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Beans and Greens Soup

From: Barbara  
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:57 PM
Subject: lost soup recipe

Years ago I used to make a thick soup, using a recipe I had found in a magazine. I called it “soul food soup”. 
It was made from white beans, salt pork, ham hocks, collard greens, and a bundle of seasonings in a cheesecloth bag. 
It was fantastic, and I would love to make it again. Unfortunately, when I made a big move north the recipe didn’t 
make the move. Could you help?

Thank you, 

Hi Barbara,

I can’t find a recipe called “soul food soup”, but as you say, that’s your name for it, not the name I would expect to find on the recipe. It would help immensely if we had the actual name of it.

There are soup recipes out there with similar ingredients, but all of them that I’m finding have an additional ingredient that you don’t mention, such as sausage or beef ribs or potatoes or tomatoes.

I’ll post this in case a reader can assist.


Monte Carlo Restaurant

 -----Original Message----- From: Terry
 Sent: Monday, October 27, 2014 10:32 PM
 Subject: monte carlo pizza recipe

 Hi Phaedrus,
 I would really like to see if anyone would have the dough and pizza
 sauce recipe for the Monte Carlo restaurant pizza.  The restaurant has
 been closed for a number of years, but it was undoubtedly the best pizza
 I ever had.
 Thank you,

Terry, there has been more than one Monte Carlo restaurant. There are several open now. Where was yours located?


-----Original Message----- 
From: Terry
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 9:30 PM
To: Phaedrus
Subject: Re: monte carlo pizza recipe

I guess that would help.  The restaurant I was referring to was located
in Portland, Oregon.
Thank you,

Hi Terry,

I had no success finding this recipe. I'll post your request on the site for reader input.

If you still live in Portland or if you go there for a visit, you may still be able to taste this pizza at Ernesto's Italian Restaurant at 8544 SW Apple Way in Portland. The owner of this restaurant is Mike Ceccanti, grandson of the Monte Carlo's owner Ernesto Ceccanti. Mike worked in the kitchen at his grandfather's restaurant, and his own dishes follow the family tradition. They have a website at: Ernesto's

Mike Ceccanti, owner of Ernesto's Italian Restaurant, grew up in the family 
restaurant business. His grandfather, Ernesto Ceccanti, emigrated to the 
U.S. in 1922 from the Tuscany region of Italy with his wife Emilia and 
opened the Monte Carlo restaurant in Portland in 1927. Eventually his 
parents, Elio and Lorie Ceccanti took the reins and opened a second Monte 
Carlo restaurant in Raleigh Hills in 1982. By age 7 Mike was making raviolis 
in his grandfather's kitchen, went on to learn more of the family secrets, 
and has been going strong ever since. It's no surprise that Mike has 
continued the family traditions of providing moderately priced casual dining 
with a healthy dose of Old World charm added to the mix. In 1987 Mike and 
his wife Jackie bought the Raleigh Hills Monte Carlo restaurant and renamed 
it Ernesto's Italian Restaurant in honor of his grandfather. Building on his 
family's traditional Italian recipes, Mike has added his own creations such 
as Seafood Fettuccini and Pasta Classico.


Scowelia Italian Cookies

From: Kim 
Sent: Monday, October 27, 2014 12:21 AM
Subject: Italian cookie/pastry 

I have been searching for several years for a recipe that my late husband used to make. 
I searched every where including your site and still could not find it. My kids always 
loved them and I would love to make it for them again. It was a cookie/pastry that after 
baking was coated in honey. I know I am not spelling it right but he called them scowelia. 
I found a recipe that is close but it called for wine. He did not use wine. Any help you 
can give would be greatly appreciated.  My name is Kim. 

Hello Kim,

I cannot find anything at all called “scowelia” or “scawelia”, and there are many names for Italian cookies that are dipped in honey. All that I know of, however, are fried. See the ones that I have listed here: Italian Cookies

There are sites that have photos and recipes for dozens of Italian cookies. Look through them at your leisure. One of them may be what you seek. See: Italy Revisited

The only Italian cookie with a name similar to “scowelia” that I can find is “scalele” or “little scales.” However, they are fried, and they do have wine. They are from the province of Calabria. See: Turriddi Italian Cookies

There are often many variations of Italian cookie recipes. They may vary somewhat from province to province and from family to family. Not all recipes for these “scalele” may call for wine, but I suspect that they are all fried.

Kim, I can do no better with the information that you give.


From: "Anna" 
To: "Uncle Phaedrus" 
Subject: Scowelia Italian Cookies
Date: Friday, November 28, 2014 2:38 PM

It’s “scalille” or “scaliddre”.

 350 g farina 
(approx. semolina)
4 eggs
2 eggshell halves of olive oil
1 eggshell half anise liqueur
2 tbs sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
olive oil for frying

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