08.09.18 New Orleans Muffuletta

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The muffuletta sandwich was created in 1906 at Central Grocery Co. on Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, by its owner Salvatore Lupo. Sicilians, however, have been making various versions of the bread for centuries.

A muffuletta is a large, round, and somewhat flattened loaf with a sturdy texture, around 10 inches (25 cm) across. It is described as being somewhat similar to focaccia. Bread used for the muffuletta is different from focaccia, however, in that it is a very light bread, the outside is crispy, and the inside is soft. It has no additional seasonings baked into it, aside from the sesame seeds The bread is more like French bread, but slightly heavier. It is most akin to an Italian dough recipe. Italian dough includes flour, water, egg, olive oil, yeast, salt and sugar. French bread uses flour, water, yeast and salt.

A traditional-style muffuletta sandwich consists of a muffuletta loaf split horizontally and covered with layers of marinated olive salad, salami, ham, Swiss cheese, provolone, and mortadella. Quarter, half, and full-sized muffulettas are sold.

The signature olive salad consists of olives diced with the celery, cauliflower and carrot found in a jar of giardiniera, seasoned with oregano and garlic, covered in olive oil, and allowed to combine for at least 24 hours.

A muffuletta is usually served cold, but many vendors will toast it.

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In Greater New Orleans a seafood sandwich is made with muffuletta bread and fried seafood, often including oysters, shrimp, catfish and occasionally softshell crab. The seafood muffuletta omits the olive salad in favor of the traditional dressings of a seafood po’ boy, such as melted butter and pickle slices, or mayonnaise and lettuce.

Central Grocery is a small, old-fashioned Italian-American grocery store with a sandwich counter, located at 923 Decatur Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It was founded in 1906 by Salvatore Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant. He operated it until 1946 when he retired and his son-in-law Frank Tusa took over the operation. Today it is owned by Salvador T. Tusa, Salvatore’s grandson, and two cousins, Frank Tusa and Larry Tusa. The store was one of many family-owned, neighborhood grocery stores during the early 20th century, when the French Quarter was still predominantly a residential area. Though tourists are more common in Central now, it has retained much of its old-world market feel.

The Central sells not only the sandwiches as take-out or eat-in, but also the ingredients of the muffuletta—including olive salad by the jar—for people who want to make the sandwich at home. Because of the muffuletta, Central Grocery was featured on national television, in the PBS special program Sandwiches That You Will Like

Central Grocery sells Italian, Greek, French, Spanish, and Creole table delicacies. They also carry less-mainstream selections, such as chocolate-covered grasshoppers and bumble bees in soy sauce, which are perennially displayed in the store’s front windows. Marie Lupo Tusa, Salvatore’s daughter, is author of the cookbook Marie’s Melting Pot, which has hundreds of Sicilian, French, and Creole-style recipes.

 

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08.07.18 This and that from recent days!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – My physical therapist buddy, Brennan,  comes everyday to put me through the exercises and to get me to walk around the house using my walker.  Here we are during one of our special times!  I’m doing better each day so God is healing me and the therapy is working! Omni is the Home Health company that sends their great folks out to us.  I’d highly recommend them when you have a need like this!

Roy put the first of our wall words up on the small wall over the kitchen counter where you can see it when you first walk in.

When he recovers from putting that one up I’ve got more for him to work on!

Several days ago, my sister Harriett and her husband George came to visit us and see our new home.  A couple of days later Chip brought his family to visit and for Kallie to see our new home. Though we are far far far from having the furniture we need and want, we were happy to get to show them how it all looks so far.

A couple of years ago Roy put down several railroad ties to give Dora a place to rest her feet (tires) on when she’s home.  Over time they have moved so Roy needed to dig them up and bolt them together.  This is not a project for the faint of heart especially in the recent heatwave.  He needed my valuable help at one point but of course there is no photo of my contribution!

Here’s our watermelon plants that we grew from seeds from a couple of large watermelons.  Can’t wait to see if they take off and do well!

We were not able to go in town to church last Sunday so we watched it on Facebook Live.  For the first time, Roy was able to get it to display on our living room television screen!  So cool!

I learned about a quirky form of rock painting that looks like M&Ms with a bite taken out of them.  Here’s a whole bunch of them about halfway through the painting process. Second picture includes two finished rocks from a previous batch. 

I created a new facebook group called Rosie Rocks.  On the back of the rocks I glue a label asking those who find the rock to share it on that group.  If you’d like to become part of that group so you can see when the rocks are found go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/1707652262651874/

Join the group, I’ll approve it and then you’re in!  I’ve always asked the rock finders to post their pictures on the facebook group RVing Rocks! but as time has gone on I thought it might be cool to have a group of my one where only my rocks are shared.

We have two new bookings for Dora.  When she gets home from her adventure out west there are two, maybe three, couples coming to meet Dora and us before they make their final decision.

My partial knee replacement recovery is going well.  Roy and I walked down the hill to the pond to check on the watermelon plants, and walked back up the hill to the house. Roy had a foldable cane when he had his knee replacement so I’m using that now instead of the walker. I go to Dr. Blessey for my post op appointment on August 15 to get the stitches removed and everything checked out.  I haven’t had pain for a few days which is wonderful!

Well that’s all that’s new in our world!

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08.02.18 Rosalyn’s Partial Knee Replacement Recovery

Thursday, August 2, 2018 – Tuesday morning Roy and I went to Ochsner Medical Center in Covington for me to have partial right knee replacement surgery.  When we walked in we saw Carolyn and Marcel Lanoux (our brother in law George’s sister and husband) whom we havent seen in forever and forever.  We didn’t have much time to visit since I needed to check in but at least we got to hug!

Not long after signing in at 9:30 my name was called and off I went to the back where they did all the presurgery things.  These wonderful folks took care of me before the surgery, the pre op nurse and my anesthesiologist – GEAUX SAINTS!!  I gave them our cards with the Dora and the Explorers web address on it so I hope they are checking this out!  Thanks to all of you great and amazing folks1

My recovery nurse and my sweet hubby!  My sister Harriett stayed with Roy during the surgery.  I know he really appreciated that and I did too.  You are a great big sister Harriett!

Another nurse and one of the physcial therapy ladies who get me up and walking as soon as my legs woke up. 

I just looked back at the photos above and thought that no one should look this happy before and after having surgery! It was fun so why not smile!  Our home health nurse and physical therapist came on day two and day three.

The physical therapist just left from his second visit. He was really pleased by how I am doing.  It’s 3:30 pm right now and I haven’t needed a pain pill since 5:30 am.  I can get around for the most part a lot smoother than yesterday.

This ice chest thing (Polar Care Cube) is attached to a tube that runs within a blue thing that is wrapped around my knee.  It keeps my knee cooled and the swelling down.   I don’t have to wear it all the time but I’ve been wearing it alot. First pic is the company picture!

While we were enjoying  being outside for a little while I noticed that our rose bushes are just beautiful and I had to share!

Well that’s my knee surgery update!  I’m hoping it will be smooth sailing from here on.

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