This past weekend I had a little soiree at my place in celebration of a dear friend's upcoming wedding. A friend picked up an array of cheeses from Bacco's Wine and Cheese.
We whipped up a homemade onion and chive dip by sauteeing 3 large onions and then after cooling, mixing them up in the food processor with sour cream, cream cheese, lemon juice and zest.
My sister and I prepared a feast for the ladies using a recipe that we grew up with. Our family social life always revolved around the dinner table. Dinnertime was an important time each day where we spent time with each other without distractions. No tv, no telephone, just each other and a table full of good food. We based our dinner on a recipe in Jack Denton Scott's Complete Book of Pasta and while he calls it "Catherine's meat roll", we've always called it a polpettone.
The polpettone is an Italian meatloaf stuffed with hard boiled eggs and Italian sausages. It's delicious and decadent and a crowd pleaser. Plus it allows you to spend time with your guests since you can prepare the meat ahead of time and put it in the oven when you're ready.
We served it with pasta with homemade tomato sauce. The pasta we used was a dried pasta from Rao's and I have to say it was perfectly toothsome and I would definitely buy this brand again.
Then we finished the night off with cupcakes from the Buttery.