Tag Archives: Family cooking

Big Birthday Plans

8 May

This year for my birthday I’ve decided instead of going out for a big fancy dinner, I’ve decided to make one of my favorite family recipes from childhood. Chicken Parmesan. I’ve also been asked to make Eggplant Parmesan, it’s going to be a weekend devoted to Italiana.

I’m very excited since I’ve never tried this on my own using my family recipe. As many of you know, I have many skills, but cooking isn’t way up on the list of core competencies, which as I’ve explained before is why I surround myself with chefs and good cooks, and Italians.

Also, I can’t wait for fresh grown tomatoes out of the backyard!

I’m planning to document my progress and recipe, that is if I’m allowed to share the Toscano Family recipes.

More soon!

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Family Recipes

4 May

I amĀ in the unique position in my family in which everyone I’m surrounded by loves to cook. This being the case I don’t get a ton of time in the kitchen, unless we are short-handed in which case I end up the sous- chef. Although my seven-year old has taken such an interest that she usually beats me to it. My husband, father and mother all are creative, talented cooks and I am the beneficiary of some sincerely amazing food.

Examples are our family’s special broccoli pasta recipe, invented in part by a family friend who is one of the other 6 Italian’s in the Twin Cities and a brilliant artist, Joe Giannetti.

In addition to broccoli pasta my husband has come up with some amazing recipes such as Salmon and Orzo, pork ramen, Inari sushi, red beans and rice, and a teriyaki chicken, which is such a precious family recipe that I am sworn to secrecy under pain of great sadness.

What kind of family recipes do you have? Don’t worry, I’m not asking for the recipe, only what it is.