The Paul Lagos Food Thread

I've already meantioned the Pheasant Enchiladas and his fabled spaghetti sauce (called gravy in the east, yes?) is world famous. Here are a few other small details.

I just saw an add for seven grain cereal on American TV. Paul had founbd a place in the early 70's where you could buy the separate ingredients and make your own seven grain cereal, granola and the rest.

I think Paul was the first person to tell me that particles of cookware came off in the food, so iron skillets were best, the iron won't hurt you whereas aluminum or coated ones weren't. I don't know if it's true, but I still recall it.

Paul was the only person I've ever know to have a vegetable juicer. This is a very large machine and pretty expensive too, if I recall correctly. However, it made the best apple and fruit juices, separating out the pulp and seeds. The fresh vegetable juice was amazing, though! Imagine a v8-like cocktail mixed to your taste and with very fresh veg. Tomato, carrot and celery would give you a serious rush in the morning! Wish I had one of those juicers now.

How about the goats on Fenn street? How weird is it to be looking out over downtown L.A. from Fenn Street, and seeing on a clear day, Santa Catalina Island? All this while watching the goats eat the anis Paul planted for them. I guess Michelle was getting the benefit of the goat's milk and I'm sure Paul was cooking with it.

It's kind of a shame that Paul didn't get into wine in the old days. He could have gotten the supplies and knowing him, he'd have made a seriously good wine from the grape concentrate you can get by mail order.

Finally, and this is important, whenever we went on the road with PFDA, Paul had a trunk with two electric frying pans. He always cooked on the road and when he did we ate seriously good meals! We did get kicked out of a motel or two for cooking in the room, but only once or twice.

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  • Oct 30 2009, 3:36 AM
    Anne responded:
    NO NO NO!!!!!Gravy comes from meat...sauce comes from tomatoes. Grandma always said "real italians say sauce."
  • Oct 30 2009, 3:45 AM
    randulo responded:
    Must be a regional thing. My good friend whose family came from the Bronx insists it's called gravy. We'd need a reference like the Sopranos or Goodfellows to be sure, though.
  • Oct 30 2009, 4:10 AM
    Anne responded:
    My Aunts insisted "Gravy" is an American thing. They had three names each and were the best cooks ever. I've never had food like theirs anywhere. Paul lived with them when he was a kid while Grandpa was @ war.
  • Oct 30 2009, 6:39 AM
    Nick Lagos responded:
    Some of my italian friends from New York called it gravy - we always called it sauce.

    Paul brought a juicer with him to Florida and we started going down to the regional food distribution center in Tampa (on Hillsborough ave) an purchasing cases of apples and carrots and sometimes vegetables and we would make a cocktail. As Randy says - it was a big time rush to your system and (like usual) a big time mess but we juiced everyday for months.

  • Oct 30 2009, 6:44 AM
    randulo responded:
    Speaking of the aftermath of veg juice, it all went in the compost pile. What hippies we all were in those days and Paul was the chief hippie! When Eve and I lived in the country in France in the 80's, we had no indoor toilets, but we sure ahd a compost pile.