There’s one thing I have to do every morning so that I can function like a normal human being throughout the day. And that is to make myself an espresso. It’s funny, if I don’t have that jolt of caffeine I feel like a zombie. Until recently, I always had to break out my little 1 cup Bialetti Moka Express stovetop espresso maker. Don’t get me wrong I love my stovetop espresso makers. In fact, I have more than one. Besides the 1 cup maker, I also have a 6 cup Ilsa Napoletana espresso maker and two 6 cup Bialetti Moka Express makers (one of them even plays music when it’s ready).
Yesterday morning, I posted a picture on Facebook of a piece of meat I was cooking for that day’s lunch. This picture caused quite a stir on my profile page. As a matter of fact, it received close to 150 comments between my pictures and status updates on the topic.
After long last, it was love at first bite for ‘nduja and me! I recently have been on a mission to find this elusive salumi. For those outside of the salumi loop, ‘nduja is a fiery hot, spreadable salume that is native to the town of Spilinga in the province of Vibo Valentia in the region of Calabria. People in the know say that upon first taste many people are addicted. And case in point, I’ve become addicted to this dark red masterpiece of salumi.
Last week, famed chef Eric Ripert of NYC’s 3 starred Michelin restaurant Le Bernardin recently visited Chef Central (240 New Jersey Route 17 North) in Paramus, NJ. Chef Central is a cook’s wonderland. They have all kinds of knives, pots, bakeware, stand mixers, cookbooks, etc. Chef Central is also a mecca for cookbook authors and chefs. Chef Ripert was at Chef Central to do a Q&A with the audience, as well as sign his latest book “Avec Eric”, which is the companion to his PBS show of the same name. I recorded a few Chef Ripert’s responses, which I am including here. Enjoy!
Living to eat,
I recently visited Bella Cucina Gourmet Italian Deli in Lake Hiawatha, NJ. The proprietors are great friends of mine, Alessio & Lauren Troia. Alessio is a native Palermitano, meaning he’s from Palermo, Sicily. One of his specialties are a Sicilian street food called pane e panelle, which are deep-fried chickpea fritters served on a sesame seed roll with salt and lemon. I decided to record Alessio as he prepared the pane e panelle. Enjoy!