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2004/03/03 11:19:50 (permalink)

scamutz!!!!!

this a food item used in and around hazleton pa i'll give everybody a shot at it before i tell you what it is!!!!!!
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 11:29:13 (permalink)
    It's a cheese, and, while it is often pronounced skuh-MOATS, it is spelled scamorse.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 11:31:49 (permalink)
    It's a homemade Italian cheese used sometimes in place of Mozzarella.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 11:34:27 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    It's a cheese, and, while it is often pronounced skuh-MOATS, it is spelled scamorse.
    up here it's spelled scamutz,is it served on steak or meatball sandwiches where you live?
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 13:42:05 (permalink)
    I thought it was fake Utz potato chips...
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 14:02:48 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by marcbla

    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    It's a cheese, and, while it is often pronounced skuh-MOATS, it is spelled scamorse.
    up here it's spelled scamutz,is it served on steak or meatball sandwiches where you live?


    Actually, I misspelled it. It's scamorze. It's a cheese similar to mozzarella, but slighty more salty. Nowadays it's made from whole cows milk, but it used to be made strictly from the milk of water buffaloes. It can be used in place of mozzarella. Oh, and I live in Ohio.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 14:09:19 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by meowzart

    I thought it was fake Utz potato chips...


    Gold star for that one, M!

    Scamutz is just another in a long line Italo-Americanized words. I continually reprimand a friend who leaves off the end vowel and says, mortadell, prosciut, and mozarell. No, I do not do this to Big Dave in Mike's Deli on Arthur Avenue.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 14:32:36 (permalink)
    You forgot capicol. I was about 25 when I first heard the words mozzarella, capicola, mortadella, prosciuto and scamorze.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 14:47:06 (permalink)
    And think of, a-beetz! Pizza that has been in a car wreck.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 14:49:19 (permalink)
    Don't mess with my heritage. It's apizza, pronounced ah-BEETZ.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 14:55:08 (permalink)
    And my grandmother made a great min-ah-stron.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 14:58:54 (permalink)
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 15:12:05 (permalink)
    Come to think of it, a lot of people I grew up with always said provolone with the last syllable like "loan". Kind of like Grampy's grandmother. Is this just a Pennsylvania thing? Or a Philly thing?

    I think locutions are fascinating!
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/03 15:27:00 (permalink)
    I think it's as American as ah-BEETZ pie.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/04 02:33:48 (permalink)
    My grandparents dropped the vowels too----always--i thought everyone did until i got to high school, and we were from MA not PA. It seemed to me that all the folks "old country" did this and so did thier kids.I always thought provalone with the e pronounced sounded silly!--but oddly the a on the end of mortadella was kept! Odd---hadn't thought of that before.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/04 09:10:36 (permalink)
    Don't you guys watch the Sopranos. Its not capicol. Its gaba-gool.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/04 12:20:17 (permalink)
    If any youz guys wanna go fer panna pitz afta work, gimme hollor.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/04 13:12:59 (permalink)
    Or we could get togethah and have pasta fazool.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/04 17:23:53 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by howard8

    Don't you guys watch the Sopranos. Its not capicol. Its gaba-gool.

    Dont know much about the Sopranos really,but i do know the Santoros and the Palucci's and i know that to "Paizon's" its capacol---to"Goomba's" its gabagool! If your a goomba---youll know it!
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/05 02:51:19 (permalink)
    Similarly with "calzone." I used to pronounce the final "e" until realizing that at least half of the rest of the world leaves it off. According to a coworker of mine who's been to Italy, there are, not surprisingly, regional differences in pronunciation even among Italians, so either way could be correct depending on where you are.

    I still remember my bewilderment on learning that "baloney" was spelled B-O-L-O-G-N-A.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2004/03/05 07:14:39 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by spaniel


    I still remember my bewilderment on learning that "baloney" was spelled B-O-L-O-G-N-A.


    That IS odd---i thought it was spelled-"O-s-c-a-r-M-e-y-e-r-!"
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2008/07/07 01:56:58 (permalink)
    SCAMUTZ is actually the top whey of Mozzarella cheese that has been collected with part of it's treatment being stretched and then formed into balls which are then placed into boiling water and then removed and placed into ice. The resulting properties of this cheese unique to HAZLETON, Pennsylvania, is that it melts easily and is stringy. Usually used as ONE of the cheeses on Pitza (verbalized locally as PITZ) - some may call it MINER PITZA or Miners Pitza ; square cut & served cold to go into a miner's lunch box. Because SCAMUTZ is very light and delicate in taste, it often requires an assist from another sister cheese to impart additional flavor. Also used on a sandwich or hoagie with sausage or meatballs ordered as a " SCAMUTZ and Sausage Sandwich" or melted on french fries and served with a scoop of brown gravy while the cheese stretches on the way to your taste buds. ALL taste GREAT - making your mouth water- HENNA or No ?

    With the recent migration of people to Hazleton with NON-Coal Cracker accents (New York, Jersey, and Latin accents), this time consuming Artisan crafted cheese delicacy is becoming scarce even locally. Much to the dismay of former Hazletonians who return to visit family and hope to take some local treasures back, SCAMUTZ may allude their grasp and carry-on/freezer bag.

    "YOUS GUYS" can SEES me at scamutz@gmail.com
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2008/07/07 08:40:04 (permalink)
    scamutz, Welcome to roadfood.

    When I pass through Hazleton I always pick up a couple, two-tree boxes of Pitza.

    Try this link if you need ta brush up on Heynabonics.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sMI2jb16eo&NR=1
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2008/07/07 09:19:01 (permalink)
    I haven't seen anyone say anything about Mad-e-gautz (Manicotti).
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2008/07/07 09:32:50 (permalink)
    Is it spelled schmaltz?
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2008/07/07 09:36:13 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by lleechef

    Or we could get togethah and have pasta fazool.


    Someone asked me how I make my pastafazool. I said that I don't have a recipe for that, but I make a fine pasta e fagioli.

    The other question is whether to put the pasta into the soup or add it to the bowl at the time of service? Some folks like squishy noodles.

    mark
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2008/07/07 10:41:22 (permalink)
    Scamorze or Ska-mooz a nice table cheese and good for some dishes.
    There is a fresh version and a smoked version, smoked being better in my opinion. But it's not a cheese to keep well, seems to dry out fast.
    So if buying keep that in mind.
    I used to buy mine from a shop in the North End of Boston visited this shop many times, weekly. I stoped for awhile because the people taking pictures from up the street turned out not to be tourists.
    Looks like things are back to normal now though. Chow Jim
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2008/07/07 13:32:42 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by exsquidao

    I haven't seen anyone say anything about Mad-e-gautz (Manicotti).

    Oh.. I thought that was MAN-UH-GOT
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2008/07/07 13:34:44 (permalink)
    When I lived in Mass, I had no clue when this older man ordered a
    BUHDAYDUH.

    He wanted a baked potato.
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    RE: scamutz!!!!! 2008/07/07 14:21:16 (permalink)
    Italian food along the I-81 corridor of PA, is dismal at best. After trying several suggested pizzarias (some from roadfood members) in Harrisburg, Hazelton, Wilkes Barre and Scranton, along with a few sit down Italian restaurants, I have concluded that the best food in that area, does not involve anything Italian. The I-81 corridor from MD border to NY border is void of anything a NY or Boston Italian would call good.

    In fact, when it comes to good Italian food along the entire stretch of I-81 from the Thousand Islands to I-40, I'd only look to Syracuse.
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