by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Friday, January 27, 2012
50 Women Game-Changers (in Food): #32 Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian - Cheddar, Pepperoni, and Egg Quesadilla Sandwich
While I had previously heard of Edible Communities...even own an "edible" cookbook and browse my local edition online, I didn't know the names behind the cover. The following information comes from the Edible Communities website...
Tracey Ryder and Carole Topolian co-founded Edible Communities, Inc., the nation’s largest publishing company dedicated to the local foods movement, in 2002. The company currently publishes 70 titles across North America and is currently adding new magazines at a rate of 10 per year. The content for each publication is region-specific and focuses on the farmers, fishermen, chefs and food artisans from each area.
Ms. Ryder has worked as a journalist, marketer and graphic designer for the culinary, tourism and agriculture industries for over 25 years. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events in the culinary and publishing fields.
Earlier in her career, Topolian owned a Los Angeles-based multimedia company where she produced several award-winning advertising and promotional campaigns for major corporations. In the 1990s, she decided to leave the corporate world behind and study psychology at Pacific Graduate Institute. Her fine art photographs have been exhibited in over 70 shows throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Today she is an active ceramicist and gardener.
Other than being in a "simple" mood, I was also intrigued by the combination of ingredients in this recipe. Pepperoni...eggs...marjoram(!)...wha!? Oh, they worked like you wouldn't imagine. You might be tempted to skip the marjoram, but I don't recommend giving in to that temptation. It's those miniscule little flecks of pine-tinged green that lend so beautifully to the warm eggs and slight spice from the pepperoni. I've made these for three meals since this. I ran out of marjoram somewhere along the line...and while still good, the lack of marjoram left me wanting. There was a rip in the cohesiveness of this beautiful sandwich. Don't skip the marjoram!
- ¼ c. grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 (6") flour tortillas
- 3 slices large pepperoni (sandwich slices)
- 2 or 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp. fresh marjoram
- ½ Tbs. butter
- Tabasco sauce
- sea salt or kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
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