I’ve been cooking, cooking, cooking in the Tasty Mayhem kitchen the last 24 hours: we are expecting 32 (or so people) for the fundraiser dinner on Saturday. The theme is Italy and shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone, but its my favorite. Cooking Italian always feels like a homecoming even if I’m not making any of my part-Italian grandmother’s favorite dishes. I love the range of flavors across the different regions and the use of seasonal ingredients. And there is another fun element: Southerners and Italians are food soul-sisters;
- Adding pork products to flavor everything from other meats to vegetables
- Grits = Polenta
- A little something sweet is good anytime of day
- Beans? Yes please.
- Rice dishes can be a meal unto themselves
- Ingredients from the garden, the farm market and the wild pickings drive what ends up on the plate
I’ll be posting later tonight for a preview of what we are eating…What’s your favorite Italian food?