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Lasagna, Sydney’s Favorite Italian Meal

Lasagna, is a Noto tradition; I can’t image the up-roar that would occur if lasagna was not prepared at least once a month. Lasagna is on every major Noto Holiday table; both DF and Sydney remind me all Thanksgiving morning to prepare the lasagna (as if I could...

The Thanksgiving Dinner Count Down

Thanksgiving for us is more than just a holiday dinner; we thoroughly enjoy preparing the entire event. The highlight is Thursday Thanksgiving morning; we turn on The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and begin to prep our turkey. We generally start our feast at...

You made Me Sauce You, and All The Time You Knew It

My husband, DF, is apart of a wonderful mammoth Italian family. When we announced our engagement (of course there was a huge party) my grandmother-in-law kindly with seriousness informed me I would need to learn the family sauce recipe. I thought marinara sauce how...

Hey Chicken, Stock It to Me

During the Fall/Winter seasons it is our family’s tradition to prepare stocks and a special Italian sauce (to be ¬†given in a later post). Since both take at least 8 hours we try to prepare at least one type of stock and sauce on the same day. I remember when...

Good Morning Sunshine Omelet

Last night we decided to bring takeout home, which is not a common practice, I ended up with food poisoning so intense I was culred-up into a ball on our bedroom floor from 11:45 to 4:00 am. DF had been working in his study; when he finished and decided to call it an...

Fiesta It’s Monday: Shrimp Fajitas Night

Ever since Sydney was young (about 2 years old) Monday night has been our family’s Shrimp Fajita Night. My husband, DF, is a workaholic, but I have always insisted we have dinner as a family. Anyone with young children knows how hard it can be to have their...

The Noto Egg Debate

It all started last week; when I asked DF, my husband to please go to Hannah’a farm to ¬†pick up four dozen fresh eggs. He was less than enthusiastic, in fact he was perplexed as to why I wanted to drive 30 extra miles for some eggs. I explained there is nothing...

To Brine or not to Brine, The Holiday Time

I promise this entire blog will not be on brining/or not brining a turkey, I just liked the title. I will however approach the brining subject. When I was young and Thanksgiving was cooked by the generation before me, the turkey was cooked till leathery and never...

Sauce and Stock

Last weekend the weather in Colorado was cold and snowy, a perfect day to bubble up stock and Italian sauce. Now everyone always asks what type of sauce is this? The answer is always the same, I’m not exactly sure, I call it Noto Red Sauce. The recipe for this...

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