Cucina casalinga: homestyle cooking from my Italian-American kitchen

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Buongiorno!

Braciole is on the menu this week: it's a special-occasion meat dish that is always popular with my family.


BRACIOLE - Italian meat rolls

1 1/2 pound beef, sliced thin and cut into six pieces
3/4 cup bread crumbs
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup fresh basil (or to taste)
1 1/2 cup canned tomatoes (or use fresh)














directions

Cut the beef into very thin slices, place between 2 pieces of waxed paper and pound thin.
Sprinkle with bread crumbs, grated cheese, basil,
rolled and secured with toothpicks.

Brown the braciole. It is then put in a pot with canned tomatoes and tomato paste.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, turning the rolls occasionally, until the beef is tender when pierced with a knife, about 2 hours. Check from time to time to see if the sauce is becoming too dry; add a little water if needed.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A - Abbondanza!


Starting off the alphabet with some
Italian-American essentials:

an Antipasto appetizer platter,
with sausage, cheese, olives, and tomatoes -
always a favorite to nibble on

and a sip or two of
Amaretto and Anisette
 

Alla tua salute! – To your health!
 
And there are additional A entries to be admired at
 
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Quiltabet

 
Due to family problems, this project was abandoned earlier this year.  For personal reasons I decided not to go back and do all the rest of the alpha blocks.  Right now the quilt top is **resting** in my unfinished pile.
 
I'm making plans to join the newest Alphabe series, beginning on November 20.
 
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

K - Quiltabet

 
K: Kitchen Woodbox

 
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

J - Quiltabet

J: Jack in the Box

 
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I - Quiltabet

I am making a scrappy red alphabet sampler quilt using 
10" pieced blocks in traditional patterns
 

I: Indian Star
 here

 
more I Alphabe entries here
 
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

H - Quiltabet

I am making a scrappy red alphabet sampler quilt using 
10" pieced blocks in traditional patterns
 

H: Home Circle

 
 more H Alphabe entries here
 
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

G - Quiltabet

 
 
I am making a scrappy red alphabet sampler quilt using 
10" pieced blocks in traditional patterns
 

G: Grandmothers Puzzle

 
 more G Alphabe entries here
 
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

F - Quiltabet

 
 
I am making a scrappy red alphabet sampler quilt using 
10" pieced blocks in traditional patterns
 

F: Fox and Geese

 
more F Alphabe entries here
 
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice

 
 
May the blessing of wonder be upon you
May your soul awake to the glow of the new born sun

May you find your life is a fresh page
waiting to be written upon
May you begin again
Be born again
A new self
A new journey

May you turn the wheel again towards hope

  "The Blessing Of The Child Of Wonder"
Joanna Howell Colbert
 
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

E - Quiltabet


I am making a scrappy red alphabet sampler quilt using 
10" pieced blocks in traditional patterns
 

E: Empire Star

 
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Home Sweet Home -
on the front porch
 
 more E Alphabe entries here

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

D - Quiltabet

I am making a scrappy red alphabet sampler quilt using 
10" pieced blocks in traditional patterns
 
 
D: Domino
 here


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Home Sweet Home 
 kitchen sink windowsill, very early winter morning
 
Find more D Alphabe entries here
 
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

C - Quiltabet

I am making a scrappy red alphabet sampler quilt using 
10" pieced blocks in traditional patterns
 

C: Crazy Anne
here

 
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Home Sweet Home - the sunroom 
 
More C Alphabe entries here
 
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

B - Quiltabet

I am making a scrappy red alphabet sampler quilt using 
10" pieced blocks in traditional patterns
 

B: BROKEN DISHES
here


 
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Today  and every day I am thankful for my
Home Sweet Home
 
More GRATITUDES here
 
More B Alphabe entries here
 
 
 
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A - Quiltabet

I am making a scrappy red alphabet sampler quilt using 
10" pieced blocks in traditional patterns
 
 
A: ALPINE CROSS
here and here
 
More A Alphabe entries here
 
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 Home Sweet Home
 
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Zeroing in on Z

 




 
Z -- wow, I made it all the way through!  I love my little town here in the mountains and have enjoyed sharing it. 
And who'd-a-thunk I could find signs for the whole alphabet way up here in the middle of noplace?
Zee ya later ...
next time will be Something Completely Different.
 
More Zs here
 
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Yes, it's Y







 
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