Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Legleitner's WWII Italian Recipes

In this WWII era novel, gay, German-born archaeologist Kydon Schmidt has a secret that would ruin him in the homophobic atmosphere of the 1940s. So when the U.S. Government recruits him for a mission against Nazi artifact collectors, he is hardly in a position to refuse Filled with suspense and drama. You won't be disappointed!

Contributed by Robert Legleitner on behalf of La Contessa who is Kydon Schmidt’s landlady and fellow resistance fighting ally in A Brief Madness: Book Two of the Kydon Chronicles...In WWII, Kydon Schmidt a gay man with a secret in the homophobic atmosphere of the 1940's, has been forced to spy for the allies.... In this sequel to The Golden Legend,  Kydon is seeking revenge on the men who shot his friend Val. If they want a spy, they’ll get one! 

      Isabella, La Contessa Avezzano’s  
    luncheon treat from the hills of Tuscany

2 to 4 tbsp. Chopped garlic (to taste)
3     tbsp. extra virgin Olive Oil
2     large green tomatoes (or 4 small ones)
½     cup flour

In a baking pan, brown chopped garlic in a little olive oil. Take several good-sized green tomatoes and slice. Dip lightly in flour and brown in the garlic/olive oil. While this is being done, take 3 to four cups of seedless green grapes and crush them gently. When the tomato slices are browned, arrange them in the baking pan and pour the crushed green grapes over them. Shower with bread crumbs and a tiny light sprinkling of cheese (your choice but keep it Italian) over the dish.

Bake in a medium over, 350-F or 177-C degrees, until hot and the bread crumbs are toasted.

You can serve it with:

Roman Bruschetta.

Peel and crush or grate several garlic cloves. Cut Italian bread in medium-thick slices. If no wood burning stove, pan grill the bread until golden brown. Press one side of toasted bread slices firmly into the crushed garlic. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and a splash of olive oil. Add minced cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of oregano.

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