Cannoli Day Dinner Menu

Cannoli Day Menu: homemade bread, meatballs and sausage, pasta, and antipasto salad


The start of the bread dough: let the yeast rise. Warm the milk and melt the butter. Mix flour and sugar and salt. Yes I used the mixer this year. It was a double batch. After adding 8 cups of flour, the dough climbed the beaters and sprayed all over the walls and floor. That’s how I knew it was time to knead by hand.DSCN4873

Dump in the yeast. Smells good already.


Doesn’t look good. Yet.


Double batch made a huge ball o’ dough.


Yay! It rose!


Sorry. After baking, we ate it so no picture of actual bread is available.

Beginning of meatballs.


Maximize number of meatballs to fit in the plane of the pan: pack them together like atoms in the solid state. Closest packing (CCP or HCP) has each atom surrounded by a hexagon (6) of others. (Geek in the kitchen.)


Pot o’ homemade sauce with sausage and meatballs. I think I need a bigger pot.


In the midst of the tornado of preparation, I paused to think about Jonathan.


Crockpot o’ meatballs and pasta/cheese/sausage. Making me hungry. Laura’s diner sign compliments of Judith Claire. Mommy mug compliments of Katherine Elizabeth.


Made Olive Garden dressing from a Secret Recipe cookbook.


Start of the antipasto salad after a trip to Publix. The Olive Garden dressing is in the jar.


This salad is like a lasagna–dense and delicious. First one to dig in on the buffet line asked whether there was any lettuce in the salad. Yes–two heads. DIG!


Cleaned up five times during cooking and once after dinner. Pink dishcloth made by Judith Claire.


Twenty-five of us ate almost all of the food. I’m tired.

Merry Christmas!


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