italian pressed sandwich

Last weekend I saw Liza Minnelli at the Hollywood Bowl.

I had no idea what she sang, did, etc. but I knew it had to be a good show and I was really excited for it.

The Hollywood Bowl is an LA institution and for good reason – you picnic, drink wine out of plastic (we have fancy plastic wine glasses), laugh with friends and see a show under the stars.

We were meeting up with some friends before the show started and I found a picnic-friendly pressed sandwich from Martha and knew it would be the perfect thing to bring. A pressed sandwich is essentially a smushed sandwich. You scoop out the middle of a flat loaf of bread like ciabatta, fill it with an array of delicious fillings and press is together with a weight. (Or in my case a full water pitcher).

The sandwich was delicious and flavorful, the show was very entertaining and I learned that Liza is Judy Garland’s daughter…horrifying everyone around me when I fessed up to my lack of pop culture knowledge.

Italian Pressed Sandwich

by Emily Dingmann

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: bread entree sandwich summer

 

Ingredients (6-8 servings)

  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread
  • 4 oz olive tapenade
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 4 oz marinated artichokes, chopped
  • 6 oz roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 4 oz prosciutto
  • 4 oz salami
  • olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper

Instructions

Slice loaf of bread down the middle horizontally.

Scoop out middle of loaf.

Spread tapenade and goat cheese on the bottom side of bread, topping with artichokes, peppers, prosciutto and salami.

Season top of loaf with olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper.

Wrap in aluminum foil and weight sandwich down with a brick, cans, etc.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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my new job

Last month, I started a new, full time job.

I can’t even begin to express how happy I am to be working full time again. Working from home and working part time has its advantages, but I was starting to get bored.

I’ve shared a little bit with you – through the #SNAP4aWeek Challenge and a little bit about my commute, but not really much else!

I’m working with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, which is a “national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing and alleviating hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.” We do a lot of education and advocacy (this is where SNAP and the food bill comes into play), strategic initiatives (like Healthy Meals, Healthy Options) and partnership grants (which means we award grants to food banks, food pantries, meal delivery programs, etc. across the country).

I am the Communications Manager so I’ll be working on the newsletters (first one is done!), annual reports, website, blog, social media and we’ll see what else!

Getting a full-time job was a major factor in feeling settled in LA and I couldn’t be happier with where I am. The people are great, the mission is something I truly believe in and the work is challenging. It feels perfect. :)

 

lately i’ve been…(viii)

playing tennis

hanging out (ok, walking by) the 90210 beach house

having absolutely perfect weekends (hiking, tennis, relaxation, pool)

attending a super fun wedding downtown LA

having Minnesota friends around for a few days

laying out at the beach

adjusting very nicely to my new job

celebrating the 4th of July with classic BBQ food: brats, potato salad and baked beans :)

finally attending a wine tasting at Silverlake Wine

getting ready to take part in a SNAP Challenge (eating on a food stamp budget for 1 week) – anyone want to join?

Lately you’ve been…

 

lately i’ve been…(vii)

attending trunk shows for AMORROMA Swim and buying a fun, new suit!

eating buffalo chicken pizza (recipe from janetha @ meals & moves)

finally watching Mad Men

celebrating our first LA Pride weekend in West Hollywood (SUR float with Lisa Vanderpump

featured on Satisfy My Sweet Tooth

thrilled to find the newest Trader Joe’s favorite: Lacinito Kale (cut, washed and organic!)

starting the documentary Weight of the Nation

eating our first hot dog of the summer – yum!

starting a new job and loving it! (more on that to come) :)

Lately you’ve been…