This is an older pic that I have leftover from last week. Since I had spent the weekend before I made this bento helping my mother after her knee injury, she made sure to send me home with food. I mean think about, what self-respecting Italian American mother wouldn’t do such a thing? The best part is that if I time it right, I get not only her food, but food from events and people at her Sons of Italy Lodge. Now before you shake you head in disappointment over me stealing food from the mouths of sweet ol’ Italian women, I suggest you taste the stuff first. Once you make it through you third stuffed artichoke and pass out on the couch in ecstasy…you will understand. Or die from overeating, whichever comes first.
fresh mozzarella and tomatoes (thanks Mommy!)
salami sandwich with “Lazy Girl’s Focaccia”
sixlets candy (another food obsession my mother supports)
“Lazy Girl’s Focaccia” is something my sister and I made for our first dinner party at our very first apartment. I wanted to be able to serve something warm and yummy, but I was limited with a kitchen the size of a port-o-potty. Using a mixture of pure brilliant laziness, we bought some pre-made pizza dough at the market and the rest is history. If you have time to let the dough rise, you are better off because you get a lighter final product, but it works just fine if you don’t. Stretch or roll the dough out and place it on a baking sheet greased with olive oil. Then dot (or poke) the top of the bread with your fingers. At this point, you can allow it to rise if you have the time. Otherwise just skip ahead and brush with olive oil and add coarse salt and your desired herbs. You can also put thin sliced tomatoes or onions on the top if you are so inclined.
Bake in a 350 degree oven until golden brown. Then cut, serve, and wait for people to be super impressed with your baking prowess. Hey, I won’t tell if you don’t.