Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Guess Who Didn't Come to Dinner...

That's right, our Italian guests. Insane, I know, considering this dinner was just for them. So instead of 8 we were 5 and instead of 2 lbs of pasta we cooked 1. Not a big deal really, everything turned out delicious and now we have lots of leftovers.
Rubee made the appetizers. An antipasti plate consisting of some oven roasted tomatoes, thinly sliced salami, herb marinated black olives, bocconcini, and roasted banana peppers with garlic. The star of the platter was the prosciutto wrapped asparagus with truffle butter from epicurious.com.
She also did two bruschetta toppings: Mario Batali's Eggplant Caponata and his White Bean.
The main course was a Bolognese sauce; also a Batali recipe. We changed it up slightly by adding a pound of ground beef to the meat mix. (just in case the 2 lbs of meat it already had wasn't enough)
We kept dessert simple and had some coconut macaroons and sliced peaches.
All in all the night was a success. I think our Italian visitors would've been impressed.


  1. My mouth is watering! That looks like it was a fabulous dinner - indeed good enough to impress any Italian.

  2. that asparagus looks so very good... it ALL looks great. I think you're lucky they didn't come... more for you :)

  3. You should have invited me.

    Secret admirer

  4. Yes, I agree it was quite a success! You and J are always wonderful hosts. Though I have to point out that the highlights for me were the delicious bolognese (umm, I went back for thirds), and the fresh peaches and homemade biscotti and limoncello to finish ; )

  5. Wow, they missed a feast! I would have been happy to have filled in for them! :d

  6. Wow! just as I had imagined it to be. Simply scrumptious! Please come and claim this award from me because this is how much I enjoyed your dinner.


  7. Once they see these pics, I think they're going to feel some serious regret.