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What Was Your Dec'd Loved One's Favorite Dish? April 01, 2005 2:15 AM

The fact that my dec'd husband Tony loved6t Italian cuisine made it easy on me!  And, as usual, it worked both ways... the more he enjoyed it, the more I was motivated to try new recipes.  What a "reinforcer" it was for me!  Very gratifying. 

The only dish that he didn't like was "pastina", some kind of small, short pasta with vegetable broth...  Finally, I confessed: traditionally, it's one of the first things little children taste when they start eating solid food.  Adults eat it too, myself included!  But it wasn't for Tony!

He had a "sweet tooth" and therefore I could never go wrong with dessert!  His favorite was "castagnaccio", a typical Florentine specialty made with chestnuts, pine nuts, and raisins.  It would disappear in NO time!  I would often surprise him with it and I can still remember the big smile on his face!  Yes, I'd do anything to make him happy and this never failed!

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

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My mom April 01, 2005 2:22 AM

Mom loved roast dinners and gravy i miss her so ver much may God bless her  [ send green star]
My Neighbor Cristina April 02, 2005 3:05 AM

and I were very close, despite the age difference (50 years?  I never knew exactly how old she was)...  She was a widow with grown kids...  She was living all by herself but keeping young at heart.  She had a positive attitude and... was always ready for an ICECREAM!  So we'd go to her favorite open cafe. At the simple thought of it, she'd become very excited!  Once there, she'd order a huge icecream (she'd have a different flavor every time).  For me, watching her eat it was great fun!  She was like a child...  spilling it all over... taking big bites... and enjoying every second!

Cristina died very peacefully in her sleep...  She had a soft smile on her face...  perhaps she was dreaming about icecream when she passed on...

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock 

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 April 02, 2005 3:23 AM

My late husband had a passion for macaroni with grated cheese melted over the top and pork chops...apparantly only I could cook them just as he liked, barely done on the outside and still pink in the middle, personally I thought what he ate was awful so I had to cook seperate meals for myself....He did have a huge passion for chocolate and would buy several bars to eat in front of the TV at night and never share, if I pushed him he would buy one bar for me, lol.  The annoying part of that was that he never gained an ounce in weight eating it all, yet I would gain just watching him eat them I'm sure, perhaps that's why he never shared?  [ send green star]
 April 02, 2005 3:25 AM

My Dad's favourite dish funnily enough was also macaroni, but his had to be served with milk, sugar, a little butter and a sprinkling of grated nutmeg....and that I grew to like too.  [ send green star]
 April 02, 2005 4:05 AM


I enjoyed your stories!  They were full of humour!  But - as a 100% Italian - it's simply impossible for me to even visualize the macaroni (with sugar!) your dad liked so much!  Was it a dish that he invented?  Whoever did, certainly had some imagination!  Which is OK.  I myself eat things people find bad.  So, please, don't be offended.  I'm sharing the fun with you.  Sometimes my Tony would make comments about strange things some neighbors would do...  he didn't mean to criticize them... but he thought (rightly so) that sometimes their behavior was odd and not conforming to the Italian way of life he was used to.  My usual reply to his questions was:" Whatever makes them happy!  Fine with me."  And that's how I still feel about different cultures, backgrounds, tastes, etc.  Unless there's a specific reason that makes them more interesting, I won't even ask... just accept them and be happy for them.

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

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Well my mother-inlaw loved it when I... April 02, 2005 5:27 AM

Well my mother-in-law loved it when I picked some fresh red raspberries just outside the house were living in at the time and I made home made shortcake and used those slightly sweetened red raspberries and the real whipped cream. My goodness did she eat that up like it was candy.

I remember baking my homemade chocolate cake and lightly dusted it with confectioners sugar for my neice and her family once. I ended up with an empty pan and than in turn baked another one to fill it up once again. Baked them all some biscuits from scratch and they also went like hotcakes for all. We all ate them warm with butter and jam.  She complimented me once on how good my spaghetti sauce smelled and that made me feel good. Because if you are Italian, you know that your secrets are in the sauce. peace & blessings---ginger

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 April 02, 2005 6:45 AM

Right, Ginger!  Sauce is VERY important for us Italians...  but those cakes that you made me HUNGRY!  I can certainly understand they disappeared in NO time!!

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

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Tony's Pasta April 02, 2005 6:50 AM

That just reminded me of the first time I visited him in Las Vegas.  He had already proposed to me but I was still undecided after a disastrous first marriage...  Anyway, Tony did anything to impress me, including cooking!  One day, in particular, he spent hours in the kitchen and made his specialty: "Pasta with Italian Ragout and Turkey".  Well, it tasted NOTHING like ragout at all, but it was VERY good!  From that moment all, we renamed it "Tony's Pasta"!

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

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Sounds like your Tony knew the secrets of food too... April 03, 2005 1:03 AM

Sounds like your Tony knew the secrets of food too. It never hurts to mix it with a lot of love too. ---ginger  [ send green star]
I am suddenly very hungry after... April 08, 2005 7:03 AM

I am suddenly very hungry after reading this thread. Alot of good cooks and meals and memories inside these postings. Sometimes I wonder can they still enjoy the things they loved to eat on earth? I know, just a silly woman's question or hope. You just never know until you walk that road as they have. peace & blessings & good eating to all! ---ginger

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did some thinking April 25, 2005 11:09 AM

I discussed this thread with my daughter. Jeremy loved so many foods, but we laugh because he liked to make things quickly so the burner was always on high whatever he was making!

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