So, back to my grandmother. We left off with Dora Barbaresi marrying Freddie Donroe in 1940. This picture was taken two years later on the Fourth of July of 1942. Nonni, visibly pregnant, is sitting with her niece, Terese [Bontempo] Cirasuolo, and nephew, Gerry Piccolo, who are enjoying some tasty raisins. Speaking of picnic food, which I hope to be enjoying in the near future, here’s an Italian standard that’s easy, portable, and lip-smacking good.
Sausage and Peppers
The secret is in the sausage. Get the most authentic Italian sausages you can find. I love the ones from DePasquale’s in Nonantum, MA, which you can buy from their tiny little shop on Watertown St. or at Russo’s. I throw a couple of spicy ones in with the sweet to keep things interesting.
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 onions, sliced thinly
3 green bell peppers, thickly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thickly sliced
2 lbs. sweet Italian sausages, links separated, pricked
6 Italian sub rolls
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large baking dish, add oil, onions, peppers, and whole sausages. Cover with foil and bake until sausages are cooked through and peppers are soft, between 1 and 1½ hours, depending on the thickness of the peppers. Serve in sub rolls.
Dora [Barbaresi] Donroe
New Haven, Connecticut
Next Recipe: Cappellettis
(Previous Recipe: Crescia)