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March 07, 2017


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Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

Sunday my mamma made brodo. It had a whole chicken , savories, and a chunk of beef. Mamma said that it had to have beef to give it the best flavor. Once the brodo was done mamma would pick the meat off of the chicken bones, shred the beef and then she would combine them to make polpette. NOTHING was ever tossed. The veggies my papà nibbled on. The only item that wasn't used was the parsley. She was a fantastic cook and it came naturally. There was nothing she loved better than feeding her family. I feel the same way. I feel most at home in the kitchen. Whenever our family gathers together it's in the kitchen unless we're dining al fresco then it's by the grill. Thank you for the memories.

Simona Carini

Dear Marisa Franca, thank you for sharing your memories. I like when what I write brings back good memories to the reader. Like your father, I had the vegetables. Usually my mother made salsa verde for the meat and it was nice on the vegetables too.


I roast chicken exactly the same, in a cast iron pan. And when something works so well, why mess with it? Now I need to get down my hardly ever used meat grinder and make some sausage, yours sound so good. Happy to hear you enjoyed the book.

Simona Carini

Indeed, Claudia, I am quite attached to the roast chicken recipe I use. And hurrah for meat grinders :)

Phil in the Kitchen

This has made me both hungry and nostalgic (in an odd way). It was always my job as a little but very willing kid to turn the handle of the grinder (although they're nearly always called mincers in the UK) as my mother made the weekend meat into something for Monday or Tuesday. Sadly the resulting food was not exactly pleasant and, to be honest, best forgotten and so I envy your memories.

Simona Carini

It sounds like you had fun turning the handle but not much pleasure in eating the product to which you contributed, Phil. Maybe making your own version may help? Since my mother was rather territorial in her kitchen, I am fascinated by a number of kitchen items besides the meat grinder, like the egg slicer and the mezzaluna. I like that I don't take them for granted.

Debra Eliotseats

I love that you went with your own food memory for this post. I had a favorite uncle, too, and shared a few food memories from his life. Wish I had more.

Simona Carini

Glad you liked my post, Debra. I try not to sound sentimental. On the other hand, I like to write what I remember so I don't lose track.

Wendy Klik

Thanks so much for sharing your food memories with us.

Simona Carini

You're welcome, Wendy :)

Amy CookingAdventures

My kids would love this! Great choice!

Simona Carini

Glad to read they would, Amy. Thanks!

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