Phil Mancini brought out platters of jumbo shrimp scampi, tortellini, sausage with peppers and onions, and cannolis and cream puffs the size of the isle of Capri. Along with the president of the club (one of the nicest and most cultured people I know), Angel Algeri, the club also hosts dear friend, cookbook author, food and wine editor of teflon.com and mentor Gail Greco. In fact, I first met Gail at the club’s marinara sauce tasting contest and picnic several years back. Gail is a “Martha Stewart,” only beautiful inside and out. We recently visited her tasteful home (she and her husband also live in Maryland), where Gail made us outstanding homemade pizza, worthy of our pizza contest this month in the magazine, and get this: salmon Wellington with our initials on each one. That is taking entertaining to a new passion!
Top: Angel serves up a fabulous St. Joseph's feast. Directly above: Salmon Wellington with my initial on it!
I have also had some time to stroll around and discover some great new food finds. Green Leaf Wisconsin cheese store on South Tamiami Trail is worth a trip, not only for its yummy aged cheddar but for a great history lesson with photos from the old Wisconsin dairy farming days. Best food find: Owner Carl turned me on to a cheese that when cut into a long slice and heated on all sides in a pan and topped with pure maple syrup tastes EXACTLY like French toast.
Cheese that's French toast? I love it!