Ugh. I despise that question.
I know that no matter what I say, I will get the moans and groans and standard statement, “why can’t we just get pizza?” Pizza? Are you kidding? I am an Italian cook and a decent one at that. I have a repertoire of probably 200 recipes in my head.
I was perusing through the usual suspects of magazines looking for something to cook and do you know what is there? My recipes. Of course they call them something healthy and cost efficient but you know what they really are? Peasant food: the traditional family recipes that my mother and grandmother made when I grew up. My grandmother used to laugh when a restaurant charged $10 for past-a-fa-zool. We made that with whatever leftover macaroni we had; beans, basil and garlic form the garden and of course, olive oil. We would take the remaining bread dough/pizza dough and stretch it into a focaccia. Add some herbs and cheese and you are good to go.
Tonight I have a lovely parmesan tilapia with garlic mashed potatoes. The kids will dine on “meaty bites” otherwise known as meatballs. That with some steamed broccoli and you are golden.
I will have to add some recipes to this blog. People have asked me for my Italian hummus and Italian chili (made that last week). Comment and tell me what you are looking for in Italian cooking and I will see if I can find it and post it for you.
So happy eating and enjoy some good family time tonight. Buon appetito!