This post is brought to you by Bertolli’s #MangiaMoment
My mom and I recently had a conversation reminiscing about memories I have of her. Probably the one that stands out most is that my mother was always in the kitchen. I remember coming home from school, and my mom would be in the kitchen carving meat, putting the finishing touches on a Torte, putting homemade rolls in the oven and inviting us to help. It is an image that made me conclude that food is love.
As a mother of my own children, I enjoy being in the kitchen, but I don’t believe the memory of me in the kitchen is what they will remember when I’m 60-something. I made sure they always have a hot lunch, and I do my best to make mealtime one where there is a gathering. We all come together to feast and celebrate the day. It hasn’t always been easy. Now, I work outside the home, and I still want my family to have hardy meals with delicious texture and flavors.
It’s been a long work week, and I came home tired. Li’l Man is with his First Lego League Robotics team gearing up for State finals this weekend. That left Miss M and me. She wrote me from her keyboarding class and told me she was looking forward to spending time with me–a mother/daughter date, so to speak.
I stopped by the grocery store on my way home, picked up a loaf of french garlic bread, a bag of salad and Bertolli Classic Meals for 2.
My mom is a lot like Francesco Bertolli–they both wanted to provide more than mere ingredients for meals. They both sought to provide ingredients for robust meal experiences that awaken the senses, enliven conversations, and inspire us to be in the moment.
Francesco Bertolli created a brand that originated as an Italian brand of extra-virgin olive oil. That brand, Bertolli, grew into an international brand of Italian and Mediterranean food. It was Lucca, Tuscany, 1865 and now we are celebrating Bertolli’s 150th anniversary!
My mom is an amazing cook, but sitting at the dinner table as a child was less than fun. My parents were strict, and we were “minding our manners.” I am laxer. I want my kiddos to chatter. I want to know what is going on in their world. I want them to chew with their mouths closed unless they have something to say. I don’t want just to make dinner; I want to make memories that carry over to the table and into their souls. As the Italian’s say, “Don’t just eat. Mangia.”
Miss M loves Italian food, so I knew Bertolli was a great start to our evening. With a great plate of food, there are endless possibilities. An authentic Italian meal is the sum of all the experiences that happen around the food. The people who matter most, the boisterous conversation and inevitable laughter, the unexpected turns the night can take; it means to eat, the authentic Italian way. The Bertolli way.
Miss M made a salad while I opened the Bertolli Classic Skillet bag. This is a fast meal…in 10 minutes (and that’s being generous with opening the bag) the house smells amazing, and the plate is full of delicious pasta, sauce, and meat.
Bertolli Multi-Serve Skillets are the ingredients for the simple yet robust meal experiences that awaken the senses, enliven conversations, and inspire us to be in the moment and connect with another person.
I love the brilliance. Delicious marinara is cubed and added to the bag. You simply dump the bag in the pan, cover, cook on high for 3-minutes–then turn down the heat and let it simmer for another 6-minutes and you’re ready to eat.
Our entrée was done minutes before the bread, which we simply needed to heat up, was out of the oven. Crazy; right?!
I plated the salad, the Bertolli Skillet meal, added a slice of bread and hollered to Miss M, “Let’s Mangia!”
The pasta was perfect. There were chunks of sausage and a sauce that was filled with flavors. Plenty of texture for us to enjoy while we indulged in the company of one another.
When I came into the living room–we were breaking all the rules! Miss M had set up a little area for us to sit together and feast.
I had snapped a photo of Miss M before I sat down to our meal.
I sat down, and something magical happened. We just let our fun out. We talked about our favorite television shows, what was happening in class, how I learned to type, her dreams for the future (she wants to be a chef or a veterinarian). We laughed so hard and broke all the rules–there was enough for her to go back for more!
Bertolli Multi-Serve Skillets are found in the freezer aisle of grocers nationwide for the suggested retail price of $7.89.
We were the furthest thing from formal, and it felt good. We let our hair down and just enjoyed our Magnia Moment.
About Bertolli’s Mangia Moment Campaign:
“In celebration of its 150th anniversary, Bertolli is headed to wine country and getting an invitation is easy. All you have to do is show how you dine like an Italian-share your Mangia Moment and you could take your friend to an ultimate Italian event in Wine Country where it’s all ‘mangia’ all the time.”
There is also an awesome sweepstake sponsored by Bertolli! The prizes are incredible and include going to wine country! Just show how to dine like an Italian on your social media (Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtag #MangiaMoment and #Sweepstakes and your Mangia Moment could score you and a friend the ultimate Italian event!
Contest/Sweepstakes: Enter to Win by sharing your #MangiaMoment – how you Dine like an Italian – by photo, by using hashtag #MangiaMoment and #Sweepstakes and posting via your Twitter or Instagram account
- 5 entries that embody the most Mangia spirit will be awarded a trip to attend Bertolliís Mangia Themed event in Wine Country, CA to celebrate Bertolliís 150th anniversary, in Spring 2016
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