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Sink Your Teeth into Fresh Ciabatta at Morucci’s Si Mangia Bene

July 22, 2015 9:40 am

Piping-hot pastrami, gooey Swiss cheese, and fresh ciabatta bread. These are the components that collide to become the wildly popular hot pastrami sandwich at Morucci's Si Mangia Bene, a classic Italian deli in Walnut Creek. In fact, anything stuffed between slices of ciabatta bread is typically a hit at Morucci's, probably because it's always served crusty and warm right from the oven.

If you're not feeling the pastrami, try meat-free The Natural sammy instead. It's stuffed with avocado, sprouts, lettuce, black olives, tomatoes, walnuts, and a layer of fluffy whipped cream cheese all between two slices of whole-wheat bread. You can also go with the more inventive mesquite chicken sandwich, packed with a tangy chicken breast, house-made salsa and dressing, and lettuce. The Dutch crunch roll that surrounds the mesquite chicken adds a crispy outer shell to the sandwich.

Morucci's Si Mangia Bene
1218 Boulevard Way
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
(925) 939-2426

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Shepherd’s Pie Recipes: New Twists on an Old Favorite

July 15, 2015 9:03 am

Shepherd’s pie is beloved for its pastry crust, savory filling, and fluffy potatoes on top, but the usual recipe can start to feel old and stale after a few decades. Here are three recipes that will show you how to make shepherd’s pie in a whole new way–the last one will really surprise you!

Mini Shepherd’s Pot Pies [pillsbury.com]
Turn the old-fashioned entree into an adorable appetizer by miniaturizing it with this simple recipe. Using refrigerated pie crusts cuts the prep time in half, while the frozen vegetables and instant mashed potatoes make it even easier for those last-minute dinner parties.

Lobster Shepherd’s Pie [marthastewart.com]
Just when you thought shepherd’s pie couldn’t get any more decadent, the addition of lobster takes it to a whole new level. Bake these seafood pies in fluted ramekins and garnish with dill sprigs for an elegant look that’s sure to impress.

Moroccan Shepherd’s Pie [myrecipes.com]
Instead of the tried-and-true beef and potatoes, this unique recipe uses tender, juicy lamb, olives, and warming spices to incorporate the flavors of Morocco into the usually all-American dish. It’s rich and complex, but still just as comforting as the original. Best of all, these mini pies can be assembled the day before and popped in the oven just in time for guests to arrive.

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Don’t Forget!

July 8, 2015 12:01 pm

We are having our Summer Party this coming Saturday, July 11th from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. We will have a BBQ at the pool area catered by BackForty, a Frozen Custard Food Truck by Izzy’s, and a caricature artist to draw you and your family & pets!

It will be HUGE so don’t miss out!

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