As I mention in my latest blog I recently posted on my sister blog for Italian language and culture, Learn Travel Italian, the CIAP group features Italian-American “cooking competition” events several times a year, and I have to say, they are always a delicious and entertaining way to spend a Sunday afternoon with my family.
Click on the link to visit the recent Learn Travel Italian blog post from October 10, 2018, to read all about my experiences making my family’s meatballs and how that day sparked my interest in learning more about this traditional Italian food. Learn (probably) more than you’ve ever wanted to know about the history of Italian meatballs, making Italian meatballs, and my favorite cookbook, Ada Boni’s Italian Regional Cooking.
When I was invited to be one of the home cooks for this fall’s event, The First Annual Meatball Fest, I quickly checked my calendar, noted I was available, and signed up for another Sunday afternoon of Italian-American food and fun.
I had learned my family recipe for Italian meatballs from my Sicilian-American mother and grandmother long ago, and have been preparing meatballs for my own family for Italian Sunday dinners for about 20 years now. I was happy to share my family’s recipe with other families at the event, and also looking forward to tasting what the other home cooks had to offer.
Growing up in an Italian-American household as I did, I really did not have to do anything special to prepare for the Italian meatball event held by the CIAP group – at least, I thought I didn’t have to do anything special !
As it turned out, though, after hearing the other home cooks talk about their method for making meatballs, I came home curious about the origins of this very common Italian-American dish and ended up doing a bit of research after the event! Click HERE to read more…
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