Remember My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Toula’s father with the Windex? In a simile : Carlo (my mom’s partner in crime) is to olive oil as Toula’s father is to Windex. “Just drizzle a little olive oil on it” is Carlo’s motto. And when Carlo says “drizzle,” you “drizzle” because you know he knows what he’s talking about.
Carlo is Sicilian and the most animated person in the kitchen. Constantly coming up with slow-cooked yummy meat recipes, he can make a lamb shank that will knock your socks off. I admire Carlo’s way with meat and herbs as he really knows what herb is appropriate where. In his very Sicilian, throwing-around-pots-and-pans and chunking-off-ciabatta-and-cheese way, Carlo is an inspiration to anyone who wants to learn authentic Italian cooking. These are the things Carlo is master of: lentil soup, chicken cacciatore, veal marsala, pizza, roasted chicken, and giving you an honest opinion. Oh, and he’s a history buff with a mean tennis serve.
Carlo is one of my favorite taste testers because the man does not have a lying bone in his body. He tells me when my recipe is not up to par and refuses to buy in to “healthified” desserts, which makes me try harder to make my “healthified” desserts even better to pass the Carlo standard. The man knows dairy, the man knows chocolate. The words “Healthy” and “dessert” do not walk into the same room when Carlo is present, bless his ice cream-loving soul.
So for your cooking sensei, as I’m sure you have one, create a comforting ode in an over-sized pot or pan and dedicate it to the Windex-spraying, olive oil-drizzling master of the kitchen. To Carlo, the man who always knows what to say and the food that goes with it.