Italian Pot Luck — MANGIA!


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Autumn in Buck Hill Falls

Autumn in Buck Hill Falls

We really wanted to get together with our friends before the crazy holiday season started.  We also wanted to wish Betty and Nick (who are snowbirds returning to Florida) a happy and healthy winter.  A pot luck supper appealed to us.  We thought our guests would enjoy showing off their “cooking chops”.  Here’s the menu we created together.


Brancaia Tre 2010

2012 Memo Montepulciano D’Abruzzo by Marco Flacco

Mixed Salad with Caesar Dressing

Farfalle Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Penne alla Vodka

Meatballs in Sausage Sauce

Pork Loin Roasted with Rosemary and Garlic

Rocca Dei Sanniti Aglianico Del Taburno 2007

2007 Attilio Ghisolfi Barbera D’ Alba

Lemon Drop Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Family style for 14?  Easy!  Move the kitchen table into the dining room.  Instead of table cards —  banded and ribbon tied rosemary stalks,  bands for guys, ribbons for girls.  The chemistry at the table clicked for an evening of laughs.

When the owner of Corona Butcher (who sources his provisions from the best in NYC) offers to make your antipasto tray for you, you say:  “Why not?”  He made our friends Rosemarie and Hannah an offer they couldn’t refuse!  HA!

Kietryn is a natural-born cook — no recipes, no measuring yet, everything she makes comes out delicious!  When Mimi asked her for the recipe she said:  “this will drive you nuts — I didn’t measure anything.”  As we always say, to each his own.  If it works for you, go with it.

Karen’s natural creative ability emerged with the presentation of her delicious pasta dish.  After all, how can you go wrong with a former editor for This Old House Magazine?  It also was nice to have a balance of Karen’s room temperature pasta and Mimi’s hot off the stove top penne alla vodka.

Everyone raved about Sue’s meatballs and was asking for seconds.  When Mimi asked if there were more in the pot on the stove, to her dismay Sue said “no, I put them all out”.  Needless to say it  surprised Sue that 26 meatballs disappeared that quickly.  How can you go wrong when you buy all of the meat from Ottomanelli’s butcher shop in Manhattan?  We always say, buy the best ingredients.

Mimi's pork roasted with rosemary and garlic.

Mimi’s pork roasted with rosemary and garlic.

Mimi follows recipes to the letter.  Unfortunately, after butterflying the pork loin, which was easy, Mimi did not know which way to roll the pork and ended up with a huge gigantic hunk of meat that didn’t look anything like the picture in Bon Appetit Magazine.  She rolled the pork loin  in the wrong direction, woke up Saturday morning, realized the mistake and re-rolled  it the right way.

Betty brings a super moist delicious lemon drop cake.

Betty brings a super moist delicious lemon drop cake.

Betty is the reason Susan and her husband purchased a home in Buck Hill Falls.  They were sitting alone at the golf course enjoying a glass of wine when Betty looked over and said:  “Why is such an attractive couple all alone?”  Sue thought:  could she possibly be talking to us?  When Betty heard that John and Sue were considering buying a place in Buck Hill she said:  “then get over here and join this table!”  The rest is history.  Betty is always the life of the party and our Italian pot luck was no exception.


One thought on “Italian Pot Luck — MANGIA!

  1. That meal was awesome and fun. Except that there weren’t more meatballs! Betty- is there really a book called “In Praise of Older Women?” I think you made that up.

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