On Sunday I made this potato dish for my cousin and her fella. It's from the great Biba Caggiano's A Taste Of Italy and was both easy to make and delicious. In her cookbook, she states that this is a favorite recipe of her family in Bologna because it can be made in advance. That's exactly what I did, making it the night before the dinner. You can find the recipe at the end of this post. I enjoyed eating this dish very much.
Last week the lovely Rosa at Rosa's Yummy Yums tagged me for a 5 Things You Don't Know About Me Meme. Thank you Rosa! Here it is.
1.) I have a annoying condition in my left eye called vitreous detachment which makes it difficult to see clearly at times. It's not serious, but it causes problems for me several times a month. It's the reason that comments I leave on other blogs can be full of typos. So, if I leave a comment on your blog that looks odd, just tell yourself--"Sher's having a bad day with her left eye."
2.) I love old movies and have a huge crush on Gary Cooper and Robert Redford. But, my biggest crush is Cary Grant. I can't even count the number of times I've seen North By Northwest, To Catch A Thief, Bringing Up Baby, and His Girl Friday. Honorable mention: Fred Astaire.
3.) As to actresses, I also like watching older films, probably because the parts written then for women were more than just "the girl" or "the wife." I have a copy of the film Gloria with Gena Rowlands (forget about that crappy remake with Sharon Stone). Whenever I want to perk myself up, I watch it just to see the scene where Gloria saves little Phil and threatens the mobsters with a gun yelling, "Sissies! You let a woman beat you, huh? You little tiny nothings. You punk!" I feel invigorated just writing about it!
4.) I studied violin and ballet when I was a kid. We were poor and I don't know how my parents were able to afford that. I recently gave my violin, which I've had since I was 7 years old, to Nancy's daughter, Elizabeth, who is a very good violinist. That was a nice feeling.
5.) I adore potato chips and Cheetos, but only eat them twice a year because I have no control once they enter my mouth. I'll consume the whole bag--no matter how big it is. So, I always walk very quickly by the snack aisle, trying not to make eye contact with certain brands of chips that whisper to me as I pass by. I let myself buy one bag of them twice a year, and it's a big deal when I do that. I scan the choices and invariably I have a bag of Yukon Gold Chips cooked in olive oil in the winter, and a bag of crunchy style Cheetos in the spring. I don't like distractions as I eat them. I don't want people talking to me and ruining the whole experience. After-all, I only get to do this twice a year, so don't bug me!!
Now, if you feel the urge to confess--let's hear about you!
6 large boiling potatoes (about 5 pounds)
small pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 cup milk or cream
salt to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
2 to 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
Put potatoes in large pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until they are tender, but still show resistance. Cool and peel, then slice into 1/4 inch rounds.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a dish and layer the potoatoes into it, overlaping them. (You can cover them at this poinbt and place in the fridge the day before baking them). Mix the nutmeg in the milk/cream and pour over the potatoes. Season with salt and sprinkle the cheese on top. Dot with the butter.
Cook in the oven in the middle rack until it the cheese is melted and the dish has browned to your satisfaction. Should take about 20 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.