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ccc's soup

Live from New Orleans!

It’s about a 40 minute home made soup…

tomato shoup…

2 medium leeks, chopped (white parts only, no, i’m not being racist)
8 medium tomatoes, ripe. Beefsteak worked the best for me
(basically the biggest mfers you can find.)
cored and chopped (3 lbs or so.. post coring.. if you have
one of those apple coring thingys.. it [...]

making cannoli



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7 oz. flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
a pinch of salt, pinch of ground coffee,  pinch of cinnamon
1 fl. oz. oil
1/2 fl. oz. vinegar
2 fl. oz. red wine

Bring dough together by hand, combining wet ingredients with dry-
wrap in plastic, [...]



With a mixer, combine:

1 quart almond paste
3 c. powdered sugar
6 egg whites
2 t. vanilla extract
pinch of salt

keep on the side:
a bowl of raw pine nuts – pignoli, to roll the dough in.

Chill the blended-up almond paste mixture.  When you are ready to bake the dough into cookies, use a piping bag or a spoon to [...]

guest poets

from travelin’ m.: Here is a submission to sillypants for a guest columnist, it’s a half written poem that almost caused a car wreck on I-10W outside of New Orleans.

Sunrise in my rearview mirror
Illuminating my past
Lighting my future
Ouch, my eyes


“treading through butter”
poet, Roo Bird

in the morning rose a sunken sheep
like rainbows rising from a cloudless heap
through [...]

Chico vs Lion

Chico keeping an eye on his lion…you never know with those crazy stuffed animals…

hot food at trattoria da Maria, Genoa

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hot ravioli di zucca


My example of the famous bread, delivered to the masses courtesy of Mark Bittman.  

Recipe from the NYTimes:
Adapted from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery
Time: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising
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3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.
1. In a [...]