One of America’s Favorites – Cioppino

January 4, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 2 Comments
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Cioppino

Cioppino, Italian: from Ligurian: cioppin is a fish stew originating in San Francisco, California. It is an Italian-American dish and is related to various regional fish soups and stews of Italian cuisine.

Cioppino is traditionally made from the catch of the day, which in San Francisco is typically a combination of Dungeness crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and fish, all sourced from salt-water ocean, in this case the Pacific. The seafood is then combined with fresh tomatoes in a wine sauce.

The dish can be served with toasted bread, either local sourdough or French bread. The bread acts as a starch, similar to a pasta, and is dipped into the sauce.

Cioppino was developed in the late 1800s by Italian immigrants who fished off Meiggs Wharf and lived in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, many from the port city of Genoa. When a fisherman came back empty handed, they would walk around with a pot to the other fishermen asking them to chip in whatever they could. What ever ended up in the pot became their Cioppino. The fishermen that chipped in expected the same treatment if they came back empty handed in the future. It later became a staple as Italian restaurants proliferated in San Francisco.

The name comes from cioppin (also spelled ciopin) which is the name of a classic soup from the Italian region Liguria, similar in flavor to cioppino but with less tomato and using Mediterranean seafood cooked to the point that it falls apart.

The dish also shares its origin with other regional Italian variations of seafood stew similar to cioppin, including cacciucco from Tuscany, brodetto di pesce from Abruzzo and others. Similar dishes can be found in coastal regions throughout the Mediterranean, from Portugal to Greece. Examples of these include suquet de peix from Catalan-speaking regions and bouillabaisse from Provence.

Cioppino with bread

The earliest printed description of cioppino is from a 1901 recipe in The San Francisco Call, though the stew is called “chespini”. “Cioppino” first appears in 1906 in The Refugee’s Cookbook, a fundraising effort to benefit San Franciscans displaced by the 1906 earthquake and fire.

Generally the seafood is cooked in broth and served in the shell, including the crab, which is often served halved or quartered. It therefore requires special utensils, typically a crab fork and cracker. Depending on the restaurant, it may be accompanied by a bib to prevent food stains on clothing, a damp napkin and a second bowl for the shells. A variation, commonly called “lazy man’s cioppino”, is served with shells pre-cracked or removed.

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

September 24, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Pumpkin Recipes. Find Delicious and Healthy Pumpkin Recipes with recipes including Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup, Avocado and Pumpkin Salsa, and Pumpkin Ravioli with Olive and Fennel Tomato Sauce. The Pumpkin Season is here! Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
Find healthy, delicious pumpkin recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup
Apples add just a hint of sweetness to this velvety pumpkin soup. Try it as a delightful first course for a special meal…………………..

Avocado and Pumpkin Salsa
Store-bought salsas are convenient and come in many varieties. However, this avocado and pumpkin salsa–one you won’t find on any grocery shelf–is worth making from scratch. Creamy avocados, fresh tomato, and canned pumpkin are jazzed up with cilantro, lime juice, and a touch of hot pepper sauce, resulting in a salsa that’s seriously delicious. Serve with baked tortilla chips or over grilled chicken breasts……………………..

Pumpkin Ravioli with Olive and Fennel Tomato Sauce
This easy ravioli recipe features exotic North African Mediterranean flavors. The sweet pumpkin takes on the fennel and oregano flavors well; the salty olives and cheese combined with acidic tomatoes and lemon balances everything out. Look for wonton wrappers in the refrigerated section of the deli………………………

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Healthy Fall Soup and Stew Recipes

September 23, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Fall Soup and Stew Recipes. Find a variety of Delicious and Healthy Fall Soup and Stew Recipes with recipes including French Onion Soup with Portobello Cheese “Toast”, Southwestern Sweet Potato Stew, and Beefy Italian Vegetable Soup. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Fall Soup and Stew Recipes
Find healthy, delicious fall soup and stew recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

French Onion Soup with Portobello Cheese “Toast”
Roasted portobello mushrooms stuffed with cheese, herbs and breadcrumbs stand in for the traditional Gruyère toast you’d find on top of a crock of French onion soup……………………

Southwestern Sweet Potato Stew
This hearty Southwestern-inspired stew may take a while in your slow cooker, but it’s so worth it! Full of sweet potatoes, black beans, and hominy, it will satisfy your tastebuds and keep you full for hours…………………………….

