|a baby Italian on the way!|
|Two of my oldest, dearest friends. Both, you guessed it, Italian!|
|My "Sicilian Sister," Stephanie|
Even after Glenn and I divorced and I remarried (to an Irishman, no less!), I cooked pasta, marinara sauce, etc. for my new family. I began hosting Christmas Eve dinner like I'd learned from the Guarinos, inviting friends and family to dine on antipasta, stuffed shells, crispy fresh bread, canoli, and, of course, wine. It's a tradition we still honor today. The location and the guest list has sometimes changed over the years, but the menu and the atmosphere stay the same. Everyone is welcome, and everyone is expected to stay until their tummies are full and their hearts happy.
So, you'll see quite a few Italian dishes on this blog. Some authentically vegan, some "veganized," like the Spinach and Basil Conchiglioni I posted previously. Tonight, Chip asked me to repeat a recipe I made last week, a vegan "Chick'n Parmesan" using Gardein Crispy Fillets served over pasta, topped with marinara sauce and a sprinkling of vegan Parmesan. I served it alongside a tossed green salad and last night's leftover dinner rolls, Italian-ized with a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh garlic & herbs.
The verdict: Delizioso!