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shortlist no. 7 / august 24, 2010

August 26, 2010

This was our last dinner party, which turned out to be a corker, as our guests might have said. Very neighborhood-centric, which is always nice.

Differences to the above shortlist: I didn’t do the stuffed dates and served some nice cheese instead. Also, I didn’t use mozzarella for the salad, substituting it with the last bits of buffalo ricotta I had left in the fridge whipped with heavy cream and herbs. Yum.

The highlight? Either the pasta al forno, which you’ve heard about, or the heavenly, majestic dessert, which you will be hearing about.

In the meantime, though, as we have another dinner party tonight, I’m off to make my first torta di grano saraceno, one of my favorite (one of the only decent?) Italian cakes.

Since the focus tonight is on Kobe steak (again), Francesco has requested that there be no side dishes and no first course. In other words, no distractions. He’s not going to get his way, of course (what kind of a dinner party thrower do you think I am?!), but his less is more ethic is refreshing sometimes. Especially when that means more mashed potatoes for me.

Tuesday night dinner for 6

fresh bread

cheese course with accompaniments

pita chips with labne


salad of greens and herbs with whipped ricotta, butter beans, prosciutto, semi-dried tomatoes and balsamico di modena


pasta al forno con le polpettine



One Comment leave one →
  1. YJZ permalink
    September 6, 2010 3:15 am

    I am eating labne and pita chips right now, thinking about that roadside stand in Israel that had the delicious labne and olives and missing you! Also I have my third (or fourth?) batch of dough for your bread waiting to rise.

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