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Anna Bucciarelli June 26, 2014 at 09:42 am
And one of my favorites when referring to a good person: "... he/she is the salt of theRead More earth". That can well refer to you, Colleen, in your generous sharing of all things foodie!
Anna Bucciarelli June 26, 2014 at 09:43 am
P.S. ... thanks to your intervention, am now receiving my daily Patch and comments ... anotherRead More reason you can be called "salt of the earth"!
Colleen Walsh Fong June 22, 2014 at 09:06 am
Hi Anna! It is so good to hear from you. I've been wondering where you are. I haven't been receivingRead More any notifications of your comments!. I'll put in a ticket about your email problem. Patch is in flux right now, getting ready to launch a new, sleeker, and more user friendly version and these glitches pop up with every new piece put into place. Thanks for your comments and loyal readership! Colleen
Anna Bucciarelli June 25, 2014 at 10:24 am
Anything you can do to help would be appreciated. Have notified Patch support to no avail. FromRead More what I can see, I am still signed in to receive Patch's, but simply have not!
Colleen Walsh Fong June 25, 2014 at 01:57 pm
Hi Anna, Patch staff has worked on your account and believe you are now all set back up to receiveRead More your emails. Please let me know if you have any other difficulties. I'm always happy to help. And, as always, thanks for your readership!
Anna Bucciarelli May 20, 2014 at 06:18 am
Adorable! Who knew? And, how do you always offer such interesting information re: food celebrationRead More days? Love your blog.
Anna Bucciarelli May 15, 2014 at 07:27 pm
Oh, Colleen ... you're a girl from my heart. I am also enthralled with spring and wild flowers (IRead More maintain that all weeds are but wild flowers waiting for a bit of love). My kids thumbed their noses at broccoli and cauliflower until I introduced them as "trees", with rounds of carrots and radishes and tiny peas as "wildflowers". I totally agree ... bring nature right to the table.
Anna Bucciarelli May 16, 2014 at 06:20 am
How to choose? I cannot ... I love the lowly yellow-headed dandiline (SP?), I favor the young greenRead More leaves in a salad with just a bit of EVOO and wine vinegar, S&P of course, and also stewed with plenty of garlic, S&P, in EOO ... Italians are VERY fond of bitter greens and I was raised on most that I can think of. My pop was a pro at wild greens and mushroom hunting. He'd rise early on a spring morning, especially after a rain, be gone for about an hour and come home with a bounty of wonderful mushrooms. I'm still here so I know he knew what to pick!
Colleen Walsh Fong May 16, 2014 at 09:43 am
I bet those fresh mushrooms are delicious!
Anna Bucciarelli May 8, 2014 at 07:00 am
"Hero" sandwiches is what we called them in the Bronx, NY. Never had a Po'Boy withRead More Oysters but heros were a special treat, especially in summer.
Colleen Walsh Fong May 10, 2014 at 01:28 pm
If you ever get a chance to try a bona fide Po' Boy with oysters, grab it, Anna! It's such a simpleRead More dish, but wonderfully delicious.
Anna Bucciarelli April 19, 2014 at 06:53 am
You remind me of when as a young girl I babysat my 2 handsome nephews, aged somewhere around 6 &Read More 8 ... I loved them to bits but their breadth was so hard to take. My sis just used way to much garlic, even my Neapolitan mother turned her head!
Colleen Walsh Fong April 19, 2014 at 09:46 am
I guess we can overdo anything and should listen to Ben Franklin's adage: "Moderation in allRead More things...including moderation."
Anna Bucciarelli April 17, 2014 at 06:31 am
All nice ways to serve ... I like egg salad so much I just use my fingers to dip:). But seriously IRead More often use very smooth egg salad as a dip for veggies or even crisps of any kind as a change from cheese or salsa dips. I think we've had this conversation before, about how much I love eggs any which way I can get them.
Greatest Ever Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Anna Bucciarelli April 12, 2014 at 07:29 am
Ok ... I'm having this one for breakfast!
Colleen Walsh Fong April 12, 2014 at 10:57 am
I need you to help me write, Anna! Never thought to suggest it as a good breakfast dish.
