Salmone con pomodoro, pepperoni ed cipolla

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Last night we felt a little tired after studying and working the whole day and needed some comfort food quickly. Instead of getting some junk food, we took a different pathway. We found some fresh salmon in our fridge and we decided to prepare a delicious dish with nutritious vegetables  that took us only 15 minutes to complete. We hereby present the fresh, juicy salmon steak ( do not overcook it as it will lose all its nutrients) with some sautée onions, and red peppers in a tomato sauce. Here is the final dish.

We paired it with a bottle of Mahou, the great Spanish beer, which is one of our all-time favorites, and we sat down to eat it in peace on a small table in front of the TV news.

The dish was so good that we even received a Papal Benediction. As if Pope Francis were talking to us at the end of  his Sunday Homily, we heard his words: “Buon pranzo.”

Buon appetito!

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Pulled Pork with Burrata Cheese sandwich

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Today we are starting to edit the latest version of Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague, which will be used as a demo to peddle it to the major publishing houses. In order to energize us for such a big task, we decided to prepare something very simple yet full of stamina. we decided to use the tasty Jack Daniel’s pulled pork and the luscious burrata cheese to give it a unique flavor. We used the following ingredients bought at the stupendous Mary Brickell Village Publix store:

We first have to cook the pork on a pan with a little olive oil and at medium height of the stove like this.

Once the pork is heated (not burned please) you place the ball of burrata cheese in the middle so it slowly heats up from inside. Then you cut a cross on top of it, as follows.

 

The final version will be deliciously glooey.  It is advisable to let it stand in the freezer for two or three hours before preparing nice sandwiches for the whole family.

Buon appetito!!!

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Spaghettata alla Tony Soprano

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. To celebrate Columbus Day, a national holiday dear to all Italian Americans, we decided to prepare a very special dish loved by our family members.  We made a tomato sauce with plenty of veggies and grilled rounds of salsiccia, a pork and beef sausage, to accompany boiled durum spaghetti.  Here is  a picture of our latest rendition of it.

To make it scandalously delicious, we added a ball of burrata cheese in the middle, which we slowly cooked so it could bloom like a spring flower to release all its creamy interior.

 

We named our dish in honor of Tony Soprano, the main character of the great HBO series titled The Sopranos, who loved to gorge on all kinds of grilled meats and poultry.

Buon appetito!

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Old Fashioned Mood Booster

Dear readers, listeners, and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. After a pause of almost two months from our longstanding blogging and podcasting endeavors, we confess that we feel a little lazy to resume our tasks. What should we do to boost our energies? Pondering this issue, we remember how our dear grandmother Yolanda and our mother Gladys used to re-energize us when we were feeling down due to a childhood disease, an excess of scholarly duties, etc. They dutifully went to the friendly quarter’s butcher shop and bought liver steaks. They prepared it very simple with just a little salt and plenty of parsley on a grill.

As you can see in the picture above, we emulated our Italian American ancestors and did just the same last week when we happened to come across some nice liver steaks in the Presidente Supermarket of West Brickell in Miami. Fortunately, that bustling quarter of Miami has lately become the market zouk of this multicultural and multiethnic modern Casablanca of the Americas, with varied produce choices.

You are cordially invited to share our homemade prescription for Nostra Fiacca.

Buon appetito!!!

Thank you, Presidente Supermarket, for taking us back to our happy childhood.

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Buona Domenica con una bellissima Gnochiatta con Polpete di Manzo

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good evening and Happy Sunday to you. Last week we signed a contract with Sky Connection Partners, an innovative Literary Agency in Baltimore, Maryland, run by an executive with plenty of experience and contacts in the US Publishing industry. We painstakingly edited the manuscript of Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague, correcting some typos, improving some sentences and updating the text as its first draft had been written two years ago, at the start of the pandemic. We believe that we are doing a good job and soon you will be able to enjoy a much better version of it.

And what dish we decided to prepare today so we could have good luck in this new endeavor?

GNOCCHI OF COURSE. Remember that we, Italians and Italian-Americans, like to eat gnocchi on the 29th of each month and many other times to get BUONA FORTUNA. And as we are so superstitious… We prepared a fresh tomato sauce with San Marzano tomatoes, onions, peppers, walnuts, seasoning with turmeric, oregano, pepper, onion powder, etc., and pre-cooked polpete di manzo (meatballs)

What do you think of our dish? Would you accept an invitation to join us at hour humble table?

