Tuesday, April 8, 2014

“Italian Stuffed Mushrooms” & “Mama’s Meatballs” For "Wordless Tuesday"

Welcome to “Wordless Tuesday!” Where there are no more words, just a mouth watering recipe or two which I know you have been waiting for…..

“Italian Stuffed Mushrooms”

48 oz large white button mushrooms
2 cups of plain dried bread crumbs
1/3 cup of Pecorino Romano grated cheese
3 teaspoons of minced garlic fresh or jar
2 tablespoons of fresh chopped Italian parsley
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/3 cup of olive or vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350° F. Clean mushrooms and take the stem off. Do not soak in water. Mix the bread crumbs with the parsley, garlic, Pecorino Romano, salt and peeper in a small bowl. Now add some oil (about 2 tablespoons) and mix with hands. If you need more oil put in small amount each time until you are mixing the right consistency. When it feels like a sandy consistency then you are ready to stuff the mushroom caps and place on a large cookie/pan sheet. Now, drizzle a small amount of the remaining oil over the top of each mushroom. (This is so they do not dry out, but do not soak) Bake until mushrooms are browned and tender about 25-30 minutes.


“Mama’s Meatballs”

Yields: 30 meatballs-(10 meatballs per pound)

6 eggs
3 lbs of beef chuck chopped meat
1 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic
2 cups of bread crumbs (if too stiff add a sprinkle of water)
3/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
3 fistfuls of fresh parsley-chopped
Vegetable oil or Canola oil

Place oil about 1/4 to 1/2 inches in frying pan. Heat oil before placing the meatballs in pan. Put the beef chuck in a med-sized bowl and add all ingredients except the oil. Gently combine the meat using your hands until evenly mixed. The mixture should be slightly wet and workable, not too sticky. Using your hands, gently shape meat into balls. Don’t worry if they are not perfectly round, but try to make them all uniform for even cooking. Don’t roll them over and over, be gentle.

Add the meatballs to the pan and fry them until they are brown on one side then turn. Keep turning with tongs until they are completely and evenly browned. Transfer the cooked meatballs to a paper towel to drain. Now it is time to place your meatballs into your sauce to cook for a while and then serve with pasta of your choice.

Tip: In place of bread crumbs, take chunks of stale Italian bread and soak in a bowl with milk. As it softens remove crust and squeeze milk out of bread chunks. Separate into small pieces and add to chopped meat mixture.


Hi, friends and followers, as you know, I am a super fan and close personal friend of Micheal Castaldo. Micheal is an Award-winning songwriter/producer, recording artist, Composer, Italian Cultural Ambassador, and Entrepreneur. I have the pleasure of posting an official Press Release that was sent out to announce that Micheal Castaldo won First Place as TOP ARTIST on Artistsignal.com for the month of March. Congratulations to you Micheal! Thank you everyone. Dottie :)

April 4, 2014

Micheal Castaldo announces First Place Win as TOP ARTIST on Artistsignal.com

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Michéal CASTALDO, the award winning, independent classical crossover artist won Top Artist for March 2014 on the pop-culture music website, ArtistSignal.com, just after midnight on April 1, 2014. The monthly winner is awarded a prize of $10,000 USD to be used to further their music careers. After a month of hard work by Michéal Castaldo’s fans, family and friends, their efforts paid off.

The site, ArtistSignal.com, was created by several tech savvy entrepreneurs and launched to allow artists a location to promote their music. Unlike crowd funding, the site allows emerging artists to post their music and create a fan following, based on Facebook contacts, who then vote hourly for the artist of their choice. The Fan wins rewards and is constantly engaged in the artists’ progress. Over the course of 3 months, indie artist Michéal Castaldo, researched the social media music network, uploaded his music, posted updates, invited fans to sign up, started to use the site to vote, met other wonderful artists and developed mutually beneficial alliances.
During Michéal’s 3 months of interaction with the site, he was able to rally fans to move him to the number 1 position in March. It was not an easy month, wrought with much trial and error, but due to the diligence of his amazing team, fans, careful calculation and research by previous winners Joe Gande (Oct. 2013) and Rebecca Newman (Feb. 2014), the Castaldo fan base was able to vote Micheal through to a win as TOP ARTIST.

“We accumulated a total of 92,488 votes for the month of March with just over 1338 voters, which is an unbelievable achievement unto itself, and we WON with honesty and integrity. “This is an ‘all time’ record of votes in 1 month since AS started in 2012.” Michéal continues to say…“I may be $10,000 richer but the amount of love and friendship that has been gained is immeasurable.” We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Fans and Supporters of Michéal Castaldo for their valiant efforts over the past 3 months. This win could not have happened without them. Michéal plans to pay it forward and help/mentor other worthy indie artists who want to go for the win on ArtistSignal. The monetary reward totaling $10,000 USD, will be used for the promotion and marketing of Michéal’s new CD, to be released in the fall of 2014.

