Shopping List

1 bunch rosemary
1 bunch basil
1 bunch curly parsley
1 bunch flat Italian parsley
2 heads garlic
2 sweet onion
1 red onion
3 lemons
1 lime
1 pint grape tomatos
2-3  5 oz containers baby greens and romaine lettuce

2 2 lb each pork loin
4 oz cubed proscuitto
1 lb sweet Italian sausage links
3/4 lb ground beef
6  oz ground pork
6  oz ground veal

2 lb parmigiano reggiano
1 pint half and half
1 pint whole milk
1 large log goat cheese (16 oz)
8  oz goat cheese

4  28 oz cans whole peeled plum tomatoes in juice
2  8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 container Italian flavored bread crumbs
32 oz extra virgin olive oil
1 jar Hellmann's mayonnaise
1 jar dijon mustard
1 small bottle worcestershire sauce
1 tube anchovy paste
8 oz kalamata olives
1 jar roasted red peppers
1 jar roasted green peppers
Kosher salt
1 box penne rigate
1 1/2 boxes farfalle pasta
2 jars sun-dried tomatoes in oil

3 bottles Pellegrino
Regular club soda
12 bottles red wine
4 bottles white wine

4 bunches rosemary (for decorating)
1 bunch basil (for decorating)
1 bunch curly parsley (for decorating)


  • STOP!  I am always going to remind you to check your pantry against your shopping list before you leave for the grocery store so you don't buy something you already have.
  • Organize your shopping list.  Add up the total amount of a single ingredient you will need for all dishes. List items to correspond with the layout of your supermarket.
  • When we buy chopped meat we like a fat to meat ratio of 20% / 80%.  WE find any fat content lower than this has less flavor and is tougher
  • Sue prefers Montrachet goat cheese. It has a nice creamy and mild flavor.
  • Any kind of Italian flavored bread crumbs will be fine.
  • Buy a 2 lb chunk of parmigiano reggiano.  Do not buy it already grated.
  • 2 cans of the whole peeled tomatoes we prefer with basil
  • Sue prefers Contadina tomato sauce
  • You must only use Hellmann's mayonnaise
  • We think that Karen used Delallo Sun Dried Tomatoes in olive oil and herbs.  (She couldn't remember the brand.)

Thoughts on Wine

2012 Memo Montepulciano D'Abruzzo by Marco Flacco:  I had my favorite Montepulciano D'Abruzzo in the cart and started talking to the manager of the store about my selections.  He too, drinks the one I favor but talked me into trying something new.  He did not steer me wrong. This is a nice medium bodied wine that was perfect to start the evening with the antipasto.

Brancaia Tre 2010:  Another medium to light bodied wine that just went perfectly with the antipasto.  The flavors are berry filled with maybe a whiff of chocolate.

Rocca Dei Sanniti Aglianico Del Taburno 2007:  This wine perfectly complements Italian food.  It has a beautiful and a nose bursting with aroma.  Warm spices, cherry and pepper overtones paired perfectly with the pork and the meatballs.

2007 Attilio Ghisolfi Barbera D'Alba:  This beautiful ruby red wine with a  powerful fruity aroma was also a perfect complement to the pastas and meats.

Everyday Divas Celebrations
with Mimi and Sue
Italian Pot Luck