Christmas Dinner: well can you guess?....

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Christmas Dinner: well can you guess? Traditions can change with time, but the yearning for the traditional heritage food we grew up with, remains. Hence not surprisingly, Diane wanted an Italian-American dish. I asked her what she wanted and the answer was simple: Pasta.

 As she returned from walking dogs at the Lange Foundation where she is a senior volunteer, she said more specifically that she wanted: Spaghetti and Meatballs. I anticipated this request and while the “sauce” was being made since about 12 noon today, in between that I made some meatballs. I have searched in all my Italian cookbooks and created my own version of the “sauce” as well as “the meatballs”

Of course, I wanted to make sure that we did have some “fish”, so we had, “Indian Candy” as appetizers. For those who are not initiated, it is a smoked, marinated and candied salmon. Once you have it, I will guarantee that you will be addicted and will always want it again. My guess is that in the future, more often it will be on your dinner table and not just at Christmas.

Since it is Christmas, I fell just eating Spaghetti and Meatballs was not festive or traditional enough for me. So, with that said, I also made a creamed Cauliflower Soup.

As, I was researching in all my Italian cookbooks, I noticed a trend. Most “authentic Italians” will eat meatballs separately. Either they have it as an appetizer, or after the pasta, but hardly ever with the Spaghetti like Italian Americans.

Another difference is, that the Italians eat smaller meatballs, not like the Italian Americans with the oversized meatballs. To go a step further they use a lot less “sauce”. They want to taste the pasta, rather than have it buried in the sauce.

Keep in mind there is a huge difference in flavor and yield, if you are using imported San Marzano Tomatoes. One of my friends asked me many years ago, if I was cooking with San Marzano Tomatoes? All I can say is “Thank you Mary” for shaming me into cooking with them. Now I do not want any other kind, since there is such a major difference.

Making meatballs is an art as well, if you do not add enough moist bread crumbs the meatballs will be dense and heavy. If you do not bake or fried them, then they will taste “soggy” take my word for it, neither is good when the meal is served. So, if you are short on time than you are better off making the meatballs the day before.

So, with that said we had the quintessential Italian-American dish for Christmas: Spaghetti and meatballs. Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas and let us know what you had for dinner. Merry Christmas to all.

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Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

That sounds like a gourmet meal fit for a King and Queen! Italian food sounds great - that's amore!!!

Merry Christmas to you and Diane! 

Dec 25, 2016 12:48 AM #1
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Endre Barath, Jr. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!

Dec 25, 2016 04:13 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Endre Barath, Jr. wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.... enjoy....

Dec 25, 2016 04:23 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

As far as I am concerned eating at your house seems like a Christmas dream.

Dec 25, 2016 04:50 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Endre. Your dinner sounds wonderful and I'll bet Diane really appreciated it too. I'm going to a Greek Restaurant tonight. Merry Christmas.

Dec 25, 2016 06:16 AM #5
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Merry Christmas to you, Diane and the menagerie, Endre Barath, Jr. I remember that during happier times as a young boy, my Family would always enjoy homemade pasta during special occasions and it alwats tasted so much better than the commercially produced product.

Dec 25, 2016 06:48 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Endre - Merry Christmas.  You really make my mouth water and my wife would approve of the San Marzano tomatoes!

Dec 25, 2016 06:59 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I was going to do the feast of the 7fishes, but instead we did an Italian style pork roast rolled in herbs and bacon...Delicioso.  As to San Marzano tomatoes, we love them.  I had a whole raised bed full of them in Napa, and ended freezing a bunch.  Ron always said he could taste summer in them.  Merry Christmas to both of you.  A

Dec 25, 2016 07:39 AM #8
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. Since you have shared an idea (Indian Candy) I will share my way to make meatballs. I hold them together with egg, no flour.

I hope Diane enjoys her Italian Christmas.

Merry Christmas.
I hope you are having a great day.
Bill Roberts

Dec 25, 2016 08:29 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Best wishes to you and your family for a Very Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2016 09:24 AM #10
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

That sounds like a wonderful Christmas dinner! I'm headed for my brother's and making baked pork tenderloin medallions with a balsamic honey sauce and pasta. Enjoy the day! Merry Christmas to you and Diane. Have a wonderful holiday!

Dec 25, 2016 09:34 AM #11
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Merry Christmas, Endre(and Diane) --- as good as it was on the day it is prepared, there's nothing quite like leftover pasta....just saying...I can pick up my order later  

Enjoy the day...Mangia Mangia

Dec 25, 2016 09:51 AM #12
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Endre - I like your choices, other than that nasty cauliflower stuff. You're right - San Marzano tomatoes rule. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Dec 25, 2016 10:02 AM #13
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Endre Barath, Jr. 

Sounds like a delicious meal!

Stopping by to wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2016 10:54 AM #14
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Endre Barath, Jr. - There are so many wonderful Italian dishes to choose from, I'm happy that Diane's choice won out!  Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2016 02:50 PM #15
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