Smoked Salmon and Mascarpone Calzone

This recipe was inspired by a recent visit to Piroshky Piroshky, the small, wonderful-smelling Russian bakery in the Pike Place market. They make some of my favorite street food, and I can’t make a trip to Pike Place without stopping by for a snack. On my latest trip, I tried their salmon paté piroshky (a piroshky is a stuffed, flaky, handheld pie) and it was divine. This “calzone” doesn’t attempt to recreate the salmon piroshky, but was simply inspired by it. The mascarpone cheese melts away during baking, leaving the rich smoked salmon moist and delicious.

Savage Crab Orzo ‘N Cheese

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? Ok, now what if you added lobster to the mac and cheese – oh that would be delicious. Wait, what if instead of Velveeta we used Mascarpone? So awesome. White mac and cheese with lobster. Sounds great, but let’s substitute fresh king crab for the lobster because it’s a little more hearty and a third the price. Cool, I’m with you. Oh, and let’s also use a tricolor orzo instead of macaroni. Wait, what? Yeah, orzo, you know the little pasta nibblets? But why? Stop asking questions and take a bite.

Oh, now I totally get it. Mmmmm…