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Valentine's Day 
Feb. 18, 2011 4:52 pm 
Updated: Feb. 19, 2011 11:14 pm
Magpie says that on Valentine’s day she usually makes a nice dinner for the family because it is too busy to go out for dinner. So she asks me to help and we are going to make Cioppino and rice balls. 

Magpie likes seafood that is fresh but I think the crab is dangerously fresh. We also have white fish, scallops, mussels and local side stripe shrimp, everything go into a pot with a tomato and white wine broth. One whole bottle of wine goes in the pot, but we still have a bottle of Ruffino Orvieto Classico for dinner.

Everybody is at the table and we have a good time, the Cioppino is delicious but messy. Magpie says it is a recipe that started around San Francisco with Italian immigrants. The women would get large kettles of broth ready and then when the catch came to shore everything went into the pot.

Magpie’s recipe for rice balls is very easy, they are tasty and go very well with the Cioppino. We have a nice crusty bread and insalada, too.

I get to meet Magpie’s exchange student, Daniel, from Hungary and her good friend Ingrid. I think maybe Magpie was hoping that there could be something between Ingrid and Luigi, but I like Italian women.

We have been working so much this week in the store but tomorrow before Magpie sends me off we are going to see some things.

Luigi Stirring the broth for the Cioppino.
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Local Dungeness Crab getting a little to close to Luigi's locale.
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Luigi ready with the rice ball to fry and mussels to go into the pot.
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Luigi brings the Cioppino to the table.
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Luigi and the family. Mr LMP is too busy eating to look up.
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Feb. 18, 2011 5:55 pm
I bet that crab was so fresh it bit you Luigi! You are making me homesick!
Feb. 18, 2011 6:36 pm
bread, salad, wine and seafood...sounds like a perfect night to me Luigi! hope you are having fun!
Feb. 18, 2011 6:58 pm
Gosh - what a great dinner. I hope you aren't disappointed when you arrive here - we don't get crabs that fresh!
Feb. 19, 2011 8:04 am
Luigi, I love fish stews of any kind... can you share your recipe or is that a well-kept secret?
Feb. 19, 2011 11:14 pm
Sounds so lovely. And definitely not a meal I get to experience in landlocked Utah.
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About Me
Hello everyone! I'm Chef Luigi, Chef Tony's little brother. My brother Tony got a new job, so I am now the new Allrecipes traveling Chef. I'll be traveling from home to home; cooking and having fun. I can't wait to visit everyone!
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I love to cook EVERYTHING!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well, I have to admit cooking with my brother Tony is my favorite tradition. We've been cooking together since we were kids. Sitting on counters watching and learning.
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When my brother Tony said I'm a better cook than he is! Ha :)
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