Friday, January 14, 2005

Peas and Macaroni

This recipe comes from my Grandmother, Clara Staiti. This is one of her favorites.

Peas and Macaroni

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon chopped Garlic
1 small chopped onion

1 package frozen peas

3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tablespoon Tomato Paste

1 pound pasta – suggested Ditalini

Romano Cheese

Saute garlic and onion in the olive oil until very light golden color. Add spoon of tomato paste and cook for a minute or two. Add frozen peas and the amount of water suggested on package of peas (don’t make it too watery, however). Cook until tender.

In a separate pot, boil the water with some salt to cook the Ditalini. Cook the Ditalini to your taste and then drain. Combine the pasta with the peas and ladle into bowls. Serve with grated Romano cheese on top.

Spinach, Rice & Meatballs

This another recipe from my grandmother. My mom and I really enjoy this one. Perfect for a January night in New York.

Spinach, Rice & Meatballs


1 package of frozen chopped spinach

1 large can of Chicken Broth

Handful of rice


Romano Cheese

Saute garlic and onion in the olive oil until very light golden color . Add a large can of Chicken Broth and bring to a boil. Add a package of frozen chopped spinach. Make meatballs the size of a quarter (suggestion—when you make meatballs for spaghetti sauce, put some of the mixture on the side to make meatballs for this dish—you can freeze them, too).

Add meatballs when soup and spinach are simmering. Cook the meatballs for about 10 minutes in the broth and then add the rice. Cook rice until tender. (You can also cook the rice separately, which my mom does so the broth remains clear.) Serve with grated Romano cheese on top.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Sausage history

This article tells the tale of sausage in America. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Escarole and lentil soup, 1980s

Try this soup for a healthy and delicious meal.

escarole and lentil soup

Japanese tenderloin steak, John Meren, 1970s

Here is one from my great uncle John.

Japanese Steak

Linguine with sausage and leeks

This is from my grandmother's recipe collection.

Linguine with sausage and leeks

Chardonnay Chicken, Windsor, CA, 1980s

Here is a recipe from the Windsor Vineyards in Sonoma county that my grandmother picked up on vacation.

Chardonnay Chicken

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Old Homestead, 1959

I have been steeping out most evenings these days and have not had time for home cooking. So I thought I would post a restaurant review from the past. This restaurant is still in operation and I had a delicious steak there. It is not as good as Peter Luger's, but if you don't feel like travelling to Williamsburg the Old Homestead will do...

Old Homestead
56 Ninth Avenue (between 14th and 15th Sts.)
Open Sundays. Moderately priced.

In the wholesale meat section and founded for and by the local merchants a long time ago; in fact, the oldest steak house in the city. The fact that these vigorous and knowing trenchermen still crowd the small old shrine should be recommendation enough. Combines well with a walk in the Village, which is a short distance south.

.....the "wholesale meat section" of the city has certainly changed in 45 years.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Le Coq au Vin, Vogue, 1942

Who knew that Vogue used to have recipes....

Le Coq au Vin

serves 4

1 five lb. chicken (disjointed)
1/4 lb. butter
1 slice raw ham (dice & remove fat)
8 or 10 small white onions
1 clove garlic (finely chopped)

Herb bouquet: a little thyme, a bay leaf, a bouquet of parsley

a few mushrooms (do not peel)
2 oz. brandy
1 cup good Claret

salt & pepper to taste

Drudge pieces of chicken in flour. Melt butter in earthen ware casserole, sear chicken in hot butter. Add ham, onions, garlic, mushrooms, salt, pepper, and herb bouquet.
Let it boil briskly until all is well mingled. Pour brandy over chicken and blaze. Add red wine, cover casserole and reduce heat. Simmer until chicken is very tender.
When cooked, if sauce is not thick enough, add little balls of butter mixed with flour (roux).
Cook this in A.M. or day before, as reheating enhances the flavor. Remove bouquet before serving this dish in its own casserole.

Cream of leek and carrot soup

An unusual soup for discerning guests:

cream of leek and carrot soup

Onion Soup

Try using homemade or fresh beef stock for added flavor:

onion soup

Friday, December 03, 2004

Boneless shad and potatoes

Try roasting some fish tonight:


With roasted fish I love baked potatoes or french fries, here are some tips:


Baked Potatoes, 1948

Scrub uniformed-sized idaho potatoes; dry well, and rub entire surface with salad oil or shortening. Bake in a 400˚F oven about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until done, depending on size. Remove ; prick with a fork to let steam escape and at once cut a 2-inch cross on the center of each potato, and while holding with a towel press each potato from bottom until it bursts through the cross. Top with butter, salt and paprika. Serve immediately.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Hamburgers, May 1937

On this cold, dark day an old-fashioned burger might be just the thing.


4 pounds of steak ground once with 5 cents worth of suet
2 cups ground bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 quart sweet milk
plenty of salt and pepper

cook in butter, makes seventy.

(cooking beef in butter makes all the difference, try it next time you make a steak.)

French Fried Onion Rings, 1948

Try these naughty treats with your hamburgers.

French Fried Onion Rings

1 cup sifted bread flour
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
Medium sized onions

Combine above ingredients (except onions) to make batter. With egg beater, beat until smooth. Cover and let stand at least 15 minutes before using. Slice onions crosswise in about 1/3 inch slices. Seperate rings; dip in batter and deep fry a few at a time until brown and crisp. May be kept warm on a cake rack in a 300˚F oven until ready to be served (about 15 or 20 minutes).