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Stumbled Upon - the Week of March 3

Kristin Battista-Frazee

There’s never a shortage of stories out there that can inspire or cause you to stop and think. Also I’m lucky to know so many amazing people doing great things. Here’s some interesting items I stumbled upon this week. 

Murray’s Tribute to Ramis

The Oscars is famously known for the couture gowns worn by beautiful actresses and inspirational acceptance speeches and this year's show had great moments. Matthew McConaughey’s  “alright, alright, alright” was quirky and Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto looked beautiful and spoke so eloquently and with great humility. But my favorite moment was when Bill Murray paid tribute to Harold Ramis while presenting the Oscar for Cinematography with Amy Adams.

Even though Murray and Ramis had a falling out years ago, the connection between them was still evident and Murray acknowledging this publicly was touching. It’s true that once you connect with someone in a special way, no matter what happens or how much time passes, that never changes. Think of when you visit with a good friend you haven’t seen in years and feel like no time has passed at all. Good people become a part of you.

Italian Women Called to Share Their Story

Calling all Italian Woman, like my family members, check out the Italian Women Project by Samantha R. DeMuro. It reflects what many of us strive for —to tell and discover our family’s story.  I’m fascinated with the idea of creating an online space for Italian Women. And I have to say, we’re a unique bunch.   I’ll be sure to throw some “odds and ends” to this project and if you’re an Italian woman, you should too. The    @ItalianWomenSay

Running for Your Life

You might have read about Kayla Montgomery, the high school runner with multiple sclerosis who has become one of the fastest distance runners in the country. When Montgomery was diagnosed she said to her coach, “I want to run faster— don’t hold back.”

This is an inspiration for anyone feeling down on their luck. And the running seems a symbolic and defiant act in the face of adversity. This running scene (above) from Forrest Gump I think illustrates this point in a comical, yet poignant way.  So whether you are running towards or away from something, just keep running, and things will work out.  

Relaunch of The Complete Linda Lovelace

I was sorry to miss Eric Danville’s book relaunch party this week for The Complete Linda Lovelace which was held at The Cutting Room in New York City. Danville has served as Managing Editor for High Times, Masters of Rock, Screw, Penthouse Forum and The Girls of Penthouse. He’s also author of The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists (BackBeat Books). Good luck to Eric and check out my interviews (part 1  and part 2) with him from a while back.

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It’s Social Work Month, to honor the contributions of social workers everywhere. This is a profession close to my heart so I’ll be blogging about this later and I hope you participate in this observance. This year’s theme, All People Matter, invites social workers to tell their stories online using the hashtags #allpeoplematter and #socialworkmonth.  For more information visit NASW’s site.

Dad’s Spaghetti and Clams

Kristin Battista-Frazee

Being Italian American has its delicious perks and food has always been important for my family. It seems fitting since I’m sharing my family stories with all of you to also share my parents' great recipes on this blog. They are both fantastic cooks.  Phone conversations with my mother often revolve around what she's cooking. When my dad visits he sometimes takes charge of cooking a big Sunday meal. It reminds me of the days when my grandparents gathered the family together around a dinner table. The below recipe my father learned from my grandfather Antonio. I hope you like this. Mangia! Dad’s Spaghetti and Clams

(serves 8-10)

50 top neck clams

2 to 3 cups olive oil

2 bulbs garlic

One bunch of Italian parsley

2 lbs of spaghetti (do not salt cooking water)

Coat the bottom of a big pot with olive oil and chopped garlic. Chop one bunch of Italian parsley including the stems (they have vitamin C and tons of flavor) and set aside.  

Scrub the clams vigorously under cold water to clean sand and dirt off the shells.  Place clams in the pot, sprinkle parsley on the top.  Turn burner on medium heat and cover pot to steam the clams. This will take about an hour.

Once the shells open, remove the clams (watch this video) and place is a separate bowl. Discard any unopened clams.

Clams steamed open

Reserve all liquid remaining in the pot. Cut clams into quarters (watch this videoand place in a colander. Rinse clams (watch this video) and then return to pot. Bring to a light boil.  

Place cooked spaghetti in the pot to combine with clam sauce, then pour into a large serving bowl.  Sprinkle grated cheese and red crushed pepper to taste.  You can serve this with a caprese salad. See my first taste. Enjoy!