Easter dinner was an homage to “Nanny”, my brother-in-law’s mother, with whom we shared many Easters when we lived in New York. My sister did most of the cooking and, true to tradition, it was multi-coursed, calorie-laden, acid-inducing and molto delizioso.
An all-day affair.
We always start with drinks and pickies. For this occasion, it was Prosecco and Pizza Rustica, a pie laden with cheese and Italian meats) made by my son, Jim. I balanced it up with a salad of olives and raw vegetables (appreciated basically by only me).
[A combination of my excitement, quantity of booze consumed and the food coma I was in take responsibility for the quality of some photos in this post.]
There was a slight departure at the first course when instead of stuffed artichokes, my sister lightened it up with grilled artichokes which we’ve all grown to prefer.
A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!
I've always been a culinary improvisor which means I get my kicks out of recipe development. In the FOODalogue kitchen each meal is an adventure and the journey is as exciting as the destination. My favorite kitchen tools are imagination and intuition. I rarely look at a recipe, not even my own!
On these pages, I suggest food pairings and techniques to be experimented with...in your own kitchen...to your own spice levels...and to your preferred portion sizes.