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Escarole and Potato Soup

Escarole and Potato Soup

Escarole and potato soup – sometimes my mother made it with soprasade and other times with beans. You can try it with both. That one clove of garlic was my idea, not my mother’s.

  • Olive oil for frying
  • ½ lb. soprasade cut into thin slices
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 pealed potatoes cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 6 cups coarsely chopped escarole
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 diced plum tomatoes
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Put the soprasade in a pot with some oil and cook for a few minutes – don’t brown. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent and soft. Add the garlic and potatoes. Add oil if yuou need it. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add the washed escarole. It may seem to overflow the pot but add ½ cup of water, cover and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes until it wilts. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed.
Add the tomatoes, the stock, and vinegar. Mix thoroughly and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour. Check for seasoning and serve with a drizzle of olive oil and grated Parmesan cheese.

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Arthur Avenue, The Bronx

Arthur Avenue, The Bronx
Arthur Avenue is the Bronx’s Little Italy’s shopping street. A few tourists find their way there but most of the shoppers on Arthur Avenue know what they’re buying and intend to take it home and make a meal of it. The Arthur Avenue food stores sell products that you can’t get just anywhere. And they’re products that are necessary for an Italian kitchen.
Last week my sister Nicki and I went to pick up a few things. We came home with bacalla, liver sausage, soprasade, olive oil, ricotta salada, fruselle, biscotti, tripe, and some very fresh fruit  and vegatables. There aren’t many places where you can get all that within a block or two. Plus we snacked on clams on the half-shell, ate lunch at a great restaurant (Emilia’s) and later got some fresh baked sfogliatelle and espresso.



Cosenza’s Fish Market – sidewalk raw bar


Calabria Pork Store – dried and fresh sauage


Teitel Brothers

Medonia Brother’s Bakery


Biancardi’s Butcher


Arthur Avenue Retail Market

One of the results of our shopping trip on Arthur Ave.20161204_180655

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