This weekend I had a bunch of family in town and Sunday I was really sad to see them go. But we had great fun while they were here and we spent Saturday night cooking in at my place and having a few friends over.
Beautiful white tulips and hydrangeas always brighten up my day and my apartment.
A pair of Brian Atwood Maniac's in neon pink to punch up an all black outfit.
The ever faithful cheese plate which is always a no brainer for entertaining.
The weekend's puzzle was what to make for a group where some don't eat meat at all, some don't eat fish, some eat meat but no pork or beef and some don't eat dark green vegetables. The answer to the puzzle is to have a lot of variety. Our answer was in addition to a healthy dose of cheese to serve tomato, cucumber and red onion salad drizzled with a vinagrette made of olive oil, dijon mustard and sherry vinegar.
We also made this very easy chicken rollatini. Take thin sliced chicken breasts, roll them with a slice of cheese (we used provolone), a slice of proscuitto (which we excluded in a few for those who will eat chicken but not ham) and a basil leaf. Roll in bread crumbs, lay seam side down in a baking dish drizzled with olive oil. Drizzle the tops with olive oil and bake at about 350 for 20 minutes. Add white wine and capers and bake for another 10 minutes or so. They were delish Saturday night and great served cold over salad the next day. This is a perfect recipe for entertaining since the chicken can be prepared in advance.
And to make sure the non-meat eaters had something of substance, we made fettucine with a lemon sauce and fresh peas (recipe here). We modified the recipe a bit by adding lemon juice and grated pecorino romano cheese.
What a fun weekend filled with an over abundance of good eats and more importantly, great friends and family. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!