Domenica Italiano

Most of you know that I love to cook, what you might not know however is that I have very little patience for cooking and very little patience for standing over a hot stove.  This is why when my friend Sophie asked me to help her make risotto we decided to make it into an all out Italian dinner event!

We walked over to Sophie (yes, I actually walked!) with a bag full of groceries ready to make mushroom risotto and pollo al limone!  Sophie provided the kitchen and the risotto rice straight from Milan.  This was very special not just because we were cooking a delicious dinner but because Nathan got to reunite with Jean-Baptiste (our cat that we had to give away due to jealousy issues).  The jealousy was still there - but Nathan could finally hold his own.

While the boys played in the living room, us women folk got started making the risotto in the kitchen.  Now I love risotto - LOVE, but have 0 patience to slave over a stove for 30 - 45 minutes stirring one ladle of liquid at a time.  Luckily since there were 3 of us, we gladly took turns stirring.  Not to mention that everything goes by a little faster with gossip and chit chat!

After finishing the mushroom risotto it was Cornel's turn to step into the kitchen and make my brother-in-law Matteo's Pollo al Limone.  It is so easy to make and absolutely delicious!!  The stage was set for an amazing lunch!

And for dessert, Sophie had made a delicious tiramisu!

It was the perfect way to spend an Sunday afternoon!  And if you are looking for a perfect appetizer to serve with this delicious feast...there is always fresh mushroom crostini!

I made these for us on Saturday and they were delicious and oh so easy to make!  Cut some thin slices of french bread- sprinkle with a little olive oil and place in the oven for 5 minutes until crispy.  In a blender put in fresh mushrooms of your choosing, walnuts, fresh parsely, garlic, lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon all in a food processer and chop while adding olive oil until you get at thin paste.  Salt & Pepper to taste and place a small scoop on the small pieces of grilled bread!  Sprinkle with fresh parmesan and it is ready to serve!

Coincidentally - this was the same menu I had planned to serve my friend Kim when she came over for dinner, but since Nathan has been feeling so icky - we've had to postpone!  Hopefully I will be able to have her over before her beautiful baby arrives in November!
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1 comment:

Kim said...

I hope we can reschedule soon too...that menu sounds AMAZING! Yum-O!

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