Italian Sushi

I know sushi is a Japanese concept, but as of late I have been eating it more and more in an Italian fashion.
Shout out to Gran Caffe L’Aquila in Philadelphia for giving me the joy of combining my two favorite cuisines. The concept is Japanese, but the flavors are Italian. The first recipe is savory and the second is sweet. They wont disappoint. And while I’m on a roll here (haha pun totally intended)
Get out to local fusion spots and embrace the melting pot of cultures America is so known for. (i.e I just heard of a new French & Lebanese spot called Cafe La Maude in Philly as well) I mean the world is your oyster. Support local restaurants and cafes! Not only will it be an enjoyable outing, it will help spark creativity in your own kitchens and cooking endeavors. Ok food PSA is over now just go and roll some sushi!

  • Salumi Sushi
  • 1 slice Mortadella
  • 1 stick/ thin wedge of fontina
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed pistachio
  • 1 tbsp. of fig jam

Lay out the mortadella, smear the jam and lay the cheese in center. Sprinkle the nuts, roll, and slice.
Just like our sultry salads these are palate pleasing ingredients with creamy cheese, crunch of the nuts, salt of the meat and sweet/fruity flavors from the jam.

  • Brunch Sushi
  • 1 Whole wheat wrap
  • 1 tbsp. Nutella (note for our lactose intolerant folks you can always substitute for peanut butter)
  • 1 banana
  • Lay out the wrap and smear the nutella or PB. Lay the banana in the center, roll, and slice.

This is so great as a snack or breakfast on the go. I make it the night before and refrigerate so the nutella serves as a glue and hardens a bit with the cooler temps of the fridge. Popping them in my mouth sitting in morning rush hr traffic.

Hope you enjoy both of these and can email us other ideas (Damndelish@gmail.com) or tag us in photos (@damndelish) of your Italian Sushi creations!

Happy Eating, XO.

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Stove top macaroni and cheese

We are way too grown up to still be doing easy mac from our good ole friends at Kraft. As enjoyable as that was in college, its time to realize an orange powder may not be the best thing to put into our bodies. This is just as quick, but with fresh ingredients. Oh and speaking of watching what we put into our bodies, this recipe is figure friendly because there is no butter and no heavy cream. Just simple, clean, and tasty.

  • 14 oz. of macaroni elbows
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar (get creative and do 1 cup fontina and 1 cup Gruyère or 1 cup of the cheddar and 1 cup of Monterey jack)
  • 1/2 to 1 tbs. crushed garlic (if doing fresh that’s 3 cloves)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard (umm so I did tablespoon not teaspoon because apparently I don’t know how to read and it was noticeably too tangy so don’t rush and read the measurements properly, lesson learned).
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes (I just add this to almost any recipe I can because I think the little green flecks just brighten up a dish, in other words “optional”).
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Boil elbows. Drain pasta in colander while reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking liquid. Return macaroni to pot and mix in the remaining ingredients over low heat (including the pasta water). Fold gently to melt and mix all ingredients.

I may throw in some pancetta next time to add another element slash make it more entree worthy vs. side dish. Plus let’s face it, pancetta would make it the grown up version of the throwback, when mom’s across America cut up hot dogs for us when we were kids & threw it in our mac & cheese.
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Happy Eating, XO.