Calabria Peppers and Don Corleone

Garbanzo beans in a Romesco- Calabria peppers sauce

“It’s not personal ~ it is only business” The Godfather.

 Don Corleone…the story of a family….the Ark of time destroying everything (except the memories) destroying  everyone – even the strongest…..Bosses of bosses. Godfathers of cinema and literature.

A Novel and a saga by Mario Puzo. Giving us an offer that we can’t refuse.

 And the mafia legacy continues….

I wish my grandmother was alive to see this, she adored this trilogy, and introduced me to the wonders of it.

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What does Calabrian hot peppers taste like?

These peppers are native to the Calabria region of Italy.  It is referred to as the “toe” of the Italian “boot.” 

Calabria is a peninsula extending out of the mainland in a northeast-southwest direction from the main body of Italy and separating the Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas.

Their flavor is described as smoky, salty, and, of course, spicy. To make them into a paste, dried Calabrian peppers (peperoncino) are crushed with olive oil, and sometimes salt and vinegar. Why are Calabrian chiles so good? They fill your mouth with a wonderful warmth that accentuates the flavors of your meal. This characteristic makes Calabrian peppers the perfect layering for sauces and condiments.

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