And they called it Maccheroni! Don’t get me started, but the word macaroni is the English spelling of the Italian word maccheroni. In America, macaroni is synonymous with elbow shaped pasta, which are called gomiti in Italian (and are usually covered with fake cheese sauce in America). In Italy, maccheroni is a catch-all term, and generally covers all flat-ended tubular short pasta shapes (like ziti and even rigatoni). The Italian term is thought to derive… [Read More]
What’s boring, gray, and has a thousand crow’s feet? That’s right: my 25th class reunion at Colgate University. No, seriously, everyone looked incredibly well preserved (Botox), was in great shape (Spanx), and was in a terrific mood (Xanax). They wore the latest fashions (from New Canaan) and drove the coolest cars (SUVs). It was wonderful to meet the spouses (none came) and to talk about their exciting lives (travel soccer). They exercised vigorously (12 holes… [Read More]
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past.” Frankly, I am not sure that the story is really a tragedy. Other than his untimely death, Jay seemed to be doing just fine for himself. As I sat there watching Leonardo DiCaprio play Jay Gatsby, all I could think was that this had to be the easiest gig of his career. How much of a stretch could it be for Leo… [Read More]
Tastes great, less filling. The breakfast of champions. Low in calories. Rich in antioxidants. Part of a healthy diet. A good source of fiber. Helps support regularity. Supports brain function. Heart healthy. You deserve a break today. No artificial flavors or coloring. No additives or preservatives. Low in sugar. Low in fat. Got sprouts? I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. I can’t believe it’s not butter. Where’s the beef? Clap on. Clap off…. [Read More]
I am happy to announce that red bell peppers will soon be back in season. Full of vitamin C, lycopene and carotene, fresher and sweeter red peppers will soon be available to all of us who brave the winter. This is sort of irrelevant to me, however, since I like red peppers so much that I eat them year round, even though they may have been imported from some far-flung place. My inconvenient truth regarding… [Read More]
Sicilian mixed topping of herbs, garlic and olive oil for fish.
Any dish or condiment made with crushed garlic, bread and vinegar.
One of the best and most unusual varieties of garlic in Italy. It is known for its large head and light-red membrane, which covers its cloves.