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Day 19: The Real ME and Finding Mom's Braciole

Friday, June 28, 2013

I remember eating Italian feasts in my home. We were Italian to the core. My mom made every kind of pasta there was and included it with the most delicious meatballs, and, for a special treat, braciole. (It is no wonder I struggle with food)

I loved her braciole. It was so tender and tasty. Her meatballs were amazing, but when she decided to make braciole, there were never leftovers. So yummy.

My mom passed away almost four years ago. I cannot believe it has already been that long. My youngest sister decided to make a cookbook of all my mom's favorite dishes. She asked all of us for recipes that we may have gotten from her. When I opened the book, I scoured it for that recipe. But it wasn't there. No! It can't be. How will I ever know how to make this delicious rolled meat delicacy? Would I be doomed to never enjoy that scrumptious delight?

Today, as I was looking for a recipe on SparkPeople, I realized I was searching for something for thin sliced beef. Braciole! Braciole's main ingredient is thinly sliced beef. So I searched.

Well, I did not locate one that reminded me of my mother's recipe. So I did not lose heart and searched the web. I found something quite similar on the Food Network webpage. It is simmering in the oven as I write this and it smells so delectable. I cannot wait to try it. Happy memories of my mother rush to me when I think of those authentic Italian meals. I am NOT making her Baked Ziti because the calorie content is astronomical. But I shall enjoy a light salad as I graze on my protein for the evening. One more hour. The countdown begins...
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