"Grandma Style" Cooking

by ‎02-22-2016 10:00 AM - edited ‎02-22-2016 10:01 AM



There is only one thing I enjoy more than making my recipes, and that is sharing the finished dishes with friends and family. I imagine that comes from growing up in my Grandmothers home in Brooklyn where there was always something cooking and always a full house at dinner time. I spent countless hours by my Grandmothers side learning her style of cooking which I call "Grandma Style". Grandma Style cooking is a style of cooking that's not complicated, the recipes come together easily filling the home with incredible aromas leaving us with wonderful memories. There is nothing better than a meal prepared by a Grandmother and I consider myself really fortunate to have been taught "Grandma Style" cooking from an amazing Grandmother, mine, Anna Mancini. Recently someone asked me "how can I tell if an Italian recipe is authentic". It took me only a second to come up with the answer, "if the recipe looks complicated, then it's not authentic". For me authentic Italian cooking and for that matter, any type of authentic cuisine are always prepared with simple ingredients and the method is always easy to follow. Here is my recipe for Homemade Tomato Soup which is a perfect example of my, Grandma Style cooking. I love this recipe and once you prepare it, you'll never buy store bought tomato soup again. 



Homemade Tomato Soup-

1-28 can of whole Italian plum tomatoes
4-tbs of unsalted butter
4-cups of chicken stock
1-tsp salt
1-tsp fresh black pepper
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup minced onion
2-garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp dry oregano
1/4 tsp dry thyme
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

1-In a 4-quart saucepan or soup pot on a 

   medium heat,add the butter, onion, garlic, 

   salt, pepper and sauté on low heat for 10 

   minutes or just until the onion become 


2-Add the tomatoes and all the juice, 

   oregano, thyme and put on a medium heat. 
3-Bring this to a boil, cover and lower the 

   heat to a simmer for 15 minutes. 

4-now add the stock, bring to a boil, lower 

    the heat, cover and simmer for 15 

5-Remove from the heat and allow to come 

    to room temperature. 
6-Once the soup is at room temperature, 

    add the soup to a blender and purée it. 
7-Put the soup back into the saucepan and 

    bring to a boil, turn off the heat and stir in 

    the heavy cream, parsley and serve. 


Smiley Happy Daniel Mancini 

by toniburdette
on ‎02-22-2016 11:24 AM

I've made Dan's tomato soup and it's wonderful. Easy, peasy Grand Ma style cooking. This is comfort food at it's tastiest. A tribute to all Mama's.

by Trident49
on ‎02-22-2016 11:33 AM

I can't wait to try this, Looks amazing!

by funktron
‎02-22-2016 11:37 AM - edited ‎02-22-2016 11:39 AM

I grew up with homemade Italian cooking and "Sunday Supper" with macaroni and meatballs and my Mom's sauce.  One of the things I love about Mama Mancini's food is how authentic it tastes----it's the only supermarket food or in this case, shopping channel food I know of that brings me back to my Mom's kitchen----the flavors, the aroma----it's really wonderful.  Mancini's meatballs and sauce rival what you will find at a good Italian restaurant.  You can add your own pasta, but I prefer keeping it even more simple, with a good loaf of freash Italian bread!  Meatball sandwiches with plenty of sauce!  


Now, Daniel Mancini is sharing his family recipes for us to try at home.  The ingredients list is short and the prep is simple.  I can't wait to get more flavors from the love that Daniel's grandmother passed down in these recipes.  This is truly a great partnership between Mama Mancini's and QVC.  I received my order of traditional meatloaf portions last week---and I am anxious to get those in the oven!


I am in the Washington, DC area, but Mancini's food makes me feel like I've gone back a few decades to that kitchen in Brooklyn and am a guest in the Mancini house! 


Angelo Mark

by Tawnya
on ‎02-22-2016 12:06 PM

I have been following Mama Mancini's on Face book for a while now and all of their recipes are amazingly simple and wonderfully good! I have not made them all, but I am slowly working my way through them. I am looking forward to making this one soon because I had to get a blender first and now that I have one, there is no stopping me now! 

by Patricia FL
on ‎02-22-2016 01:12 PM

I was not lucky enough to cook beside my Italian grandmother, and that's why I am drawn to Daniel Mancici's recipes.  He gives us insight on his grandmothers authentic Italian cooking, and his recipes are delicious. The recipes are simple, good, home cooked Italian recipes that are, for the most part quick and easy to make.  I have been following Daniel for a few months now, and rate his recipes high on my list of mentors.  I also enjoy his laid back style of communication and especially enjoy the stories he tells of his grandmother and his fur babies.  Keep up the good work of spreading love through your cooking, and look forward to more blogs.

by 2003Lorri
on ‎02-22-2016 01:16 PM

Your recipes inspire me, and your beautiful photography and words make me emotional.  They bring back the delicious smells and loving feeling of my Grandmom, Viola's house.  I can't wait to see more of your recipes on this blog.  Best of luck and God bless.

by gootch
on ‎02-22-2016 05:18 PM

Hey there! My Gram had no recipes in her recipe box. All by eye. A pinch of this & a dash of that. Made the BEST homemade bread. She would make bread into a big wreath for the Holidays. HOW she got that into our Roper Oven i beyond me! Made 2 or 3 meals for Easter Thabksgiving & Christmas PLUS she worked at our local fruit store (sawdust on the floor). MEMORIES!

by Little Walter
on ‎02-27-2016 12:15 PM

Daniel,  Could I substitute basil for the oregano? I find oregano bitter?  Thanks

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