Month: August 2007

Cut the crap-o! Eat cauliflower!


Cauliflower with anchovies … When I was about ten years old, my parents went on a vacation to Florida. I stayed with my Grandma who lived in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on 85th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. To be precise, St. Bernadette’s Parish with Monsignor Barilla as head honcho. Okay, so that’s the very […]

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How to Murder a Perfect Caprese Salad …


Blog # 8I was just preparing Insalata Caprese, when it dawned on me what most restaurants do wrong about serving this delectable platter (and I have to ask them to not do, when and if I order it, which is rare). Insalata Caprese was born on the Island of Capri, hence, Caprese … and it’s […]

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“Free” (first draft)


Free Grounds for your garden, please help yourself,the sign reads in a perky array of green fields and golden sun. The sun and pastoral scene of the FREE adremind me of Otto’s play land, our backyard, where free to roam, brave hunter dog, won’t dunk his tootsiesin the pool even on the hottest south Floridian […]

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The Barron & McCourt Connection


Blog #7 Sandra Rodriguez Barron, author of The Heiress of Water, wrote me an e-mail today that I asked if I could share with the world at large on my blog—and Sandy wrote back one word: Sure. So here’s a fun little story by a lovely writer: “I ‘opened’ for Frank McCourt (kind of like […]

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More on octopus


When my son Nico was little—about eight years old, we packed him and my two nephews, Marco, the same age, and Stefano, two years older, off to British Virgin Islands for a sailing trip the week after Christmas into the New Year. We hired a burly Captain with a beard and a limp, who smoked […]

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And today’s dinner is …


One thing for sure this has to be quick because I’m a dasher today! So here’s what I’m making my friends who are visiting from St. Louis and famous or infamous Dupo, Ill. from St. Louis here visiting and they’re coming to dinner. I’m making patrones–little sweet Spanish fried peppers (we have them in tapas […]

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A wonderful writer friend’s new blog … remembrances of China


In Guo Liang’s new blog: The People’s Commune of Art, Writers of the World Unite for a Narrative Way of Life, there are pictures and remembrances of one writer’s humble beginnings. I met Liang at FIU in Grad School when we were both seeking an MFA in Creative Writing. He is a poet with a […]

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Peppers and Eggs


Blog #3My Grandma’s PEPPERS AND EGGS … a meatless Friday night dinner when I was growing up, or a Friday night get you out of the doldrums kinda recipe. Now all you mystery writers can take that titillating hint why we didn’t eat meat on Friday and use it as a clue for a short […]

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For Jane


A picture of the mother of the vinegar!

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Making Vinegar and Associated Memories


Blog # 2 Making Vinegar and Associated Memories My husband is a wine collector. Therefore we have the remains of many a good red in the bottle … whether they be super Tuscans or California cabernets or merlots, you can be sure they will make good vinegar. Here are a few, so that you see […]

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