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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Don’t leave me alone.

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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Don’t leave me alone.

 

Celebrating the International Day of the Pizza

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

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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Buon Natale !!!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. Today our family is celebrating Christmas in several locations around the World. But perhaps our favorite spot is the home of our cousins Adriana and Antonio in San Donà di Piave where in festive days like this they hold kitchen court with Rosa, their Neapolitan suocera.

Queste sonne gli famossissime cuoce di un gruppo maggico nella cuccina: I SETTEBELLEZZI !!!!

Here is a sample of the delicious dishes with meats, sausages cheeses, octopus and oysters they had.

Of course we had the deliciously traditional Panettone, whose history we already had written about.

Buon appetito! Buon Natale!

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Buon Giorno da Ringraziamento con la Tony Soprano gnocchiatta!

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. Yesterday we had a fabulous family dinner for Thanksgiving and we topped it with stimulating conversations and then watching an action-packed James Bond movie (Spectre) 

Did we eat the classic Turkey meal? We confess we did not. The popular vote said otherwise. What?

Corretto!!!  We cooked a gnochiatta with the Tony Soprano tomato sauce recipe we had last week.

Buon appetito!

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Buona Domenica con la tagliarinatta alla Tony Soprano

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon and Happy Sunday. Today we woke up missing Tony Soprano, the central character in The Sopranos, the very best series in American television according to all our family members. Once we prepared gnocchi in honor of Tony but today we decided to wildly double down. Capeesh?

Note. This reproduction of an image of Tony Soprano was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

We wanted to use the magnificent fresh pasta of Mr. Pasta and we chose one pound of multicolor tagliarini (please don’t call them spaghetti because that blasphemy makes us cringe with horror) We are going to prepare a tomato sauce with strained and fresh San Marzano produce, add onions and red peppers sautée in olive oil and honey, topped with plenty of sensuale salciccia alla griglia, a pound of cooked ground beef and crowned with the unique pistachios. Mà che cosa ne pensi?

It seems that Tony himself took out most of the veggies, except the tomatoes. Are you surprised ?

This is how it looks like. You are cordially invited to join us for plenty of cibo and conversazione. Did you know that this word comes from verso in Latin, the language of our ancestors? The Romans use it to mean turn over, keep turning, and by extension to turn over in mind, to meditate. The addition of con gives the idea that you are engaging in that action with company, never alone. Therein lies the true significance of sharing a good meal while we chat with friends and family: we are exchanging ideas, feelings, concerns, fears, hopes. etc. Briefly we are sharing Life itself….Avete capito, si o no?

Would Tony and his pals of Bada Bing have liked this succulently meaty exercise? Fuggedaboutit!

Buon appetito!

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Don’t leave me alone.