I had a little dinner party last night and when I say little I mean there were just three of us — my two neighbors (Harriet and Alan) and me. These two neighbors of mine are really quite a bit more than neighbors. They are dear friends and we count on them for so many things, including the sharing of many meals. Last night was one of those spontaneous dinners. I had all my lovely produce from Fairview and my husband was out of town, so I asked Harriet if they would come over and help me eat some of it. I have to say that it was Harriet who did most of the work. She picked up some delicious proscitto from C'est Cheese and we used that to make a very simple and rustic starter of Prosciutto e Melone.
She also made the gorgeous rustic pasta, which we tossed with some yellow cherry tomatoes that had been lightly sauteed in a little olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes, and we sprinkled a little grated Parmesan over the whole works. Harriet also made a variation on one of her signature dishes. She topped a slice of mozzarella with a slice of tomato spread with a little of her delicious homemade pesto. These are simply put on a baking sheet and broiled for a few minutes. Sometimes she puts this on top of a slice of bread, but in this case we had it without. Absolutely delicious. And for our protein, I made the wonderful chicken dish (Pollo al Mattone) that I learned from Judy at the cooking class that I went to in July (see blog entry).
It was a delicious combination of flavors and a wonderful meal. The wine we had with dinner was a 2005 Montepulciano d' Abruzzo by Pirovano that was extremely good. For dessert I took the easy route and served chocolate ice cream "affogato" — drowned with a shot of espresso. By this time we were having so much fun that I forgot to take a picture of dessert. So, I guess the only thing nicer than the meal was the conversation and company of my dear friends.