The Fig, The Cheese and a Little Nut


There are few things greater in life then spending time with a college friend who you love and adore, and that friend would be Sarah and her son Jesse. And what makes it even more special is eating the perfect appetizer with them; fresh figs, gorgonzola cheese, pistachio nuts and arugula.



About johncpicardi

Welcome to my blog. I am the author of the novel Oliver Pepper's Pickle and the published plays The Sweepers and Seven Rabbits on a Pole, both plays have been produced off Broadway and around the US. I am a graduate of Johnson & Wales University where I majored in Culinary arts. I have a BA from The University of Massachusetts and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. This blog is about food and food memories and every other fantastic and scrumptious thing to do with it. My appetite and passion for food is large and runs deep, sometimes its indulgent and wild and other times wholesome and simple, often humorous and always immeasurable. I grew up outside of Boston and spent many hours of my childhood in front of the TV watching Graham Kerr (The Galloping Gourmet) and Julia Child prepare all kinds of luscious meals that would make my mouth water. Other days I’d follow my mother and two grandmothers around their simple, tidy kitchens as they busily prepared hearty fragrant meals, hand-cut pastas, preserved fruits and vegetables, baked yeasty breads, spicy cookies and frosted lopsided cakes. I was there by their side asking questions and helping where needed and there were plenty of times I was ordered to leave if I was in their way. It was a given that by the time I graduated High School I would be going off to Johnson & Wales University to study Culinary Arts. Those years were fine and good. I loved the hands on creativeness of cooking whether it be the simple lesson of washing a sink full of colorful salad greens, trussing a chicken or peeling a gorgeous carrot or the complicated lessons of making a French Country Pate or Julia Child’s Cassoulet or making Brioche, it all thrilled me and my dream had arrived!
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4 Responses to The Fig, The Cheese and a Little Nut

  1. Simple Pleasures mean so much.


  2. Jess A says:

    Gorgonzola is one of my very favourite cheeses! I had it in Italy, however, and now that I’m back in Canada, it doesn’t taste quite as good…but is still delicious. Great pairing!


    • johncpicardi says:

      I had this fantastic (and cheap) Dole Gorgonzola in Rome, however, I think they save the good stuff for themselves because I too don’t think cheese tastes as good here as it did in Italy, perhaps its the surroundings…. let’s face it, Cod Liver Oil would taste like Maple Syrup in Italy! Ha Ha Ha…. Thanks for the follow!


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