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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Squid with Potatoes, Genoa Style

I was looking forward to this week because I knew this was going to give me an excuse to try one of Deborah’s favorite shops. She had passed the word to me that Global foods has squid cleaned and cut into rings that are flash frozen and beautiful. I had never shopped there, so I was excited to try it. I was amazed. It has food from all over the world, with fresh produce that include the traditional fruits and vegetables as well as many things that I have never heard of before. Well, some of them I had heard of, but had never expected to see fresh in St. Louis. It made me excited to find new recipes to try them in. Indian bitter melon, Peruvian purple potatoes, and Durian fruit were just a few. I found the squid in the frozen foods section. I grabbed two bags and headed to the checkout with all of the other things that I couldn’t live without.


This dish has almost the same base as the dish that Jerry posted yesterday. Garlic and parsley are sautéed in Olive oil first. The squid rings are washed, cleaned and then patted dry. They are then put into the oil and cooked until they turn a matte color. Then white wine and diced tomatoes are added. This is then cooked slowly for 45 minutes, until the squid is tender. Then the potatoes, salt and pepper are added and cooked again until the potatoes are done.


I was a little worried while I was making this dish. Even before I opened the bags of squid I noticed a fishy odor. Once I thawed the squid the odor remained, but the squid themselves didn’t seem to be bad. They had a nice firmness to them and I just had to conclude that these particular squid would just taste more fishy than usual. In the end that was the case. The recipe made a delicious broth that was reminiscent of a Manhattan clam chowder, which I love. Michael loved it too. I tended to eat around the squid, while he devoured all of it together.

Comments (7)

I apologize, Beth. I know what happens once you've been introduced to the slippery slope that is called Global Foods. The good news is, if Mike ever thinks you've gone missing, he'll know to start the search on the 400 block of Kirkwood Road. :grin:

I do wonder about the stronger fishy odor or taste you mentioned, because I have never experienced that. At any rate, the dish looks beautiful.

Beth responds- I was in the store for an hour and a half. It was like a time warp!! I assume that the squid was just from a stinky batch. Next time I will try Marcella's trick with the vinegar!

Marcella Hazan:

The perception of odor differs depending on how you expect fish or seafood to smell. To those who cook with fish often it may seem the natural, briny scent of sea animals. But indeed there are smells that are more pungent than that, particularly after thawing. There is a simple and extremely effective remedy. Put the strong-smelling creature in a large bowl and pour cheap white vinegar over it. Swish it several times, then rinse it thoroughly under running water. The sharp smell will disappear completely and not show up later in the cooking.
I am sorry you had to hold your nose, Beth, but you made what looks like a very tasty job of it.
Speaking of smells, have you ever had durian? Victor adores it, we had it in Singapore, but it has a smell I can't bear. Does Global sell mangoustine? If it does, let me have their number and I'll see if they will ship it to me.

Beautiful photos, Beth. And it sounds delicious!

Beth responds-Thanks Nancy! I appreciate it!

That looks good too. If I can find some squid already in rings I should try these (I don't think I want to clean and prep another for myself. )

Well done . . . on to meats . . .

Whow, there Jerry!
Irene and I still have our two stuffed squid recipes to post. THEN on to meats.

Great job Beth!

Marcella, Mark loves durian as well. I have yet to acquire a taste for it, but I still try to eat it so as not to offend our Thai friends.

I am looking forward to the stuffed squid posts. Squid is amazingly versatile and inexpensive.

You're assuming that I think of anyone but Palma and I! LOL

WE are done the fish chapter and on to meats. You guys can play with squids until the cows come home (and Palma and I cook 'em)!

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