Celebrate Terra Madre day by gathering around the table with your family and friends. Slow Food USA promotes a "better, cleaner and fairer world that begins with what we put on our plates."
Getting a group together for a meal out can often be pricey and difficult to accommodate. You have to figure out who should sit where, pick a place you will actually all be able to hear each other and keep in mind the dietary restrictions of your guests and budget needs for everyone in the group.
Although dinner parties do take work, the reward of sharing your favorite homemade recipes with family and friends is a lot more satisfying than facing the bill at the end of a group meal out.
Having a cooking partner in the kitchen will make your next dinner party a breeze. The meal my boyfriend and I put together was a huge hit for a gathering with his guy friends while we were visiting his home.
When a guy finds a recipe he likes and can master, it's only a matter of time before he is eager to show it off to all of his friends. My boyfriend has found his current staple to be lamb topped with a balsamic reduction. This recipe is a bit more complicated than a basic sauce, and it requires more attention than other glazes we have made. Although it is delicious and adds a lot of mouthwatering flavor to any meat dish.
While he managed the meat, I prepared two servings of sauteed portabella mushrooms in a balsamic and butter sauce. The key to this recipe is making sure the mushrooms have cooked long enough to absorb all the juices from the sauce, and, if necessary, you can add a little flour to the pan to get a more rich texture.
The boys also appreciated every bite of the salad that men often ignore when they want to get straight to the meat. While the recipe called for mache rosettes, I picked up a mixture of butterhead and red lettuce. You can toss the ingredients for the salad and then place them on top of the bed of lettuce for a nice presentation.
I had come across the cookbook Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes online and was inspired to cook this recipe that incorporated some fresh seasonal vegetables.
This meal is fairly easy to make, healthy and full of flavor. What are some of your favorite dinner party combinations?
City girl, traveler, foodie and film fanatic sharing stories on every day, attainable luxury. Passionate about speaking Italian, exploring, cooking, and crafting.