Friday Night's Dinner Party
Jim and I spent a month last year in Italy
From Tuscany to Venice to Rome
To Positano and Sorrento
And we ate
And I made notes
And I even attended a cooking school!
What we learned most about eating in Italy
is that they really like to eat seasonally.
And I tried to follow that meal when I chose the courses for the party.
It was a donation party
And our guests paid a nice sum for the party
So it needed to be nice --
We started with lemoncellotinis in the parlor
(My homemade lemoncello)
And with the tunis
I served bruschetta -- with roasted cherry and plum tomatoes and basil and garlic
and a finishing of a sea salt
It's one of my favorite foods
A fennel, orange and olive salad
A winter squash soup from Gina Stipo
A pasta with lemon and cream and Parmesan
A pork loin stuffed with ground pork and fennel and garlic, a cooked red onion (which was cooked under the pork), a creamy cheesy polenta with rosemary and roasted broccoli rabe.
There was dessert!
But I didn't get a picture of it!!!
It was berries served with a cannoli cream
and sprinkled with crushed amaretti cookies.
Served with the late harvest sevyal.
After we had espresso and walnut liqueur
(which we hand carried home from Italy!)
It was a fun night!
We ate, we drank and we laughed!
There is nothing better than gathering friends around a table
and sharing food and friendship.