Friday, July 1, 2011

A feast from Italia!!

My daughter returned home this week from almost 6 weeks studying abroad in Italy.  It was an amazing experience and she wanted to treat us all to a bit of the Italian experience. So she treated the family, including grandparents, to a multi course Italian feast. She shopped and planned and cooked...it was fantastic! We even had a lesson in wine tasting with wine from a chianti vineyard she visited on her trip.
The first course was bruschetta (olive, tomato, roasted red pepper/eggplant), and fresh veggies dipped in olive oil and balsamic then dipped in salt seasoned with rosemary and lavender(again brought from Italy).
We then got a lesson in wine tasting...even her younger brothers had a taste...much to our laughter at our youngest face when he tasted the wine.
The second course was the traditional pasta course. She made homemade pesto for one of the pasta choices, and tomato with capers and wine for the other.
We enjoyed both of the pastas dishes quite a bit...we could not wait for the next course!  The next course was a delicious chicken cutlet with a rich mushroom cream sauce. It was super yummy...the boys could not get enough.  We were all starting to get full now but there was more to come....we moved on to the fruit course(in Italia the last course before dessert is either fruit or salad!)  We enjoyed a platter of grapes, watermelon, and peaches.
After the fruit course was complete, we all sampled Limoncello. Limoncello is traditionally served chilled as an after-dinner digestivo. To settle the stomach and help digestion. Next was dessert and coffee.  We had Limoncello Semifreddo with a strawberry sauce and biscotti.
It was so delicious...not a single slice of semifreddo was leftover.  The semifreddo was layered with crushed biscotti,almond, and white chocolate....lovely!


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Thank you Sarah for my Italian Apron!!

1 comment:

  1. doreen (mom,granny)July 2, 2011 at 5:52 AM

    excellent meal. papa especially loved the pesto!!! yes I cannot believe it he LOVED something green!! the wole meal was wonderful only outdone bu the hosts...belisamo

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