Hot Giardiniera Italian Sausage Pizza Dogs - With a store bought pizza dough, this meal comes together in a snap. The only time consuming part is the sausages so let's start there. In a large sauce pan bring 1 quart of chicken stock, a dozen pearl onions, 6 cloves of garlic and 2 green peppers sliced into strips to a low boil. Add the sausages to the pot.
Reduce heat to medium/low and let the sausages simmer for about 20 minutes until almost cooked through and remove from the heat.
These are ready for the grill. Since they are pretty much cooked through, we just need a low flame to char things up a bit. Place the sausages over direct heat and turn often until browned on all sides.
Now we can get to work on wrapping these things up. We roll the pizza dough out into a large rectangle and slice the dough into 6 - 2" strips. Place a slice of provolone on top of the dough, followed by a few slices of pepperoni and an italian sausage. Wrap the dough around the filling until it is completely encased then sprinkle oregano on top.
These go on a soaked wood plank and get grilled over indirect heat for about 20 minutes until the pizza dough is cooked through and golden brown.
The only thing left to do is serve these puppies up with a side of tomato basil marinara for dipping and they are good to go.
Southern Tier Farmer's Tan - New York's Southern Tier Brewing Co. has been known to churn out their fair share of killer beers. We've been big into these low ABV pale ales and were excited to give their Farmer's Tan a spin. The beer pours a shiny bronze color with a thin bubbly white head. The aroma is sweet, partially from the mango in the hops and partially from the chewy malts. The flavor is a little tart, a little malty and a tad bitter not really overwhelming in any one particular characteristic. The mouthfeel is super light which goes along with the 4.6% ABV and puts the "sessionable" in the Sessionable IPA. It's a decent brew, not overly hoppy unfortunately as most of the low ABV pale ales on the market are still able to hone in on that delicious hoppiness. The light beer actually worked out well for the food pairing, providing an easy drinking counterpart to the spicy and salty sandwich.
1000mods "Vultures" - If you ever wanted to hear what Palm Desert mixed with Swedish stoner rock by way of Greece sounds like, look no further than 1000mods. These desert rockers are back with their follow up to the awesome "Super Van Vacation" with 2014's equally incredible "Vultures". The opening track is "Claws" and it gets the blood pumping right away with its driving beat and infectious riff. A decidedly Cream-like riff kicks off "Big Beautiful" before changing gears to the heavier fuzzed out side. "She" begins as a bluesy number, with a back alley, down and out sounding riff that is custom made to be played in smokey bars and concert halls. The song gets progressively heavier without losing its groove sounding a little like Fireball Ministry by the end of the song. "Horses' Green" is a brooding, building number with a NIN/Tool angst-ridden vibe. After a couple of slower tunes, "Low" ratchets the tempo back up again. The title track is another exercise in the blues, but with some darker vocals more reminiscent of AIC. It's one of the best tracks on the album. "Modesty" just flat out blows the doors off the place. It features a bull-whip riff, killer groove and great raspy vocals that give it top honors for the album's best song. The closing track is the appropriately named atmospheric "Reverb of the New World". It's an instrumental that picks up steam as it goes on and ends with a jam of epic proportions. "Vultures" is another great release from this stellar band.