Beefy Italian Vegetable Soup
This one-pot, easy-to-make soup is so full of beef and vegetables that it could almost be called a stew. Beans, mushrooms, kale, chunks of tomatoes and beef sirloin will fight for space on each spoonful……………………………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Fall Soup and Stew Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19828/seasonal/fall/soups-stews/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 22, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 1 Comment
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Let it sit……………….

Many soups are better on the second day because the flavors have had more time to develop. Also, meat dishes like chili, or a brisket with all that sinewy tissue, will be even better the day after it’s been made. Let it sit in the fridge until the next day, and enjoy!

Kitchen Hint of the Day! TUESDAY

June 9, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Some foods taste better on the second day………………………

Many soups are better on the second day because the flavors have had more time to develop. Also, meat dishes like chili, or a brisket will be even better the day after it’s been made. i can taste that Chili now!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 1, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Stopping the dreaded Freezer Burns……………………………..

The easiest way to avoid freezer burn is by ensuring your food is wrapped as tightly as possible and has the most air removed as possible from the packaging. Adjust your containers as necessary. If you only have a cup of soup, don’t try to fit it in a quart plastic container. Instead, pour it into a zip-top bag and flatten.

Healthy Recipes for Dutch Oven

February 2, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Recipes for Dutch Oven. Easy to prepare, Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Dutch Oven with recipes including Spiced Pork Stew, Beefy Italian Vegetable Soup, and Chicken Chili Verde. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Recipes for Dutch Oven
Find healthy, delicious recipes for dutch oven. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Spiced Pork Stew
The ingredient list may look long, but this low-fat pork stew goes together easily. And for added convenience and easy cleanup, we’ve included instructions for making it in your slow cooker…………..

Beefy Italian Vegetable Soup
This one-pot, easy-to-make soup is so full of beef and vegetables that it could almost be called a stew. Beans, mushrooms, kale, chunks of tomatoes and beef sirloin will fight for space on each spoonful……………………..

Chicken Chili Verde
Prepared salsa verde adds tang to this fast weeknight chili recipe and pairs beautifully with the rich caramelized chicken and creamy beans. Don’t shy away from the poblano peppers. They offer a mild heat but deliver a depth of flavor you can’t find in regular green bell peppers……………..

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Diabetic Lunch Recipes

January 7, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Diabetic Lunch Recipes. Healthy and Delicious Diabetic Lunch Recipes with recipes including Make-Ahead Spinach and Black Bean Burritos, Mixed Greens and Citrus Salad, and Instant Pot Chicken Soup with Root Vegetables and Barley. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Diabetic Lunch Recipes
Find healthy, delicious diabetic lunch recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Make-Ahead Spinach and Black Bean Burritos
These egg, bean and cheese burritos are designed to be made ahead and frozen. They are perfect for busy days and make a satisfying breakfast or lunch…………….

Mixed Greens and Citrus Salad
Any assortment of fresh oranges and grapefruit will work well in this easy salad recipe. If you can’t find one of each variety listed, you can use all navel oranges, or 3 navel oranges and 1 grapefruit………………

Instant Pot Chicken Soup with Root Vegetables and Barley
Be sure to use bone-in chicken here–it enhances the flavor of the broth, and the bones are easy to remove after cooking. This healthy chicken soup can be made in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker…………………

* Click the link below to get all the Diabetic Lunch Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18346/health-condition/diabetic/lunch/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 15, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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When making homemade soup double your recipe…………………..

Soups are easy to make in large batches, and are one of the most freezer-friendly dishes you can prepare. So, double up on ingredients, grab a larger pot and make several meals instead of one. Freeze soups after they have been chilled overnight in the fridge. Soups will last up to two months in the freezer.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 14, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Freeze Leftover Soups………….

Freeze soups after they have been chilled overnight in the fridge. Soups will last up to two months in the freezer. Works great with Chili also!

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