Italian comedian – Toto-Antonio De Curtis

This past Sunday, we were fortunate to view “Toto “,  the Italian comedian in the showing of  an Italian movie called,   “The Emperor.”   I found him to be very entertaining.  His facial expressions had me in stitches. 

 When I got home,  I started  my search for a video to share from you-tube with my readers.    

Antonio De Curtis began his career in Vaudeville using the name Toto.

Toto was such a consummate actor that he was able to get laughs as himself with his own personality even when ostensibly in character.

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 Here is a you tube video at the Trevi Fountain in Rome where he pretends own the Trevi Fountain:

Antonio De Curtis born in Naples, Italy.  Toto started his career in Naples, in small theaters in which he learned the art of the ” guitti”,  Neopolitan scriptless comedians, heirs to  the tradition of the Comedia Dell Arte.

In 1922, he moved to Rome,  performing in the genre of avanspettala,  a  ballet and comedy, Vaudevillian, before the main act of the night.  In the 1930’s ,  he traveled across Italy with his own  company.

In 1937,  he appeared in his first movie, Fermo  Con Le Manni, and then starred in over 100 films.

Toto was famous in Italy and many of his movies included his name in the title.

The movie that recieved most acclaim outside of Italy was ” The Hawks and the Sparrows” (1966).

Some of his famous movies are: 

 Fifa e Arena, Toto Le Moco,  Toto al Giro d ‘ Italia, Toto e le Donne, Toto Tarzan,Toto a colori,  the first Italian color movie in 1952, Ferraniacolor,  Poverty and Nobility,  Siamo Uomini o  Caporoli ?, I soliti Ignati ,  the episode of” Che cosa sono le nuvole” , from Capriccio All’Italiana,  released after his death in 1968.

I would love to see  some of these movies.  The movies were all made in Italy.  The  DVD movies in Italy are  made in a different zone, then the USA.   To watch, must use a separate  DVD player soley for Italian movies,  and change the code on the remote the zone for Italy.

Lithuanian Recipe- Kugelis

This recipe can be described as a giant baked  hashbrown.


4 large potatoes, grated

1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 onion, minced

3 eggs, beaten slightly

3 teaspoons salt

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup half and half


Grate potatoes.     Mix with the remaining ingredients.   Bake in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan in a 400 degree F. oven  for 20 minutes.   Reduce heat to 350 degrees F.  and bake 50 minutes more   or until  potatoes are browned;  a nice crust on top. 

Serves 4  


Recipe from :  The Cobblestone Inn  located in Carmel-By-the Sea, California.   The chef’s Sharon Miller’s great-great grandmother’s recipe.

  My mother’s family gmother and great grandmother of Lithuanian heritage also made a baked dish similar to this called “Co-shee”.

National Pancake Day

National Pancake Day   February 24, 2009

Mary’s German Pancake:

3 eggs

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Pinch salt

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2 Tablespoons’s butter, melted

Lemon juice (real o reconstituted)

Filling (applesauce or any fresh berries, mashed)

Cinnamon sugar


Place approximately 8 inch of oil (enough to just cover the bottom of pan ) in an 8 inch cast-iron  frying pan.  Place the pan in anoven to get hot.

In a blender combine the eggs and milk: mix.  Add the flour and salt; mix.

Remove the pan from the oven and gently pour the mixture into the hot pan.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until the pancake rises and browns.

When the pancake is done, remove from the pan and place on a plate.   Allow the pancake to fall.   Pour a small amount of lemon juice over  the top.

Cover with filling.  rinkle with cinnamon sugar.   Roll  the pancake up.   Butter the top and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.   Slice into pieces.

Note:  The pancke rises best if the milk and eggs are at room temperature.

Serves: 2 to 4 people.

This  recipe is from :

The Old Miner’s Lodge -615 Woodside Avenue  Park City Utah.

The Old Miner’s Lodge is a restored 1893 building in the National Historic District of the colorful resort town of Park city.

I checked on-line and learned that the owners  of the above Lodge retired  in 2004.

Reprinted from :  The American Country Inn and Bed and Breakfast Cookbook, by  Kitty and Lucian  Maynard   1987

World Thinking Day- a Recipe

Many Girl Scouts and Girl Guides throughout the world will be celebrating World Thinking Day on February 22, 2009.   I grew up participating in the Girl Scouts, first as a Brownie and then  as a Junior.    Therefore I am happy  to write of  this celebration on my blog.

How will you be celebrating?

Some of the troops are having a travel around the world event with some games and entertainment from representatives from other countries, Celtic, African Drum Circle, and other s for Mexico, China, Phillipines, and Egypt.  They round it out with an ethnic Buffet.

Here, in the next day or so, I will post  recipes from a few countries.

This is what my niece is doing for World Thinking Day.

Her troop participates in a council program for World Thinking Day.  This year, they had to research a country (it alternates between states and countries).  They chose Brazil.  They had to come up with facts about the country to present to the other troops.  They gave out little Brazilian candies, and the swap was little paper Carnavales masks they made and decorated with feathers and sequins.


From Austria:

Viennese    Chicken

4  servings

2 Tablespoons butter

1  onion finely chopped

1    chicken  (2 to 3 pounds), cut into serving pieces

1 green pepper, chopped

2 carrots,peeled and  chopped

6 mushrooms, sliced

1  tomato, skinned and diced

1  cup chicken stock

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sour cream

2.  Add  the green pepper, carrots, mushrooms, tomato, stock, paprika, salt, and pepper .    Bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer 25 to  35 minutes, until the chicken is tender.

3.  Blend the flour with the cream  and stir into the skillet.  Reheat while stirring , but do not allow to boil.

The  New  York  Times International  Cookbook

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

National Go Red Day on February 6, 2009

National Go Red Day


Please join women across the country on National Wear Red day on February 6,2009, by wearing red on this day- a scarf, a tie, a jacket or a dress.  I’ll be wearing the little red dress pin, too.

The American Heart Association says that the number one killer of  women is due to cardiovascular disease.

There are steps you can take and in time  become a part of your daily life by learning Heart Healthy Habits.

Exercise for 30 minutes a day or on most days.

Eat healthy whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, legumes and fish

If you smoke, quit now!

Lose excess weight.

Know your family history of cardiovascular disease.


If you drink alcoholic beverages, drink in moderation.

Limit foods high in saturated fats and dietary cholesterol.


You can learn more about the national cause to increase awareness and help women reduce their risk of heart disease.


Princeton University in the snow

"looking through the Princeton U. gate

"looking through the Princeton U. gate

"Lady in Red"
“Lady in Red”

Ruby Tuesday #1:




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