Two Sandwiches

Toothpick Tales

Well, Thanksgiving’s just around the corner and you know
what that means…

Bánh mì and Cheesesteak sandwiches!

Yes, it’s an odd pairing and no, it has nothing to do with

Once again, “Necessity” grabbed hold of the wheel of invention and I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. Working on Saturdays disrupts my rhythm and I usually wind up feeling out of sorts as I head back home from work. I didn’t have anything in particular planned for dinner, since this particular Saturday was more like a regular weekday for me. That changed when I learned that we were expecting guests for dinner. While I was still at work, I recalled what was in my refrigerator. We had a small pork loin and a some thinly sliced beef. Both cuts of meat had been in the refrigerator for several days and they would spoil within a day or…

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Quick Pizza

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I came down with a cold the other day and I promptly crawled into bed. That’s my preferred remedy for nearly all illnesses. I dreamed about making a pizza. When I awoke, some hours later, I made that pizza. I recently picked up some garlic naan at my local Indian market and I knew it would be perfect for the occasion. Naan is an Asian flatbread, similar to pita, in case you are not familiar with it.

Naan is typically oval shaped, about 6” x 8”, which makes a perfect individual serving.

Prep time: 5 minutes. Bake time: 10 minutes.


1 naan flatbread

2 oz tomato paste

1 oz mozzarella cheese, sliced

8 to 10 pepperoni slices

A dash of garlic salt

A dash of red pepper flakes


Smear the tomato paste on the naan. Add the sliced cheese and pepperoni.

Bake in a 375° oven for 10…

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Hawaiian Pizza

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I never order ham and pineapple pizza, when I go out for pizza, or when I order pizza for delivery. It seems like such a silly thing. I prefer a more classic pizza, I suppose. But, when life gives you ham and pineapple, it’s time to make Hawaiian pizza.

This recipe uses the same pizza dough recipe that I have posted before.

The only thing new here is the topping. Simply add sliced ham and diced pineapple and bake.

Topping Ingredients:

1/3 cup marinara

6 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 cup sliced ham

10 pepperoni slices

3/4 cup diced fresh pineapple

1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (red, orange and yellow)


Bake at 400° for 15 minutes, or until the cheese begins to brown.

And for the naysayers, offer them a pepperoni pizza.

Happy New Year!

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