Thursday, June 23, 2011

Italian dinners

We've experienced a lot of amazing food in Italy so far. E is working with a church here, and the families that are a part of it have been so hospitable.

We have dinner out at a family's house 3-4 nights a week. On those days we usually skip lunch (you'll see why in a minute).

Pasta, pizza, seafood, and cheeses... We haven't tried anything we didn't like! (although the insalata di mare was definitely a new experience!)

Antipasti of meats, cheeses, veggies, and breads
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Insalata de mare (seafood salad)
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stuffed salmon roll
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and for dessert, fruit & espresso
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and then, gelato!
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This was a traditional summer dinner at the pastor's home.
Prosciutto crudo e melon
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Caprese
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then, formaggio (cheese!) and bread
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Last weekend we shared a meal with 13 others, hosted by Sicilian nonni (grandparents) .
It was fantastic

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primi - pasta was SO good.
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secondo: meatballs with a hardboiled egg and ham inside
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beef in gravy and some Italian potato salad
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Cheese all around
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insalada comes after dinner
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peanut cake
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the group
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Dinner with a couple from Naples.

see that crazy cheese with the colored toppings? It's made from sheep milk and is the consistency of cream cheese, but MUCH better. topped with black pepper, chives, olives and red pepper.
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This couple made us Neapolitan (Naples-style) pizza which was AMAZING.
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Tiramisu and homemade creme di limoncello (YUM)
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Nom, nom, nom. We [and our bellies] are loving Italy!

7 comments:

Amanda said...

Ohhhh man, that looks amazing! Italian food is my FAVORITE!

Janssen said...

This is just cruel.

Katie said...

Oh man, this looks insanely awesome!!!! Jealous. And now my bowl of oatmeal that I'm about to eat for breakfast really doesn't sound as appetizing...

Layla said...

ooooh my gosh this just looks AMAZING.

bekapaige said...

You should feel VERY SPECIAL. I have to get bloodwork done this afternoon so I am in the middle of a 12 hour fast from ALL food... and I read that entire post.

Gah. I am so hungry.

But it looks heavenly :)

stephanie michele said...

My mouth is watering. Delish!

steph c said...

I can't even deal with the amount of delicious food in this post. You lucky lady!

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