Introducing Notes From The Kitchen…

September 27, 2013 • Notes from the Kitchen...

Notes from the Kitchen Mediterranean Baby

As I mentioned yesterday, I entered the DELVERDE Dish Your Blog Contest.  What I failed to mention was that I have been planning for the contest since July!!   I created three different recipes using the three types of pasta DELVERDE sent me for the contest.  My husband, Frank-John, a/k/a Frankie Boots, a/k/a Frank the Tank was the best home sous chef ever!  (That’s how he fondly refers to himself.)  He sliced, he diced, and yes ladies…he even cleaned!!  In all seriousness, I had a wonderful time creating the recipes for the contest, but I was too connected to each recipe to choose which was the best to submit.  Then, it hit me; do what what comes naturally and host a Sunday dinner.   At the end of the day, the unanimous vote was for the Mezzi Rigatoni w/Pancetta and Roasted Butternut Squash and that’s what I submitted.  The two winners will receive a round-trip to New York City to cook their original recipes live at a LA CUCINA ITALIANA event at the GE showroom this December, and they will be included in Delverde’s advertorial in the December 2013 issue of LA CUCINA ITALIANA magazine.  The results will be announced after October 31st!  Let the waiting begin and keep your fingers crossed!!  In the meantime, check out some pics from our dinner…

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This is what I like to refer to as the calm before the storm!! You know what I am talking about.  Before all of the guests arrive, I carefully set the table and envision everything playing out like a movie.  Then, it suddenly hits me…I am NOT a movie star and it’s going to get really loud, really fast!!!

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Organization is critical for my dinner parties!! For this one, I planned out each pot for each sauce and had all of the ingredients lined up.  I also had all of the appetizers ready to go, from freshly roasted garlic bulbs to Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, to Prosciutto di San Daniele, and dried figs.  For this party, Frank and I visited our friends, Jimmy and Nino Sunseri in the Strip District of Pittsburgh for most of our goodies.  You can also find DELVERDE pasta there; it’s one of the only places in the city that carrys it!!

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Boys will be boys ;)

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The girls knew they were being photographed!! Isn’t it crazy that they are ready to pose at 16 months old??

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My Yiayia is not going to be happy that I posted her picture, but I just had to share!! I grew up on her food :) Yiayia, you taught me well!

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My son LOVES Pellegrino water and has since he was a tiny tot.  It always makes me laugh when he asks in his little man voice, “Mommy, may I have a Pellegrino water please?”  It’s even funnier to serve it to him in his Sesame Street cup!  Too cute!!

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Here, we’re getting a lesson from our in-house fig aficionado :)

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“The prosciutto is the best!”  – – “No, no, it’s the soppressata!!”

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“Are you teasing me??? Why I oughta…”

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Cheers!!! Salute!! Cin Cin! If you notice, my girlfriend in the blue and white looks on, sans wine; she’s pregnant with her second baby and we are so happy for her and her husband – – they were both in our wedding!!

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And it all begins and ends with the kids. xoxo

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Great time, great friends, great food.  Keep your fingers crossed for the competition and I will let you know as soon as I know!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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12 Responses to Introducing Notes From The Kitchen…

  1. Athanacia Ioannou says:

    I loved that you have great recipes, and easy to make. That the whole will enjoy.

    I love your recipes, and the fact that the whole family will enjoy them, and they are very nutritious also. Good Luck with the competition. Nancy Ioannou

  2. Connie says:

    I can’t believe I missed it! Looks like everyone had a great time and great food! Good luck in the competition!

  3. Thea Aleka says:

    Nicole I am so proud of you and so blessed to be part of your journey. How lucky I am I get to taste all those great recipes. Good luck with the competition. Love you…all!

  4. Anna Zumpella says:

    How beautiful a family and the cooking , warms my heart to read about it , good luck and many new blessings !!!

  5. Pavlena says:

    Beautiful!! May the Good Lord bless and embrace you, your family and your home always!

  6. Cara says:

    It was such a wonderful day with friends and GREAT food. I am so proud of you Nicole, you are an amazing mother, wife, cook, and lawyer. Look out New York!!!!

  7. Family is great!! There is nothing that makes me feel more.content than make a nice meal for all my children!! It is a rarity these days with everyone being busy with thier own young lives, but when we all get together, LOOK OUT!! HA HA..GOOD MEALS AND GOOD TIMES!!


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