Friday, December 26, 2008

The Joy of Limoncello

I went over to the sister's house for Christmas dinner and had some of our family's traditional favorites. We had home-made ricotta cheese, some really good proscuitto di parma, Genoa salami, brasiole, meatballs, imported provolone and cavatelli. The gravy was my great grandmother's recipe, passed down for how ever many generations that is. The Sicilian wine flowed freely, so Mrs. Crotchety was in a mellow mood.

And, this year, my sister experimented with something totally new: she decided to try her hand at making limoncello. For the uninitiated, it is an Italian after dinner drink that is, apparently, half lemon and half rocket fuel vodka. I've had it before, and it is a wonderful after dinner libation, useful in digestion.

I needed to digest a lot, apparently.


I did toast to your health, too.

You are quite welcome.


tahtimbo said...

I'm drooling just reading this. That sounds SO good! Hope you had a Merry Christmas. Although with the limoncello, I guess it's guaranteed.

Olga, the Traveling Bra said...

Dang!!! Sounds delish!

Swirl Girl said...

Hope you had a Buon Natale!

Adullamite said...

limoncello sounds good! :)

A New Yorker said...

Mom and Dad brought me one of those little mini bottles of lemencello back from Italy. I never drank it as I loved the bottle and souvenier. Sounds yummy tho! Hope you enjoyed your treats.

Anonymous said...

I am not allowed to serve limoncello. Apparently my mother in law has "an allergy" to too much of it.

Jormengrund said...

Somehow, I can picture you as the older wiseguy.

Now everything I've been reading makes sense!

Good to know where I can turn to if I need that cash advance!

Merry Christmas Crotchety!

ReformingGeek said...

Wow! I'm embarassed that I had to have help saying some of those food items.

I had some white wine but I don't think it would stand up against that limoncello.

I cooked homemade Mexican food, a family recipe from Hubby's family although nobody from his family has Hispanic heritage ;-)

Gerry Hatrić said...

I absolutely love Italian food. The after dinner libation sounds very good. Salute!

Anonymous said...

So, you toasted me while being, uh, TOASTED. I can use all the help I can get so I hope it was a good toast!!!

Here's to YOU! *holding real toast*

Da Old Man said...

@ Tahtimbo: I had a very good Christmas. Hope your's was also.

@ Olga: It was great

@ Swirl Girl: I did. Thank you

@ Adullamite: It is excellent. Try it if you see it.

@ Lauren: My sister brought me some when she went to Sicily a few years ago. It was almost as good as what she made.

@ Anne: I can understand that

@ Jorman: I'm more an older wiseass.

@ Reforming: Some may be hard to pronounce, but they are so easy to eat.
Now, I want Mexican food. Baja Fresh is the best we can do.

@ Mulled: It was excellent. Packed a wallop, too.

@ Dana: It was a great toast. I drank to your health and prosperity.

Lola said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Italian feast.

Oh man! Brasiole. I haven't had that in so long. Maybe I'll make some for New Years.

Donnie said...

Well, I've never been to N.J., so I guess '09 Christmas I'll have something to really look forward to. Gee, thanks for the invite Joe!

Michelle said...

Wow old man i love your holiday menu!!!

Wonderful and just so wonderful!!!

Limoncello is the bomb!!!

Mazel TOv!!!

Anonymous said...

The rocket fuel is what makes it good! Puts hair on your chest.

Da Old Man said...

@ Lola: Itwas wonderful. Brasiole is a perfect New Year's dish.

@ Don: Sure, just stop by.

@ Michelle: I love limoncello a bit too much

@ Certainly does

@ Rose Works: Thank you. And the same to you and your family

Charmaine said...

Hello. Yum.

Italians and Irish people "understand" each other.

It's about food and family.

Paul Eilers said...

Crotchety, here's wishing you and your family a healthy and prosperous 2009.

Da Old Man said...

@ Charmiane: Yes, it is.

@ Paul: And all the best to you and your family for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

Anonymous said...

I totally love to take my lemoncello bottle out of the freezer to pour a "sample" every now and then. Although, I've wanted to, I've never tried making any. Hey, new year's resolution!