It feels like it’s been forever since I posted in this little space of mine. It turns out keeping up with a cooking blog when you’re traveling without access to your kitchen for several months is really difficult. (I know, poor me.) It also means I have a few fun things to update you on before I can get back to regular writing about sandwiches and hot coppa and all the things you should pack in your picnic basket this summer.
Firstly and most importantly: A few weeks ago, Barrett and I headed over to NYC for the Saveur Blog Awards. Those two days were a total whirlwind, but I got to meet so many amazing people doing amazing things both in the food world and outside of it. I can honestly say I left feeling inspired (and totally humbled–just wow!) by all of the talent floating around that weekend. And while C+M didn’t take home a win, I was so, so happy to see so many of my new blogger friends — including Alana (Fix Feast Flair) and Jessie (Faring Well) in my category — bring home their bright orange pepper grinders. So many congrats again, everyone! It was a total blast to celebrate with all of you. And many, many thanks to the folks at Saveur for hosting us. It was a weekend I’ll never forget, with people I’m sure I’ll be friends with forever!
Second, and this one is still sinking in for me a bit, I graduated with my PhD in Sociology!!! It feels like it has been such a long journey with so many failures and (at least a couple of) triumphs. At certain moments I thought I wouldn’t finish. But with the love and support of my amazing partner, family, friends, and mentors I did. Thank you all so, so much. I don’t know what I would do without you.
Third, I have a couple of fun mentions to share. I recently recorded a podcast with The Dinner Special about my food philosophies and inspirations. If you feel like listening to me being awkward on air, you should totally check it out! Also, The Culture Trip just named C+M one of the Top 10 Most Talented Food Bloggers in the U.S. to Follow! I’m hugely honored and totally ecstatic to be in such great company. Go check it out and then spend some time with all of the other awesome bloggers on their list.
Finally, I’ve just returned from a much needed vacation to Hawaii where the mister and I ate pretty much all of the fruit and fish we could get our hands on. I can’t thank Alana enough for sharing her curated list of restaurants and other hot spots on Maui. Should you ever venture out that way, definitely take a look at her list! And be on the lookout for a recipe inspired by the trip very soon, or maybe not soon but at some point in the future, regardless.
But until then, I’m leaving you with what is one of my go-to summer sandwiches. It’s flavorful, easy to make, and has been the perfect dish to accompany me on all of these airplane rides I’ve been taking lately. (I don’t know about you but airplane food makes me want to yack so I always bring my snacks on board!) Packed with rich hot coppa, mozzarella, and pickled red peppers, this sandwich is just oozing with Italian flavor. The spicy bite from the coppa, the tang from the peppers, and just a dash of red wine vinegar for some much needed acidity to cut through the umami bomb that is hot coppa…it’s like it was born to play the main part of any summer picnic.
- 2 6-inch pieces of sourdough French bread, sliced in half
- 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, for sprinkling to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, for sprinkling to taste
- Green leafy lettuce
- ½ pound of hot coppa
- Low-moisture mozzarella cheese
- Roasted red peppers
- ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
- I’ve left the amounts of each of these ingredients fairly wide open so that you can build a sandwich to suit your tastes. Feel free to play with it and explore different ratios!
- Begin by sprinkling the olive oil and red wine vinegar over each side of the sandwich. Add the lettuce to the bottom half, followed by the hot coppa, cheese, roasted red peppers, and onion.