Tastes Better When Someone Else Prepares and Serves

Classic winter lunch made and served by my daughter Laura. Hit the spot on a gray chilly day.

img_3117Cheddar and Monterey Jack on wheat was the grilled cheese. She used the stovetop cast iron grill I gave her for Christmas. (Which covers two burners)

When Your Neighbor Brings You Pancetta

When your neighbor brings you pounds of pancetta, what else can you do? (Thank you Joaquin.)

Find a recipe, quickly.

I read some eat pancetta raw but that turned me.

Next time I’ll slice it more thinly. First, I warmed the dish in the oven, cooked the cut up pancetta for about 8 minutes in my cast iron skillet and then drained it on paper towels. Tossed  the eggs, cheese, minced garlic cloves mixture  onto the hot drained spaghetti  in the warmed casserole   Freshly ground pepper. Rich and good. Next time I’ll hold off on salting the pasta water as the pancetta and cheese made it salty enough.  The recipe called for 1/2 cup white wine which I didn’t have on hand so poured a glass of red to accompany this perfect dish for a snowy day.

Spaghetti Carbonara  

There’s plenty of pancetta left for several meals if you have any suggestions.

Fried Bologna Sandwich First Attempt 

Fried Bologna Sandwich? It’s a Pittsburgh thing.

I didn’t grow up here so I’ve only heard about them. Today I looked the the fridge and found the deli bologna I bought for Steve to make his Akron Sandwich special. I think it might be sliced a bit thin but then I actually looked up a Recipe  one said 3 thin better than one thick. Hmmmmm

Got out the trusty cast iron skillet and put iibutter in the hot pan. Didn’t take long for it to sizzle and fry up. Put on a slice of bread with mustard.  Delicious.  I would add it to the comfort food list for sure! I know  I’ve heard Pittsburghers refer to  bologna  as Jumbo. 

It’s Game Day in the Burgh! 

 


Fresh Ravioli

iPhone shots at Groceria Italiana this morning. 

I’ll go back another time with my camera and maybe capture two more People at Work for my series. Carol and Adrienne (sp?) These women were working hard to make all of these beautiful ravioli in short order. So many choices of fillings. 

And yes, I bought a dozen of the fresh ravioli, they boxed them for me right there. I poured sauce over them and  baked  (covered  w foil) for 40 minutes. 

A salad on the side and we had a hearty dinner on a day cool enough to fire up the oven. Delicious. 

Drying in the freezer before being boxed 


Watching the two women prepare the ravioli this morning made me think of Chicago John of Bartolini  Kitchens blog and his family stories about how his mother and his dear aunt, Zia, would get up at five to make fresh ravioli for holiday dinners. Click the blue link for his post. 

Homegrown Chives Garnish Pierogies Supper

While the men loaded up the chairs, Suzanne gave me a tour of her garden and shared some chives. She said you can eat the blossom! 
After we pulled away from our friends’ house,(where we’d gone to borrow folding chairs) Steve and I needed something to eat. 

We drove down the hill to the Bryant Street Market, and found homemade Pierogies in a ziploc bag in their freezer.

I sautéed plenty of sliced Vidalia onions in butter, too.  

Added the snipped fresh chives garnish which complemented the potato and cheese filled pierogies.