Years ago, my crafty and talented Aunt Marie created a family cookbook. She compiled family recipes (old and new) along with photographs of family and Italy. She then had it bound under the name "Cucina Di Rosa" after my Grandma Rose. Now the cookbook rests on the countertop of everyone in the family.
It is a wonderful way of preserving old recipes, and leaving room for new ones with lots of blank recipe pages. I will henceforth try to post a recipe from there every so often. I am always looking for new ones, too.
This is one way of keeping Italian traditions alive that I would encourage every family to do. Buon Appetito....
TOMATO BASIL SAUCE Passed down from my Nonnina (my great grandmother Lucia)
Saute 1 onion (diced) in olive oil and butter until transparent
Add 2 cans whole peeled tomatoes, blend until smooth
Add black/red pepper to taste
Add large bunch of Basil (you can either cook in the flavor while whole and then remove it, or add it earlier and blend it into the sauce)
Cook for one hour
This recipe is SO simple, yet SO tasty. I chose this one first, as it is very basic and super easy to try...but look forward to more in the near future!