Before she baked, she made gnocchi with Gabriella. Teresa couldn’t believe how fast Gabriella was in cutting the gnocchi. Gabriella told her, “Nonna, I’ve made gnocchi before.”
They were light as a feather and delicious with her fresh tomato/basil sauce.
The simplest meals are sometimes the most memorable.
That’s me with Teresa and Domenico in the Circle Dining Room.
Today we went to the zoo with Luca! I couldn’t wait to show her the incredible flamingos and Scarlett Ibis. Birds with the most magnificent colors. Birds I see every time I go to the zoo. Birds that they have never seen in Italy.
I decided to not post Teresa’s Easter bread recipe. She told me if she knew how to use a computer, she would have already been working on her book.
I would like to share with you some gorgeous breads I came across this week. Enjoy! (if you have a link to an Easter bread and would like to share it here, go ahead on your comment!!)
Jennifer Perillo’s Italian Easter Bread
Reeni’s Italian Easter Bread
Nana's Mamu Saia (Estonian raisin bread)
Just a Pinch Italian Easter Bread
Kathy’s Italian Easter Bread
My time with my in-laws is coming to an end. Five weeks of oodles of pleasure and some pain are coming to a conclusion.
I will miss the smell of peperonata cooking at 9 AM.
I will miss cleaning up jalapeno seeds from my kitchen counter.
I will miss going by the vegetable market to buy more tomatoes and eggplant.
I will miss her starter yeast on the top shelf of my fridge.
I will miss the heavenly smell of her bread baking every afternoon.
I will miss her telling me how to wash my husband’s chef jackets.
I will miss her giving Luca 10 more bites of pasta when he said he was full already.
I will miss watching the cooking shows with her and hearing her funny observations about how big every thing is here in America (big washing machines and dryers, big cars, big apple pies).
Happy Easter, Lora!
Loved the story about the bread - and the ever so common oven-pre-heat issue. I know I have done some doosies with pre-heating & not remembering what was already in the oven...
The bread does look lovely, though.
Lora, it sounds like this visit was a much needed one for your whole family, on so many levels. I say you help Teresa get that book written once you're ready.
Have a very Happy Easter!
p.s. thanks for including a link to my Easter Bread recipe too. The girls and I just finished making the dough, and now they're patiently waiting for it to rise.
I love your stories and tweets about your MIL. The starter yeast waiting in the fridge, just got me smiling, always ready for the next loaf. You are leading such a wonderful life of food weaved through Italian culture and history. Thank you for sharing your stories and as to the the recipe I can't wait for the book to come out!! Was so nice talking to you on the phone earlier. Happy Easter my friend! Shulie
Buono Pasqua~ to you and your family!
SMITH BITES says
Lora ~ i cannot tell you how happy i am with reading this post; am grateful for the time you have spent w/your mother-in-law and that you've shared her with us - i LOVE her!! i'm grateful that your surgery went well and that you are going to be fine; i'm grateful for your friendship and i'm grateful for all those things you will miss . . . because it tells me of your generous heart and how much you love your family . . . Happy Easter Lora!
I'm going to miss so many of the Teresa stories and observations too. Looks like your FIL is feeling better. Happy Easter to you and your family!
Happy Easter to you too! When the family leaves, it is a difficult moment every time in my house as well. I wish you shared her recipe but I guess we will just have to wait for her cookbook! You should help her if this is what she wants to do! 🙂
I have only discovered your blog today. Your MIL sounds wonderful. Happy Easter.
Häid lihavõttepühi to you too Lora (that's Happy Easter in Estonian)
I am jealous of all that lovely Italian food, and oh my gosh - yeast starter?? peperonata? Can I borrow your mother in law for a week please? 🙂
Thanks for linking the recipe to my grandmother's raisin bread - I brought about half the loaf to the farm I work at on Thursdays, and it was devoured in huge hunks plain, sans butter, and I think there was only a small piece left by the time I left 🙂 It does keep very well just simply wrapped in tin foil.
I love hearing about your extended family, and I love trying your Italian recipes even more 🙂
A Thought For Food says
I just recently learned what Easter bread is and now I'm dying to know what it tastes like... another lovely post, Lora!
Looks so great! I'm going to tag this post for next year!
Wonderful post. 🙂
Every child deserves an Old Country Grandmother:) This was a truly beautiful post, Lora! Cosa saremmo senza la famiglia? Buona Pasqua a te e i tuoi:)
Rebecca from Chow and Chatter says
wonderful post really enjoyed it full of family and life hugs and happy Easter
Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food says
what a beautiful family and love filled post!
Food and family are so tightly intertwined! 🙂 Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Buona Pasqua to you and your family. So beautiful, I will miss Teresa too. Hope you and your family have a love filled day tomorrow!
There is some good to be found in everything. If not for you having to have had this surgery, this precious time with your mother-in-law would probably not have occurred. Thank you for sharing the blessing of her visit during your recovery with us. I shall miss your posts with Teresa in them. This was a beautiful farewell tribute to her and her wonderful cooking and baking.
I would miss all those things too! It sounds like you had a great time together. All these breads must be amazing!
Hope you're feeling better day by day...
I love this post and the insight to your Italian family. I feel like I'm learning so much about the Italian culture from you all 🙂 Happy Easter 🙂 Wishing you a fantastic week!
Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow says
Some family recipes have to be kept for the family. What an amazing visit you are having, I am insanely jealous of the wonderful food!
I'm gonna miss Teresa! She should start her own blog 🙂
Lora, thanks for sharing your family and this beautiful Easter bread with us. Your MIL sounds like a blast. A woman with a great deal of life experience and baking skills. The Breakers is gorgeous, went there as a kid - wish I could go back 🙂
Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking says
What a wonderful Easter weekend it sounds like you had, and a beautiful bread to celebrate! It sounds like you have such a special relationship with your mother in law, too. You're very blessed, Lora! Thank you for sharing your lovely photos and description of the weekend. XO
I bake often, but I use my oven for storage for trays, cake pans etc. I just take them out and put them on the kitchen bench when I need to bake something... if I remember. Sometimes I pre-heat the oven and leave all those things in there.
Thank you for sharing your easter story.
Such a lovely post...and what a touching list about what you'll miss about your MIL. I adore my MIL, too. So sorry about your first bread fiasco...let me tell you, I've done that sort of thing a lot 🙂 What a gorgeous Easter bread...I hope to try something like it next Easter! xo
This is such a beautiful post... very heartfelt and touching.
I laughed at the "10 extra bites for Luca" because I actually got into a itty bitty argument with my MIL because of that...she just kept shoving food in Ana's mouth even though Ana was crying and screaming "NOOOO!". 🙂
Emily Malloy says
Absolutely lovely!! Happy Easter to you!
Gorgeous Easter bread.
Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels says
I've never had Italian Easter bread before and now I want to try it. Actually I want to eat all of the Italian food at your house! 🙂
Your MIL is too funny. I loved hearing all of the stories about her! 🙂
Alice Choi says
What a gorgeous Italian Easter bread! and I love the story about your mother-in-law. . and time you got to spend with them during their visit! Both of my husband's parents passed away in a car accident long before we even met. . anyway, I always dreamed of having a great relationship with my MIL but that wasn't an option for me. Most of the time, from girl friends, I hear horrible stories about their MIL's so it's refreshing to hear a lovely story like this! 🙂 LOVE!