A good soup is the best remedy against bugs

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Thank you very much for all the expressions of sympathy and encouragement we have received in the past few days, including a very nice message form Ms. Sarah, one of the Happiness Engineers at WordPress. Slowly, yet steadily, we are recovering our lost mental and physical strength as a consequence of a febrile-articular syndrome after receiving the two dosages of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. However, we are still praising the medical, psychological and social advantages of vaccinating against the lethal SARS-C0V-2 virus. If our children would not have gotten us the appointment in Jackson South Hospital, we could not have survived a random infection with it.

When we were kids, both our “French” and “Italian” grandmothers (they were both born in Uruguay but faithfully followed the cultural guidelines of their country of ancestry) would invariably prepare a good soup to fix an ailment. Had a fever, get a soup. Had a toothache, get a soup. Had sadness, get a soup, etc. We were literally over-souped. Therefore, following family traditions, we prepared this soup with plenty of potatoes, veggies and arborio rice. Voilà!

We have fixed a serving of our concoction. Just by being surrounded by its bewitching aroma, we are feeling better.

Please join us at our humble table for this time-tested remedy against all bugs and plenty of conversation. Enjoy it!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

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A gnocchiatta alla Dotta Pellegrina to dispel the vaccine’s hangover

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Happy Sunday. To dispel the last symptoms of our moderately serious reaction to the second shot of the PfizerBioNtech vaccine that we got on Monday, we fixed an energizing dish of gnocchi with the Dotta Pellegrina sauce.

Then we boiled the potato gnocchi and served them on a plate, to the delight of our family members. Eccole qua! 

Do you think this might do the trick to fully replenish all our lost energies? Here is a serving for your consideration.

Buon appetito!

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A hearty peasant’s soup for the vaccine’s hangover

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. As we told you in our previous article, after the injection of the second dosage of the providential Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine last Monday, we have had a febrile-articular syndrome. which, thank God Almighty, has developed with less dramatic symptoms and progressively winding down after only four days of the event itself. In order to speed up the recovery, we just prepared a hearty peasant’s soup with plenty of veggies and chicken.

First we prepared a vegetable broth with the addition of a pinch of salt, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper, sweet paprika and, last but not least, the critically important moringa.  We sliced potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn on the cob and chunks of previously grilled chicken; we added peas, broccoli and a moderate amount of arborio rice.

Of course we did not forget to plant a whole little bar of cinnamon, which will add a touch of feminine sweetness.

Your bowl of fuming peasant’s soup is served. Please join us at our humble table for a nice meal and spicy chit chat.

Buon appetito!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

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Thank you for saving my life

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Last Monday I went to Jackson South Medical Center to get the scheduled second dosage of the Pfizer BioNtech Covid 19- vaccine , which hopefully will give me enough immunity to survive this pandemic. I got an excellent care at the facility and I would like to thank its proficient, efficient and enlightened care personnel. In the picture below, you can see Mr. Eduardo Calero, a Miami Fire Rescue member, and Mr. Lorenzo Chen, a guard.

Thank you very much to the glorious members of the Miami-Dade vaccination team and Jackson South hospital.

Note – The picture above was taken by Mr. Wilson Araujo, who can be reached at @wilsonaraujophoto.

I must insist that only through the stubborn determination and excellent social skills of Noël Marie, my dearest daughter, could I get the necessary appointment for the vaccination, even though I qualify two-fold, as a medical provider and someone at least 65 years old. In the picture below you will see us affectionately holding hands. Beso!

After the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, I had a severe febrile and articular syndrome that lasted almost three days; after the second dose, I have had the same syndrome but in a much milder form and hopefully will last less time. I am absolutely certain that if I had encountered this virus in the street, I would have died in a hospital bed. Alone. A few weeks ago, José Luis Garbarino, a dear uncle that was only twelve years older than me, suffered that fate in a hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay. We are still deeply mourning his loss. The pandemic became very personal for us.

In this country of 350 million people, only 40+million people have been fully vaccinated so far. How can that be? We sincerely hope that the new administration of Biden-Harris will get the critical Covid-19 Relief Bill approved quickly. We must vaccinate as many citizens as possible before the dangerous virus variants spread in our vast country.

A certificate of vaccination like this one should be carried in the wallet and handbag of citizens, like a driver’s license.

Speed the vaccination process! Do not procrastinate with concerns of financial costs! We will deal with that issue later.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

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Wear the Face Mask. Keep the Social Distancing.

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning and Happy Sunday to you all. Even if many of us are finally getting vaccinated, we must continue to wear a Face Mask and maintain Social Distancing in our daily labor/social interactions.

Do not get riskily complacent! The pandemic is still raging unabated across the whole planet.

In an excellent article of the New York Times, Mathew Conlen, Denise Lu and James Glanz said: “the coronavirus pandemic in the United States has raged uncontrollably for so long that millions of vaccinations will not be able to stop the spread of the disease unless people continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing measures until mid-summer or later, according to a new model by scientists at Columbia University.” Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, said that only after a critical number of people-either because they got infected and developed defenses or received the vaccination-acquire the needed immunity, will the transmission of the virus start to significantly abate because the organism will find less recipients to jump into. His modeling predicts that, at present infection rates and the speed of vaccinations, that will happen only in July.

