Dinner Party Menu: Mambo Italiano

Though rare, on occasion I take a week or two off from cooking. I always know how it’s going to go.

Day 1: Ok. I’m not going to cook today. Orders Chinese.

Day 2: Still not cooking. Martinis have olives. They constitute as dinner, yes?

Day 3: Time to pull out the extra lasagna I stored in the freezer.

Day 4: Freezer dumplings from that time last month when I made double.

Day 5: Let’s go out.

Day 6: Must cut something.

Day 7: Must sautée.

Day 8: Massive meal that makes up for the 7 days of not cooking. Hence, Mambo Italiano.

My girls always know what cuisine we’ll be enjoying by the music I play in the kitchen. I have playlists for every occasion, culture, and mood. My dad instilled such a deep love of music in me, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than putting Louis Prima on the Victrola, popping a cork, and getting a start on the red sauce. I was only in prep mode when Sadie bopped in the kitchen, heard Eh Cumpari, and exclaimed, “We’re having PASTA!”.

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Oh my dear, we’re having so much more than pasta.

Dinner Party Menu: Mambo Italiano

  • Fried Eggplant and Artichokes
  • Levain and Ligurian Olive Oil
  • Clams in White Wine
  • Snapper Crudo with Blood Orange and Grapefruit
  • Spaghetti and Veal/Pork Meatballs
  • Pork Milanese
  • Panna Cotta

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