Sunday dinners in my childhood were always special. For many years, Sunday’s menu was always pasta with tomato sauce, and bracciole or meatballs – sometimes both. It became a family tradition and a cause for celebration.
I mention this because I still consider certain foods to be celebratory. Whenever there is any excuse for a celebration, my mind focuses on these foods first. Over the years, my list of special foods has grown for sure, but the first entry on my list was and is pasta with tomato sauce.
Roast chicken is another of my celebratory foods. It’s easy, quick, and is simply glorious eating. Add some whipped potatoes, gravy, and a favorite vegetable, and you have the proverbial “meal fit for a king!”
One of my favorite food-related television programs is Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. One episode featured several chefs demonstrating food preparation techniques. One guest chef, Thomas Keller, owner of The French Laundry in Yountville, California, roasted a chicken. I was so impressed with his approach, I tried it the next day. The result was amazing. I have used his technique exclusively ever since. I’ve included my version in my recipe collection, but you can watch the very episode I saw on YouTube.
I hope you will try this one sometime soon. I know you will find the meal itself something to celebrate!
P.S. The new recipes for today include some of my favorite antipasti. The Fava Bean Salad does double duty.
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Hobby Chef Grandpa Joe has been practicing Italian-style cooking for over 60 years. He enjoys cooking, entertaining, and sharing culinary experiences with family and friends.
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