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June 12, 2014

Italian dishes in double high C

PLATTSBURGH — Carmela and Delphine Calamari flit, at the moment, between New York City and Philadelphia.

The Calamari Sisters’ hilarious Italian stew of cooking, dancing and singing will be front, center and sideways in the Strand Center for the Arts on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14.

“We’re about to start a web series,” said Delphine, the more stable of the two. “It’s called ‘Calamari Sisters and Friends.’ It took much convincing on my part. Just the word ‘viral’ makes me nervous.”

The series will feature celebrity friends stopping in to make food.

“We’ve been advised by so many people to do it,” Delphine said. “We have big dreams. We want to be on the television more so than public-access cable. They said this is the way to do it these days. It’s not like it used to be.”

‘GREW UP WITH MUSIC’

The sisters have danced, sung and cooked almost since the cradle with their grandmother and mother.

“We had a little jukebox in the kitchen and put on songs and sang along. We grew up with music of our parents — Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Dean Martin. Rosemary Clooney is one of my favorites. I think she must be part Italian because of the wonderful songs she sang.”

The Calamari Sisters are all about fun but are serious as cement shoes when it comes to mangia, mangia, mangia.

For a simple summer dish, Delphine suggests a bean and garlic dip.

“You roast the garlic,” she said. “You roast the beans. You use a food processor. It’s delicious. You can smear it on anything. We use cannellini beans. It’s like Italian hummus.”

The Calamari Sisters’ specialty is chicken a la Calamari, using their mother’s secret red sauce.

“We don’t give that recipe out,” Delphine said. “It’s a simple pasta dish with chicken, pasta and mozzarella.”

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