About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

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Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Tortellini with Fish Stuffing

Making fresh pasta was not daunting to me (I've done it many times) but the prospect of forming about 144 tortellini was. I solved the problem by inviting my friend, Cecelia and my daughter, Kathryn to play, too. The recipe was very straight forward. Make the filling from a piece of poached fish (I used halibut), a little parmigiano cheese, egg yolks and a few seasonings. Then make the pasta, in sheets, cut into squares and stuff and shape into tortellini. It was surprising how quickly we felt competent making them. We were very proud of the beautiful results:


We ate them with the tomato sauce with cream it was delicious!
I can't say this is my favorite kind of tortellini but it was great fun.


Comments (6)

Great job!

Good job, Jan! They look lovely!

Marcella Hazan:

I think it's a question of context. I would not choose to make or order these tortelli in an urban context, but if I have them outdoors in Cesenatico, my hometown on the Adriatic, on a breezy July day, the air spiced with salt, and iodine, and the scents of summer bodies, I might enjoy them better than any other kind.

It's hard to come by flavorful fish here, but either a striped bass or black sea bass or a yellow-tail snapper might add some interest to the stuffing. I remember also using good shrimp, but I am not sure it is in this book, Or in any other, perhaps. I haven't published all the dishes I have made.

Marcella Hazan:

PS: I have just recalled the time in Cleveland when someone made these tortelli stuffed with pike from the Lake, and madre mia, were they delicious!

Only an Italian would refer to the air spiced with salt and iodine, and the scent of summer bodies~
As a southerner this cracks me up! Marcella you know we just glisten.

Marcella Hazan:

It isn't the mouth alone, Sandi, that draws in flavor, is it? It is mixed with odors, sounds, sights, it is pulled in with the nostrils, the skin, the eyes. Must you be Italian to notice that?

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