Mozzarella, Spinach, Arugula Salad

Roasted Red Pepper, Mozzarella, Spinach, Arugula Salad

Roasted Beet and Mozzarella Salad

Make this recipe of roasted red pepper, fresh mozzarella and golden beets as a first course or a meal on its own. Spinach and arugula make a fine bed for the decadent thyme and shallot balsamic dressing.