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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cin Cin!

Italians clink glasses and happily cheer, “cin cin!” On birthdays, they offer their “auguri” and the hope for “Cent’Anni!”

Today, the day after my birthday, I’d like to offer you, my readers, a “cin cin” and a “grazie” for returning weekly to read about Italian and Italian-American food, language and culture.

I’d also like to share a list, in no particular order, of foods that I love. Emphasis on the word “love.”

What are your favorite foods?

Spicy popcorn shrimp
Homemade bread
Dolcezza’s mint ice cream (Washington, D.C.)
My husband’s homemade tortilla chips
Sweetwater Café’s ginger fizz (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Pesto made with basil from my mother’s garden
Blue Moon Café Margarita’s (Bronxville, New York)
Biscuits and gravy
Reese’s Pieces
Mighty Good coffee (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
My father’s fettuccine alfredo
Tuscan pecorino cheese (not hard, not soft)
BGR Joint Burgers (Washington, D.C.) 
Sorrento’s fried calamari (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
Chinese steamed pork dumplings
Two Amy’s rice balls (Washington, D.C.) 
Bagel Chateau bagels (Westfield, New Jersey)
Chocolate truffles
Fresh mozzarella
La Pietra Olive Oil (Florence, Italy)
My friend Lisa’s deviled eggs (Florence, Italy)
Aunt Dora’s double-chocolate chip cookies
Crostini Fiorentini
Triscuits, with salt, of course
Shorts Beer (Michigan) 
Double cream brie
Fresh figs (Sala Consilina, Italy)
Casa di Trevi’s ravioli (Roselle Park, New Jersey) 
Garlic bagel chips
Gala apples
Smoked scamorza cheese
Fish in Greece
Garlic mashed potatoes
Zingerman’s chocolate bread (Ann Arbor, Michigan) 
Ouzo on our honeymoon (Starting in Athens)
Sandpiper’s Black Raspberry Ice Cream (Greenport, Long Island)
Fresh avocado with olive oil, salt and pepper
Large soft pretzels
Caper leaves on Greek islands
Lentil salad with goat cheese
Palak paneer
Almost anything in New Orleans
Amish market donuts (South Jersey)
Orzo cooked in broth and left to swell overnight
Mrs. Field’s recipe for banana bread
Salted matzo with butter
New York City white pizza
Trader Joe’s jalapeno crunchies
My grandmother’s egg salad on a bagel
Swing’s coffee (Washington, D.C.) 
Linda's chocolate pudding pie
Pasta with shrimp and lots of garlic & olive oil
Onion rings

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