Cannoli Day Dinner Menu

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

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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.

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Doesn’t look good. Yet.

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Double batch made a huge ball o’ dough.

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Yay! It rose!

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

Beginning of meatballs.

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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.)

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

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

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

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Made Olive Garden dressing from a Secret Recipe cookbook.

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

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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!

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

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

Merry Christmas!

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