Pair of pecan desserts, pistachio pudding | Community

NORTHWOOD — Clara Intagliata went to Bunco with a full platter of her layered pistachio pudding dessert.

She came home with a streak of green on the pan, with shots of cream cheese and whipped cream, and some crumbled Pecan Sandies.

The no-bake dessert was a real hit.

Her Bunco group, which shares desserts when they meet for the dice game, loved it, Intagliata said.

“They ate it all up,” she said.

“I don’t know where I found the recipe, and I’ve been making it for years. The kids like it,” said Intagliata, who has four children and eight grandchildren.

Cookies are the key to dessert, she says. Buy the Keebler brand; Intagliata also prefers Cool Whip and not generic.

The pistachio dessert doesn’t take long to make, but Intagliata said it needs time to refrigerate. She suggested making it the night before serving it.

“It needs to be refrigerated for a while, at least three hours,” she said.

“I really like to cook, just about anything: Spaghetti, meatloaf, desserts.”

Growing up in southern Toledo, Intagliata didn’t spend much time in the kitchen. She is a graduate of the Académie Notre-Dame.

“I really learned to cook because I had to, because we got married and I had four kids,” said Intagliata, who got married when she was 17.

“I graduated in June, I got married in July. He was 21,” she said. “My mom was 30 when she got married. She said it was too old to get married. But when I said I was going to get married, she said it was too young.

Her husband Jim’s favorite dish was Sicilian spaghetti.

“It cooks all day and has ribs, Italian sausages and meatballs and homemade bread.”

Jim died in September of COVID-19. They were married 59 years.

They were careful, Intagliata said, and vaccinated. But Jim had other medical issues and the virus quickly took its toll after he contracted it, she said.

Intagliata never caught the virus.

“I’m doing better at talking about it,” she said of Jim’s death. “I’m a big believer in shooting, and please be careful.”

She faces her own health issues: Intagliata has stage four lung cancer,

“I’m doing really well,” she said. “I’m stable. I am on immunotherapy. … I take it one day at a time.

She was diagnosed two years ago.

She has a lot of family support. Her daughter lives nearby and the grandchildren are frequent visitors.

Intagliata also adores her work family in Walbridge, where she serves as council clerk. She prepares agendas, orders and minutes and organizes meetings.

“I love it, the people and the camaraderie here,” she said.

Intagliata is a retired customer service manager for The Blade, where she worked for 21 years.

“I stayed home for not quite a year and was bored,” she said. “There was an ad in the paper for the (Walbridge) job and I said, ‘I can do this job.’ … I don’t have to drive that far, I don’t have to pay for parking, and I can do whatever you want. And they said, ‘you’re hired.’

Intagliata, who is 77, said she was grateful for the part-time job.

“It gets me out of bed. It puts me with people. It would be really easy to pull the covers over my head, and I can’t do that.

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