Thursday, April 7, 2011

a little taste of home. and a video.

i'm a jersey girl. and 100% italian. so good and ridiculous amounts of food is how i grew up. it wasn't out of the norm for us to eat dinner at 2pm every sunday (we still do that) or drive 1 hour to my grandma's house to spend a 4 hour sunday dinner with all my cousins, aunts and uncles...just because. i miss those times we shared and wish i had experienced more of them at an older age so i could have appreciated them just a tiny bit more. one of the my favorite dishes my mom cooked growing up was cavatelli and broccoli. she would make a huge pot of it and after 20 minutes we had ourselves dinner (very easy to make). my favorite part about the meal was when after she put a few spoonfulls in my plate, she would tilt the pot, scoop up the garlic juice at the bottom and drizzle it on my plate. mmm mmm goooood. sometimes i get homesick. 3 years ago i moved to dc for a job and it was a very, very difficult time for me. i had a hard time adjusting to this new land they like to call the nation's capital. i was away from all my friends, my family and my boyfriend at the time. i spent many lonely nights crying. it took me a long time to get comfortable here and even though i'm in a VERY happy place now (yay, boyfriend!), i sometimes get homesick. sso the other day i started getting this homesicky feeling and asked my mom to send me her recipe for cavatelli and broccoli. boyfriend and i tried our best to match it - and i gotta say, we got pretty darn close. the broccoli could have been a little mushier and i think we added too much chicken stock. but i still felt an overcoming joy as i took my first bite. i was mentally transported to the dinner table i ate at for 20 years, surrounded by my family. the table we ate together, monday thru friday, 5:30pm on the dot. i was lucky enough to have both parents as teachers who had a pretty set schedule during the week and came home at an early hour. thanks MOM & DAD for this dinner tradition you kept up for all those years. i hope to do the same thing when i'm MUCH older and have kids of my own :) p.s. just to prove to you how much i enjoyed this dish, boyfriend taped me doing my "happy" dance. my "happy" dance is something i do every time i eat something that i find to be super yummy. it doesn't matter where i am, whether it's at home, at a diner, at a 5-star restaurant. if it's good, i dance. and also disregard our bare walls behind me. even though we've lived here for 4 months, we haven't gotten around to decorating the walls. any suggestions on wall art?! oh, and also disregard my shirt. it's from a restaurant people (the boston BEANery -omg, so good). between this post and this one, you must really think i have a dirty mind! p.p.s. this is actually a reinactment of the initial "happy" dance. unfortunately we don't keep the video camera next to us while we're eating dinner or film every second of our lives in order to capture moments like this. so i told boyfriend to go get the camera and redid my dance, just for you all!


video

5 comments:

Susan said...

Erica,
What wonderful words you wrote. You brought tears to my eyes! Your father and I miss dinners with you and your brother. How we wish we had more of them now!Traditions you carry on are so important and you will certainly make some of your own. Never forget how special you are and how much we love you. We are so very proud of you. You are amazing! Love, Mom, Dad, and Molly too.

Danielle said...

hahaha that video is hilarious!! thanks for re-enacting and sharing :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

that food looks incredible! i think i know what i'm making for dinner tomorrow....

Brittany Nicole said...

Haha love the dancing...thanks for reenacting!

quiltinista said...

I hope someday you'll do the happy dance when you eat over here! I'll keep tryin'!

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