New Years Eve parties were always with family, friends, and the kids. Everyone was welcomed at my parent’s home. I remember when I was very young my mother would tell us to take a nap in the daytime so we would be able to stay up till midnight. As I tried to nap, I could hear all the hustle and bustle in the kitchen preparing the food for that night festivities. I could hear the clicking of the wine and champagne bottles that were to be passed around to the guests for toasting to the New Year. As I drifted off to sleep for my nap, I could smell the aroma of fried vegetables cooking, and the sweet smell of onions, sausage, and peppers being prepared for the party. The smell of food cooking was a delightful aroma that meant love and family to me.
|Nanni (grandmother) 1987|
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“Mama’s Lentils with Pasta”
(Cooking time 1 1/4 hours)
3 tablespoons of olive oil (just enough to coat frying pan)
8 ounces of dry brown Lentils (1/2 package)
4-5 carrots (chunks)
2 celery stalks (cleaned and in chunks)
2 onions (sliced)
2 cloves of garlic (cut up)
4-5 cups of water or beef stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Clean thoroughly through the lentils, so no stones or pebbles can be found. Then rinse the lentils in cold water. Put 4 cups of water or beef stock in pot and boil. After water boils, now add the lentils and lower heat to a simmer about 1/2 hour. While the lentils are cooking, put oil in large frying pan and heat up. Now add the sliced onions and celery cut up in chunks. Cover frying pan and sauté 5-6 minutes or until all ingredients are soft. Now add the cut up garlic at the end so the garlic will not burn. Once these ingredients are cooked till soft add them to the lentils in pot. If lentils are looking dry add another cup of water or stock. Mean while, now clean and cut up carrots in chunks and add to the lentils in pot. Now let simmer for about another 3/4 hour so carrots can cook. Add salt and pepper to taste. While the lentils are simmering cook your favorite pasta to add to your lentils. My family uses, elbow pasta, Ditalini pasta or even broken up spaghetti. (Which is what my great-grandmother Sofia would use, my family also likes it very thick) Servings: 4
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