No real story here. This is a standby side for our holidays and a rather typical salad for an Italian Christmas or New Years Eve. It made its return as the seafood accompaniment to the meat-wrapped meat entree I prepared.
My father’s version is good, but it’s not quite as balanced as the version served at Asti Caffe and Trattoria in Syracuse, which this salad is patterned after. Continue reading Christmas 2013: Calamari Salad
Squid was a staple food when I was growing up. Our eve holidays (Christmas and New Years) always featured one or two different squid dishes. One was almost always tossed with marinara sauce. We would likely stuffed squid if the holiday was at my Aunt Carolyn’s house. Tubes would be cut and rolled with a breadcrumb, herb and cheese mixture, and baked in tomato sauce.
(Side note: I bristle when I go to a restaurant and hear someone order cahl-uh-mahr-ee. Medigans…it’s pronounced cahl-uh-mahd.) Continue reading Monday dinner: Pasta with squid and white beans
I get bored easily. As a child, everyone thought I wasn’t being challenged enough. This meant advanced reading classes or new educational toys to get the most out of me. It turns out I really was just bored. As an adult, I figured out how to manage that boredom: from time to time, I take things apart and put them back together. I typically subscribe to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” motto, but sometimes boredom wins out. When it isn’t broke and it is successful, I err on the side of caution and let it work.
My long-winded introduction leads me to how I felt when I found out about the changes at one of my favorite restaurants. The owners at bc restaurant in Armory Square stepped away from day-to-day operations last winter, retaining financial control. This meant new faces in the front of the house and the kitchen, where Bill Collins had been at the helm since opening the doors nearly 10 years ago. The most stark changes come on the dinner menu: more pizzas and more dishes that are either brined and/or braised. This was the first time The Wife and I visited since last July, before the restaurant came under its new leadership.
Continue reading bc restaurant, Syracuse, N.Y. (redux)