Monthly Archives: April 2010


North Shore Swell

The Stuff of Memories

In reading Rick Marin’s article in the Sunday New York Times, Lives: Objects of Accumulation,”

I understood.  All that “stuff” my mother kept over the years – too hard to throw away – or even give away.  The thought that someone else might not know their history is unthinkable.

I keep cleaning, and sorting – but the piles don’t seem to be getting any smaller.

Italian Escarole Soup from Millie’s Secret Recipes

Escarole Soup


  • 1 large head of escarole, leaves thoroughly washed and torn into large pieces
  • 6 cups homemade chicken stock
  • small meatballs (follow recipe)
  • 1 cup small soup noodles (alphabets or stars)

Combine chicken stock and escarole in a large pot and bring to a boil; reduce to simmer until escarole has wilted.

To make the meatballs:  Combine about ½ pound of ground sirloin with a clove of finely minced garlic, fresh chopped parsley, one egg, about ¼ cup parmesan cheese, and just enough breadcrumbs to hold together.   Form into small balls – about the size of quarter.  Cook in boiling water about 5 minutes.  Set cooked meatballs aside and pour about 1 cup of meat broth into chicken stock.

Cook noodles as directed on package.

When ready to serve, combine meatballs and noodles with escarole in chicken stock.   Sprinkle generously with grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and enjoy.

Seeing or Observing?

“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” Jonathan Swift

“You cannot depend on your eyes…when your imagination is out of focus.” Mark Twain

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin

“The great struggle of art is to leave out all but the essential.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

Along the Seine…