Italian Chopped Salad
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- 1 head romaine lettuce, leaves left whole
- 1⁄4 lb pepperoni, sliced thin
- 1⁄4 lb genoa salami, julienned
- 1⁄3 cup roasted yellow pepper, drained and sliced into strips
- 1⁄3 cup red onion, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups artichoke hearts, chopped
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 2 tablespoons grated romano cheese
- 1⁄4 cup mixed olive
- 5 pepperoncini peppers
- 1⁄4 cup provolone cheese, cubed
- In a large salad bowl, combine lettuce, pepperoni, salami, roasted peppers, onion and artichoke hearts. Toss everything together to combine.
- Add vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, pepperoncini, Romano, provolone, and olives to the bowl. Toss thoroughly to combine the ingredients.
- Serve chilled.
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I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!