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Discussion: Cheeses

in: Charlie; Charlie > 2015-10-06

Oct 6, 2015 11:49 PM # 
Guess it is good you are not recording weight on the log.
Oct 7, 2015 4:20 AM # 
It will be a big surprise when we get home, unless I get on the baggage scale at the airport.
Oct 7, 2015 5:19 PM # 
Let me know what you think your schedule might be for this weekend, particularly whether you think you might be coming by on Friday night.
Oct 7, 2015 8:12 PM # 
I'll decide when and if I get up on Friday, but I was inclined to come Friday evening, if that is convenient. If not, I can just come up Sat morning.
Oct 7, 2015 11:29 PM # 
Letting me know during the day Friday is perfectly fine.
Oct 9, 2015 5:04 PM # 
Sounds like a meal I would appreciate.
Oct 27, 2015 9:50 PM # 
Frank from our club, visiting Italy this week, just posted on Facebook this menu he enjoyed yesterday. I thought you might enjoy the memories...

In San Giovanni Rotondo -- I only had one meal today, but it was kind of like 4 or 5 or 6, spread over three hours. ... Forget the 50 mile menu, a lot of these ingredients came from within sight of my table. Here is the menu:

First plate:
Spaghetti al pomodoro, with pane fare scarpata (bread to mop one's plate)

Second plate:
Roast beef and sausage, prepared in an outdoor wood-fired oven

Third plate:
Roasted pepper, caper, olive, and bread crumb casserole

Fourth plate:
Green beans
Roasted eggplant with capers and anchovy
Roasted zucchini
Lampaschioni (water hyacinth bulbs)

Fifth plate:
Lettuce and arugula insalata

Sixth plate:
Fresh roasted chestnuts

Seventh plate:
Fresh fruit
Le bevande
Red wine, custom-bottled for the chefs' fiftieth anniversary
Espresso, molto forte
Homemade limoncello
Oct 27, 2015 10:01 PM # 
Che bello!

This is similar to what we were seeing in Sicily, although we would have gotten the third and fourth plates before the first plate and they would have called them aperitivi. I believe the term for bread to mop one's plate is "pane fare scarpetta", where scarpetta means literally "little shoe". Or since they tend to drop a few vowels at opportune times, "pan far scarpetta".

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