A Dish for Grandma

February 3, 2012

I’ve spent the past few weeks Upstate with my grandmother during her final days, and with my family once she passed away. Now that I’m back to work, I’m looking forward to getting my food shoots up and running again. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off my return than with a tribute to the amazing woman she was. One of her favorite meals was pasta and meatballs, an Italian classic that happens to be one of my favorites as well. I had so much fun pairing the vibrant red sauce with some old B&Ws of my grandmother and her sisters on their 4th of July holiday in the city circa 1941.

My Aunt Nici and Grandma sightseeing in NY


Aunt Flory, Aunt Nici and Grandma getting off the subway


Grandma, Aunt Nici, Aunt Flory in the park


Aunt Nici, Grandma and Aunt Flory strolling down Broadway

Holiday Dinner Party

December 6, 2010

Saturday evening we gathered at Leslie’s for a holiday dinner party with a hugely successful menu. Vicky and Dario are visiting from Milan, so we not only gave them a taste of New York, but had a little bit of Italy with their eggplant parmigiana. Other dishes included cheese stuffed meatballs, spinach gnocchi, grilled gouda and apple sandwiches, pudding pasta, potato latkes and apple sauce, onion and mushroom bruschetta, salad and delicious cookies for dessert.

Vicky & Dario's Eggplant Parmigiana

My Gruyere cheese stuffed meatballs & Sarah's spinach gnocchi

Heating up the sauce & Leslie's candles-in-bottles table centerpiece

Italian Comfort

December 1, 2010

My father’s homemade Italian sauce, meatballs and sausage.

Spaghetti & Meatballs