Muffeletta 300x198 MuffulettaWe’re unveiling an age-old New Orleans classic with our introduction of the Muffuletta sandwich. The sandwich filled with ham, mortadella, salami, provolone, and chopped red onion is served on an Italian seed roll and topped with our house made olive salad. Combining New Orleans flavors with the taste and culture of Sicily, The Muffuletta will be available during the month of March beginning Fat Tuesday, March 4th, 2014.

Staying true to New Orleans traditions and keeping with the Italian culture of the North End, this sandwich will be made in the same fashion as it was when it was first created almost a century ago. The Muffuletta can be traced back to the Central Grocery, a small Italian-American grocery store in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Lousiana, owned by Salvatore Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant. As the story goes, the Sicilian truck farmers who regularly came into Central Grocery for their lunch, would buy all the ingredients included in this sandwich and in typical Sicilian fashion, eat them separately. One day, Salvatore suggested putting the ingredients into a loaf of Muffuletta bread — and the sandwich was born. Before long, a Muffuletta was more than just a loaf of bread; it was the sandwich of choice for these farmers and has become a Southern culinary staple.

For anyone seeking to experience the cuisine of the Big Easy right in their own backyard The Muffeletta ($7.49) will be available for dine-in or delivery during the month of March.

york peppermint brownie Mint Patty BrowniesThere’s nothing like a great batch of homemade brownies. We’d love to claim this recipe as our own, but the credit goes to Pauli’s mom…after all, where do you think Pauli got his culinary talent? Keep it together, we can practically see you drooling over the picture.
1-½ cups butter softened
3 cups of sugar
5 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 package (12 ounces) chocolate covered peppermint patties

In large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Beat in vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Spread two-thirds of batter in a greased 13 inch x 9 inch baking pan. Arrange peppermint patties over top and carefully spread rest of batter over patties.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

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