It is October, and you know what that means! Sweaters, fall leaves, apple cider, pumpkins, and witches! Don’t worry, we will be talking about a nice witch in today’s session of what, guys??
That’s right, we are going to Cook the Book – well, not really. Here at Cook the Book, we make a recipe based on a book! For October, we will be cooking a dish based on the classic tale by Tomie de Paola, “Strega Nona.”
But before we begin, what should we do first?
That’s right! We’ll clean our kitchen work area, gather our materials, and wash our hands! Geez, it’s like you’ve cooked a book before. Now, let us begin!
Strega Nona is the local witch in the town of Calabria, where she helps girls find their husbands, cure headaches, and get rid of warts. She enjoys helping people, but she is getting old, emphasizing the meaning of her name, “Grandma Witch.”
Strega Nona posts a help-wanted ad in the town square, where Big Anthony, a man who doesn’t pay much attention, sees it and goes to Strega Nona to work. She has him clean the house and tend to the animals. One day, Big Anthony catches Strega Nona conducting one of her spells.
“Bubble, bubble, pasta pot,
Boil me some pasta, nice and hot,
I’m hungry, and it’s time to sup,
Boil enough pasta to fill me up.”
MMM…. speaking of pasta, let me tell you what we will need for our recipe!
We will be making shrimp scampi (my favorite!)