Potato Pizza Rustica
Colleen Walsh Fong March 18, 2014 at 11:27 am
Ha-ha! I hear you Anna. This one is for Italian Lite.
Anna Bucciarelli March 19, 2014 at 11:42 am
And ... forgot to mention fig cookies, called cucidata. A delectable, 2 bite-sized pastry morselRead More that I make mainly at Christmas but it stems really from Sicily and southern Italy, namely Calabria, and was (maybe still is) a traditional St. Joseph's day treat. You probably already know about this one but I can provide you with my recipe if you want.
Colleen Walsh Fong March 19, 2014 at 01:35 pm
I would love your recipe, Anna. And I'm sure readers would love it, too. Gracie mille!
Colleen Walsh Fong March 13, 2014 at 11:16 am
I used to grow some veggies in my garden, too. Do you grow any herbs or veggies, Anna?
Anna Bucciarelli March 13, 2014 at 02:28 pm
Indeed, my gardens are the most important thing I tend during spring and summer. Have my onions setRead More already, herbs in pots on my sill (will go into my herb bed come warmer weather), will have enough tomatoes to can come fall, enough zucchini, eggplant, peppers, butternut and carrots to provide for neighbors & friends. My broccoli is usually chewed by little critters just before I'm ready to pick and they nourish themselves plentifully with my lettuces, so am planning to fence in part of my green garden, hoping I can fend them off. Incidentally, I even freeze tomatoes toward the end of growing time ... they do quite well, washed and placed into plastic containers and when ready for use, the skins just peel right off ... it's amazing, they're as fresh as just picked but really I use only in cooking not for eating like when fresh. My late husband and I used to own a farm of 70 acres for 35 years and he grew about 100 tomato plants. We had apple, pear, cherry trees, blueberry bushes and even Christmas trees which we donated to the local Lion's for them to sell. When he became ill and unable to manage much we sold the place (for a song, I might add) and I sorely miss those happy, hard-working years and the joy it brought us, along with wine and beer making with our extended family. But, alas, good things do come to an end but the memories last forever, do they not?
Colleen Walsh Fong March 13, 2014 at 02:52 pm
I'm so sorry about the loss of your husband Anna. I know what you mean about the memories, though.Read More And we keep our dear departed with us through them. Your farm sounds like it was an amazing place. I especially love that you donated Christmas trees. You should write a book about your life there.
Chocolate Café au Lait
Anna Bucciarelli February 17, 2014 at 08:41 am
I love my morning espresso and have never had cafe au lait but it sound delicious ... I'd reserve itRead More as "dessert" I think since it sounds so rich. To answer your first question, I think Starbucks is over rated and far over expensive. If I am really in need of a cupp o', in and around errands in town, I think Micky D's Paul Neumann Coffee is pretty good and cheap ... but I really love my French press for all coffee, first and foremost. I do use my Neoplitan espresso pot when I have people over but for me alone, the French press is just mighty fine. My husband's family, coming from Abbruzzo, use a different pot, don't know what it's called, but boiling water rises from a lower chamber to an upper chamber wherein is the finely ground espresso grains. I'm perfectly happy anyway I can get it but am attached to my mom's old Neopolitan, which uses the drip method, and reminds me of a great lady I still love.
Colleen Walsh Fong February 17, 2014 at 09:40 am
Thanks, Anna! I love the french press, too, and have an individual cup one. These days I use anRead More automatic espresso machine for morning espresso, but I've had a stove-top espresso maker, like the one your husband's family used, in case of power outages or for travel when renting a condo or house. I still like it best!
Valentine's Empire State Building
Anna Bucciarelli February 14, 2014 at 06:53 am
Love the pic of the Empire State Building. like your ideas ... have a bunch of heart-shaped servingRead More dished that I use only on V day, have for years, and it still surprises everyone when I dish up good food in them. Fun ... that's how I think of V day.
Colleen Walsh Fong February 14, 2014 at 09:46 am
They were born of necessity, Anna! We were under another sheet of ice this week. Have a lovelyRead More Valentine's Day!
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