Alas, my beautiful and charming Mrs. Chowbelly is not the first, there was another before her – but that’s a tale for another time. The ex-Mrs Chowbelly is Sicilian and can whip up anything in the kitchen with just what she has laying around. You know, divorce can be a cantankerous thing and all parties lose a part of themselves. But sometimes its the small things you wish you could take with you. One example of that is her Amogio Sauce recipe.  Amogio is like an Italian salsa – it can be eaten on meat, fish, poultry, bread or pasta. Amogio recipes vary from region to region in Italy and even moreso from family to family. The ex_Mrs.Chowbelly wont part with her secret for anyone! I’ve even sent our 23-year old daughter on covert missions to look through her recipe boxes and we’ve come up empty! Throughout the past 6 or 7 years I have tried to recreate it a few times and have been sorely disappointed. This time, however, I think I’ve got it! Please give feedback and let me know how your family makes this amazing condiment.


Chowbelly’s Amogio

1/2 C.Finely diced tomatoes
¼ C. Olive oil
¼ C. Fresh lemon juice
2 Tbls Fresh minced garlic
1 Tbls Fresh chopped mint
¼ Tsp Red Pepper flakes
¼ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp Finely ground White Pepper

Add all ingredients in a non-reactive storage container and allow to combine flavors several hours before serving.


ex-Mrs.Chowbelly: If you’re listening, am I close?