From the Archives

Still missing this wonderful restaurant. reblogged

MONTH: JANUARY 2010

COOKING CLASS “LA CUCINA FLEGREA” WITH ANNA

Rigatoni alla Vodka Spaghetti alla Rucola (Arugula) Tagliatelle Zucchini When we arrived Anna had bruschetta made on grilled bread, a plate of verdi and Kalamata olives and two cheeses for appetizer placed on a table waiting for us. She poured a glass of wine for each of us, red or white. A bottle of water, too. She demonstrated all three dishes and then each of us got to choose and make one by ourselves. The four of us made the Rigatoni with the Vodka Sauce. Watching all the work behind the scenes in the restaurant kitchen was impressive. When Anna prepared each dish it looked effortless. The combination of the ingredients makes each dish taste perfect! She had the recipes printed and tied together so we could add more recipes from another class. We ate AND took home leftovers. Delicious. We learned a lot about different olives, cheeses, pastas, olive oil, how to dice an onion without crying. All the classes are held 12:30 so we were finished in time for them to get ready for the evening service. What a satisfying way to spend a winter afternoon.

Diner

If you’ve a dream to own a modular stainless steel Diner they are still being manufactured by Diner-Mite in the USA- but they’ll deliver internationally! According to their website in 2003 they “Re-Introduced the Happy Days Diners line of Low-Cost Diners. Learn more at www.DinerConcepts.com

Providence, Rhode Island claims the first lunch wagon (1972)according to a Smithsonian Magazine article A Life Devoted to the American Diner. About Richard Gutmanan American Diner Expert “Johnson & Wales University’s Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, where Gutman has been the director and curator since 2005”

“The first stationary lunch car, circa 1913, was made by Jerry O’Mahony, founder of one of the first of a dozen factories in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts that manufactured and shipped all the diners in the United States” Smithsonian Magazine

Open 8-3 on Court Street in Athens Ohio

Other Diners I’ve posted

And one in Alexandria PA

Bobbleheads displayed at Jack and Benny’s Diner in Columbus

I posted an endangered diner in New Jersey in 2012

Annual Fruitcake Reveal

Thank you for the gift of a delicious homemade fruitcake like none other!

I’m loving that darling Tea Cozy too. No matches allowed near that muslin cloth wrapping it!

My sister Mary and I indulged today, now we are back in the Burgh.

A great way to start the new year.

Do you like fruitcake? I especially like this homemade one, chock full of wonderful ingredients.

Winter Frost Pineberries

All I can say is I would not buy them again. Oh, that’s right, I didn’t buy them in the first place. Laura did. They were pretty and tasted fresh but I couldn’t describe the flavor. Not strawberry.

“Pineberry is a hybrid cross from Fragaria chiloensis and Fragaria virginiana.[1] A pineberry is smaller than a common strawberry, measuring between 15 to 23 mm (0.6 to 0.9 in). When ripe, it is almost completely white, but with red achenes (the seeds). The plant is disease-resistant, and highly priced, although not profitable due to small-scale farming, small berry size and low yield.[2]” Wikipedia