Our Granddaughter Rylee Shea has arrived! Did you hear the music at 4:53 PM last Wednesday? While it took a few days for her to make her way into this world, her entry was grand. She is peaceful and beautiful. So what does one do while awaiting the birth of a Grandchild? Cook, of course...
On day one, I began by making a sauce with pork. I use a good olive oil and browned spareribs. Once finished, I removed the pork and added the basil, parsley, onion and garlic to begin the process and once the whole house is smelling wonderful, I added San Marzano tomatoes and a good squirt of a concentrated tomato paste. I don't make this as often as I used to so when I do, I use either a large can or four regular cans of tomatoes. To break up the tomatoes, you can use your hands (messy) or wait till it simmers for a while and use a masher or an immersion blender.
I then moved to eggplant and we had that with angel hair pasta. We were lucky enough to have both children and grandchild with us at the table. Of course I made way too much so the next day I made an Angel Hair Pasta Bake. Jimmy says I ALWAYS make too much of everything. To the pasta, I added ground sirloin, mushrooms and leftover fried eggplant, parmesan cheese, eggs and topped with mozzarella cheese. Oh baby, that was one of the best leftovers I ever made! Best of all, you cut into squares and it freezes well.
Yes, I continued to make other things as well and will make certain I fill up their freezer before we head back to Naples. It keeps me busy and content until I get to cooking for clients once again. In the meantime, I am enjoying my spending quality time with my famiglia under the summer sun...
Have a great week and enjoy your famiglia. I know i will.
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