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  • How to make Italian Potato Salad and Marinated Cucumbers
    The Italian Potato Salad and Marinated Cucumbers. Here are two flavorful salads to escape hot days. Italians grow their herbs everywhere!        TWO FLAVORFUL SALADS TO ESCAPE HOT DAYS!   ITALIAN POTATO SALAD  INGREDIENTS: 6 potatoes – Yukon Gold, large, 2 lbs ¾ cup onion – finely chopped 3 anchovy fillets – mashed ¼ cup roasted peppers – drained and chopped Salt – to taste 3 tbs Italian parsley – chopped 2 tbs basil leaves – torn 4 – 6 tbs olive oil 3 tbs white wine vinegar 3 – 4 tbs dry white wine Freshly ground black pepper – to taste   METHOD: Boil potatoes in their skin until cooked but still firm.  Peel while still hot and slice 1/3-inch thick or cut into small cubes.  Blend remaining ingredients and mix gently with the potatoes. Serve warm or at room temperature.    MARINATED CUCUMBERS  INGREDIENTS: 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar Kosher salt – to taste 2 cucumbers – thinly sliced 1 tb fresh dill – chopped Freshly ground black pepper – to taste   METHOD: In a large bowl, combine the sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper.  Add the cucumbers and toss to coat well.  […]
  • Happy 4th of July
    We are all at the beach for our annual family beach vacation. As I’ve been mentioning because there are 21 of us, we never ever make plans to go out to eat.  That would be too much of a hassle and most chaotic. As an alternative we’ve had a plan that has worked for us for more than 20 years….each night a different family cooks. It is their menu and music. For the past 2 years the grandchildren have taken a night and it has been rewarding to see their comfort in the kitchen. However, today is the 4th of July and it has been a day of traditional events for our family. We will all grab our Flags as we head down to the beach wearing some significant T-shirt, where we will wait to cheer as the “fighter jets” fly over usually around 1:30pm. It is 40 seconds of awesomeness!     Our dinner on the 4th, thanks to daughter Claudia and sil Gary has been a traditional all-American fare which includes 3 different types of sliders, corn on the cob, slaw, watermelon and apple pie.              Fitfully fed, we again head down to […]
  • How to make Pan Sheet Shrimp Boil
    The pan sheet shrimp boil. Cooking for a crowd this holiday? Instead of burgers and dogs try this delicious mix of flavors complete in a sheet pan boil. This recipe serves 4 but can be easily multiplied to serve more.   INGREDIENTS: 1 lb potatoes – small Yukon Gold 1 sweet potato – cut in 1-inch cubes 2-3 heads garlic – tops cut off 1 Italian sausage link – 1 lb – sliced diagonally 1 – 1 ½ lbs jumbo shrimp – tails on, peeled, deveined Fresh chives – sliced, to taste 2 tbs kosher salt 1 red onion – cut in thick slices 2 lemons – quartered 3 corn ears – cleaned, cut in 3-inch pieces 3-4 tsp creole or cajun seasoning – divided, to taste ½ cup butter – melted or more as needed    METHOD: SERVE WITH A REMOULADE SAUCE   Preheat oven to 425º Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil and position oven racks on top third and center of oven. In a medium pot, combine, small potatoes, salt, and cold water to cover.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook just until slightly fork tender. Drain well. Cut potatoes in half and […]
  • Beach Pasta Surprise
    Our Beach Pasta Surprise. This is more of a story than a recipe but somewhere in the story is sort of a recipe.  Each year, starting, I believe, in 1995, with the exception of 2 or 3 years, we have taken the entire family to the beach so that we all could have a week of relaxed togetherness.  It started with one house and as the family grew so did the size of the house.  We now are a family of 20+ so we are in two houses, side-by-side. This is especially great for the grandchildren as they get to spend time with their cousins.  It’s an even better time for me as I get to have my entire family together, with Charlie and me, for a week.  We never go out to eat.  In the summertime, with a family of 20+, that would be an impossible situation.  Besides we are a family of cooks. Each night a different family cooks and the grandkids help with the clean-up. (However, a new tradition started 2 years ago when the grands took a night and showed us all how comfortable they are in the kitchen.) We all sit down to enjoy dinner […]
  • How to make Limonata
     It’s the dog days of summer. Quench it with Limonata. Several years ago when we were in Italy, on a little outdoor terrace overlooking incredible verdant hills and valleys, we escaped the heat with a delicious drink that refreshed and calmed our tired feet and bodies.   We have since been able to closely remake this drink at home.  However the key to the success is that we always have a bottle of homemade Limoncello in our freezer.  If you do, too, indulge yourself and think of rolling hills and green pastures.    METHOD: Fill a tall glass or a shaker part way with ice.  Add 2 1/2 – 3 oz. Vodka.  If you have citrus flavored Vodka, all the better.  Add a generous splash of Limoncello and then add your desired amount of sour mix.  Shake well and pour into a high-ball glass. Serve with a thin slice of lemon or a lemon peel.  To make the sour mix:  1 Cup Sugar  1 Cup Water  2 Cups fresh lemon juice – strained  ½  – 1 Cup Lime juice – strained    METHOD: Combine the water and sugar in a small pot and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.  Lower the heat to a light simmer and add the strained citrus […]