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.

About Cindy

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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All-Shellfish and Mollusks Soup


Today, my recipe is a delicous soup of squid, clams, mussels, shrimp, and scallops. Marcella didn't give any explanation of this recipe. It reminds me of a cioppino, but with less tomato. There is tomato in this recipe, but it's really the shellfish you taste here. So be sure and use good shellfish, or don't bother even making it.

For this recipe, you first need to clean squid. Marcella gives good directions on this, and if you think it's going to be too difficult, think again. It really goes quickly and is easy to do. And it's very intersting to see the structure of a squid. Many people just know the squid after it's been cut into rings for frying. You then wash and scrub your clams and mussels. You don't see any mussels in my photo, because my store didn't have any live ones the day I was there. So I just used double the amount of clams. After preparing your squid and shellfish, you're ready to begin cookihg. You saute chopped garlic and onion in olive oil, then add some chopped parsley and white wine. Then chopped canned tomatoes. After cooking that for a short period of time, you add your squid rings and tentacles, and cook until tender. The recipe said about 45 minutes, but mine was very tender by 30 minutes. You then add salt, pepper, and your clams and mussels. When the shellfish begin to open, you add shrimp and scallops. When the shellfish has completely opened, you're ready to eat. Place the soup in a bowl and serve with grilled bread.

As I mentioned earlier, this soup is all about the shellfish and mollusks. The other tastes are more subtle. I loved this soup, as I think it tastes just like the sea.

Comments (2)

Cindy, it looks absolutely delicious!

Marcella Hazan:

Cindy Ruth, I can just see you going to town on this. I hope that during your trip you will have an opportunity to have stuffed squid. Da Fiore in Venice in Venice once used to make it, but the place where they do it best is in the trattorie of Mondello, near Palermo. Have fun. We look forward to your return and a report.

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