Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mohawk Valley's Riggiefest

When my daughter and son-in-law moved to Utica, NY I first heard about "riggies". This pasta dish is unique to the upstate New York area. Riggies are actually rigatoni with chunks of chicken and green peppers lightly covered with spicy marinara sauce. We tried it for the first time last weekend. It was very good and makes a great dish for a crowd. Rigatoni is one of my favorite pastas because it brings back memories of the next-door neighbors of my childhood.

Last weekend was also the 5th annual Riggiefest, a cook-off between restaurants, and lots of sampling. This year there was also a home cooking champion. All the proceeds from the community supported event benefit the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley.

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