January 16, 2021


All Things Delicious

Cooking for St. Jude in the quarantine, when a tree rises at Sacred Coronary heart | Pamela’s Meals Service Diary

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — On a Sunday in this column, the hope is to produce encouraging, positive information about our food local community and possibly a minor beyond it. Ideally, considering the fact that March, our chats have prompted a snicker or smile from you and the actuality that not all is bad in our COVID-19 earth. So with that, let’s highlight a single terrific matter to arrive of the pandemic — the unlikely nonetheless sweet associations formed as people sought their way out of all those dark, surreal days of quarantine.

Quarantine Delicacies is a compilation of recipes from a website that sprang up in the COVID-19 quarantine stage. Pamela SilvestriPamela Silvestri

That sentiment prospects us to a not too long ago self-posted cookbook introduced to us by Camille Pizzo of Willowbrook, the founder of a limited-knit Facebook neighborhood known as “Quarantine Cuisine.” That website page promises about 4,200 members at the minute and provides an unbelievable system of operate gathered principally from Staten Islanders, Brooklynites, Extensive Island citizens and these from the Backyard garden Point out. So these are distinctly regional recipes by means of which to cull.

Pizzo approves customers just one at a time. She claimed, “The website page grew by individuals recommending folks. It grew into other nations. People today had been experiencing the regard on the web site. Absolutely everyone felt they were element of a team and they felt safe.”

By the time the cookbook idea arrived about, the new creator admits that the activity of replicating recipes was scary. Pizzo aimed to capture correct flavors and the true essence of every single formula. She picked around 50 Quarantine Cuisine blog site posts for the publication, cooking or baking every single with a “test kitchen committee” comprised of Lucille Desiano, Antonella Recchia, Lucy Scalici and Loredana Lentini-Sherman. Pizzo’s group also provided editors Marian Cirillo and Gerri Silver.

All proceeds from the book go to the St. Jude Children’s Foundation. The value of the cookbook is $20 by way of Venmo or income on delivery with pickup internet sites on Staten Island, Brooklyn, Valley Stream, L.I. and at Camille’s brother Charlie Mule’s restaurant at TST Barbecue 910 Rte. 36, Leonardo, N.J. Shipped orders charge an more $8.45 to include postage and packaging. Connect with or textual content Camille at 917-662-8968 for additional information.


Sacred Heart R.C.Church. (Courtesy of Fr. Eric Rapaglia)Pamela Silvestri

With a great love for the holiday break season, we have been adhering to the festive Xmas tree developments in front of Sacred Coronary heart R.C. Church.

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Outside of Sacred Heart R.C. Church on Dec. 16, 2020 (Courtesy of Fr. Eric Rapaglia)

Resident pastor Fr. Eric Rapaglia shared some visuals of the almost 3-tale spruce and explained some of the aspects of the decorating.

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Observe the star created by Billy Rautenstrauch (Courtesy of Fr. Eric Rapaglia)

He stated, “The lighted tree is the end result of the generosity of Tom Newmann, a parishioner, who owns Newmann’s Tree Expert services. The Holy Name Modern society, men’s team of the parish, got in contact with ‘Tommy Trees,’ as we connect with him, and he arrived down with his truck and cherry-picker to place the lights on and the tree-topper.”


How the tree was decorated (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)

An electrician established up a new outlet nearby to accommodate the tree and the Nativity scene, all coordinated by the Holy Identify Culture. A talented Billy Rautenstrauch created the star himself for the crown.

Fr. Eric enthused, “By usually means of this job, we desired to say with Christian joy following a pretty trying year: our faith is still powerful! Praised be Jesus Christ!”


James Cavagnaro, 11, has his poker experience on (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

And if it is not the irony of quarantine bringing a bond then it is the snow. We performed Texas Hold ‘Em on Wednesday night time while the wind howled outside the house. With no university the next working day, the boys went to mattress on the late side. Sure we ended up pooped by Thursday but have been grateful for our very good neighbor Nick who served plow a good swath of our West Brighton block without dropping a cigarette.

Keep in touch.

Pamela Silvestri is Advance Foods Editor. She can be reached at [email protected].


Neighbor Nick plowing snow in West Brighton (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

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