What’s On Your Plate ? Blog Challenge

My talented blog friend, Donna at Retirement Reflections, has teamed up with Deb of Widow Badass to invite all of us to a monthly virtual dinner party. The goal is to spread meal inspiration and share dishes that we have recently enjoyed. Breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, dining in, dining out… all ideas are welcome!

I just landed in my all too convenient local airport, Islip MacArthur Airport, from Florida. Matt and I visited with my mom for a long Easter Weekend filled with seeing my brother’s family and cousins, eating, and fishing from Mom’s backyard dock. The bonus was having my grandkids, daughter, and son-in-law driving down from South Carolina to join the fun. We landed at 2:30 this afternoon, and by the time I unpacked and could breathe a sigh of a travel day completed, Matt realized we did not have lunch. Off to The Cull House, a favorite local restaurant by the Sayville ferries for an early dinner.

I ordered linguini and clam sauce. Now, I can prepare this dish easily, but tonight I needed someone else to whip up a favorite comfort meal. It did not disappoint. The fresh steamed clams on top were a great visual and delicious addition. I prepare my linguini in white clam sauce with more garlic, a wine clam juice broth, and a loaf of toasted Italian bread. Matt and I both said out loud if my dad was there, he would have slurped the broth from the bowl.

Please click over to Deb’s (The Widow Badass) and Donna’s (Retirement Reflections) blogs for their new What’s on Your Plate? monthly dinner (or breakfast, lunch, or midnight snack) party. Check out the various meal inspirations found there and share one of your own.


Daily Bread is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself.

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Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.

“If you don’t cook with love, you have to get out of the kitchen.” Florence Messina

Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

14 thoughts

  1. Hi, Antoinette – That linguini and claim sauce does have me salivating. Good thing dinner is almost on the table (Deb’s Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping). Thank you so much for joining in. You are one of my home-chef (and cookbook author) heroes!

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