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My mom, who passed away from cancer in 2007, was a productof her Italian roots. Her best food was the simple Sicilian peasant fare shegrew up and learned to cook from the aunts and grandmother who raised her. Oneof her best recipes, and the one she was known for, was her spaghetti sauce andmeatballs. To this day, I make her all-day-simmer sauce on lazy Sundays. Thesmell of it brings her memory back to me more powerfully than any photographand, yes, that aroma often brings a tear to my eye.
I could not write my "romance with recipes" Dinner at Home, withoutincluding that recipe. I share it with you below. I also would like to share alittle excerpt from the book, in which my main character, Ollie, remembersmaking meatballs with his own Italian mom. The excerpt reminds me of thespecial times I shared with my mother, almost always in the kitchen.
Ollie and Meatballs(an excerpt from Dinner at Home)
"Go ahead, you doit."
Ollie looks up athis mother, her warm smile, her dark hair and green eyes as she stares down atthe five-year-old, expectantly.
"Like this?" Ollieasks and he upends the jug of milk over a couple of slices of white bread hismother has placed in the sink.
"Rub it in. Get thebread all nice and wet," his mother says.
"Like it's gettinga bath?" Ollie asks.
His mother laughs."Like it's getting a bath."
Once the bread isthoroughly wet, Ollie picks it up and holds it, dripping, over a bowl of equalparts ground beef, veal, and pork.
"Now grind it allup," his mother says. And Ollie squeezes the bread, squeezing and twisting ituntil it drops in damp crumbs to the meat.
"Very good." Hismom pats his head. "What comes next?"
"That's right." Hismom hands him the first egg and Ollie awkwardly cracks it against the side ofthe glass bowl. Some of the white runs down the outside of the bowl. "That'sokay," his mom says when he looks up at her, lower lip out and eyes wide."You'll get it right with this one." And she hands him another egg.
He does, crackingthe egg and opening it over the meat and bread mixture so the yolk breaks whenit hits. He looks down at the mixture, then back to Mom. "What's next?"
"You know what'snext."
"Lots of garlic."She has already chopped the cloves fine and she gestures for him to cup hishands. When he does so, she delivers the pungent smelling stuff into his palmsand tells him to scatter it around.
They add driedbasil, oregano, onion powder, and salt and pepper. "Now get your hands in thereand mix it all up." She rubs his back as he combines everything, giggling atthe wet mushiness of the mixture. She giggles too.
"Now the bestpart!" Ollie says. "Meatballs."
His mother pulls achair from the kitchen table and sets little Ollie on it so he can work moreeasily. She rolls up her sleeves and says, "Let's get to work."
Ollie awakened from the dream with a smile. One of hisfavorite childhood memories was helping his Sicilian mother make her spaghettisauce and meatballs every Sunday. He did it throughout his life. He could nowmake her simmer-all-day-thick, rich, and delicious sauce with his eyes closed.Even though he used all the same ingredients in all the same proportions, itnever tasted quite the same. Good, but just not quite the same. There was nosubstitute for a mother's love.
Mom's SpaghettiSauce and Meatballs
1 29-oz. can tomato puree
1 12-oz. can tomato paste
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon each oregano, basil, and onion powder
2 handfuls grated Romano or Parmesan cheese (half a cup?)
7 cups water or 1-2 cups red wine with the remainderwater (I usually use wine)
Note: Most all of the above ingredients can just beeyeballed. Mix everything in a big pot, add meatballs and pork and simmer forat least four hours. Highly recommended: brown some pork (ribs, chops,whatever's cheap, a little less than a pound in the pan you're going to cook thesauce in. Just caramelize it. Once it's done, pull out, deglaze with a splashof red wine, and begin making your sauce.)
1 lb. ground beef (or beef and pork, or turkey)
1 slice bread
¼ cup milk
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, onion powder,basil, oregano (just eyeball all of this)
Take a slice of bread, wet with milk, crumble into meat,and add seasonings and egg. Mix with hands, form into balls, brown in hot frypan on stove in a little olive oil, and drop into the sauce. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0819LLTVZ
- Publisher : JMS Books LLC (November 20, 2019)
- Publication date : November 20, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3221 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 226 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,693,156 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Nice book, bit gritty. Nice touch with recipes scattered through with the chapters. All a bit to easy riding for me. But nice story none the less.
An avid reader in Rock Tavern, NY.