Monthly Archives: September 2010

Polpette di Melanzane – Eggplant Patties

Many Italian families on my block had fig trees in their back yards. And as kids, when we discovered them, we would go on a marauding fig feast, raiding every one’s back yard that had figs.  There was nothing quite as … Continue reading

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Grandma Verga’s Meatballs and Sunday Gravy

I really don’t want  to get into the tomato sauce/gravy thing. But I guess I have to. Here is my definition. Any other day of the week it’s tomato sauce. When you make it on Sunday, with all the beef, … Continue reading

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Sicilain Fried Peppers

When I see red peppers at the market I think of roasting them over an open fire. The aroma that comes from roasting peppers is heaven. In an earlier blog I gave you a recipe for roasted pepper salad. Pick … Continue reading

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Pork Chops with Vinegar Peppers and Potatoes

The aroma that goes through the house when you cook this dish will have them come running for dinner before the dish is done! The best kind of pepper to use for this dish are hot cherry peppers in vinegar. For … Continue reading

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Apple Pie

It’s the middle of September, the air is crisp and getting cooler outside. Must mean one thing…..IT’S APPLE PIE SEASON!!!!!! Neither my mom or grandmother ever made apple pie. It became an acquired taste for me later on in years. When … Continue reading

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Pollo Oreganato – Grilled Oregano Chicken

Protection – Italian Style Do you remember the scene in the 1967  film The Graduate, when Dustin Hoffman was at his graduation party  and a friend of the family walks up to him and says: Mr. McGuire: I just want to say … Continue reading

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Penne alla Vodka

BON-BONS Bon-Bons was a candy store on New Utrecht Ave and 77 Street in Brooklyn, about two blocks from where I used to live. New Utrecht Avenue was always in the shadow of the El that ran above it. The El … Continue reading

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Nonna's Zucchini Fritters 2.0

OK, so I stand corrected. After posting zucchini fritters on my blog, paying tribute to Grandma Isabella, I heard from my son Michael. I got it all wrong.  I’m only human! I formulated her fritters from how I recalled she made it. … Continue reading

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