We are well into the summer and, so far, it's been a hot one! Perfect for those weekends at the cottage, camping trips, or just heading to the beach for a day.

At Cucina Mauro, we have fond memories of family trips to the beach, usually Wasaga Beach on Georgian Bay;  but, as you might expect, our memories focus more on the family gathering and the food, than on building sand castles or swimming.

Typically, we were joined by aunts, uncles, and cousins, and the preparations began days in advance, culminating with Mama cooking and packing food into the wee hours of the night as the kids slept, anxiously awaiting the morning as if it was Christmas Eve.  Trays of parmigiana and lasagna would be wrapped in table cloths to help keep them warm until we arrived. Panini were made by the dozen. Thermoses filled with espresso.

Bright and early in the morning, we would all load into the car and head up Highway 400, with mama handing out frittata panini for breakfast in the car.  Finally, we would arrive and the food would start coming out, and not stop until it was time to head home.  We would play in the sand, eat, splash in the water, eat, soak up some sun, eat,..you get the idea.

So, as you enjoy this beautiful summer, let us help you create some great memories also. Take one of our trays of lasagna, cannelloni, or veal parmigianna with you to the cottage or an assortment of panini to the beach. You won't regret it.

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