Guest Blog: The only thing better than a Sandwich; Soup and Sandwich

“The only thing better than a Sandwich; Soup and Sandwich”

by Guest Blogger The Philz

Preface: I love soup. Making it and eating it. If you don’t like soup, this blog isn’t for you.

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The Promotion: Another D’Deli Sub

I Recently got a promotion, so of course I had to go out and celebrate with a sandwich….

I walked into my favorite sandwich joint D’Deli and told the guys that I was feeling good and needed a sandwich to go with my attitude.  This is what Al, Tim and I came up with…
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The Jewzer: A story of time untold

So I have been making sandwiches for a while, and I am a big fan of taste theory. I really like to mix a lot of stuff together, but I also want a sandwich that is memorable when you are finished eating it. In fact, I like to have a sandwich that is easy to describe the taste elements, as well as be able to have some kind of intense flavor combos. the Jewzer is one of these sandwiches.

The Jewzer first came to fruition at D’Deli in downtown Golden, CO. It is a great sandwich shop that uses the freshest italian bread, amazing veggies, and lets you put whatever you want on your sandwich. The prices are good, and everything is super fresh. I used to go in and order this sandwich before it was called the Jewzer, and finally Al the Owner decided he needed to try it. Here is the recipe:

• Fresh Italian Bread
• Roast Beef
• honey
• Spinach
• Artichoke hearts
• Jalepenos
• Sundried Tomatoes
• Cucumbers
• Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper

Here is how you do it: Slice open the bread, be liberal with the honey (directly against the bread, so it soaks in and doesn’t get all over the place), lay down the Roast Beef, then the artichoke hearts, cukes, and spinach. Put the jalepenos and sundried on next, then spread on the olive oil, S&P. Close up the sandwich and cut it in half. Eat and enjoy. The jalepenos inside separate from the honey are a good way to prevent the tastes from balancing each other out so quickly. They will eventually, but the honey hits your tongue first, then the jalepenos give you a kick as you chew. It sounds a little odd, but it is really awesome.

If you make a big sandwich and cut it into smaller chunks, it is a great party platter. A Challah bread is a great way to make a big platter of these sandwiches. The egg in the challah is a little odd, but the bread is sweet so it goes well with the honey. A good vegetarian option is to use smoked gouda instead of the roast beef….

Here is a picture of the sandwich as a sandwich of the day:

Here is a picture of the namesake of the sandwich, while hosting a sandwich:

Mom’s Meatballs: Put them in my mouth!

My mom is great, plain and simple. She may not be the best cook around, but she does make some really good meatballs…. They were what I would ask for her to make me for special ocassions, like my birthday, and when I would stop by for a rare visit home from college. She uses a pretty simple recipe, which I will get up a little bit later, but the key to the good meatballs is the egg to meat ratio, which is 3 to 4 eggs per lb.

Well, I came home for a friends wedding, which was close to my parents house, and sure enough when my mom asked me what I wanted for dinner, my response was “MEATBALLS!!!” So she went to work making them….

Then Emily joined in, because she likes to help… I did eventually join in, even though I hate getting my hands dirty. I don’t mind doing the work and cooking, having meat and stuff stuck in between my fingers gives me the heebie-jeebies…

Emily is pretty good at making a good meat ball…

I made some garlic bread… with some good italian rolls, sliced in half, drizzled with olive oil, butter, garlic, oregano, basil, and a little bit of paprika, salt and pepper…. put it in the oven for 4 or 5 minutes on broil, and you are good to go…

Soon it was ready to eat… (i turned it into art)

mmmm. sandwich art…

I was a very happy person…. I was so excited, my hair was standing straight up!

Overall Rating: A-
Reason: Too much olive oil on the bread. it was a little messy. The meatballs were really tasty, but I would have made them bigger ( i tried, but I got scolded for goofing off…. silly mom)

Another Fine D’Deli Sandwich: Turkey, Siracha, Honey, Pesto, Roasted Garlic, Sunflower Seeds and lots of greens

This sandwich was another fine example of why my local deli is so great…. the encourage people to put lots of stuff on their sandwiches and be creative. they want you to take some time in the line and enjoy your time there.

I was working on my house and was sort of hungry, so my roommate and I went down to D’Deli. He went with the Bahn Mi, which is a favorite of mine, but I wanted a variation of it. I went with a big turkey sandwich, but on one side of the bread i put a little bit of Siracha, some roasted garlic, some honey, and some chipotle aioli. On the other side I put some pesto. And then some sunflower seeds. Then I put down some turkey, on the side with the pesto. Then on top of that I put down some carrots…. then some sprouts… then some mixed greens. there was some fresh basil and cilantro in there. there were some red peppers in there as well… all in all, it was a very flavorful sandwich. here is a picture of it… being yummy.

