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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dinner at home with friends - Pranzo a casa con amici

To me, a good meal at home with friends is what celebrating food is all about.  Does it involve work?   Certainly

But look at my reasons:
  • Everyone can bring a bottle and share, no inflated restaurant wine costs or corkage fees.
  • No restaurant rule about dressing totally casually and slipping off your shoes.
  • We can debate in a loud manner rather than whisper 'till the wee hours.
Flowers from the garden adorned the table


We feasted on:


Menu Planning


I always try to work some seasonal produce into my dinner menu - perhaps a fresh asparagus first course, or beautiful, sweet summer fruits in the dessert.   I try to use fresh, natural produce wherever possible. You just can't compare the flavor of freshly roasted peppers or other fresh vegetables with those frozen or canned from the supermarket shelf. 
When planning a special dinner, not only I try to maintain a nutritional balance but I also incorporate color, texture and flavor.

Vegetarian appetizer or antipasto
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Antipasto

Cold
A platter of roasted peppers, garden tomatoes, blanched cauliflower, grilled yellow squash and braised asparagus simply drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

Hot
Fried Calamari

Calamari fritti

Cannelloni di ricotta


Sausage Stuffed Chickens - Polli ripieni

Oven Roasted Potatoes - Patate arrostite
Dessert - Fresh fruit


Frutta


    After dessert, I kicked off my shoes and relaxed with friends.
    Sharing a glass of wine and food with friends to me is felicita' (happiness).