Thursday, August 23, 2012

Italians for Lunch


It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
~Winnie the Pooh/A.A. Milne 


Even better is a suggestion that includes Italians for lunch. Yesterday, we had these...



Italians are a native-to-Maine sandwich. Some of you are nodding your heads and thinking "hoagie" or "poor boy," and, yes, they are similar; however, these sandwiches are distinctive because of the rolls that are used to make them and the lack of mayonnaise and/or mustard. Come to Maine. Have an Italian! You'll see.

Originally, Italians were made so that the shipbuilders in Portland could have a quick, easy, nutritious lunch. In case you're interested in sandwich history, you can read more about it here.

Otherwise, all you need to know is that one should substitute one's own homegrown ripe tomatoes, toss the cardboard ones, and pour oneself a glass of chocolate milk. It is considered the perfect accompaniment.


Oh, John so must replace those cardboard tomatoes...

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Just popping this mosaic in at the last possible moment to document early morning light (6:30), tree color, and troubles with the new camera. I do hate to have the neighbors worrying about me; they already can't imagine what I'm doing taking so many photos of the place.

~Leaves and Light~

Have a yummy day!

Love Vee


33 comments:

  1. Oil, instead of mayo. Yes, I clicked on your Link!!! :-) And found out. It's as I figured.

    Get up too early, for the neighbors to notice.

    Or just wave to them and give 'em a big, bright smile. Then they won't *worry.* ,-)

    "Auntie"

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  2. Early morning, and early evening light are the-best, aren't they? Sooooo beautiful. Different some how. Kind of like the lovely lighting photography used in "Midnight In Paris." Oh and in "Amalie."

    But "Amalie" lighting effects were almost over-the-top. For the director's desired effect, of course.

    Anyway...

    Some call it, "Painter's Light." Should also call it, *Photographer's Light*!!!

    "Auntie"

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  3. ....and now Im hungry! Huzzah for a home grown tomato!

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  4. It's probably not good to be craving a sub (what a similar sandwich is called here) this early in the morning. But it is what it is...thanks to your photos. Mmmmm...

    Pretty mosaic. I am seeing the trees and the morning light, but not troubles with the camera. It all looks good to me!

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  5. I'm always learning interesting tidbits in my morning blog reading. Have just read the link about Italian sandwiches. Sounds yummy and looks yummy too.
    Lovely morning light mosaic. If I were your neighbor I wouldn't wonder why you were taking so many pictures of your house, but I might wonder about that pan sitting on the ground :D. Catching rainwater? I know when I take a pan outside it is the pan I made my hummingbird nectar in. Which reminds me, it's time to do that.

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  6. Vee,

    You are simply a delight.

    I actually laughed out loud about your neighbors comment, haha.

    Keep 'em guessin! Tee hee.

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  7. i sometimes wonder the same with our neighbors. I am out quite often with the camera catching the next phase of the shed. Odd woman I am! Maybe just maybe they think you could be moving? In which case you must put them at ease. I do however have to wonder myself about your pan....interesting addition to your mosaic! Lovely "Italians", would be good with my pie! Enjoy your day!

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  8. I agree - you are simply a delight Vee!! I too wondered about the pan sitting out - when mine is sitting on the sidewalk it means I made something that practically caught fire ;). Have a yummy day to you too - BTW your Italian looks delish!

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  9. Even if they weren't, your camera (new?) surely made those sandwiches look mouth-watering. I love your first light photos!

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  10. Your Italian looks delicious! Nothing like a fresh tomato to top it all of! You have a beautiful home Vee. Who cares what the neighbors think... photograph away!

    Enjoy your beautiful day!

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  11. Those sandwiches look yummy, but please tell the story about the pan's placement. I'm curious! Great mosaic.

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  12. Those sammies look wonderful! Do they have oil and vinegar on them?

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  13. Your title had me going. I was wondering if I'd see a table full of Italians! Those Italians do look yummy. I think it's fun to keep the neighbors wondering....

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  14. It's fun that every locality has its specialty sandwich! In Iowa we had 'maid rites'. I thought they were sloppy-jos, but discovered otherwise. I think I'll post the recipe over at MGCC one of these days. I'm just wondering...could I add mayo to the Italian? Or is that a no-no?

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  15. Mayo? Vinegar? ☺ Ackkkk...That would be a HUGE no-no, Judy, as would be adding vinegar, Penny. Stick with a light drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

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  16. Such a fun post. Our kids are moving tomorrow and I said I would bring sandwich fixings for our supper tonight. These looks just right! (not sure if I can live without my mayo and mustard though :)

    The mosaic is lovely with the leaves and light.

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  17. I got so happy when I saw your post title today! I now have another treat to look forward to when I eventually get up to Maine to visit. Right after the lobster roll, though. Bless you for getting up so early to capture the beautiful light. Once again your photos look like fine paintings. xo

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  18. We call these "hero" sandwiches in Brooklyn,New York, Vee. Native Italiens do not use mustard or mayo or ketchup...ever! To this day my husband dislikes to even look at mustard (while I love it!) Italiens love their olive oil and that is probably why its the only condiment they use on thick crusty bread sandwiches. I'm not too sure if they would add pickles, though like yours had on them!

    Your house looks so pretty with all that grass and green trees surrounding it. What is up with the pot and its lid sitting outside?

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  19. Mom, sure beats my Cheerios!!! I love Italians, my mom used to make them when we were kids too! Yum is right!

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  20. mamma mia che fame posso????? buono!!!!! bravissima.. baci lu

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  21. I am now hungry for one of those Italians, Alas they are unheard of in this area.

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  22. Even though I have eaten my lunch - a nice salad - I am hungry for a delicious sandwich!

    Your photos are lovely.....

    Deanna

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  23. Yummy looking sandwiches!
    Maybe your neighbors will think your planning on selling your house and your getting some last pictures of it.
    I'm making vegetable pasta for supper tonight.
    I'm sure I'll blog about it. : )

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  24. Not hard to tell I'm Canadian...I thought you were having some Italian people over for lunch. LOL
    This is a new type of sandwich for me, sounds yummy and I'm with you - I hate cardboard tomatoes.
    Judith

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  25. Wait a minute here! Did you change that mosaic?! Surely that pot and its lid was not there this morning. (Or was it simply too early for me to notice such things?)

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  26. Love your pretty mosaic...I have to ponder what the pan might have to do with anything other than catching a little rainwater but, I also see the lid.

    Good lookin' sandwiches...:)

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  27. I make it a point to never read previous comments until AFTER I have left mine (want MY ideas to come across, not someone elses) but I see that I am not the only one with PAN WONDER. :)

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  28. I can see you are definately going to have an early Autumn.. The trees are changing. I'm scratching my head over the pot? That might worry the neighbors more than the camera!

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  29. Growing up in Queens, NY we called these sandwiches, "Heros." They look delicious and I would love one! Hope you're having a good day!

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  30. I wondered WHO you were entertaining for lunch! Ha! Wish we'd heard of these before our visit to Maine. Then we could have told our Italian kids, "Hey, we ate a whole Italian for lunch today!" There were so many "new" foods to try. What fun! Your place looks lovely in all lights and shades!

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  31. I was wondering who the Italians were you were having for lunch! Ha! We call this type sandwich sub sandwiches around here. They're usually slathered with mayo. Olive oil sounds better! Looks good and thanks for making me hungry. It's only about 11 pm and the perfect time for eating...not!!

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  32. I adore Pooh wisdom! And now I am feeling a bit famished, LOL!

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  33. Vee:
    I see SOOOOOmany posts here that would be great to link to my "Open House"!

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