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“Hot Coffee”, The Film

“Hot Coffee”, The Film

Over the past 30 years, I’ve represented people who have been seriously injured as the result of the negligence of a third party.  I’ve also watched in amazement as the legal system has become stacked against my clients.  Susan Saladoff, a former...

If Your Lawyer Was A Dog

If Your Lawyer Was A Dog

Anyone who knows the Stampone Family is familiar with our love of Doberman Pinchers. Studies have actually found that people can guess pretty successfully what breed of dog a person might own just by looking at the owner.  The studies also suggest that...

The Roseto Effect – The Valley of the Roses

The Roseto Effect – The Valley of the Roses

In the introduction of his book, “Outliers”, Malcolm Gladwell (of Tipping Point and Blink fame) describes the mysterious town of Roseto Pennsylvania as an example of an outlier. In 1882, a group of men left Roseto Valfortore (Valley of Roses), a town of...

The Prancing Horse – 48 and Counting

The Prancing Horse – 48 and Counting

There’s a great series on HDT-TV called Chasing Classic Cars, which spotlights vintage automobiles, particularly sports cars.  The host spends his time traveling the auction circuit in search of much sought after classic cars to renovate and ultimately...

Hire the Athlete to Represent You

Hire the Athlete to Represent You

A few months back the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time, Apolo Ohno, was a weekend guest at the home of my daughter Nicole while he was making a personal appearance tour which included Philadelphia. A gracious guest, Apolo openly...

Green This, Green That

Green This, Green That

My son Joe, a Tuft’s University Economics graduate, was awarded his Master’s Degree in Real Estate last week from New York University.  He is the author of a blog called A Student of the Real Estate Game.  An entrepreneur by nature, his passion is real...

Who Do You Want To Be

Who Do You Want To Be

I recently attended my son Dan’s graduation from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  It was a celebration in many ways beyond the obvious significance of Dan’s accomplishment.  From my own selfish standpoint, it marked the graduation of...

Yo Cuz! Welcome

Growing up in a modest Italian-American home in Northeast Philly, certain values and ethics are instilled in you from a young age; family comes before anything else; don’t take crap from anybody; be humble; don’t rat on your friends; never forget where you...

Joe’s Italian Kitchen

Risotto with Fresh Asparagus

Risotto with Fresh Asparagus

1 lb. fresh asparagus Salt to taste Approximately 4 cups Chicken or Meat Broth 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons fine-quality olive oil 3 tablespoons finely minced onion 2 cups Arborio (or other Italian short-grained) rice .25 cup freshly grated...

Clams with Oregano and Bread Crumbs

Clams with Oregano and Bread Crumbs

This classic has much more to do with the clams than what you may be used to eating. Note that the bread crumbs here are fresh – that is to say, made only from today’s bread, not from day-old bread (and definitely not the kind that comes in a can). 24...

Mussels in Tomato-Basil Broth

Mussels in Tomato-Basil Broth

Makes 2 servings 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 8 to 10 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes – preferably San Marzano 1 cup dry white wine 2 dashes hot pepper flakes or to taste Kosher sea salt 2 pounds mussels A big handful...

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 teaspoons butter 2 shallots, thinly sliced into rounds 4 cups fresh morel or porcini or chanterelle or other wild mushrooms, quartered lengthwise and carefully cleaned Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons...

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