Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Italian Dinner Party -- The Food

Friday Night's Dinner Party
was Italian.

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.


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Wow! What a delicious meal...I imagine you used your Spode Italian dishes....It takes a lot of planning and effort to produce such a meal, and serve it and be the hostess...Of course, you had help from your dear husband! It all sounds (and looks) wonderful!

Pondside said...

Was it a Silent Auction win? If so, people must line up and vie for such a wonderful meal. I imagined I could smell the fennel and garlic!

Martha said...

No, it was a live auction -- there was much "spirited" bidding!

Martha said...

Kristi - yes, DH and I have a plan -- he does the glasses and selects the wine and I do the food and cooking and we discuss and tweak until we have it just right.

Then the night of, I cook and he clears and brings the next course in -- except for the last two -- ours and I bring those in. He's seated by that time.

It works well.

And after . . . he brings everything in the kitchen and I load dishwasher, wash and "stage" (for if it goes in the dishwasher I won't hand wash -- I'll wait for it to finish -- even if it is the next morning!)

Lou Archer said...
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Lou Archer said...

Cor blimey! Delish food, you have lucky friends. X

Unknown said...

The food looks yummie! I am so happy I checked it out. Now I want recipes, Please!
Blessings My Fellow Italian,

GardenOfDaisies said...

Yum yum yum!!