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Established 1984

Established 1984

It seems like only yesterday, my first legal employer was giving me two weeks notice from his executive suite on the 7th Floor of Two Penn Center.   Tony Baloney, aside from being a high level executive and department head in the Rizzo Administration, was...

Bring Your Passion to Harvest

Bring Your Passion to Harvest

There are many things I enjoy in life, but one of my favorites is the celebration of success with friends and family.  When that success is the acknowledgement of the tireless work, passion, and imagination of a brother, son, and business partner – - how...

The Stampone Family Cookbook

The Stampone Family Cookbook

Eating is a serious matter in Italy and is just as serious in the Stampone Family.  It seems Italians learn to cook before they learn to walk or talk.  Whether at home with family and friends, or in a fancy restaurant for a special occasion, cooking...

The Month of Romance

The Month of Romance

The history of Valentine’s Day – - and the story of its patron saint – - is shrouded in mystery and contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.  But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with February, the month of...

Luca Brasi Sleeps With The Fishes

Luca Brasi Sleeps With The Fishes

“LUCA BRASI SLEEPS WITH THE FISHES” Sal Tessio, The Godfather Sleeping with the fishes is a reference to an old Sicilian message.  Fish are wrapped in an article of clothing belonging to a person who has been hit, whacked, or otherwise killed, and it is...

The Sunniest Day of All

The Sunniest Day of All

My wife Julia and I have been blessed five times with healthy children who have grown into young adults.  It seems like only yesterday that all five were in tow loaded into the Volkswagen Vanagon for a trip to Grandmom’s, the little league field, or just...

Are You Trying to Say Capisce?

Are You Trying to Say Capisce?

“ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY CAPISCE (PRONOUNCED CAP-E-SHAY)? WELL DON’T DO IT, BECAUSE IT HURTS MY EARS WHEN YOU DO IT” Vinnie Antonelli, My Blue Heaven, 1990 Played by Steve Martin I wish I had a dollar for every time a friend, relative, server and even...

Senator Nick Stampone Scholarship Fundraiser

Senator Nick Stampone Scholarship Fundraiser

Monday, September 26th, 2011, 7:00pm Constatter’s I promised you a look inside a very talented, yet unorthodox cast of characters called my family. People who welcome you with open arms and who you feel like you knew for years when it’s only been a matter...

Joe’s Italian Kitchen

Linguine with Garlic and Oil

Linguine with Garlic and Oil

1 lb. linguine 1 cup olive oil 4 garlic cloves peeled and minced Pinch of dried red pepper flakes 1tablespoon chopped Italian parsley 6 finely chopped anchovie filets packed in oil Salt to taste Locatelli cheese to taste 1. Cook linguine in rapidly boiling...

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Serves 4 1 pound dry linguini 3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4-5 garlic cloves, chopped 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 cup canned plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano), roughly chopped, with juices 1 tablespoon hot red-pepper flakes 1/2 cup finely chopped Italian...

Joe’s Bows

Joe’s Bows

Lawyers have to eat, too – “Joe’s Bows” This rich, creamy, pink sauce is offset by a generous dose of red pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Ib. sweet Italian sausage (crumbled/casings removed) and a 1/2...

Joan’s Spaghetti with Tuna and Broccoli

Joan’s Spaghetti with Tuna and Broccoli

Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 small onion 3 medium garlic cloves, chopped 4 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced, stems removed (optional) 5 anchovie fillets 1 can (6 oz.) light tuna, preferably in oil 1 bunch (about 10 oz.) fresh broccoli, stems removed and broken apart 1 can (14...

Drop-Dead Lasagna

Drop-Dead Lasagna

1lb. ruffled lasagna noodles Extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 bay leaf 1.5 lbs. ground beef 1 lb. ground pork 1 tbsp. fennel seeds .5 tbsp. red pepper flakes 1 tsp. brown sugar .5 tbsp. dried oregano 1 6-oz. can tomato paste...

Bucatini Carbonara with Zucchini

Bucatini Carbonara with Zucchini

6 ounce sliced pancetta or bacon, cut into 1/4”-wide strips 1/2 cup whipping cream 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 pound zucchini, thinly sliced 1 pound bucatini or spaghetti 3 large eggs...

Butternut Squash Soup with Pancetta and Tomatoes

Butternut Squash Soup with Pancetta and Tomatoes

6 ounces pancetta (Italian bacon), coarsely chopped, reserve 1 ounce for garnish 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped 1/4 teaspoon dried, crushed red pepper2-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 4 cups) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano...

Eva’s Ridiculously Good Spinach Salad

Eva’s Ridiculously Good Spinach Salad

Salad Ingredients Fresh Spinach 8 ozs. sliced white mushrooms 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped Fresh bacon bits CroutonsDressing Ingredients 1 small onion, minced 1 cup vegetable oil .25 cup cider vinegar .5 cup sugar 2 tablespoon Grey Poupon mustard 2...

Roasted Peppers

Roasted Peppers

8-10 red and yellow bell peppers 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 5 garlic cloves minced 3 basil leaves, torn Salt/pepper to taste Pinch dried oregano Splash of balsamic vinegar 1. Preheat broiler. 2. Broil peppers, turning frequently until skin has...

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