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  1. Karen Basilica said:

    Lisha,
    I suffer from the same feeling of inadequacy when it comes to cooking as good as my Italian mother-in-law. She is a superb cook!!! I cannot wait to try this yummy recipe of yours for Braciole!!! Thanks!!!!

    April 18, 2011
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    • It’s easier than you think. My mother-in-law made it sound like such a production that I was afraid to try it. But it’s really not that hard. You can do it!!

      April 19, 2011
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  2. said:

    Yummy! Does the butcher cut the meat for you or is this something you do at home? Knives need sharpening around here.

    So, do you make your own red gravy?

    And no cheese for the boy? Poor dear.

    April 19, 2011
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    • When I want to make a large, family-style roll, I get the butcher to cut it for me. But that means I have to order it a few days in advance. When I make the individual rolls (which my family prefers) I use Milanese Steak, which is really thin cut sheets of sirloin. Those I usually find at the store ready-to-go.

      I’ve made my own red gravy a few times. Still perfecting it, but I was really surprised at how easy it is. Next time I do it I’ll actually take notes on what I’m doing so I can re-create it or learn from it. Next time I’ll also make the BIGGEST pot I have, because it’s soooo nice to pull it out of the freezer when I’m ready to use it.

      And, yeah, no cheese for Charles. :-(

      April 19, 2011
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  3. Pepper said:

    One of the things I’m most looking forward to during my semester break is cooking again – REAL cooking, not heat-it-up-here-you-go cooking. Alas, my family does not eat red meat, so memories of Grandma’s brociolone will remain memories only, but I’m thinking… boneless breasts of chicken… I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    April 20, 2011
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  4. Connie said:

    My mother-out-law tells me all the time how hard her recipes are…hoping to prevent me from making them so her son can hold her cooking over me…HAH! I say let her do the cooking! Seriously, this looks delicsious…can’t wait to try it…and tell the out-law how easy it was that even she could make it :)

    March 4, 2012
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    • As my MIL got older, the ‘quality’ of her cooking declined. It finally got the point where we rarely accepted an invitation to eat dinner at her house — we would suggest eating out.

      The first time I tried this, I did it when no one else was home, figuring that if it was lousy I could toss it and know one would ever know. Now Italian food is my family’s favorite. In fact, I’m making manicotti tonight!

      March 4, 2012
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