But I think something went wrong somewhere….
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Sandwich Making Contest… Don’t forget to compete!

i haven’t figured out which recipe I am going to submit yet… but it will be good for sure!

Mezzetta Sandwich Making Contest is on, and there are only 48 days left.

Here are the rules:
Follow the rules and you could win $25,000!

Send us your ideas about what you think tastes great between two slices of bread-or for that matter, on top of one. You could win $25,000 and a trip to Napa Valley for two.

And of course, bragging rights as the creator of the best sandwich in the land.

Mezzetta Make That Sandwich™ Contest Official Rules 2010

1. Entry rules: No purchase necessary to enter. You can enter either online OR by mail between May 31, 2010 and September 6, 2010. Early and late entries will not be considered. Each recipe must be submitted by an individual, not by a couple or a team. There is no limit on the number of recipes you may submit or to the number of contest categories.

To enter online, log on to and look for the Contest entry icon. Fill in the entry form, including your original recipe, and follow the on screen directions to submit. Online entries must be submitted between Noon PST on May 31, 2010, and Noon PST on September 6, 2010.

To enter by U.S. postal mail, type or print your name, complete address, and telephone number at the top of an 8 1/2 x 11-inch piece of paper (smaller-sized paper or cards will be disqualified). On the same page, type the category that you are entering: “Hot Sandwich” or “Cold Sandwich” or “Vegetarian Sandwich”, followed by your name and recipe in accordance with the Contest Guidelines (see above), using double-space. If necessary, use a second page of the same dimensions and staple the two pages together (unstapled or paper-clipped recipes will be disqualified). Mail to: MAKE THAT SANDWICH™ CONTEST, G.L. Mezzetta Inc., 105 Mezzetta Court, American Canyon, CA 94503. All mail entries must be received via the U.S. Postal Service. Faxes, Federal Express, UPS or any other form of delivery will not qualify as a valid entry. All entries must be postmarked no earlier than May 31, 2010, and be received at the mailing address above by September 6, 2010.

Address and phone number will be used only to contact you about the entry. In case of a dispute as to the identity of the entrant, the entry will be accepted or rejected at the sole absolute discretion of G.L. Mezzetta Inc.

2. Eligibility: The contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada, age 18 years or older. Employees of G.L. Mezzetta, Inc., retailers and wholesalers of G.L. Mezzetta products, and any other company involved with the design, production, execution, or distribution of the promotion, and their immediate families are not eligible. Immediate families include spouses, parents, children, or any other household members. Contest is governed by the laws of the United States and void where prohibited by law. All federal, state and local rules and regulations apply. Professional chefs (someone who derives more than 75% of their income employed in the culinary arts as a chef) are ineligible to enter for the $25,000 prize.

3. Categories: Recipes may be submitted in three categories: Cold Sandwich, Hot Sandwich or Vegetarian Sandwich.

4. Contest Guidelines: Recipes must use at least two (or more) of the following products: Mezzetta® Brand (specialty peppers, olives and gourmet foods), Mezzetta® Deli-Sliced (sliced specialty peppers), Napa Valley Bistro® (specialty pasta sauces and olives) or Kona Coast® (teriyaki and BBQ sauces).

All sandwiches must be served on bread products such as rolls, buns, wraps, biscuits, sliced bread, focaccia, etc. Sandwiches may include any combination of ingredients; in the Vegetarian category, the ingredients must exclude meat and fish, but may contain vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, egg and dairy products.

Each submitted recipe must be original and include the name of the recipe, readily available ingredients (found in most well-stocked supermarkets), standard U.S. measurements, and be written to make four sandwiches. Each ingredient, including the bread product and all other elements, must be listed in the exact order of use, followed by complete, step-by-step, cooking instructions, including cooking times, for preparation.

The recipe must not have been previously published or have won another award, and the right to submit it must not be restricted in any way. Submission of a recipe is a warranty that the contestant owns all copyrights and other intellectual property rights to the recipe and constitutes an assignment of these rights to G.L. Mezzetta Inc. G.L. Mezzetta will not be held liable for any copyright infringements or any prior exclusivity rights to any recipe submitted.

5. Judging: The following guidelines will be used:
– Creative Use of Ingredients
– Taste
– Ease of Preparation
– Visual Appeal

Recipes that do not follow contest rules will be disqualified. Qualified recipes in each category will be reviewed by a panel of food professionals assigned by G.L. Mezzetta, who will select the top entries. The decisions of the judges are final and binding.

