Category Archives: Fr. Z’s Kitchen

Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Sunday Ragù

Lately, Sundays have found me in the kitchen making something interesting… to me, at least.   Yesterday I had a hankerin’ for Ragù alla bolognese. When I say “ragù” I don’t mean something in a jar!  Ragù alla bolognese is a classic … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Ash Wednesday Kitchen: Rose, Rice and Rapture

Today is not only Ash Wednesday, but it is also the Feast of St. Rose of Viterbo.   St. Rose died on 6 March 1251.  Today is her “dies natalis… birthday (into heaven)”.   However, there is an amazing event in Viterbo … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Shiny little fish!

I was at the market and spotted shiny little fish in the ice bank. Someone had ordered fresh sardines and didn’t need them all. They were fresh, unfrozen, and uncleaned. I got them on the spot. So… what to do? … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Coda alla Vaccinara with digressions into Roman stuff, like a new old confraternity

Last night I had another Supper For The Promotion of Clericalism.  Of course you get what I mean.  There is a good clericalism, too, the sort whereby priests support each other in their identity, etc.   There’s a lot of hooey out … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Delayed Edition & Fr. Z’s Kitchen

When you are delayed because of equipment at a small airport you don’t have many options. My fate today. I’m glad I made a point of coming early. As it was, the rebooking line was long and the app was … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z offended a reader and yet reaps a reward

I received at my PO Box (address right sidebar), a Pack of Remonstrance, a Parcel of Castigation, a Carton of Chastisement. Opening the cardboard container of shame, I found within … The writer took as an affront my comments on … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Roman Saturday Tripe! “No tripe for the dems!”

Romans have a tradition of making great food out of the quinto quarto, the fifth fourth, that is, the parts of the animals that weren’t sold for income or were very cheap. There’s a tradition in Rome of eating tripe … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Roman comfort food on a chilly, rainy, depressing evening

Reading the news and my email can get to me once in a while. Like many of the denizens of your planet I, too, will occasionally have some comfort food. For example, I may have breakfast in the evening: a … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Beans in a bottle, and Beans in a bubble.

The other day I posted an image of Carracci’s painting of the “Mangiafagioli … The Bean Eater” and in another post I clarified a term used in a don Camillo story, “mangiapreti… priest eater” (a really anti-clerical person). I determined … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Pollo alla Marengo

I’ve been “taking a course” about the French Revolution and Napoleon. I went through the Battle of Marengo, and found that there is a dish associated. Well, I knew it, but I remembered it. I have never made it, so … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen and Remembrance of Things Past

Each year when the Feast of St Mary Magdalene comes around, I remember certain people, and not just those named Magdalene. I remember, for example, a certain priest and his mother. On a hot Roman summer evening in 1989, on … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Garofolato!

Summer notwithstanding, I have had a hankering for something Roman that I haven’t had for a while. Garofolato. In Italian, chiodi … “nails” are cloves… but indifferent cloves.  They could be cloves of garlic (which are spicchi).  However chiodi di … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: ‘Na ciumacata! Daje!

The other day I wrote about the connection of the Feast of St. John the Baptist and SNAILS! Romans eat snails on this great feast and so should you. And so did I. A few of you sent some donations … Continue reading

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“Perdonamose!” Midsummer Snails, John’s Birthday Feast and You.

UPDATE: Thanks for “snail money” as JP called it, and to: GG ___ Your planet once again is whirling its way towards your solstices, Summer in the North and Winter in the South.  Since the emphasis in Western Civilization has … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: The South

It has been awhile since I’ve cooked something interesting for myself. After my trip a few months ago which included Sicily, I’ve had a hankering for Pasta alla Norma. Today I saw that my DVR had picked up the Met’s … Continue reading

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