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OPEN! Spring feast Abruzzo-Molise and southern Italy (la primavera)

  • Apr 26, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Hi, gang!

Please read all material on this page, including the linked pages. It will save us all lots of time.

Please note items not in bold are no longer needed!

I am hoping for a very large turnout for our spring feast!

Our menu will consist of dishes from the southern Italian  regions of  Abruzzo, Molise and neighboring regions. Please look at the recipes below and choose four that you like, and write to me using the 'contact' button to the left here on this page. I will add you to the RSVP list at that time. We will start with the meat and fish recipes. Those who wish to cook appetizers, pasta, desserts, or side dishes will be asked to prepare two or three of those dishes, to make things more equitable.

To open the recipe, simply click on the menu item! Please remember to scale the recipe for 8-12 servings!

The number in parentheses following the item is the number of servings times 10. So, (1-2) means that we need 10-20 servings, made by one or two people.  When the numbers equal out, we have enough of that dish.

For example, if the dish reads like this: Pizza (3) (1-Betty Jo, 1-Bobbie Jo, 1-Billie Jo) then we no longer need that dish.

If you have questions, please do not use the 'comments' feature of the web site here. I may not see it, and others may get confused by the question. Instead, please call me at[masked] or send me an e-mail message.

Items in bold type are needed. Items not in bold type are accounted for.

Most questions you might have will be answered here: 

Please note the structure of an Italian feast, so that you understand the meanings of the terms Primo, Secondo, Contorno, etc.:


Appetizers (6)

Prosciutto with figs (1-2) (1-Mike Massa)

Salad of beets and endive (2) (1-Melody, 1-Michelle Messer)

Rustic pie appetizer - Molise (1-2) (1-Melody, 1-John Stacy)

Pizza with vegetables (1-2)


Three Virtues Soup recipe 1 (1-Angelo)

Three virtues Soup recipe 2 (1-Tony Princi)

Pasta (4)

Spaghetti- Molise style (2) (1-Liz Palmo, 1-Anton Wood)

Pasta with Lamb in Saffron Sauce (2) (1-Christopher Ragusa)

Pasta - Tagliatelle with hazelnut pesto (1) (1-Michelle Messer)

Fish (4)

Fish - Baked Bream (1-2)

Fish - Baked Red Mullet  (1-2)

Fish - Mullet with rosemary (1-2) (1-Mike Scarpitti)

Swordfish casserole (1-2) (1-David Dixon)

Meat (6)

Lamb in peppery wine sauce (1-2) (1-Liz Palmo)

Braised lamb shanks (1-2) ( 1-John Stacy)

Beef roll - Braciole (1-2) (1-Gil Balden)

Polenta on a board (with sausages) (1-2) (1-Ray Massa)

Vegetables (8)

Lentils - stewed lentils (1-2) (1- Toni West)

Lasagne - Baked vegetable lasagna (add spinach?)  (1-2)

Rice and peas Risi e Bisi (1-2) 1-(Cynthia Peavy)

Eggplant - baked eggplant (1-2)  (1-Christopher Ragusa) 

Eggplant Parmesan (1-2) (1-Michelle Messer)

Peppers - Stuffed peppers (1-2)  (1-Michelle Messer)

Peas - Snow peas in little drums  Video below (1-2)

Desserts (6)

Ciambella Cake (2) (2-Melody)

Cookies - Italian orange cookies (1-2) (1- Toni West, 1-Cynthia Peavy)

Zabaglione (1-2) (Michelle Messer)

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  • Mike

    Some information about Virtue Soup:

    Coincidentally, three of my grandparents are from Abruzzo-Molise.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Cynthia

    Loved everything

    April 29, 2014

  • Mike


    Not even your bowling banquet?


    April 28, 2014

    • David D.

      The bowling banquet isn't even close.

      April 29, 2014

  • Mike

    I want to thank everyone who came and cooked. It was wonderful! We'll repeat this menu for the winter 2015 dinner.

    April 28, 2014

  • David D.

    The food was great as usual. We had a smaller crowd than usual because of the feast having to be scheduled in late April but I still had a wonderful time conversing with friends and enjoying the wonderful food and festivities. Nothing in Central Ohio compares to these feasts. Looking forward to the next one.

    April 28, 2014

  • David D.

    Mike won't be online this morning. If you have any questions you can call him at[masked]-8640. We could also use a fritatta with asparagus.

    April 26, 2014

  • David D.

    Due to the fact that both Lois and Sergio have to be out of town the day of the feast we are still in need of a couple of dishes. Fish: Only Mike and myself are bringing a fish dish so there may be a shortage unless someone else can step up and make some. It would also be nice if someone could bring the baked vegetable lasagna dish.

    April 23, 2014

  • Lois L.

    Hi Everyone......hope all of you are fine !! I spoke with Mike last evening and all seems to be going well....we just need to know what dishes you will be preparing and whether or not you will be bringing guests. I know it's a busy time right now..the week of Easter and all the bustling around for the holiday....BUT please take a moment out and let us know!!! Thank you !! Buona Pasqua a te e sua famiglia.

    April 15, 2014

  • Sheila

    I W

    April 10, 2014

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