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To Raisin or Not To Raisin...that is the question 
Jan. 16, 2014 7:37 am 
Updated: Jan. 19, 2014 1:45 pm
I am straying from my usual blog post where I tell a story about my mom and give you one of her recipes....There is a great debate at the office.

I am half Italian and half Russian - My mom's parents came from Italy and they always add some raisins to their meatball mixture.  A good friend of mine at work is 100% Italian (her words) and told me I am crazy.  Google search does show raisins in meatballs originating in Southern Italy.  I found this particularly funny because my 100% Italian friend is from Calabria, which is one of the specific regions mentioned in the use of raisins.  She is still insisting this is crazy.  I will say she has tasted my meatballs and does think they are delicious, but still won't acknowledge this as being true Italian.  She has taken it to the aisles of the office and stopping anyone with an Italian sounding last name if they use raisins - She's become possessed with this topic....

So....I am reaching out to my blog readers.....Raisins???
Jan. 17, 2014 9:29 am
My father was born in Italy, I learned a lot from his mother-we did not put raisins in meat dishes. My roots are more Northern Italy.
Jan. 19, 2014 1:45 pm
I would be concerned about her need to be "right" on this subject. Enjoy the raisins in your meatballs...It may be a very small regional way of cooking.
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I am a single woman who works too much but loves to cook when I have the time. I also love to travel.
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My favorite things to cook are my mom's recipes. We would enjoy many great times in the kitchen.
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