November 22, 2010

Buttermilk Biscuits, Minestra, and Other

Buttermilk Biscuits, Minestra, and Other




I devoured it.

Cheddar. Frittata. Buttermilk biscuit.





"Cleaning, Trace?"

"No. Just fastening this cushion." I stood up and pushed the chair back under the table.

Roberto's mother lifted the lid from the pot she was carrying. "I made minestra."

"Oh, wow. It looks SO GOOD. It smells WONDERFUL." I said.

It looked so familiar. It smelled so familiar.

"What's in it?" I asked.

"Escarole, cabbage, cannelini beans, potato...I had Gino bring home a piece of prosciutto." She said.

It was still warm. I inhaled deeply. I couldn't wait to dig in.

Moments later, alone in the kitchen, I dug in.


"I bought these from Tim's father." Roberto handed me a bag of pecans.

The old man's red truck had been parked out front the day before.

"I saw his truck. The back was filled with sacks of potatoes, greens, a cooler..." I said, taking the bag of pecans.

"$10 a bag. I bought three bags. One for my parents. One for my aunt." He said.

"Out of the shell. That's a bargain." I said.




"I thought the green tomatoes came from Tim's father too." I said.

"No, they're from my mother." Roberto said.

"Where did they come from?" I asked.

"Sebastian, I think." He said.

"Oh. Should we make fried green tomatoes?" I asked.


  1. I can almost smell the stew. You make the simplest habit of eating well sound extraordinary and romantic... you always do!

  2. you definitely should! I love fried green tomatoes!

    so much delicious cooking going on in your household...I wish we're neighbors :)

  3. I've never heard of minestra!! It looks fantastic though, like it must fill the whole kitchen with gorgeous smells. :-) Love that you did your biscuits in squares. :-)

  4. Can I have one of those biscuits? Now? :-)

  5. these look so yummy!!!
    you got me hungry and it's only 10:30 AM ;)

  6. That minestra is calling my name. What a gorgeous piece of prosciutto.

  7. Well done! With fried green tomatoes in November, too? What a perfect burst of sunshine in the middle of late fall foods.

  8. Ah! beauteous soup, this minestra.
    and I love the complementary colors of the radishes and green tomatoes, side-by-side.
    Wishing you and your family much joy this Thanksgiving, Tracy!

  9. Gorgeous! What do you drink with that minestra?

  10. This is what fall is all about! A great soup and fluffy biscuits. Looks heavenly!

  11. Your food life is looking very good. Minestra looks like something I would adore and pecans are my favorite nut. I'm in a strange mood today, eating crackers with jam at 4:45pm, completely unsure of what I'll do for dinner. An apple with... Hmmm. Something. These new Cameo apples are good. Yesterday wasn't much more exciting. I think I cooked so much with my parents that I've slipped into a not-in-the-mood-to-cook-anything phase. This too shall pass... Enjoy all of the goodness you two have been collecting.


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