Two gondoliers rowed into the fast lane with challenges and recipes for your votes in the last post – “Dueling Gondoliers”. Chris Castaldi’s lemony seafood pasta and Jim’s famous homemade pizza were out there for your consideration and for your own personal cook-off. The votes are counted with no insider influence. Drumroll please! And the winner is: Chris Castaldi
I wish I could send him on an all-expense-paid trip to Italy, and he does also! Thanks to Chris for going with the flow on his gondola and allowing us to share his delicious dish! Chris will receive a free copy of Comments/Reviews are welcomed on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Goodreads.
Jim expected a consolation prize, so I whipped up this scrumptious recipe I found on Lynn McBride’s website: Southern Fried French One of the readers shared her Louisiana French great-grandmother’s recipe for “Oh-So-Good “ Pie. Believe me, it is – Oh, so Goood! Make it yourself, and you will agree. The pie disappeared before I had time to shoot the picture of the whole dessert.
2 deep-dish pie shells
5 eggs 2 cups sugar
5 Tbsp. vinegar 4 Tbsp. Butter (soften at room temp)
1/4 Tsp. cinnamon and allspice or cloves 1 Tbsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1 cup golden raisins 1 cup chopped pecans
Divide egg yolks from whites into two medium-large bowls. Beat egg whites until fluffy. Mix yolks, sugar, vinegar, butter and spices. Add raisins and chopped pecans, and mix well. Fold whites into mixture until blended. Pour evenly into two deep-dish pie shells. Protect edges with foil or pastry ring. Bake in preheated oven as you would a pecan pie approximately 375 degrees for 10 minutes and 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Watch closely. When done (firm and golden brown) remove from oven and cool completely. Serve with whipped cream on top.
We will walk off the calories now in Venice and Florence.
We had lunch at the Restaurant Terrazza Danieli for a special meal and enjoyed some of the best seafood I have ever tasted. The rooms were too expensive for my budget, but sometimes I wish I had blown the budget and stayed there. Do you have some of the same regrets?
Click on “French Window Art” or on the France – Pictures and Storytelling page to see more of France. Could I possibly be a budding artiste?
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