This serving is for you. Please join us per questo buon cibo ed conversazione insieme su la tavola.

BUON APPETITO !!!

BUONA FORTUNA !!!

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Peasant’s soup to celebrate the Ukrainian Resistance

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. To properly celebrate the beautiful pictures sent by our dear friend Nina, we decided to prepare a hearty peasant’s soup full of vegetables, very similar to the ones produced by the military field kitchens in the battle zones. It has to be very nutritious and easy to digest. We used a chicken broth full of potatoes, carrots, peas, corn and some Rotini durum pasta.

What do you think? You are invited to share a bowl of soup and plenty of conversation with us.

Enjoy! Buen apetito! Bon apétit! Buon appetito!

Long live Ukraine!

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Buona Domenica con una Gnocchiata ed Salsa Fileto

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon and Happy Sunday. When we , Italians and persons of Italian Heritage, think about the venerable pasta, we do not picture the many delicious sauce variants that can go on top of it. We think about the simplest yet very delicious Salsa Fileto, which is done with tomatoes and garlic. In order to continue having good luck in our endeavors, even though it is not the 29th day of the month, we decided to prepare some potato gnocchi with such a delicious salsa. Here is the result.

What do you think? Might you perhaps desire a serving of this little treasure? Don’t be shy. Here!

Please join us at our humble table for some homemade cooking and plenty of hearty conversation.

Buon appetito!

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Buona Domenica con la gustosa Torta Pasqualina

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Today we did not feel like cooking due to the profound sadness we are feeling for the brutal invasion of Ukraine. Instead we decided to order a delicious Torta Pasqualina from our friends at the Bariloche Bakery. As you can remember it is a traditional Genovese dish that has been perfected in the Americas; here in Miami, Ms. Alba bakes its very best version in that bakery.

Our dear Grandmother Yolanda always treated us with her fabulous version. This gets close to that.

You are cordially invited to taste a portion of it with a very cold beer or a soothing Malbec wine.

Buon appetito!!!

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Celebrating the International Day of the Pizza

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Good morning. Today we are celebrating the International Day of the Pizza, to remember that historic day of February 9, 1889, when the owners of Pizzeria Brandi in Naples formally introduced this pie. When Umberto I , King of Italy, and his beautiful blonde wife the Regina Margherita, visited the city, Maria Giovanna Brandi and her husband Raffaele Esposito – founders of Pizzeria Brandi- were asked to provide a novel meal in honor of the royals. In Campania, land of our ancestors, there was a long tradition of fixing some cheap flatbreads with whatever toppings the poor peasants could lay their hands on when they took a lunch break from their brutal slogging in the fertile fields.

Note. This image of Poor Italians Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2014710704/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67578140

Yes, those dirt poor but extremely proud co-nationals were the ones that really invented the simple pizza pie but the Brandis perfected it in their kitchen, for which they were asked to prepare the treat.

Note. This image of the wall plaque in the Pizzeria Brandi was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

At the palace of Capodimonte, the Brandis made a spectacular entrance by arriving in a cart pulled by a mule, which contained three varieties of the pizza, including the famous Pizza Margherita. It had the three colors of our dear National Emblem:

Note. This image of a fabulous pizza pie was taken from Pizza Rustica in Miami, Florida, USA.

a) Tomato sauce for the RED color.

b) Fresh mozzarella pieces for the WHITE color.

c) Basil leaves for the GREEN color.

Salve nostra carissima tradizione culinaria !!!

Buon appetito a tutti vuoi !!!

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Celebrating our blessings with Flor de Parrillada !!!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. yesterday we had a family lunch with a superb array of grilled meats and vegetables, what we jokingly refer as a Flor de Parrillada in the River Plate (a Fabulous Meat/Veggies Grilling) And we had many reasons to celebrate as our two children are already well positioned in the careers of their choosing and we are certain they will keep their mother Mary and myself extremely proud.

This was the initial line up of the barbecue. From your Left to your Right, you are seeing first the red peppers and potatoes, which were previously boiled for half an hour to assure its tenderness, then in the upper part a big flank steak drizzled with our special non-acidic chimichurri and a large piece of a center loin pork belly, down you are seen the famous chorizos (mixed beef and pork sausages) and the unforgettable morcillas (boudin noirs) followed by more of the same. And it ended up like this:

The table is ready and you are warmly encouraged to share it with us. Vamos todo(a)s a la mesa !!!

Buen provecho !!!

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