The Viva Vine: vol #2, no #2: March / April 1993
And now, a word from Dom DeLuise

When I was growing up in Brooklyn, a lot of our social life was connected with the church and holidays and weddings and confirmations. Life seemed wonderful and full. We'd eat "fancy" on those occasions, but at home during the week our family would eat very simple dishes -- those peasant dishes that have turned out to be chic today: escarole and beans, lentil soup, string beans and tomatoes, spinach and potatoes -- very little meat. Mamma would often cook vegetable stew for example, and it was delicious. Then one day when I was over at a friend's house I noticed his mother making her stew with meat in it. "How long has this been going on?" I wondered. It was then that I realized my mama's vegetable stew was unique. It was also very economical; and, at that time, if you did it on Friday, very religious.

You see, vegetables were the staple around my house. Even today, I'd rather be seen with a bunch of broccoli than a side of beef!

Taken from Dom DeLuise's funny-and-fun-to-read cookbook "Eat This...It'll Make You Feel Better!," POCKET BOOKS, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, NY, 1988 (Ed note: a good number of veggie dishes here, but strict vegetarians should stay away.)

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