Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Happy Salami Day!

photo by Giuliano's Bakery My FAVORITE SALAMI FIX !
Today is Salami Day!
 I love Salami, but sometimes it gets a bad rep. I did a little research and this is what I found... Salami is cured sausage that has been fermented and air-dried. Countries like Italy, France, Hungary, Germany, and Spain each produce their own style of salami. The varieties differ in the coarseness or fineness of the chopped meat as well as the size and style of the casing.
Although the exact origin of salami is unknown, there is evidence that fermented sausage has been made in the Mediterranean region for more than 2,000 years. Both the Romans and Greeks cured their meat so that the final product could be stored at room temperature for up to ten years without going bad.
The way in which salami is fermented has many natural health benefits.
 FYI for example, the final product contains lactic acid bacteria, which can help maintain a healthy digestive system. So this is a Good Thing! I can enjoy my Giulo from my Favorite Deli/Bakery Giuliano's !

Since  my last post.. Books+Help=Chocolate! We've had more power outages but not in our neighborhood, just our house !?! Every morning, since the POWER OUTAGE , we'd wake up to NO POWER ! By Friday, more outlets in the house were being effected , which means less electricity in the house to do things (ex.cook, wash clothes, watch TV, play music) and most importantly,  the Air Conditioner and Pool Filter were involved. San Diego is having a HEAT WAVE !  Luckily, I remembered that this has been happening since the Power Outage in the neighborhood. So  I called our Electric Company, who sent out their guy to inspect... He found that our Main Board was MELTING! So thankfully we had a friend who referred us to an Electrical specialist who came on the weekend to save our house! LITERALLY!!! We would of gone up in FLAMES, if we didn't take care of it.

   So, to celebrate Salami Day, I am sharing a recipe that maybe you like to make along with me tomorrow? For National Salami Day landed on the same day that we are busy and heading off to the Padre Game! Go PADRES ! I'm way behind, trying to catch up since the lost of power here. Otherwise, I would of made this ahead of time for today.
Let me know if you try this, it's a refreshing Salad that is like a meal in itself! It was given to me when we lived in Florida, a dear lady, Rachael would bring this to our church's potlucks. And if you've been following me or know me, by now , you should know when I love a recipe I just have to ask for the recipe! And if I don't get the recipe, I sure do my research to find it!
Enjoy some delicious salami on a sandwich on its own today! Or join with me tomorrow, to make  Rachael's End of Summer's Garden Pasta ! (I will update with a pic of mine)

Rachael's  End of Summer's Garden Pasta Salad
(Can be easily doubled or tripled for large crowds)

 4 oz uncooked spaghetti
1-6 oz. jar marinated artichokes
3/4 cup sliced fresh zucchini
2/3 cup shredded carrots
2 oz. sliced Salami
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

For Dressing:
 note: make extra 2-4 batches to add next day or for later use. Tends to need more due to absorption

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Vinegar
3/4 teaspoon Dry Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Dry Basil
1/2 teaspoon Dry Oregano
1 clove Garlic, crushed or minced

Cook spaghetti, drain and cool. Drain  and chop Artichokes, reserve liquids.
Combine spaghetti, artichokes, zucchini, carrots, salami and cheese.
Set aside. Combine artichoke liquid and remaining ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously.
Pour over spaghetti mixture and toss gently. Chill 2-3 hours.

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