For questions or comments, contact Charlotte Jayne directly at jayne@optonline.net  631 256 6515. www.michealCASTALDO.com

Till Next Time………………………………..................

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  1. Both recipes are awesome! So happy when I see authentic Italian recipes posted!! That's a LOT of meatballs, haha!

    1. Hi Christina, Thanks for visiting tonight! Yes, both recipes are awesome! These are my mom's recipes that she received from her mom, which goes back to long ago in Italy. Truly authentic and made with love. As Easter is only a few weeks away, I thought this may be a start for someone to serve on their holiday table. If you think that is a lot of meatballs, you should see the batch I made, which I freeze till Easter. Saves time and mess. Thanks again..have a blessed week...Dottie :)

  2. Hi Dottie ,
    Love the Italian stuff meatballs , and your mother meatballs is just awesome ... it's wonderful to have a recipe handed down in the family , such a great tradition that all mother should follow . Like you said make enough to freeze and it do save time . Also dear Dottie , I learned that making batches of meats the seasoning goes through and make it is even more delicious .
    So happy to hear Michael came in first place , he deserved it and the money will help him further his career and share his beautiful voice with the world .
    I am proud of Michael ... he's very talented and Michael is very humble with sharing his talented with his gift .
    Thanks so much for sharing dear Dottie :)

    1. Hi Nee, Love to have you visit me...thanks. I am thrilled that you enjoyed this post and the recipes. These recipes are to be treasured, as I can imagine how it was when my great-grandmother was making this dish. A different time, and a different place, but we all did the same thing and that is we wanted our family to enjoy a fresh, delicious meal.
      Thanks for your words about Micheal. He does deserve to win, he is amazing and very talented! His voice is like an angel. We all worked very hard for him to win, voting every hour, but it was worth it. He has the best fans in the world. Have a blessed week ...Dottie :)

  3. Dear Dottie, I love stuffed mushrooms and the Italian style meatballs are always a favorite for Sunday mornings. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

    1. Hi Catherine, I don't think i know anyone who doesn't like Stuffed Mushrooms...They are the best, plus you can add so many different ingredients to the mushrooms, not just breadcrumbs. Yes, again the Meatballs are a staple in my home growing up and was always on our Sunday table. Thanks for stopping by, have a blessed night..Dottie :)

  4. HI Dottie!
    Stuffed Mushrooms AND Meatballs, oh my goodness deliciousness!!! I love them both and from what I can tell, I make them both pretty much the same way. For them both, it's all about the parsley!!! A friend of mine made meatballs with a recipe I gave her and was quite disappointed. When we went back ingredient by ingredient, we figured out that the parsely MUSY be Italian Flat Parsley, NOT the kind used for garnishing:) Thank you so much for sharing, Dottie. I am now craving stuffed mushrooms and meatballs!

    Congratulations to Michael!

    Thanks for sharing, Dottie. I do hope you will be enjoying the beautiful weather that's headed your way:)

    1. Dear Louise,

      Always nice to have you stop by and visit..I agree they both are terrific recipes that were always staples in my home growing up. I could smell the aroma of the meatballs frying and the tomato (gravy) sauce cooking as my mom was stuffing the mushrooms for our Sunday dinner. You are correct, it is all about the spices and the parsley. It brings so much flavor to the meat especially if it is fresh. I know what you mean, as I am writing this I want a meatball or a mushroom would be a perfect way to end the day.

      Yes, Micheal won! It was a hard road he was on, but all of his fans rallied around him and we voted every hour. We did it for him! We are all very proud of him and can't wait till the next CD comes out.

      Yes, Louise, looking forward to the Spring for sure....Blessings dear friend, Dottie :)

    2. Hi Dottie, dropping by to thank you once again for joining us for Meatball Day! Mama's Meatballs really do look awesome!

    3. Hi Louise,
      I didn't see this till now, thank you dear friend for making this a great experience and always creating fun on your blog. It was my pleasure to be able to participate in Meatball Day...You are correct "Mama's Meatballs" do look awesome...Have a wonderful and blessed week...
      Dottie :)

  5. NIce to see your recipe in Louise's collage for 2015 meatball day!

    1. Thank you Mae....I never saw this till today sorry...but you are very kind for making a comment. Thank you again..it was fun. Have a beautiful rest of the week. Dottie :)