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    Cooking with PAM | Pamela’s Food Service Diary

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Funny thing about that red and yellow can of PAM — she’s a gas. Well, actually she’s a spray. And serving as the face for PAM as it’s my natural birthright, given the moniker — and June is this Pam’s birth month — it might be an appropriate time to talk about “Pam,” a most food-forward name. Pam Adamo of Grant City said her husband’s friends used to say, “You’re dating a girl named Pam? Oh, so like PAM in the can?” Ha ha ha ha ha — yes, I am well-acquainted with that “canned” humor,   Read More

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    Staten Island’s chefs: How we learned to cook | Pamela’s Food Service Diary

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — If the pandemic taught us one thing it was to fend for ourselves in the kitchen under quarantine. But how did some of us learn how to cook in our youth? Mike Cappucci and his late grandmother, Veronica Facella, who taught the chef how to cook at a young age. (Courtesy of Mike Cappucci) We caught chef Chef Mike Cappucci of Castleton Corners’ The Local shopping in Lidl at the Staten Island Mall recently and asked where he first learned to cook. Cappucci credits his grandmother for food schooling in his early years. She lived Upstate   Read More

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    Cooking for St. Jude in the quarantine, while a tree rises at Sacred Heart | Pamela’s Food Service Diary

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — On a Sunday in this column, the hope is to deliver encouraging, positive news about our food community and maybe a little beyond it. Hopefully, since March, our chats have prompted a laugh or smile from you and the reality that not all is bad in our COVID-19 world. So with that, let’s spotlight one great thing to come of the pandemic — the unlikely yet sweet relationships formed as people sought their way out of those dark, surreal days of quarantine. Quarantine Cuisine is a compilation of recipes from a blog that sprang up in   Read More

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