Chicken Noodle Soup with Kale and Pancetta


Autumn is soup season, and I’ve been on a mission to make savory amalgamations every weekend. My latest creation is chicken noodle soup with kale and pancetta.

Ingredients: Chicken broth, any favorite pasta, pancetta, celery, carrot, onion, paprika, salt, pepper, kale, and some coriander.

This soup cooks in about an hour, cook the aromatics with the pancetta, deglaze with two quarts of broth or stock, add a small bunch of kale (trimmed) and then when its bubbling away nicely, add a little less then a half a pound of pasta, season to taste. Nutritious, and delicious. Enjoy.


San Gennaro Begins Thursday!


The legendary Lower Manhattan Feast of San Gennaro (Patron Saint of Naples, Italy) begins this Thursday, Sept 12 on Mulberry Street, NYC! Imagine enough zeppoles to fill a Zeppelin, craters of calamari, barrels of briaciole! If you’ve never been, you MUST go… Even if you’re not Italian!


The 87th Annual Feast of San Gennaro will be held in Little Italy for 11 days from Thursday, September 12, through Sunday, September 22, 2013, on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century…

Check out images from the 2012 Feast right here on Proof Pudding.

My New Greenpoint CSA Membership!

Hi all, I decided to participate in an organic farm-share this year in beautiful McGolrick Park in Greenpoint. The Greenpoint CSA or “Community Supported Agriculture” is a organic farm-share that occurs in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


McGolrick Park in the Spring

Simply put, locally grown organic vegatables will be available to me weekly at a local drop off, from “farm to table.”  Most vegetables and come from farms in Long Island as well as New York State and New Jersey.  Here is a link to the Greenpoint CSA.

The purchase options are either weekly or bi-weekly. Being a busy New Yorker that has to dine out often, I can’t commit to the weekly share, but bi-weekly should provide enough roughage for the summer. (It would be a shame to throw out anything I am not able to use).

Weekly Vegetable Share
$595.20 / pick-up|Details 24 Distributions
Biweekly Vegetable Share $315.00 / pick-up 12 Distributions
Weekly Mega Combo (frt-veg-egg-flwr) $1,050.00 24 Distributions
Biweekly Mega Combo (frt-veg-egg-flwr) $570.00 12 Distributions

But wait, there’s more! You can also add:

Weekly Fruit Share $275.04 / pick-up 24 Distributions
Biweekly Fruit Share -$150.00 / pick-up 12 Distributions
Weekly Egg Share $66.00 / half-dozen 24 Distributions
Biweekly Egg Share $33.00 / half-dozen|Details
Cheese Share $200.04 12 Distributions

I did the Bi-weekly vegetable/fruit/egg share which ran me about 517 dollars. Also, on top of that you have to volunteer to work some shifts assisting the CSA, either driving extra food to soup kitchens, unloading trucks, or working shifts at the farm stand on Saturdays. A small price to pay for delicious local produce.

I will let you all know how it works out! Stay tuned.

Apple Picking and Animatrons

While Autumn apple-picking at Wilkens Farm in Yorktown Heights NY, I encountered this animatronic doughnut-making device. Before it becomes self-aware and destroys all humans, I believe it enjoys serving mankind by making delicious deep-fried cake goo. Yum.

Here are some arcadian images from the farm:

Apples on the vine (or branch).

Idyllic New York State farm scenery.

A glut of gourds.

And of course, the apple of my eye.

The 2012 San Gennaro Feast, Little Italy

I was lucky enough to catch the very last night of the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy in 2012 this past Sunday!  This world-famous Italian feast, featured in such movies as Mean Streets and The Godfather Part II commerates the patron Saint of Naples (where my maternal family originates) Saint Januarius.

Saint Janaurius was an early Christian who was allegedly martyred by the Romans by being thrown to wild bears in a public amphitheater (the bears refused to eat him)  than burned in a furnace (his body wouldn’t burn), and then finally beheaded (apparently this did the trick).  Today, the feast of San Gennaro celebrates his rather gruesome martyrdom with oodles of fried sausages and zeppoles for two weeks!!  Even Lobster rolls make an appearance  alongside freshly shucked oysters and clams.

My favorite treat in the festival, flame-grilled pork braciole.  Braciole is pounded pork filet, wrapped around a mixture of cheese, bread, and spices and cooked over hot coals.  Served on a roll with peppers and onions.  Yum.

Here is a closeup!

This guy’s folksy shirt made me giggle.

Below is a typical street scene full of food, folks and fun.  Not pictured are the Dominican cigar rollers, I highly recommend gamboling down the street with a freshly rolled stogie.  It really gets you into that Tony Soprano kind of mood.

Fried shrimp and fried calamari smothered in spicy marinara sauce.  SO good.

And of course, one must cap off this Southern Italian bacchanal with an espresso and a cannoli.  Happy 2012 San Gennaro!  Proof!


Boston Eats: Quincy Market

This weekend I had the opportunity to explore and experience Boston’s downtown market area. I was definitely impressed by the amount of seafood and other treats available and the beauty of the city.

A few interior shots.

Sausage and peppers- one of my all-time favorite treats.

Very colorful candied apples.

The ribs looked awesome, but I was in New England for one thing, seafood.

Various seafood pies. I’m a huge fan of the Maine lobster pie.

I went with a fresh lobster roll, lemonade, and a bowl of clam chow-da. Say it with me, CHOW-da. Seventeen dollars for the soup and sandwich combo. Super yummy.

And last but not least, what Boston trip would be complete without the ubiquitous Cheers photo op??? Proof!

Quincy Market, 4 S Market St (between Leo M Birmingham Pky & Centola St) Boston, MA 02135