Author Archives: johncpicardi

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!

Squash and Cannelloni Beans

      Although this recipe feels more like a fall/winter thingy; it’s fantastic to eat on a rainy summer night while watching your Petunias get soaked in your backyard. Okay, so the prunes, sweet vermouth along with the sea … Continue reading

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Tapenade Tuna (Tonno)

  Tuna (Tonno) Tapenade is a delicious summer party food. It’s simple to make, served chilled.  -Smear it on crusty bread, or hearty crackers, and you can also toss it into a bowl of freshly cooked pasta. There are many … Continue reading

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Lemon Ricotta Pie face

I was never a big fan of ricotta pie, but when I lived in Italy for 6 months, I unexpectedly feel in love with Ricotta, how could I not, it was all around me. When I came back to Boston, … Continue reading

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Meatballs for the old Chums

The other night a few friends from High School came over, and I wanted to make something simple, fun, and casual, and so I thought it was a good opportunity to try out a new meatball recipe I came across … Continue reading

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  My love affair with roasted cherry tomatoes started in Italy. I was renting a room in an apartment in Rome back in 2012, and had a perfect view of a fantastic Mom & Pop pizza place across the street. … Continue reading

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Porcehetta – I Told You So

I promise you this is one of the best things you will ever eat. Period. If I had my way I would eat Porchetta every day for the rest of my life. However, since it’s a pork loin rolled in … Continue reading

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Chicken ala Phase

  I hope you enjoy my garlic, hot pepper, and  olives phase. Kind of like Picasso’s blue period between 1901 and 1904.  -I want it noted that I’m having my cooking with olives, garlic and hot pepper period in 2016 … Continue reading

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