Chicken Marbella for Sheila

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Way back a hundred million years ago, when Mr. SGCC and I were first married, we received a copy of The Silver Palate Cookbook as a wedding gift.  It sat proudly on our orange crate bookcase alongside The Joy of Cooking and The Betty Crocker Cookbook, also wedding gifts. That bookcase made quite a statement paired with our dining room set consisting of a card table and four metal folding chairs.  (Did I mention that we were poor as dirt back then?)  Anyway, whenever I needed some culinary inspiration, I’d reach for Sheila and Julee’s wildly popular and creative tome of elegant entertaining to get me started.

The Silver Palate is one of the top 10 best-selling cookbooks of all time. Sheila Lukins and  her business partner, Julee Rosso, wrote it in 1979, two years after they opened one of the nation’s first gourmet takeout shops of the same name in New York City.    The book helped demystify and popularize gourmet cooking  for millions of home cooks upon its publication in 1982 and continues to do so today.  It is considered THE American cookbook of the Eighties.  I didn’t know anyone who didn’t have a dog-eared, sauce-splattered copy of it in their kitchen arsenal.   The recipes were innovative and accessible at the same time, using unique combinations of ingredients and advocating rich and bold flavors with a Mediterranean flair.  read more >>

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This is a picture of my old high school shortly after it was built in 1958.

This is how it looked when I went there.

This is what it looks like now.  A parking lot will soon take its place. 

Rest in Peace, Sweet Maria

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Sad News…..

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It is with great sadness that I tell you that Uncle Sal passed away on Tuesday night. While he valiantly held on as long as he could, his injuries were just too numerous and catastrophic. He was a beautiful and wonderful man, and we will miss him …

Potato Fritters for Sher

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Last Sunday, the food blog community lost one of its own. Sher, of the popular blog What Did You Eat? passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack. I didn’t know Sher well, but what I did know, I liked very much. She was smart and funny and …

My Kitchen is Dark Today

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My kitchen is dark today. There will be no simmering sauces on the stove nor fragrant loaves in the oven. I just can’t do it. I am too incredibly sad. It was one year ago today that my beloved father was taken from me. Cancer stole him away, leaving …

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Hello and welcome to SGCC! I’m Susan, a professional writer, food columnist, recipe developer, wife, mother, daughter and sister, who used to be a lawyer in a previous life. My love of food comes from a long line of wonderful and creative Italian home cooks who didn’t always have a lot, but knew how to make a lot out of what they had. I hope that you enjoy yourself while you’re here, and visit often! read more >>

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