In the past week, I’ve worn my two Peace and Pasta shirts out to local beer events. And all of a sudden, I’m meeting famous people left and right! Let’s start with my appearance last Thursday at the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale release party at The Pub in Pembroke Pines, Florida. I wore my LET THERE BE BLOOD shirt and the next thing you know, I’m posing for pictures with Former University of Miami All-American and later Head Football Coach Fran Curci! He autographed my football and bought me a beer! Continue Reading…
First off, let me admit something I am, not proud of: I considered – briefly – calling this article “Mission: Im-pasta-ble!” (I also batted around “Lotsa Pasta” and “Fiori to Pastina: The Existential Gulf Between Perceived Inferiority of Minutia in Extruded Grains and the Lasting Psychological Imprint of Indecision on the Amateur Chef.”) For some reason I feel like getting that off my chest in this public forum will reduce my shame; only time will tell.
So you’ve got your Big Bird costume and your hand-lettered “Will Work for Food” sign. Or you’re a redhead who’s going to hang loaves of bread from his clothes and be the Gingerbread Man. All dressed up and no place to go? Why not throw a different kind of Halloween party?
Strozzapreti is a pasta that means, literally, “choke the priest”. There are conflicting stories as to the origin of why it is called that. One story is that they were pasta made specially for the priests and it was so delicious that they ate too fast and it made them choke.
Italian cuisine thrives on appetizers. Whenever you have family events, dine out or on any special occasion the appetizer is essential in gathering the family to the table and starting the meal off properly, so it better be good. Well nothing gets better or more traditional than this classic finger food. Sweet, salty, chewy and creamy, it has a perfect balance of flavors and textures. This apertivo can be found on any Italian table in September during the Fall harvest when figs are the ripest. Nothings wraps up a long day spent picking grapes in the fields like a sweet bite of figs wrapped in Prosciutto with Gorgonzola and Brie.
Halloween is celebrated on October 31st. It is the “Hallowed Evening” before the Feast of All Saints’ Day which celebrates all of the saints who have lived (and died) for the glory of God and didn’t end up with a feast day on the calendar of their own. In the United States, Halloween itself has become the major part of the holiday. It’s just another example of how the secular is trumping the sacred. (Think Santa Claus.)
This is one of Deb’s favorite recipes to prepare and one of my favorite dishes to eat. It is the singular dish I always expect to be ready and waiting for me whenever I return from a business trip or long motorcycle ride. Always one for fashion, I personally think the thing that attracts Deb to this dish more than its simplicity and taste is its aesthetic appeal. In other words, with those bright yellow tomatoes it is just so pretty. Light, fresh, perfect for a party or barbecue and it can be served warm or at room temp.
Halloween time! You’re planning a party and want some dark-side or costume-themed beers to serve? Well, I’ve got just the recommendations for you.
Let’s start with a classic costume, the Super Hero. Who can resist the cape, right? Well Clown Shoes Brewing delivered their Supa Hero IPA for just such an occasion. Captain M, illustrated on the label, has the super power to protect beer! My kind of guy. This IPA is bitter, full of spice and pine and has a really nice bite. A great start for the evening. Continue Reading…