Archive for May, 2010

I remember that movie as being one of the scariest at that time when we were young.  Those distinctive, tell-tale windows made every other house with them seem so forboding.  Unfortunately, those windows didn’t make it through the updated renovation.  A time has ended…

‘Amityville Horror’ child says house is beautiful

Thursday May 27, 2010 4:19 PM By Valerie Kellogg

He is known today as Christopher Quaratino, but in the 1970s he was Chris Lutz, a member of the family that moved into the so-called “Amityville Horror” house after Ronald DeFeo Jr. had murdered his parents and sibilings.

Although the family lived there only 28 days, his late mother and stepfather’s tale of supernatural terror became the basis of the bestselling Jay Anson book “The Amityville Horror: A True Story,” which was turned into the blockbuster 1979 hit movie. Quaratino, now 42 and living in Arizona, changed his name from Lutz in the 1980s while serving in the U.S. Army. The Gulf War veteran says he wanted “to escape public scrutiny” and not “be a part of the freak show.”

Now Quaratino says he wants to set the record straight about what really happened while living as a child at the 1927 Dutch Colonial on the canal. (It has since been renovated, is now on the market for $1.15 million and is on its third owner since the Lutz family lived there.) Quaratino, who rehabs foreclosures, is writing his own book about what happened in the house.

Quaratino, who has not been to the neighborhood since 2005, says that while living at the house he saw a shadowy figure come to him and that his bedroom window opened and shut repeatedly one night. “There were things that took place, not as described in the book,” he says, adding that George Lutz was into the occult and that this “brought up spirits.”

“That stuff [spirits] followed us for years,” he adds. “It’s not because of the house.”

His estranged brother, Daniel, is making a documentary about his experience titled “My Amityville Horror.”

After the property came on the market this week, Quaratino saw the photos online. “The house looks beautiful,” he says. The owner, he adds, “did a fantastic job on the remodel. It looks a hell of a lot better than when I lived there. He did an excellent job.”

Kale with Cannellini Beans

1 bunch firm, fresh Kale
1 large Vidallia Onion
1 cup chopped Baby Carrots
2 cloves Garlic
1 large can of Chicken Stock
2 small cans or 1 large can of Cannellini Beans, drained slightly
1/2 tsp. Thyme
Slice the Vidallia Onions thinly.  Cook in pot with vegetable oil until golden yellow and cooked through, but not carmelized.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the carrots and cook for another minute or two.  Add the garlic and cook another minute.  Add the Thyme.

Add the chicken stock.  Cover and bring up to a light simmer.

While that’s coming up to temperature, wash the Kale, remove the stems, and then chop into bite-size pieces.

Add to the pot.  After coming up to temperature, simmer for 10-15 minutes until the Kale is tender.

Add the Cannellini Beans.  Continue to simmer until they are warmed through.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve this in the broth as a soup with a nice piece of garlic bread.   You can also use a slotted spoon and just take out the goodies and use them as a vegetable side dish without the broth.

Either way, it’s delicious!


Get creative and consider adding different vegetables to bulk it up.  Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Summer Squash would all work well.