Channeling the Italian Nonnas

We are having some friends over to watch the outdoor hockey game with our team the Avalanche. It started out as just the boys wanting to watch the game and we girls were going to do something on our own. But since we all love to cook, we decided on just having everyone come over. The boys are still going to watch the game and my kitchen is big enough for all of us to cook together. For whatever reason, I was in an Italian frame of mind and I was channeling the Italian nonnas or grandmothers I never had. I am not Italian, although my friend Priscilla is Italian, from Argentina. She has always said I must have Italian in me by the way I feed people. So maybe it is through osmosis. 🙂

I was busy cooking Italian delicacies all day, and I’m not through yet. I made my torta rustica Fun, Festive Christmas Lunch, some gnocchi with my leftover mashed potatoes and a lemon pesto to go with them Gnocchi with Chicken, Vegetables and Pesto, and an asparagus tart (more on that later). We girls are going to try our hands at making some chocolate canolies for dessert. Neither Priscilla or I have ever made them before. I have no idea how they are going to turn out, but I know we will have a lot of fun making them. Julia, have you ever made them before?

To borrow Wolfgang Puck’s famous phrase – Live! Love! Eat!

Stay safe, stay well and stay warm everyone. ‘Til next time.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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