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  • Apparently some of it had crept into Guiseppina's heart also, for she refrained from flying out when the long-delayed "minestra" turned out to be smoked, and she even went so far as to give Saint Antonio a chaste kiss as she restored him to the crooked nail to which he had hung for so long a time.

    The Argosy Vol. 51, No. 2, February, 1891

  • 'minestra' and 'macaroni' the more; and a three or four hours 'conversation' de suite 'produces a thousand useful informations, which short meetings and snatches at third places do not admit of; and many of those gentlemen are by no means unwilling to dine' gratis '.

    Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1750

  • As your friends and family are finishing their minestra maritata, sneak off to the kitchen for a moment.

    Jacob Kenedy's Italian Christmas recipes

  • A minestra at every meal allowed a family β€œto live in tranquility, without sacrifices, and with a certain degree of elegance.”


  • Whether it came in the form of soup, rice, or pasta, a first course or minestra was almost all a woman needed to cook in order to fulfill her domestic duty.


  • We headed back to my house and kicked ass in the kitchen and cooked up some bean and kale minestra & cornbread.

    Dru Blood - I believe in the inherent goodness of all beings: Tired.

  • One finds good things, you know -- friends, and sunshine, and beauty, and enough minestra to go on with, and sheltered places on the shore to boil one's kettle in.

    The Lee Shore

  • Peggy scrubbed Illuminato's bullet head dry with her handkerchief (it had been lying in his minestra bowl), slapped him lightly on the hands, and said absently, "Don't worry poor Daddy, who's so tired."

    The Lee Shore

  • Vyvian, toying disgustedly with his burnt minestra, was saying in his contemptuous voice, "Of course, if you like _that_, you may as well like the Frari monuments at once and have done."

    The Lee Shore

  • Teresina, clattering about the marble floor with the minestra, screamed

    The Lee Shore


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