The dire Public Health picture of the USA mandates the utmost vigilance for strict precautionary measures. According to the experts only by mid-summer, we will have enough citizens vaccinated to cut the transmission of SARS–CoV-2.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

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Finally together!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. With great pride and pleasure, we inform you that, at long last, my dear children and myself have reunited in the past few days, after several months of forced Social Distancing due to this terrible pandemic. We have enjoyed great moments together, catching up on family gossip, finding out about their latest study and work projects, watching some TV together and, of course, sitting down for a leisure meal in our shaded garden patio.

We chose the catering service of “El Rincón Asturiano” to get paella de mariscos, pulpo a la gallega and croquetas.

In the past few months, we have hardly ordered food and we never went out to a restaurant or bar for a snack. However, the recent vaccination with the Pfizer product and the presence of our dear daughter in Miami changed it.

Thank you God Almighty for allowing us to enjoy the company of our dear children for a little bit longer!!!!

Bon apétit!

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We got vaccinated!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Yesterday, Monday January the 18th, 2020, we got the Pfizer vaccine in our left arm, as you can see in the picture below. It is still very difficult to get any vaccine in the USA, even though we qualify two-fold: we are a health care provider and we are over 65 years old. But our dear daughter Noël Marie aggressively researched how to get an appointment for us and, finally the tweeter account of Ms. Daniella Levine-Cava, newly elected Mayor of Miami-Dade County, announced that there was a new batch of vaccines coming to Jackson South Medical Center.

The picture above shows the moment when the lovely Matika, a nurse at the facility, plunged the needle. Ouchhh!!! She was assisted by the equally lovely Sonia, who checked the paperwork to keep us honest (good luck with that) We were treated like a V.I.P. by all the concerned staff: Lorenzo and Nick, at the sign-in station on arrival, Andrés and Ursula,  at the documentation station where they verify your true eligibility. Thank you very much for your service.

Thanks to their generous and committed work, we were finally able to get this so precious vaccination certificate.

It is funny that the vaccine they administered to us was produced in the Pfizer facility of Kalamazoo, Michigan. In fact it is located in Portage, a suburb of that city, where we spent our days as an Foreign Exchange Student in 1972, the first time we arrived at this generous country. At that time it was named The Upjohn Company and, being interested in going into Medical School after High School, we visited it for a full day, as an honored guest of the scientists and physicians that were running it. We had a great time. Now they prepared this life-saving vaccine. Thank you very much.

Thank you, Ms. Daniella Levine-Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County!

Thank you, Keith R. Tribble, CEO of the Jackson Health Foundation!

Thank you, all the marvelous staff of Jackson South Medical Center!

Thank you, Dr. Albert Bourla, CEO of the Pfizer Company!

Muchas gracias, queridissima Noelita!

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Che cosa ti ha portato La Befana?

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Today is the Day of the Epiphany when millions of children everywhere will get up early at dawn to eagerly find out what the Three Magi Kings left in their shoes the previous night. We still remember our excitement, and the one of our children, when we discovered a toy, a jersey or a book in them. (we confess that we then preferred the toys)

In Western Christianity, this day celebrates the time when the Three Magi Kings arrived at the humble manger where the baby Jesus Christ was lying in his crib, surrounded by the reverent animals all around. Jesus Christ was born.

Note – This image of Filippino Lippi’s Adoration of the Magii was taken from Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1191547

However, this religious feast has a parallel pagan counter-story in the Italian Peninsula where children are waiting for a dubious character called La Befana to show up with presents. Please visit our previous article on the subject.

Che cosa ti ha portato la Befana?

(What has the Befana brought you?)

Today we are all asking that same question. Moreover, we discreetly wish that, besides bringing toys and other presents on her way in, this feisty witch will take this terrible pandemic away on her way back flying on her broom to her isolated cave somewhere. We need all the help we can get to save us from this dire threat to Mankind’s survival.

Happy Three Kings Day!

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Pastaciutta alla Gian Luca

-“Dad, I really didn’t like that Alfredo sauce you bought in the store….Can you prepare a fresh white sauce for me?”

Good morning. Yesterday we were hoping not to dabble in the kitchen, except to just boil some pasta and serve it. We were counting on the leftover pink sauce we had prepared the weekend before last with that a small addition. However, life is never that easy, as you may all well know. Faced with the request of our son Gian Luca (the very best friend that we could ever have in Life) we started to rummage our freezer for alternatives and some inspiration. When we spotted two bags with some enticing sweetbreads, we casually asked Giani: “Have you ever tasted this?” You know the answer, don’t you? As proud Italian-Americans, we heard the commanding clarion call from Antiquity.

Rimboccare le maniche! (roll up your sleeves)

In order to tenderize the sweetbreads, first you must boil them in a thick broth with veggies for at least one hours.

The second step is to grill the sweetbreads for at least half an hour in our homemade rotisserie machine. Great buy.

The sweetbreads should have a crispy exterior, while maintaining its inner juiciness. This is how they will look like.

With our Japanese knife, we sliced the sweetbreads into smaller pieces, as well as the grilled sausages (chorizo)

Now we are ready to prepare the Bechamel sauce, for which you should consult our previous article on this process. After adding the sweetbreads, sausages and walnuts, the sauce should look like this: creamy but without clumps.

We boiled the pasta separately and then laid it on La Bestia, before slowly adding the sauce and parmesan cheese.

Allow us to introduce you a dish fully imagined and conceived in our humble kitchen: Pastaciutta alla Gian Luca.

Buon appetito!

Our son said that it was one of the best pasta dishes he tasted. As he wolfed down two full plates, we believe him.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

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