If you are an organic health nut, you might want to skip this installment of “Buon Appetito” (Dr. Isles, if you are reading this, that includes you). This blog entry is all about Italian deli cold cuts, and if you don't like cold cuts or think they're bad for you, well then – save it! (Everything in moderation I always say. Besides, what good is life if you can't have a slice of salami once in a while?) Now, besides being delicious, cold cuts have a very special place in my heart because I've eaten them at nearly every important event in my life – whether it was a wedding, a birthday, an anniversary, a holiday … you get the point. In fact, after I gave birth to Jane, I was lying in the hospital bed and the only thing I could think about was a “Joe DiMaggio” sandwich (cotechini, hard salami, hot capicola, and provolone) from the Mona Lisa Deli. So that's what my ex-husband went out and got me and
I ate – while he held Jane!
Do you have your jars of tomato sauce ready!? Great! Now, throw them in the trashcan! If you're
reading my “Buon Appetito” blog series, it means you care about food, and if you care about food, then do yourself a favor and spend the extra time to make a nice marinara on your stovetop. Now, baked ziti may not be as famous as her glamorous old
er sister – lasagna – but for me, baked ziti really does say love. In fact, ziti actually means “groom” and zite means “bride” in Sicilian … baked ziti got its name because it was always a traditional meal at wedding parties. From the golden brown crust to the piping hot
mozzarella cheese, what about baked ziti doesn't say love?
Forget the store bought stuff.
Making homemade pasta the old-fashioned way is fast, simple, and delicious. Whether you're a top chef or new to the kitchen, anyone can do it! All you
need is flour, eggs, and salt. I myself have been making pasta since I was a little girl. Every Sunday afternoon, my entire family would gather together after Mass for food, family, and catching up. That's when my grandmother and my aunts
taught me how to cook traditional Sicilian dishes like manicotti and Pasta alla Norma … But it all starts with the pasta. Why is homemade pasta so much better? Well it's freshly made, so the taste is richer. The texture is unique because it's made the ancient artisan way, not in a factory (and as Dr. Isles always tells me, homemade pasta doesn't have any preservatives). Last but not least, it's fun to make!
There are a lot of ways to show someone that you really care, but in my opinion, making a well-cooked meal is
the best. Feeding someone isn't like giving them money or advice or even time. It's the most basic way of taking care of a person. So a well-cooked meal is actually better than a warm hug! Is there a kinder gesture than fixing dinner for your love
d one? It's a great way to show
him that you really care. And after a bad breakup, what's better than a nice big lasagna? And when a friend loses a loved one, a home-cooked meal can give special comfort … After all, how can you feel empty when you've just eaten a big plate of online casino tuna casserole?!