My Kitchen on Memorial Day Weekend
Even the Italians love hamburgers. But in the Italian culture it cannot be only about meat. The Italian meal needs to have balance, so the addition of a little veggie and a little cheese rounds out this meaty meal. For the record, the Italian- Mediterranean diet is the ideal diet because of its diversity and moderation.
Top these delicious burgers off with some of my homemade ketchup.
(Consider these two recipes a sneak peek at my next cook book–Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking, available here!)
German Potato Salad
This tangy, textured potato salad is much appreciated in Liguria, and it has become a favorite of mine. I like it best served warm-when the freshly cooked potatoes have just been tossed in the hot bacon-and- mustard dressing-though it is also delicious at room temperature, on a buffet or picnic table. As the name implies (and the slightly Nordic ingredients also suggest), this salad came to Liguria from somewhere else. Though I don’t know the precise origins, the Riviera Ligure has for centuries lured writers, composers, poets, and artists from other parts of Europe. Perhaps one of these creative types made this salad during a Ligurian sojourn. Certainly I have no objection that such a tasty dish, even if introduced by an outsider, took root in Liguria and became part of the regional cuisine.
Pair this meal with your favorite simple green salad and you’re ready to go!