6. Winners Selection: Three Finalists (one in each category) will be selected by the Judging Panel. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected by the Judging Panel from the Three Finalists.

The two Finalists and one Grand Prize Winner will be notified by September 14, 2010. Limit of one winner per household.

G.L. Mezzetta will provide round-trip coach airfare for the Grand Prize Winner and a guest from the gateway city nearest the Grand Prize Winner’s home to a major airport near Napa Valley and accommodations for three nights (double occupancy). In addition, Sponsors will provide $100.00 in American Express Gift Checks towards car rental expense to and from the airport and Napa Valley and $400.00 in American Express Gift Checks for meals and miscellaneous expenses. The value of the trip will be determined by the Finalist’s geographic location, but is approximately $2,500. All expenses not specifically outlined herein are the responsibility of the Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize Winner must be available to travel between September 24, 2010 and November 15, 2010. Grand Prize Winner may be required to appear for photo opportunities and/or public relations events to demo the winning sandwich on behalf of G.L. Mezzetta.

7. Make That Sandwich™ Contest Prizes: The Judging Panel will select:
(1) A Grand Prize Winner who will receive a cash prize of $25,000 plus trip to Napa Valley.
(2) Two finalists who will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
Total Make That Sandwich™ Contest cash prize awards: $27,000 (Twenty-seven Thousand Dollars) Value of trip is approximately $2,500.00.

No substitution or transfer of prizes is permitted, except at the discretion of G.L. Mezzetta, Inc. All taxes are the sole responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner and Finalists.

8. General Conditions: Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules. All entries become the property of G.L. Mezzetta Inc. and will not be returned. Finalists will be required to execute documents of eligibility, release from liability, and transfer of their winning recipes. By entering the contest, all participants consent to the commercial use of their names, pictures, likenesses, and recipes (with rights to edit or adapt those recipes) without further compensation. By entering, participants release and hold harmless G.L. Mezzetta Inc, its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents, and the Judging Panel from any and all liability or any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this contest or any prize won. G.L. Mezzetta and its agents are not responsible for unauthorized human intervention, phone, technical, network, electronic, computer, hardware or software failures, malfunctions or disconnects of any kind, or misdirected, illegible, incomplete, stolen, garbled, fragmented or delayed internet/e-mail computer transmissions or network/ISP/website internet accessibility; or for inaccurate, incorrect or incomplete capture of entry information.

9. Requests: To receive contest rules visit our website at or write: Make That Sandwich™ Contest, 105 Mezzetta Court, American Canyon, CA 94503.

For recipes and a list of winners, visit our website at after September 24, 2010.

Telephone requests for rules, winners’ list, and recipes cannot be accommodated.Put it in there!

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Popeye’s Po-Boy and his little biscuit buddy

When you are on the road, staring at the highway for hours on end, you have a lot of thinking to do. Well, as i was driving across the country, I stopped a couple of times. At one point, I stopped at a rest area in I think Pennsylvania, but maybe it was Ohio, or maybe it was West Virginia. I don’t really know. I do know that I had very limited options for food in general, let alone sandwiches!

The options were either BK, Sbrarro, Panda Express, or Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits. I figured of these options, the best place to have a sandwich would be popeyes, because they have biscuits and chicken. They also have some pretty good side dishes as well. So, i walked uop to the counter and ordered a chicken Po-Boy with a side of biscuit. My cousin ordered chicken tenders with a side of mac and cheese, and his girlfriend ordered mac and cheese with a side of fries. Well, I already had a sandwich, which came with lettuce, tomato, chicken, mayo (i asked for no mayo), and a decent bread. i really wanted to spice it up, but i wanted to have as many options for sandwiches as possible. I put a little bit of spicy mustard on my sandwich, then I split my biscuit in half, took some of the heaping chicken, a few french fries, a couple of leftover lettuce chunks, a pickle, and the spicy mustard and put it on the biscuit. It was just enough for a couple of bites, but it was also very different than the po-boy was because of the buttermilk. My cousin took his biscuit and his mac and cheese with some hot sauce and made that into a sandwich. All in all, it was a good time for sandwich making. The fries and the spicy sauce really gave it some kick, and the breaded chicken was heavily peppered which you don’t find unless you are looking for some good comfort food. Not only did we have some sandwiches, we also thought we saw someone who had stolen a baby from a hospital, but that has nothing to do with sandwiches.