Fabulous Favorites: Grandma Cosentino always had plans when she picked a peck of peppers. “She cooked all the time and she was a fabulous cook,” said her daughter-in-law Margaret Cosentino of Amsterdam. A spicy, stuffed bell pepper was just one of Josephine’s kitchen accomplishments.
Margaret Cosentino of Amsterdam submitted a stuffed pepper recipe for Fabulous Favorites that was handed down from her mother-in-law, Josephine Cosentino.
Unlike many recipes for stuffed peppers, Grandma Cosentino’s instructions do not include rice. “What you have to do is get the right ingredients,” Margaret Cosentino said. “I’ve been using Mastroianni bread right now. American bread doesn’t have the substance Italian bread does. It’s too light for stuffed peppers.”
Josephine Cosentino came to the United States in 1930. A natural cook, she never used recipes, but would lay out all her ingredients and explain how a dish was made.
Margaret Cosentino points to one of her husband's family photos in their Amsterdam home. Her stuffed pepper recipe came from her husband's mother, Josephine Cosentino.