Family & Friends

Occasionally readers ask me about the names on this blog. Crouton. Ditalini. Escargot. A bit of explanation is in order.

When I started this blog I decided to use a nom de plume. My wife, who contributes many of the recipes here and inspires almost everything I come up with on my own, got one too. I’m Crouton, she’s Ditalini. Pretty soon our kids, who help with the cooking when they visit, needed names too. And our grandkids. And our dogs. And the friends who visit our table and appear on the blog. In Crouton’s Kitchen, everyone has a name.

Why? Why not?

The deMenthe Family

  • Crouton deMenthe (moi)
  • Ditalini deMenthe (maiden name: della Fagioli)
  • Escargot deMenthe (daughter)
  • Baguette deMenthe (son)
  • Truffle deMenthe (daughter in law)
  • Biscotto deMenthe (grandaughter)
  • Pesce deMenthe (grandson)
  • Radicchio della Fagioli (Ditalini’s aunt)
  • Mortadella deMenthe (beloved dachshund)
  • Ubriaco deMenthe (auxiliary but equally beloved dachshund)
  • Peolso deMenthe (horrible but beloved old cat)

L to R: Escargot, Baguette, Pesce, Truffle, Biscotti, Ditalini (w/Mortadella), Crouton

Friends of the Blog & Recipe Contributors

  • Soufflé al Dente
  • Fagiolo al Dente
  • Gina Cannoli
  • Bock Wurst
  • Poulet en Crote
  • Calamari en Crote
  • Osso Bucco
  • Pomme Frites
  • Fritzie Frites
  • Moules Frites
  • Remoulade Sausee
  • Guido Trattoria
  • Sophia Trattoria
  • Pomodoro Calde
  • Bangers N. Mash
  • Tex “Mex” Mash
  • Grissini Asperagi
  • Gusti Come Pollo
  • Magret de Canard
  • Tiburón Ceviche
  • Camarón Ceviche
  • Manzo Spezzatino
  • Anitra Spezzatino
  • Houskový Knedlík
  • Manzo Bistecca
  • Legume Burgoo
  • Lambchop Burgoo
  • Recto Alpaso

L to R: Poulet en Crote, Gina Cannoli, Bock Wurst, Osso Bucco, Moules Frites, Pomme Frites, Ditalini