This is one dish my mom often cooks in summer and it is awesome because you can prepare it in advance and enjoy it cold as a cold roast or thinly sliced in a sandwich with a bit of lemony mayo. Also, the lemony taste makes it light and perfect for the summer.
Today I am cooking meatballs. A coupe of days ago I was seeing Tyler’s Ultimate on the food network and he was tackling meatballs, and I decided I was going to make some as soon as possible. Now I do meatballs my way and they are a little different every time, so I use any meatball recipe only as an inspiration. The secret however is to always add enough breadcrumbs to make them fluffy. That’s how I did them today.
Because meatballs are so Italian, I posted it on Manu’s Menu event for the 150 Years of the Unification of Italy.
The other day I bought some eggplants at the farmers’ market. I love eggplants and one of my favorite way of cooking them is to roast them in the oven: when you cook them this way they get kind of a smoky flavor, which makes oven-baked eggplants the main character in any meal. As you will see I use the roasted eggplants in two way: one as a vegetarian entree and one as a pasta sauce.
Today I am invited to a dinner on a boat and I was asked to bring a salad. I am not an expert on Cesar salads and dressings so I decided to make a pasta salad with roasted vegetables. Very summery and perfect to prepare ahead.
Other things you can add to the pasta salad, if you like them, are mozzarella (the one shaped like balls and preserved in water, not the Kraft mozzarella sticks), crushed red pepper, black pepper, and/or capers.
Well, as someone relatively new to Thanksgiving, I have mixed feeling about this celebration. On one hand it is great because you get 4 consecutive days off of work, on the other hand, I really don’t know what to do: my family is far and doesn’t celebrate it anyway, I have no idea of how to cook a turkey and I have no childhood memory of happy thanksgivings. Anyway, it almost always end up that some nice Midwestern family adopts me and my boyfriend for the day and we contribute to the dinner with some Italian dish typical of Christmas. This time we brought some dessert.
First we went to Costco and bought all the Panettoni we could put our hands on. Panettone is an Italian sweet bread typical of Christmas and is vaguely reminiscent of an egg-y and fluffy raisin bread. In Italy we eat it at the end of Christmas supper or for breakfast all trough the season. Anyway, we love it a lot of Americans find it rather bland. So I did some sauces to make it more interesting.
Then I prepared a mascarpone mousse: this is way easier!
Finally I did a orange sauce: and this was easily my favorite!
Anyway we paired this sauces with panettone, but they would work well with a lot of other desserts and even cookies and, if you crave something super sweet and indulgent, the first 2 could even be eaten alone….