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Fend off those pre-winter chills with roasted peppers

In this special weekly feature, TODAY Food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much fun you can have (and money you can save) by cooking these dishes at home.THIS WEEK: Involtini di pepperoni (roasted sweet peppers with capers, anchovies, pine nuts and sultanas in garlic sauce) from Prima Ristorante in CaliforniaThi
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In this special weekly feature, TODAY Food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much fun you can have (and money you can save) by cooking these dishes at home.

THIS WEEK: Involtini di pepperoni (roasted sweet peppers with capers, anchovies, pine nuts and sultanas in garlic sauce) from Prima Ristorante in California



This week's recipe was stolen from Peter Chastain, chef and owner of Prima Ristorante in Walnut Creek, California. The main ingredients, yellow and red bell peppers, are so packed with antioxidants they might help fend off all those pre-winter chills and sniffles. The sunniest tones yield the highest concentration of antioxidant carotenoids. One small red, yellow or orange pepper provides three times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C — much more than citrus. Peppers are also excellent sources of vitamin A, vitamin B-6 and folic acid.



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Peter Chastain

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1PfalsefalseAbout the chef: Peter Chastain is an American who embraces the Italian sensitivity to ingredient quality and freshness and the Italian sensibility, using foods that are exquisitely pure and immaculately simple. His style relies upon flawless execution to showcase the quality and freshness of each carefully selected ingredient, composed to be a wonderful experience on the palate.

A native of Berkeley, California, he trained under the late, renowned Ken Wolfe at Contra Costa College. Since then, he has been an instructor at Contra Costa College and worked in several leading Bay Area restaurants. Having also worked in Japan and Europe, Chastain has extensive experience in all aspects of kitchen operations, from production to instruction.

Chastain joined Prima in 1999 and purchased it with his partner, John Rittmaster, in 2005. Peter and John want guests to feel when they enter Prima that they have a sense of being invited into the warmth and stylish comfort of a restaurant reminiscent of Florence or Rome. Patrons will find warm, earthy colors, cozy spots to linger over a glass of wine accompanied by market-fresh Italian cuisine, either fireside (Caminetto) or near the wood-burning oven (Forno), all adding to the casually elegant charm of the restaurant.



Involtini di pepperoni is served at Prima Ristorante for $10

Prima Ristorante

1522 North Main Street

Walnut Creek

California

(925) 935-7780



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