Joe and I were in the mood to make Italian last night. We began browsing on-line for ideas, but soon remembered that we have a copy of, “Cooking With Love,” Joe’s family friend, Elise Feiner’s cookbook, featuring Italian cuisine. Not only is Elise a self-proclaimed “Foodfanataholic,” she is also from Joe’s hometown, New Hartford, NY, famous for their authentic Italian food.
As Joe flipped through the 566 page cookbook, Ms. M (me) chimed in, “Keep it simple Mister. How about spaghetti and meatballs or ravioli?” Hey, that’s what comes to my mind, when I think Italian. Joe said, “Whatever you want.” Kudos King Foodie, “right on” with that answer. Joe flipped some more, but became excited when Chicken Riggies caught his eye. “This was my favorite growing up! A classic Utica dish!” My initial response was, “Uh, I don’t know. Not sure I‘m in the mood for chicken and pasta.” But then it hit me. This was Joe’s childhood fave. Let’s do it!
I poured myself a glass of wine, put on a silk robe, and sprawled out on the sofa with a woman’s magazine as Chef Joe began to cook. Ok, it’s not exactly that glamorous. I help with prep work and clean-up. I was pleasantly surprised that this dish was relatively quick and easy to prepare. However, I was even more surprised how much I enjoyed it. King Foodie was right! This classic Utica favorite is now a favorite of mine too!