Buon Pasqua on Maple Street

An unusual Easter dinner. I cooked a mini Bolito Misto. Boiled chicken for the broth and meat. First course a matzo ball soup. Second course was the chicken, cotechino served with whipped potato, lentils, sautéed cicoria in garlic and olive oil and accompanied with condiments of my homemade mostada, salsa […]

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The Zampone Project

I left for Italy for a month, October/November to study Italian and do research on the Zampone dating back to the 15 century in Modena. Before I left I pitched the article to Darra Goldstein editor Gastronomica. She said, “Do it!” I did but it took me five months! I […]

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Bagnet (Salsa Verde)

I use this as a appetizer on toast points. It can also be used tossed into fresh pasta. Bagnet or Salsa Verde I am not sure how this Salsa Verde (green sauce) got its name Bagnet. It could come from what I wrote about in an earlier issue on Bagna […]

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Linguini & Clam Sauce

FRESH WHITE CLAM (QUAHOG) SAUCE 3 pounds (about 13) quahog ¼ teaspoon fresh thyme Fresh ground pepper ¾ to 1 cup dry white wine Fresh pasta like linguini or one pound dried Parmesan cheese (optional) Wash and scrub the quahogs and the cherrystone clams. Put the quahogs in a large […]

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What is Italian Food vs. American Italian?

I am an American Italian, but feel I am more Italian. My grandparents and two aunts Mary and Alfonsina came from the old country, North of Bologna a small town called Renazzo in the Province of Farrara. They settled in Sagamore. My father, mother and I lived with my grandparents […]

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Hot Italy!

I arrived in Bologna last Wed.and will here for a month coming back middle of October. The extreme heat is worse than NYC! I registered for an intense two, four hour classes at a language. I will also will be researching and writing articles and traveling on weekends hopefully. I […]

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Preserving For Winter

I preserved these multi colored tomatoes. They were given to me by Susan & Jim at Miss Scarlett’s Blue Ribbon Farm in Yarmouth Port. They grew fifty-four varieties. In the small jars is the recipe from Mary ann Esposito, dehydrated tomatoes. Check out her blog in previous entry.

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Figs and More Figs

Last year I bought a fig tree at the local grocery store for $16, put it in a large pot and placed it on my sunny deck. When the leaves fell off, I put it in a large bucket, wrapped it with insulation and plastic and put it in the […]

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