Apr 21

Missing Piemonte

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Well, as this past Friday was getting closer I was still trying to determine how I was going to explain my menu that I had planned to demonstrate for my class that I was teaching at the Rolling Pin. For those of you who know me well, you know it’s a very rare occasion that I am without words, but I was beginning to become somewhat anxious about how I was going to explain the menu and what drove my choices; if I didn’t know why I had chosen the menu how was I going to create excitement with my guests?

I had chosen the dishes months ago in a manic state trying to meet deadlines and then after submitting them, promptly discarded it from memory, so the first thing was to revisit the dishes, if for no other reason but to refresh myself of what I was preparing.

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Apr 06

Twitter Taste Live Wine and Beer Pairing

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(Click here to see Debbie Frangipane on WTSP TV)

While hosting my second twitter taste live event this past Saturday (reported above by Sandra McKenna for WTSP), I was interviewed by April Wilson, @producergirl, for Daytime on NBC. One of the questions was about what I get out of Twitter. After fumbling with a few statements, I realized what it was about this “twitterverse” that continues to pull me in; it’s a feeling of familiarity and comfort. I am blessed to have experienced a childhood where you didn’t have to worry about who was driving through the neighborhood streets or if you locked the front door as soon as you walked into the house and it’s that feeling that embraces you on twitter. This past Saturday evening I had the privilege to once again take those friendships started on the internet a step further and cement the friendships in person over a wine, beer and food pairing hosted by yours truly and my better half Barry.

This event was created at the tail end of the last tasting event that I hosted with Matt, better known as @mmWine. While reflecting on the evenings success with Matt and Ashley, @TheBeerWench, Ashley mentioned that she had participated in a tasting that had involved pairing a wine and beer with each plate and the guests chose which paired better, the beer or the wine. And voila, our April 4th event was born. I never turn down an opportunity to cook, and well, anyone who knows me knows how much I love to have people over. And then my challenge was to create a menu that would accommodate both wine and beer. So here is the menu I created with the list of the wines and beers that Matt and Ashley paired with each plate:


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Mar 25

Lemon Baked Chicken

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As I begin the process of planning my menus for our next savory adventure on the Amalfi Coast in May, memories of picking enormous lemons directly from the trees come flooding back to mind.  The memories are so vivid; I actually smell the fresh scent of these lemons as my mouth waters in anticipation of the sweet flavor that they add to anything they come in contact with.  While savoring these sweet memories, reliving time in the kitchen preparing meal after meal, I continue looking at menus from the previous trips and then staring me in the face was a dish which is by far is one of the most loved and easiest dishes to prepare...baked chicken with lemons.  This is a fool-proof recipe for moist, tender and sweetly flavored chicken.  By simply placing whole, pierced lemons in the cavity of a roasting chicken, securing the cavity closed, and slowly roasting the chicken in the oven, it renders moist, tender and sweetly flavored chicken sure to please even the toughest of diners.  So, this is definitely on my list of must dos during our upcoming trip. 

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Mar 17

My Segment on WTSP TV on Depression Cooking

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(Click here to see Debbie Frangipane on WTSP TV)

News reporter Grayson Kamm, from  WTSP TV (http://www.tampabays10.com/ ) in Tampa Bay, was doing a story on Clara Canucciari regarding cooking in the Great Depression.  Clara is a marvelous 93-year old woman who has published about a dozen videos on YouTube with recipes and stories from those tough times 75 years ago. 

Grayson reached out through Twitter, looking for a local chef who might want to tie Clara' stories into today's economy.  I volunteered, and 18 hours later was filming for my television debut!  While I only have about 30 seconds on camera, it is an honor to have my debut in a story about such a wonderful woman.  Click here to see it!


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