“Home” for the Holidays

Despite the fact that everyone has dispersed themselves to various parts of the world for the seasonal holidays, I am the lone Jew in Parma on Christmas. Hah! Nonetheless, there are some perks to this situation. A) I get the entire house to myself B) ….. Yeah there really is no second pro to this situation.

Yesterday, feeling a bit homesick and nostalgic for something familiar, I decided to rent the new Woody Allen film “Whatever Works” on iTunes and cook myself up a nice hearty meal in the winter weather. Though I don’t have a photograph of the final result I highly recommend trying the concoction I made because it was completely delicious and totally hit the spot.

I made an American/Italian omelette, an impromptu creation, that ended up being a groundbreaking gastronomic experience. (despite my hyperbolized description)

Here’s the recipe:

Michelle’s Christmassy Omelette:

  • Finely diced yellow onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • Half Yellow Bell Pepper, Diced
  • Handful of quartered baby tomatoes
  • 2 slices of cured meat (I used Bresaola which is almost impossible to find in the US)
  • 2 Eggs
  • Salt
  • Grated Parmigiano Cheese

1) Sautee onions and garlic with some olive oil in a pan until the onions become translucent and your house smells like an Italian Trattoria

2) Add in other veggies until they are relatively well cooked, tender to the bite

3) Add in your cured meat of choice (bacon can work as well)

4) In a separate bowl, crack 2 eggs, beat with salt and a grated cheese (amounts depend on personal taste)

5) Add eggs to vegetables, let cook until tender

6) Top with a little grated cheese and freshly cracked pepper


Alright folks, off to do some holiday shopping in -2 degree weather.. Can’t wait. *ahem* Going to Tuscany to celebrate Christmas with a friend of mine, will update soon.

Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year!!!


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